Plants of the Week: July 25

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Perovskia atriplicifolia

Before entering the front door of the Wister Center, one will likely notice a strikingly beautiful mass of Perovskia atriplicifolia herbaceous subshrub in full-bloom.  Also called Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia is perennial, produces spikes of fragrant, blue blooms during midsummer, and can rapidly grow a bit over 5 feet tall. Perovskia atriplicifolia is native to steppes and high mountains, likes full sun and actually prefers nutrient-poor soil; for that reason, Russian sage is being considered as a candidate in phytoremediation efforts.

Similar to other members of the Lamiaceae family, Perovskia atriplicifolia produces essential oils with a variety of …

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July 18: Plant of the Week

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Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ Hybrid Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ is a hybrid crapemyrtle that grows along the path from the McCabe Library to Mertz Hall. Its parent plants are L. faurieri, a specimen that was first collected in a mountain forest of Kurio, Yakushima, Japan, and L. indica ‘Pink Lace.’ This particular cultivar can be identified by its flaking bark that varies from a pale tan to reddish brown hue. It lives about 34 years, grows to 30 feet tall, and is an interesting addition to the garden. In fall, the leaves change to a yellow to reddish yellow. If planted in …

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Plant of the Week: July 11

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Leucanthemum x superbum

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snowbound’, commonly known as the shasta daisy, is a beautiful white flowering perennial. Known as a “classic” shasta daisy is a very popular selection in landscapes. This perennial blooms in clumps, typically 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide. The ray and disc flower head consists of yellow disc flowers surrounded by white petals. This perennial requires full sun, and can grow in most soil conditions. Shasta daisy is non-invasive, and is also a good selection for flower arrangements. You can plant these directly by seed in the spring, start them indoors prior to …

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