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  The Latin word of the week  
Asclepias
(ass-KLE-pee-us)

Asklepios was the Greek god of medicine. The Romans also adopted him and spelled their Latinized version of his name Aesculapius. He was associated with medicine and healing in both cultures and his staff with an entwined serpent is still the universal symbol for the medical profession to this day. Carl Linnaeus named the milkweed genus Asclepias because many folk medicine remedies were derived from these plants.

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Hakone Grass 'Aureola'
Hakonechloa macra

Want a well-behaved ornamental grass that likes shade and provides a striking chartreuse-colored mound of elegant foliage? Look no further than Japanese forest grass, more formally known as Hakonechloa macra.

Native to moist woodlands and the wet, mountain cliffs in the Tokai region of Japan, this cool season grass remains dwarf and lush. A solid green variety is available, but 'Aureola' is particularly choice, with variegated leaves of chartreuse, green and cream, it provides a spot of light in any dark corner of the garden.

Its shade-tolerance makes it an excellent choice for planting with other shade-lovers, especially hostas where the texture of grass can act as a complement to the broad, puckery leaves of hosta.

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Type of plant: Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo, Perennials

Bloom color: Inconspicuous/none

Bloom time of year: N/A

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 5b to Zone 9b

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

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

  Bloom of the Day for December 20, 2014  
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Red Castor Bean 'Carmencita'
(Ricinus communis)

Type of plant: Shrubs

Bloom color: Red

Bloom time of year: Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 8a to Zone 11

Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

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