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  The Latin word of the week  
lewisii
(lew-ISS-ee-eye)

President Thomas Jefferson appointed Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the Corps of Discovery Expedition,1804-1806. This was the first overland mission for the purpose of exploring the Louisiana Territory. Their maps, journals and collections documenting the flora, fauna and topography of the west is still considered today as one of the most significant undertakings in early American history. Many new species of plants were documented and a number of them honor Meriwether Lewis with the specific epithet of lewisii The pretty little Prairie Flax, Linum lewisii is a great example.

  The Plant of the Week  
English Ivy 'Duck Foot'
Hedera helix

This diminutive variety of Hedera was chosen as the 2003 Ivy of the Year by the American Ivy Society. The leaves look much like a duck's webbed foot and it is hardy to at least USDA Zone 5, surviving winter temperatures of -20F.

'Duck Foot' is a sport of 'Merion Beaut' that was discovered in the late 1970s. With its small leaves and branching habit, this variety is useful in topiaries, as well as in pots and hanging baskets.

Generally speaking, ivies do well in dry, shady soil. Their vigorous growth can be a drawback, as they can be invasive and crowd out other, more desirable plants if not given sufficient space to themselves. On the plus side, they can help hold soil in place on steep banks, and provide an alternative to grass, which can be difficult to mow on hillsides. If invasiveness is a problem, try growing an ivy in a container, either as a "spiller" to trail among other plants, or as the featured plant in its own pot.

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Type of plant: Groundcovers, Perennials, Vines and Climbers

Bloom color: Chartreuse (Yellow-Green), Pale Green

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 5b to Zone 9b

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

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

  Bloom of the Day for August 20, 2014  
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Rose 'Princesse de Monaco'
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