Hibiscus ‘Lord Baltimore’: Hardy hibiscus 

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Type: Herbaceous perennial; Family: Malvaceae; Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet; Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet; Bloom Time: July to September; Bloom Description: Crimson red; Flower: Showy; Attracts: Butterflies

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Hardy hybrid hibiscus is a vigorous, sturdy, erect but sometimes shrubby, woody-based perennial that typically grows to 4-8’ tall. Hardy hybrid hibiscus plants are often complex mixtures of different species which are native to the U. S., including Hibiscus coccineus, Hibiscus laevis, Hibiscus militaris, Hibiscus moscheutos and Hibiscus palustris. Hybrids are winter hardy to USDA Zones 4 or 5 which significantly distinguishes them from the many tropical to semi-tropical hibiscus on the market today. Each disc-shaped flower [to 6-10” across] features five flat showy overlapping petals [each to 3-4” long] in a variety of colors which surround a prominent and showy central staminal column.

Photos: Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA  [201400826]

Source: WikipediaMissouri Botanical Garden

Malus sp.: Crabapple

Malus, apple, is a genus of about 30–55 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple [Malus domestica]. The other species are generally known as crabapples, crab apples, crabs, or wild apples.

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Crabapples are small to medium-sized, deciduous trees that are widely adapted and produce an abundance of flowers in spring. There are more than 500 varieties.

Crabapples bloom in early to mid-spring, producing masses of pink, red, or white flowers, depending on the variety. Some also have attractive purplish red leaves. Many types also produce small, red or yellow edible fruits that are tart but excellent for jelly. Most crabapples grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide at maturity. Some weeping and dwarf forms grow less than 10 feet tall. The fruit remains on the branches into fall, providing food for wildlife, and the branch structures on many varieties provide interesting forms in winter.

Photo: Dublin, OhioUSA  [201400809]

Source: Wikipedia, The NGA


Daucus carota: Queen Ann’s Lace

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Daucus carota [common names include wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, southwest Asia and naturalised to North America and Australia. Domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus.

The wild carrot is a herbaceous, somewhat variable biennial plant that grows between 1 and 2 feet [0.3 and 0.6 m] tall, roughly hairy, with a stiff solid stem. The leaves are tri-pinnate, finely divided and lacy, overall triangular in shape. The flowers are small and dull white, clustered in flat, dense umbels. They may be pink in bud and there may be a reddish flower in the centre of the umbel. The dried umbels detach from the plant, becoming tumbleweeds.

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Like the cultivated carrot, the Daucus carota root is edible while young, but quickly becomes too woody to consume.

Daucus carota, when freshly cut, will draw or change color depending on the color of the water in which it is held. Note that this effect is only visible on the “head” or flower of the plant. Carnations also exhibit this effect. This occurrence is a popular science demonstration in primary grade school.

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This beneficial weed can be used as a companion plant to crops. Like most members of the umbellifer family, it attracts wasps to its small flowers in its native land; however, where it has been introduced, it attracts only very few of such wasps. This species is also documented to boost tomato plant production when kept nearby.

Photo: Dublin, OhioUSA  [201400809]

Source: Wikipedia