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  The Latin word of the week  
trifolia
(try-FOH-lee-a)

Latin for 'three leaf,' this specific epithet describes a plant with leaves in clusters of three or a compound leaf divided into three equal parts. Several variations are trifoliata,trifoliatum, and trifoliatus.The Hoptree, Ptelea trifoliata is a good example of trifolia.

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Thistle Sage
Salvia carduacea

It's easy to see why this member of the sage family is referred to as a thistle sage, and why its botanical name backs up that claim. Unlike its soft-leaved cousins, this Salvia's frilly lavender flowers are held above leaves with very prickly spines. The foliage and blooms are fragrant with a lemon or citronella scent; the blooms are clustered on calyces that also appear to be armed and dangerous, although not as sharp as they look.

Salvia carduacea is an annual plant, native to California; and sources say that it is one of the most spectacular desert wildflowers when adequate rainfall allows it to grow and bloom in abundance. If you attempt to grow this stunner in a home wildflower setting, be careful to buy from reputable seed dealers, as it is not widely available commercially. Also be sure to provide sharp drainage. It is a favorite of bees and ladybugs when it blooms in the springtime.

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Type of plant: Annuals

Bloom color: Violet/Lavender

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Not Applicable

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

Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

  Bloom of the Day for September 2, 2014  
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Ceropegia
(Ceropegia arabica)

Type of plant: Tropicals and Tender Perennials, Vines and Climbers, Cactus and Succulents

Bloom color: White/Near White

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade, Light Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 10b to Zone 11

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

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