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  The Latin word of the week  
Ilex
(EYE-leks)

Holly is known botanically as Ilex, an ancient Latin name for the holm (or holly) oak, Quercus ilex. This Oak has holly-like foliage and is occasionally confused with the true holly.

The origin of common name holly dates back to the 11th century, where the German word hulis and Old English term holegn both refer to holly. Then as now, the Gaelic term for holly is cuileann.

Ilex are shrubs and trees, typified by dark green glossy leaves and bright-red berries. The plants provide ornamental value, especially to the winter landscape and are a source of winter food for wildlife. Holly leaves and berries have long been symbols associated with the Christmas season.

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Crossvine
Bignonia capreolata

One of the first flowering vines to greet returning hummingbirds in the spring, the Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata is a showy native of the southeastern North America. The stunning, tubular blossoms are usually red on the outside, with a yellow interior. Happy in most any situation, it tolerates poor soil and dry conditions where many other plants would wither and die. If planted in the shade, it will scramble up any available structure or tree to find sunlight. Unlike its cousin the Trumpet Creeper, Campsis radicans, it climbs using tendrils, rather than the aerial roots that can sometimes harm a structure. The Crossvine reproduces by seeds or by shoots sprouting from the base of the plant. In ideal conditions, it can be a bit invasive, so care should be taken to make sure that your garden does not get too much of a good thing. The plant's common name refers to the cross-like pith that is revealed when the stem is cut. Bignonia capreolata is hardy to -10F (-23.3C)

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Type of plant: Vines and Climbers

Bloom color: Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 6a to Zone 9b

Height: 30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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

  Bloom of the Day for May 24, 2015  
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Collarette Dahlia 'Double Trouble'
(Dahlia)

Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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