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  The Latin word of the week  
officinalis
(oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss)

Plants designated with the species name officinalis typically have a tradition of medicinal or herbal usage.

The history of this word dates back several centuries. Opificina was shortened in Medieval times to officina. Sources indicate it originally referred to a workshop, and then to the storeroom of a monastery. Later, the usage shifted to refer to an herb store and eventually a pharmacy. In all of its forms (officinalis, officinale, officinarum) the epithet was applied exclusively to plants with real or supposed medicinal properties, and denoted they were used in the practice of medicine. There are dozens of plants that bear this species name, including Rosemary, Borage, Salvia, Calendula, and numerous other herbs.

  The Plant of the Week  
Lucky Bamboo 'Borinquensis'
Dracaena braunii

Most people already know that Lucky Bamboo isn't really bamboo. But the big question is, "Is it really lucky?"

Whether it brings luck or not, this little plant has become a mainstay in the novelty plant trade in the U.S.. It is a petite species of the Dracaena ("Corn plant") genus and is native to West Africa. It grows to a maximum height of two or three feet, although it can be kept much smaller with pruning. Typically grown as a hydroponic plant, either in water or anchored among smooth stones or gravel in a shallow tray. Occasional fertilizing is necessary for the plant's survival and health. If it becomes invaded by spider mites, a quick blast of water will knock them off and keep the plant looking good.

The more expensive spiraled forms are not a different species or variety, just a growing trick that requires persistence and patience. Like most plants, this Dracaena will grow toward its main light source, so rotate it periodically and you can create the spiraled stem effect.

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Type of plant: Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Pale Yellow, Cream/Tan

Bloom time of year: N/A

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 10a to Zone 11

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

Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

  Bloom of the Day for September 23, 2014  
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Espostoa
(Espostoa guentheri)

Type of plant: Cactus and Succulents

Bloom color: Pale Yellow, Bright Yellow

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 9b to Zone 11

Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm), 36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), 24-36 in. (60-90 cm), 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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