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  The Latin word of the week  
flava
(FLA-vuh)

The specific epithet flava is the Latin word for 'yellow.' It generally describes fruit color or blossom color, but can refer to stems and leaves as well. One of the most popular plants that use this descriptive is the Lemon Lily, Hemerocallis flava The cheerful yellow blooms are familiar to most gardeners throughout the temperate regions of the world.

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American Lotus
Nelumbo lutea

Originally native to the southeastern U.S. Nelumbo lutea is now widespread due to native peoples planting the edible tubers as they migrated. The fragrant flowers are pale yellow to white and bloom from late spring through the summer. One of the most striking aquatic plants, the stunning blossoms sometimes reach up to a foot in diameter and are often held above the water on stems. Although a native plant, it often establishes itself in huge colonies and in the right conditions, can become a bit invasive. In fact, it is listed on the Invasives List for the state of Connecticut and sales are prohibited, while on the other hand, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey consider it Endangered or Threatened. The American Lotus is hardy throughout all of North America and is easily grown in home water gardens. It prefers shallow, still water up to four feet deep (just over 1 meter) and a mud bottom. The hard, marble-like seeds germinate only when scarified and can remain dormant for several seasons.

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Type of plant: Ponds and Aquatics

Bloom color: Pale Yellow

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 4a to Zone 11

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

Spacing: over 40 ft. (12 m)

  Bloom of the Day for July 7, 2015  
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Bat-Face Cuphea 'Georgia Scarlet'
(Cuphea llavea)

Type of plant: Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Red-Orange, Dark Purple/Black

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

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

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

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

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