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  The Latin word of the week  
Eriophorum
(er-ee-OH-for-um)

Eriophorum derives from the Greek words, erion and phoros. Erion means "wool" and phoros means bearing, which refers to the fuzzy appearance of the flowers and sepals of this small, but attractive genus. Commonly known as 'Cottongrass', the plants make an attractive display in moist areas of the garden and the tufted stalks are often brought indoors and used in arrangements. Cottongrass is a hardy plant and can easily be grown in colder climates where conventional cotton is not feasible.

  The Plant of the Week  
Angel's Fishing Rod
Dierama pulcherrimum

Dierama pulcherrimum lives up to its enchanting name. In midsummer, the graceful pink, magenta, or white bell-shaped flowers are strung along the delicate fishing-rod stem and sway in the breeze.

A member of the Iris family, Dierama pulcherrimum is native to South Africa. The species was originally collected by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, the 19th century botanist and plant collector. Hooker traveled extensively throughout the southern hemisphere as an explorer for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Hooker initially named this plant as Sparaxis pulcherrima with a number of other South African bulbs. It was later reclassified as Dierama pulcherrimum by John Gilbert Baker, the keeper of the Herbarium at Kew.

This perennial plant keeps its foliage in the winter, making it more temperamental than other related plants, such as gladiolus. It also requires consistent moisture during the growing season. With care, Dierama can be grown in protected, mild zone 7 gardens and deserves to be more widely grown in the U.S.

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Type of plant: Bulbs, Perennials

Bloom color: Pink, Rose/Mauve, Magenta (Pink-Purple), Blue-Violet, Violet/Lavender

Bloom time of year: Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 8a to Zone 10b

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

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

  Bloom of the Day for January 25, 2015  
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Tall Bearded Iris 'Shoptalk'
(Iris)

Bloom color: Purple

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm), 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm), 15-18 in. (38-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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