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  The Latin word of the week  
cyanus
(SY-an-us)

In mythology, Cyanus was a youthful devoted worshiper of the Roman goddess Flora, the goddess of flowers and the season of spring.

Cyanus spent his days gathering flowers to lay at the alter of Flora, and after his death, she named the cornflower (her favorite) in his honor. (Some accounts take a bit of a twist with this aspect of the legend, and claim she turned him into the flower itself.)

An unwelcome weed in corn fields, the cornflower has some redeeming qualities. It has antiseptic properties and has been used for centuries to ward off many ailments, especially those related to diseases of the eyes.

Also in its favor, the starry-shaped blossoms of Centaurea cyanus are a startling, brilliant deep blue color and are unmatched by any other flower, making it a favorite plant for enjoyment in the garden and in bouquets.

  The Plant of the Week  
Ornamental Pepper 'Chilly Chili'
Capsicum annuum

Ornamental peppers are hot, whether you spell them chile or even 'Chilly Chili'

The 'Chilly Chili' variety is a particularly fun ornamental plant to try. Despite their pungent appearance, these small edible fruits are not hot, making this an excellent kid-friendly plant choice. 'Chilly Chile' was the first mild-tasting ornamental pepper introduced commercially and was honored with an All-American Selections Award in 2002. The miniature fruits turn yellow, then orange and red as they mature.

This compact ornamental pepper is only a foot tall and not quite as wide. It's also heat tolerant, so try it outdoors in a container as an accent plant and when temperatures cool, move it indoors for the winter to provide interesting foliage and fruit.

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Type of plant: Annuals, Vegetables

Bloom color: Red, Gold (Yellow-Orange), Pale Yellow, Bright Yellow

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

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 9b

Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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

  Bloom of the Day for October 21, 2014  
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Tropical Water Lily 'Panama Pacific'
(Nymphaea)

Type of plant: Ponds and Aquatics, Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Blue-Violet, Violet/Lavender

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

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 9a to Zone 11

Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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

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