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  The Latin word of the week  
autumnale
(aw-tum-NAH-lee)

This species name means 'autumn flowering', or 'of autumn.' Plants with this specific epithet tend to be significant in the latter part of the year. Helenium autumnale is a common roadside plant that blooms in the fall. Sneezeweed is a short, bushy plant with a strong odor when crushed. It was used in ancient times to promote sneezing, which was considered a way of ridding the body of evil spirits.

  The Plant of the Week  
Colorado Spruce
Picea pungens

The Colorado Blue Spruce Picea pungens was first noted growing in the Rocky Mountains in 1862. The distinctive color and symmetrical shape quickly made it a favorite of gardeners throughout the world. It has been adopted by the states of Colorado and Utah as their official State Tree and is a favorite Christmas Tree of millions.

The Colorado Blue Spruce enjoys a wide growing range and does well in gardens in zones 2 through 8. The height range is between 30 and 60 feet and it can have a diameter of 15 to 20 feet, so give your tree plenty of room to grow. Plant in full sun to partial shade and make sure that it has rich, moist soil. Your Colorado Blue Spruce will have thicker growth and be more symmetrical the more sun that it receives. It is a good tree to plant if deer are a problem, as they tend to choose other trees and shrubs before dining on them. Cones are produced on mature trees so be sure to site yours where these will not pose a problem.

The lovely blue-gray foliage is a wonderful contrast for other evergreen plants in the landscape and can be quite useful in creating a focal point in the winter garden.

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Type of plant: Trees, Conifers

Bloom color: Inconspicuous/none

Bloom time of year: N/A

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

Height: over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing: 30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

  Bloom of the Day for September 15, 2014  
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Asiatic Lily 'Katinka'
(Lilium)

Bloom color: Pink, Coral/Apricot, White/Near White

Bloom time of year: Mid Summer

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 8b

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

Spacing: 6-9 in. (15-22 cm), 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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