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One of the ďTop Ten PlantsĒ at Daves Garden is Purple Heart (Purple Queen, Tradescantia pallida aka Setcreasea pallida or purpurea). A lanky ground cover with succulent leaves, it is very commonly grown in warmer climates (zones 8a-11), either purposely planted or springing up on itís own. This plant is mostly grown for uniquely colored foliage that ranges from purple to reddish purple to green/purple depending on the conditions where itís grown. To my eye, most Purple Heart is reddish or warm purple but you may see it differently as color perception varies somewhat. The foliage is made more complex by a grayish/blue dusky sheen. Despite its unusual color, Purple Heart is easy to mix into the landscape creating both vivid and subtle combinations of colors.
I had to give it a positive, even though I have a hard time finding it... See, my wife and son get a hold of it and then... Read more »
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This is Blc. Haiku Elf 'Mini Purple', a compact plant. This is the first time I have seen this variety bloom and the flower is way more beautiful than the picture posted by the commercial grower (and any picture I can find View Responses (4 replies)
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Time to break out the jacket before you head outdoors for an early morning garden stroll. The heat of summer has passed, leaving you cooler temperatures to enjoy your garden.
1535: On Jacques Cartier's second voyage, he sailed the St. Lawrence River and on this date landed on a large island. While there, he visited the village of Hochelaga (now Montreal, Canada), where the native Iroquois were growing maize, the native forerunner to modern corn, along with tobacco and squash that Cartier described as pompions (anglicized to "pumpkins.")
1832: Julius von Sachs, German botanist and naturalist, was born at Breslau. He would become professor of botany and write the Lehrbuch der Botanik (Textbook of Botany), one of the best of its kind.
1929: The "National Farm and Home Hour" began airing on NBC radio.
1953: Ohio adopted the buckeye tree (Aesculus glabra) as the official state tree.
1999: Clemson University's forestry alumni dedicated the South Carolina Botanical Garden's Roland E. Schoenike arboretum.