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The Green Thumb Almanac Library of Select Plants contains varieties of plants chosen for their superior performance in the garden.

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Butterfly Weed

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed

  • Height: 2 - 3' T x 2' W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 4 - 9
  • Uses:  Meadow or Prairie Gardens, Beds & Borders, Cut Flower

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Not Your Momma's Poinsettia!

Posted on December 18, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For generations nothing has quite said 'Merry Christmas' like a bright red poinsettia...but why should we have to settle for just red?  Now is the time for millenials and those non-traditionalists among us to celebrate because the poinsettia world has exploded with a variety of new colors!

Here are four...

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Upright Elephant Ear 'Calidora'

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Calidora'  Upright Elephant Ear

  • Height:  12' - 15'  tall and 6' - 8'  wide
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zone 9-11
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Containers

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Parrot's Feather

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Myriophyllum aquaticum Parrot's Feather

  • Height:  1 - 6 inches tall, spreads 2 - 3 feet
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 6 - 10
  • Uses:  Water Gardens

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Persian Shield

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Strobilanthes dyerianus Persian Shield

  • Height:  18 -36 inches tall
  • Hardiness:  USDA zones 9 - 11, annual in northern zones
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Containers, House Plant

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Variegation is the Spice of Life!

Posted on July 24, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

So the heat index is 105 degrees F., and your summer flowers have decided that it's too hot to bloom.  What's a gardener to do?  I decided to take a trip to the garden center to find a solution.  The place to go in Kansas City is Family Tree Nursery.  They are known for quality bedding plants with big beautiful flowers.  Surely they would have something that can stand up ...

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Daffodil or Jonquil?

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)


 

With March comes the first flowers of the spring season and one of my favorites is the daffodil.  Their bright, che...

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Snow-on-the-mountain

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Euphorbia marginata  Snow-on-the-mountain

  • Height:  to 3 feet
  • Hardiness:  USDA Zone 8, annual in northern zones
  • Uses:  Good for Xerisca...
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What's in a Name? Color Clues

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Botanical plant names contain a wealth of information.  The species name (or specific epethet) usually gives us information about the plant.  It may indicate where the plant is from or its growth habit.  For instance the name Cornus alba, the common dogwood tree, tells us that its flowers are white; alba = white.  The following is a list of some common color terms that you will find in the plant world.

ater, atro- = dark, blackish

bic...

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Lantana 'Luscious® Citrus Blend'

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Lantana camara  Lantana ''Luscious® Citrus Blend'™

  • Height:  18 - 30" tall, space 20 - 30" apart
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 9- 11, annual i...
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Juncus 'Curly Wurly'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Juncus effusus 'Curly Wurly' Corkscrew Rush
 
  • Height:  12 - 18" tall, space 16 - 20" apart
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 5- 9
  • Uses:  Containers, water gardens
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Canna 'Tropicanna'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Canna indica var. 'Tropicanna' Indian Shot

  • Height:  4 - 6' tall
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 3-11
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Containers
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