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  The Latin word of the week  
Miscanthus
(miss-KANTH-us)

Miscanthus is a perennial, rhizomatous grass, named by Nils Johan Andersson, a 19th century Swedish botanist.

Miscanthus is native to Japan and the Philippines, but is found in most tropical and subtropical areas. The sterile hybrid Miscanthus giganteus was introduced as an ornamental grass to European gardens in the 1930s, and then into North America.

It has since naturalized throughout Europe and North America and in many places it is considered an invasive weed. However, it has some redeeming qualities. It is related to the sugar cane (Saccharum) genus, and research on Miscanthus is underway to explore its potential as a bio-fuel. In the 1960s, field trials were conducted with Miscanthus x giganteus in Denmark by a sawmill entrepreneur who saw its potential in commercial paper making.

It is celebrated in Japan as a symbol of Autumn and is used as an ornamental grass in Japan and elsewhere. Miscanthus gets its name from the Greek word "miskhos", meaning stem or stalk and "anthos", flowers, referring to the stalked spikelets that form its ornamental seed heads.

  The Plant of the Week  
Mexican Bird of Paradise
Caesalpinia mexicana

Caesalpinia mexicana is a popular small tree or shrub for the desert landscape. It thrives in hot, dry conditions and is at its best in full sun. It is no relation to the tropical Strelitzia reginae,the plant commonly recognized as Bird of Paradise. To further compound the confusion, the Red Bird of Paradise, Caesalpinia pulcherrima is often incorrectly identified as the Mexican Bird of Paradise.
Caesalpinia mexicana is native to northern Mexico, but has naturalized through much of the Southwest. The woody shrub can reach heights of about 15' (4.5 m) and can be trained to resemble a small tree. Distinctive yellow blossoms grace the branch tips during the warm season, followed by seed pods that pop open when ripe. It is evergreen in areas with no frost, but deciduous if exposed to freezing temperatures. Hardy to about 20F (-6.6C), it will freeze back to the ground, but emerges from the roots in the spring.

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Type of plant: Shrubs, Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Bright Yellow

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

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 9a to Zone 11

Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

  Bloom of the Day for July 27, 2015  
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Daylily 'Berry Basket'
(Hemerocallis)

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 9b

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

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