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  The Latin word of the week  
Narcissus
(nar-SIS-us)

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the beautiful son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. Narcissus became obsessed with his own beauty and as a result, he was condemned to fall in love with himself to the exclusion of everyone and everything else. Eventually he came upon his own reflection in a pool, and he wasted away staring at his reflection. The gods then turned him into a flower.

In Victorian times, the daffodil (aka Narcissus) signified vanity and egotism. In modern times, the arrival of Narcissus signifies springtime, and a cheerful bouquet of these flowers is a delight to the senses.

  The Plant of the Week  
Old Man of the Andes
Oreocereus leucotrichus

Oreocereus leucotrichus is also known as 'Old Man of the Andes.' Native to Chile and Peru, this unique cacti has interesting hair-like growth that gives it its common name. It can reach over a meter in height and forms attractive columnar clumps that make it a great focal point in a desert garden. While it can tolerate light frost, it does best when the average temperature is over 50F (10C)

The Old Man of the Andes produces lovely red blossoms that open in the summer. It makes a striking image with the white hair and the red blossoms that can be over 3" (7.5cm) in length.

Do not over water your Oreocereus leucotrichus. It is prone to rot, especially in the winter season. It also prefers a bit of shade in the afternoon if it is planted in extreme desert conditions. For something out of the ordinary in the Xeriscape garden, the Old Man of the Andes makes a great choice.

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Type of plant: Cactus and Succulents

Bloom color: Red

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 9a to Zone 11

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

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

  Bloom of the Day for May 6, 2015  
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African Violet 'Van Gogh'
(Saintpaulia)

Bloom color: Violet/Lavender, White/Near White

Height: under 6 in. (15 cm)

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