Plant of the Week

Plants of the Week: June 19


Punica granatum RHR

Punica granatum

As you walk along the inner courtyard of Worth Hall you will notice a tall shrub with plentiful bright red flowers: Pomegranate.  Scott has four of these ornamental shrubs spread about campus.  They will not begin fruiting until the beginning of the fall semester but their flower show is not to be missed.

Punica granatum is endemic to the region of modern-day Iran, so it is drought-resistant and prefers dry soils.  In wet soil, fungal infections will cause root decay.  Pomegranates can withstand frosts to around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, so be wary of any cold fronts that …

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Plants of the Week: June 12


Phlox ‘Minnie Pearl’

This low-growing, white-flowered Phlox is an easy choice for the backbone of a garden. ‘Minnie Pearl’ is the first Phlox to bloom in the season and will slowly self-seed to mix with other perennials. Its fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers with gold eyes are excellent at attracting hummingbirds and butterflies; they are also superb cut flowers. ‘Minnie Pearl’ has proven to be very mildew resistant, impervious to wilt, and immune to bacterial spot, making this a fantastic option even after the blooms have faded and all that’s left is foliage. Although this miniature beauty was originally found accidentally

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Plants of the Week: June 5

Kalmia latfoliaLAW(b)

Kalmia latifolia

June has arrived and so have the delightful flowers of Kalmia latifolia, commonly known as mountain laurel. This time of the year large clusters of delicate flowers can be seen around campus. The small bright pink buds of this variety reveal soft pink cup-shaped flowers with fused petals. This evergreen shrub is Pennsylvania’s state flower known for its shade tolerance and hardiness. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and is more drought-tolerant than its relative, the rhododendron. Great plant for a woodland garden, but keep in mind it flowers best with more sun.

The genus name comes from Peter …

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