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  The Latin word of the week  
atropurpurea
(at-ro-pur-PURR-ee-uh)

The specific epithet atropurpurea means 'very purple' or 'dark purple' The Latin prefix atro means 'very' or 'dark' and purpurea indicates something purple. The familiar pincushion flower, Scabiosa atropurpurea is often dark purple or maroon.
There are even some named cultivars in many families that are known by the name 'Atropurpurea' So, this Latin word of the week is actually 'two for one.' Anytime the prefix 'atro' is used, it indicates intense, or dark coloration and 'purpurea' indicates the color purple.

  The Plant of the Week  
Chinese Witch Hazel
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum

As its botanical name suggests, Loropetalum is native to southeastern Asia, including both China and Japan. Its common name hints at its close relationship to Hamamelis virginiana, the common witchhazel.

A somewhat tender plant, Loropetalum is a finely-textured shrub and provides fragrant blooms in spring. Colors range from pure white to intense magenta, over foliage that is equally variable, from chartreuse green to burgundy. In a protected spot with protection from direct sun, Loropetalum can be massed or used as ornamental specimen, where its graceful shape lends itself to foundation plantings or shrub borders. Occasional pruning will keep it in check, although some newer varieties are more dwarf.

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Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Pink

Bloom time of year: Blooms repeatedly

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 7a to Zone 10a

Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m), 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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

  Bloom of the Day for July 3, 2015  
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Edging Lobelia
(Lobelia erinus)

Type of plant: Annuals

Bloom color: Pink, Rose/Mauve, Medium Blue, White/Near White

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Not Applicable

Height: under 6 in. (15 cm)

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

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