Plant of the Week

Plants of the Week: April 17

Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans' Kohlberg Hall (1) JWCWho hasn’t ogled and longed for floriferous stands of Meconopis betonicifolia, Cardiocrinum giganteum, or lupins in their home garden? I know I have! Other ogle-worthy plants are the myriad of blue-flowering corydalis cultivars. Alas those blue beauties don’t fare well in our climate. One variety of corydalis that has done remarkably well is Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’. Small, shriveled tubers available for planting in the fall give rise to ferny, Dicentra-like foliage and masses of tubular pink flowers resembling tiny snapdragons. Corydalis benefit from consistent moisture and some shade. Don’t be alarmed when plants go summer-dormant. Like most small bulbs, …

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Plant of the Week: April 3

Lindera reflexa JTB (1)Lindera reflexa

Between Alice Paul Residence Hall and the south side of Mertz Residence Hall, tastefully concealing some large building utility is the rare and interesting spicebush relative Lindera reflexa. Originally native to China, this species of Lindera is often dwarfed in significance by its relative Lindera angustifolia in common landscape use in the United States.

Though very similar to the native spicebush (Lindera benzoin) with its yellow flowers and leaf shape, L. reflexa has greenish-yellow semi-non-lenticellate bark, meaning it is mostly without the gas exchange openings that are commonly seen on the bark of woody plants. Also noteworthy are …

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Plants of the Week: March 6

Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' JTB (3)

Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’

One of the only flowers that seems to have withstood the recent temperature dip and remains resilient is the recently planted Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’. This remarkable little flower is a cultivar of the Turkey native Iris histrioides. Though small in stature, its royal blue pops along borders and walkways bringing a pleasant, 3”-5” true-blue accent in the early Spring. The petals appear in flattened, tubular 3’s that sag at the apices to show off white feathering and a bright yellow stripe. The cultivar ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ is a dwarf, violet-blue variety. This can …

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