Friday, September 28, 2012

Exochorda racemosa

Pearlbush (Exochorda racemosa), at Purdue Horticulture Gardens.  You can find this bush near the southeast corner of the Horticulture building.  Exochorda is blanketed with white flowers in the spring, reminds me of the look of Vanhoutte Spirea, another spring flowering shrub that's more commonly planted around here.

Picture taken Sept. 22, 2012.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Henry's Lily

Henry's Lily, or Lilium henryi, at Purdue Horticulture Gardens.  Picture taken July 6, 2012.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Hybrid Flowering Tobacco

Another drought tolerant plant, this is Nicotiana x sanderae 'Crimson Bedder'.  It's a hybrid of Nicotiana alata and Nicotiana forgetiana.  Picture taken July 2, 2012.

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Globe amaranth

Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa 'Qis Purple').  Globe amaranth is drought tolerant and it's growing well here this unusually dry summer.  Picture taken July 2, 2012.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Purple Stem Joe-pye Weed

 This Purple Stem Joe-pye Weed is just beginning to flower.  A native Indiana plant. 

Once having the botanical name Eupatorium fistulosum, the most current name is Eutrochium fistulosum.

Pictures taken July 4, 2012

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Monday, June 18, 2012


Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’.  The common name is Flat Sea Holly.

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A closer look at the Eryngium planum, attracting a few soldier beetles.  I noticed a few postings around the internet suggesting that this plant stinks like cat poop.   So I went back to this plant to check it out.  Yes, it really does smell like cat poop up close.  That is probably what makes it attractive to insects.

Another species of Eryngium in the gardens, planted fairly close to the first one, this is Eryngium zabelii ‘Big Blue’.  The common name for Eryngium zabelii is also Sea Holly.   One might think Eryngium is some kind of a thistle but they are not related to thistle at all.   Rather surprisingly they are part of the Apiaceae, the carrot family.

Also in these gardens you can find our native Eryngium, this is Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium).  Eryngium yuccifolium is a distinctive plant of prairie habitats.

All pictures were taken June 7, 2012 at Purdue Horticulture Gardens.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Chameleon Plant

Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata) at Purdue Horticulture Gardens.  This plant has the potential to become invasive.  Picture taken May 28, 2012.
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Houttuynia cordata is native to Asia.  It's in the Saururaceae, which is a small plant family which also includes our native Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus)

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus, also known as Spiny Bear's Breeches.  Pictures taken May 28, 2012.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Double Fernleaf Peony

Double Fernleaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia 'Rubra Plena').  At Purdue Horticulture Gardens, April 5, 2012.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Pigsqueak is flowering

Pigsqueak (Bergenia crassifolia) is flowering. Bergenia is in the Saxifrage family.  Pictures taken March 30, 2012.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Armenian grape hyacinth

Armenian grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum).  Picture taken March 24, 2012.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daylily emerging out of the ground

Another sign of spring, daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) emerging out of the ground.  Often daylilies escape from cultivation and become established along roadsides and unattended areas.  Once they get started they will persist for many years.  If you see these distinctive sprouts in the landscape this time of year the daylily flowers will be there in summer.  Picture taken March 14, 2012.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Snowdrops and Winter Aconite

The snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) and winter aconite (Eranthis sp.) are blooming nicely already at Purdue Horticulture Gardens.  Picture taken February 17, 2012.

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