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  The Latin word of the week  
nudicaulis
(new-dee-KAW-liss)

The word nudicaulis is derived from the Latin nudus ("naked") and cauli ("stalk"). It generally refers to a leafless flower stalk. This specific epithet is used for a diverse collection of genera and describes the tropical bromeliad ,Aechmea nudicaulis to the wild sarsaparilla ,Aralia nudicaulis.

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Indian Pink
Spigelia marilandica

Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) is also known as Pinkroot. It is a wildflower of the mostly tropical Loganiceae family. The foliage is bright green and can grow to about two feet tall. Indian Pinks bloom in the southeastern United States in late spring or early summer with spectacular crimson tubular flowers that open on the very tips to a bright yellow star.

Found along shady forest edges and damp sheltered meadows, they are somewhat uncommon in the wild. Many nurseries have started cultivating them however, because they attract hummingbirds and are one of the few shade blooming plants that do.

It is a care-free perennial that will happily settle into a shaded or semi-shaded garden as long as care is taken to make sure that it does not dry out. Spigelia marilandica can be propagated by seeds, cuttings or dividing the root ball.

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Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Red, Bright Yellow

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer

Sun requirements: Light Shade, Partial to Full Shade, Full Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 5a to Zone 9b

Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

  Bloom of the Day for October 31, 2014  
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Tall Bearded Iris 'Halloween Moon'
(Iris)

Bloom color: Pale Yellow, Bright Yellow, Violet/Lavender, Purple

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm), 15-18 in. (38-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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