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  The Latin word of the week  
Potentilla
(poh-ten-TILL-uh)

Potentilla is derived from the Latin potens, meaning "powerful" and tilla , which is a diminutive, and means "little one." This is in reference to the supposed medicinal properties the ancients believed this plant had. Pliny used a concoction consisting of honey, Potentilla and grease to treat scrofula, which is a type of tuberculosis that causes open ulcers on the skin of the neck and back.
It was also grown for food and the roots were roasted and eaten much as parsnips or sweet potatoes, and tanners used an extract when preserving leather.

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Northern Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum pedatum

One of the most beautiful and recognizable of all ferns is the Adiantum pedatum or Northern Maidenhair. The delicate and airy foliage sits atop striking dark stems, looking like fragile fans that shiver in the slightest breeze. Despite its delicate appearance, this fern is quite hardy and can be used successfully in most woodland gardens in a variety of climates. While it is happiest in moist, neutral to slightly alkaline soil, it can be grown successfully in a vast range of conditions, including dry, rocky limestone slopes. The graceful fronds can grow over 26 inches (66cm) tall and sometimes even this wide as well, but depending on conditions and climate, it can be quite variable. Adiantum pedatum can be a striking addition to the shady garden and will give years of beauty with little attention.

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Type of plant: Perennials, Ferns

Bloom color: Inconspicuous/none

Bloom time of year: N/A

Sun requirements: Partial to Full Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

  Bloom of the Day for November 23, 2014  
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Bee Balm 'Petite Delight'
(Monarda)

Type of plant: Herbs, Perennials

Bloom color: Rose/Mauve, Violet/Lavender

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 4a to Zone 8b

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

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

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