Interesting Plant: Firecracker vine (Ipomoea lobata)

Firecracker vine (Ipomoea lobata)

A nice replacement for the overly aggressive Morning Glory most plant in their garden. I think this Ipomoea has a lovely look that is completely different from typical morning glory flowers, so it adds some unique interest to your garden.

Interesting Plant: Firecracker vine (Ipomoea lobata) 

Discovered via Instagram User PlantADayPic

This unusual annual vine can add vertical interest to the garden. Its vivid blossoms (red tooth-like flowers that fade to orange and then yellow and white) are a hummingbird magnet. Firecracker vine can bloom year round in warm climates, but generally blooms from summer to fall. It is a native of Mexico and Central and South America. – Julia Jones, Designing with Annuals, Fine Gardening issue #120

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Garden Decor: Chalkboard Pots for the Garden

Garden Decor: Chalkboard Pots for the Garden

I know, chalkboard painted items are a bit cliche these days, but they can be very practical, too. Here are a collection of chalkboard pained flower pots for your garden that shows everyone what you are growing.

 

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Interesting Plant: Eryngium yuccifolium

Eryngium yuccifolium

Another possibility for a lovely, low water use plant, in the garden.

Interesting Plant: Eryngium yuccifolium

Discovered via Pinterest User Beth Auten

Eryngium yuccifolium (button eryngobutton snake-root, or rattlesnake master) is a common herbaceous perennial plant, native to the tallgrass prairies of central and eastern North America, from Minnesota east to Ohio and south to Texas and Florida. It grows to 1.8 m tall, with linear leaves 15–100 cm long but only 1–3 cm broad, with bristly or spiny margins and a sharp tip. The flowers are produced in dense apical umbels 1–3 cm diameter, each flower greenish-white or bluish-white, 3–4 mm diameter. When this plant flowers, pollen matures before stigmas become receptive to maximize outcrossing. Rattlesnake master has unusually high seed set (close to 90%).[1]

It gets its name because some Native Americans used its root as an antidote for rattlesnake venom. The scientific name was given because its leaves resemble those ofyuccas. Fibers of rattlesnake master have also been found as one of the primary materials used in the ancient shoe construction of Midwestern Native Americans.[2]

E. yuccifolium is fairly intolerant of anthropogenic disturbance,[3] but readily re-establishes in prairie restorations.[4][5] Wikipedia

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