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  The Latin word of the week  
alpina
(AL-pin-a)

The botanical name alpina is applied to species that grow in an alpine setting, in high mountains above the timberline or, more narrowly applied to plants native to the Alps mountain range that extends from Austria through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and France.

Some alpine plants are quite capable of adapting to non-alpine climates and can be grown in a wide variety of garden settings. The popular Alpine Columbine is one of those plants. However, others have specific needs that can only be met in a true alpine garden, with proper levels of humidity, temperatures, and soil conditions.

Creating a true alpine environment for those plants is a challenge for even advanced gardeners, and impossible for those who are double-cursed by high-humidity and low-altitude conditions. While alpine plants are often quite charming and easy to fall in love with, consider whether you can successfully mimic their native habitat and provide a proper home for them before bringing them home.

  The Plant of the Week  
Angel Trumpet 'Double White'
Brugmansia x candida

Brugmansias are an enchanting, intriguing plant by any measure, and well-deserving of the name "Angel's Trumpets". They are native to the Andes in South America and in their moist, warm native habitat, the trees can reach a mature height of 35 feet.

In more temperate climates, Brugmansias are used as tender ornamental plants, grown in containers or in the landscape. They can be overwintered in a semi-dormant state indoors, or treated as an annual.

When well-fed and watered, the plants yield, pendulous, fragrant flowers in hues that range from pure white to creamy yellow, gold, pink and coral. This 'Double White' Brugmansia is a classic, beautiful representative of the genus.

Sometimes referred to as "tree daturas", Brugmansias at one time were classified with their smaller cousins, the Daturas. They have been moved to their own genus and a flurry of hybridizing has taken place in the last decade, yielding hundreds of varieties commercially available to plant connoisseurs. As beautiful as they are, all parts of the plant are poisonous, and care should be taken when handling a Brugmansia.

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Bloom color: White/Near White

Bloom time of year: Blooms repeatedly

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 7b to Zone 11

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

Spacing: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

  Bloom of the Day for October 20, 2014  
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Mexican Catchfly 'Jack Flash'
(Silene laciniata)

Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Red

Bloom time of year: Mid Spring, Blooms repeatedly

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 6a to Zone 9a

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

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