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  The Latin word of the week  
Galium
(GAL-ee-um)

Galium is derived from the Greek gala, meaning "milk." It was formerly used in the cheese-making process to curdle milk and color the cheese. It has also been used by herbalists as a diuretic. The large genus is generally weedy and can sometimes become invasive. Used to stuff mattresses and eaten by ducks and geese, several of the species are known by the common names, Bedstraw and Goose Grass

  The Plant of the Week  
European Larch
Larix decidua

We often assume all conifers are evergreen. Not so. Larix (larch) is a member of the pine (Pinaceae) family, but it--along with a handful of other conifers--is deciduous, its needles turning a golden yellow before dropping in the fall. Larix decidua is a large, stately tree, often reaching 35 meters (over 100 feet) in height. Introduced from Europe, it grows well in the temperate regions of North America. Larix laricina (American or Alaskan larch) is a closely related species. Its common name Tamarack is the Algonquian (Native American) name for the species.

The durable and tough lumber harvested from this species is used to make veneers as well as for telephone poles, shipbuilding and in construction. Larix decidua also produces a clear oleoresin known as Larch turpentine or Venice (Venetian) turpentine, used in medicine, for mounting specimens, and as an additive to thicken other media in painting.

Weeping forms of many Larix species area available. Slow-growing and pendulous, they are often used for bonsai and container plantings. Larix decidua can be grown from seed; cuttings are trickier.

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Type of plant: Trees, Conifers

Bloom color: Inconspicuous/none

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 7b

Height: over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing: 30-40 ft. (9-12 m), over 40 ft. (12 m)

  Bloom of the Day for October 2, 2014  
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Horned Pansy
(Viola cornuta)

Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Blue-Violet, Violet/Lavender, White/Near White

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

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade, Light Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 6a to Zone 9b

Height: under 6 in. (15 cm), 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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

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