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  The Latin word of the week  
Eustoma
(yoo-STOH-muh)

Eustoma is from the Greek eu (good) and stoma (mouth), which refers to the opening where the corolla lobes join. It has the appearance of a large mouth and throat. The wildflower, Eustoma grandiflorum, Prairie Gentian, is the common name for the Eustoma genus. It is a tough little annual wildflower of the North American plains, cultivated varieties are sold as Lisianthus.

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Moonflower
Ipomoea alba

Ipomoea alba is a member of the morning glory family. Grown as a perennial in mild climates, or an annual in temperate regions, its fast-growing vining habit creates a beautiful backdrop to its stunning flowers.

The saucer-sized luminescent flowers appear at night, sweetly scenting the air until morning light closes the blooms, earning it the well-deserved common name of moonflower or moon vine. Large moths (such as the hawk moth) are a primary pollinizer of this nocturnal plant.

Aside from its value as a prized ornamental plant, the moonflower has a long history of economic significance as well. As early as the 1600s, Mesoamericans combined the extracted juice from Ipomoea alba with latex from the Castilla elastica plant and create vulcanized rubber balls, some of which have been found by modern archaeologists.

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Type of plant: Annuals, Tropicals and Tender Perennials, Vines and Climbers

Bloom color: White/Near White

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 8a to Zone 11

Height: 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

  Bloom of the Day for March 31, 2015  
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Daylily 'Magic Of Oz'
(Hemerocallis)

Bloom color: Pale Pink, Rose/Mauve, Pale Yellow

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 9b

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

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

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