Archive for August 2014

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

On the way to my first Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College last year, I was awe-struck by the Metasequoia Allée as I walked through it and ran my hands through the trees’ feathery needles. While doing so, flashbacks of my college botany class came to mind. I could remember my professor sharing the story of the discovery of this ancient species that was once thought to be extinct.

Developing cone of Metasequoia glyptostroboides. photo credit: C. Morrissey

Dating as far back as 65 million years, Metasequoia glyptostroboides is well-represented in Northern Hemisphere fossil collections; however, no living specimens were …

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Plants of the Week: August 25

Tricyrtis lasiocarpa

After noticing this gem behind the Cunningham House in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden, I decided to go with a theme for this Plant of the Week post—little surprises. Although small, the colors and details of this toad lily are absolutely fantastic! Like a watercolor painting, splashes and stipples of cobalt blue and lavender bring color to the delicate, white petals. The vibrant yellow carpel and stamen with deep red stipples provide a nice contrast to the cool-hued petals. This quiet beauty is native to the rocky slopes of Taiwan, but Tricyrtis lasiocarpa will thrive and subtly accent …

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Plants of the Week: August 18

Helianthus ‘Sunshine Daydream’

This plant with its beautiful golden bloom is great for some late summer bloom. ‘Sunset Daydream’ has a nice size double flower and color that will catch your eye from a distance. It is a large plant that gets 5-6 feet tall so it can be put near the back of the garden and still be a standout star. ‘Sunshine Daydream’ can be found in the BioStream. photo credit: V. Cornaglia

Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minerva’

This Hibiscus can grow in full sun to part shade and can grow up to 10 feet tall. It has lavender flowers …

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