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  The Latin word of the week  
Rodgersia
(rod-JER-see-a)

Rodgersia was named by Asa Gray, professor of botany at Harvard and author of Botany of Northern United States.

Gray named it in honor of Rear-Admiral John Rodgers, a United States naval officer who led a Pacific expedition through the Bering Strait and into China and Japan during mid 1800s. It was on this expedition that Rodgersia podophylla was discovered. Rodgersia is large and bold-foliaged perennial closely related to Astilbe. Rodgers flower, as it is sometimes called, is prized by plant connoisseurs as a choice shade-loving ornamental plant, even though there are just five species documented, and only a handful of varieties commercially available. Given sufficient shade and plenty of moist soil, the plants will grow into sizable clumps and lend a tropical feel to the garden.

  The Plant of the Week  
Wood Sorrel 'Atropurpurea'
Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae

This "purple shamrock" is often sold as a gift plant around St. Patrick's Day. It isn't really a shamrock, but it's sure to bring a smile to the lucky recipient's face, with its cheerful purple leaves with pink markings, and lavender flowers.

Oxalis regnellii, along with its many naturally-occurring varieties and patented cultivars, is also catching on as an outdoor accent plant for use in containers or as a bedding plant. It is a tender South African bulb that is not hardy in many parts of the U.S., but it can be overwintered outdoors, or treated as an annual. Plant it around taller, leggier plants to provide a mass of colorful foliage while hiding gangly bare stems of nearby plants.

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Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Pale Pink, Pink

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun requirements: Light Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 6b to Zone 11

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

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

  Bloom of the Day for April 23, 2014  
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Collarette Dahlia 'Pipsqueak'
(Dahlia)

Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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