Plant of the Week

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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Plants of the Week: February 27

Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink' bloom Wharton Hall (4) JWC

Rhododendron mucronulatum, native to Korea, Japan, and Northern China, is considered to be one of the earliest flowering deciduous rhododendrons. Typically blooming in mid-March to early April, the variety is currently in full bloom along the path between Sproul Observatory and Wharton Hall.

The cultivar ‘Cornell Pink’ boasts clear, pure pink flowers. Plants prefer sun-dappled shade in a location protected from strong winter winds. Avoid warm sunny southern exposures where plants may flower/leaf out too early and suffer frost damage. Good soil drainage is essential as “wet feet” often lead to root rot and inevitable decline and death. Photo credit: …

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Plants of the Week: February 13

Abies koreana JTB (4)Abies koreana

The Korean fir is a neatly branched, dense, conical evergreen with an interesting accent making it irresistible to the eye. Toward the ends of the branches, the needles curve upward to reveal a silver, dual-striped adaxial surface giving the impression of reflected light. This white underside is caused by a dense distribution of stomata (pores for gas exchange necessary for photosynthesis). This effect grants a bright accent against the standard green conical habit. The specific epithet comes from the species nativity to the mountains of South Korea. However a specimen can be found much closer to home, next …

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