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  The Latin word of the week  
Acer
(AY-ser)

Acer is the Latin name for maple trees. The name means "sharp" or "pointed." This may be referring to the hardness of the wood, which Roman soldiers used to make spear and pike hafts. Or it may be a reference to the pointed leaves.

Known and used since ancient times, Maple trees have continued to play an important role in both the Old and New Worlds. In 1540, Jacques Cartier observed maple trees as he explored the St. Lawrence River. When the pilgrims arrived in North America, the American Indians had developed a process to extract sugar from the maples growing in the area.

By the 1700s, Quakers were manufacturing maple sugar from Acer saccharum, the sugar maple, as an alternative to cane sugar from the West Indies. Today, maple trees are grown both for their beauty and economic importance.

  The Plant of the Week  
Queen of the Prairie
Filipendula rubra

Stunning in the back of a sunny, moist border, Filipendula rubra deserves the common name 'Queen of the Prairie.' Native to the east and upper mid-west of North America, the showy pink clusters of pink flowers appear in mid-summer and persist until early autumn. Attractive to insects, it is rich in pollen, but nectar seeking insects and wildlife will be disappointed, as no nectar is produced. Under ideal conditions, this rhizomatous plant will form great colonies, creating a lovely display with the tall flower spikes. Plant in a moist area that receives at least 6 hours of sun each day and make sure that it doesn't suffer from drought. It thrives in the cooler summers associated with the Great Lakes region and struggles in the South. Gardeners that battle deer will be pleased to note that they tend to leave this plant alone unless other choices are unavailable.

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Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Pink

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

  Bloom of the Day for June 29, 2015  
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African Violet 'Blue Dragon'
(Saintpaulia)

Type of plant: Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Light Blue, Purple

Bloom time of year: Blooms all year

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 10b to Zone 11

Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing: 6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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