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Plant Profiles

History of Potatoes

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Fingerling Potatoes

African Daisy

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If you are a backyard gardener, your introduction to plant names probably came from plant labels, seed packets, maybe some plant catalogs or books and probably several casual conversations.

Peonies

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Serious gardeners love a challenge, especially when it comes to zones, frost, temperatures and all that boring technical stuff.

Wild Tomatoes

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I often feel sorry for my daughter. But at least she’ll have plenty of stories to tell her children.

Aeonium

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What’s wrong with me? I just dumped another horticultural ambition.

Citrus Tasting

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Lance Walheim might be just about the smartest guy around when it comes to growing citrus in gardens.

Wollemia nobilis

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It's been called the botanical discovery of the century.

Basil Basics

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Basil is certainly the most popular summer herb in local gardens.

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Blue false indigo grows three to four feet tall and three to four feet wide in an upright habit. This exceptional perennial grows across a wide range of zones and is one of the most adaptable native species.

Newly emerging shoots produce violet-blue, lupine-like flowers in erect 10- to 12-inch racemes atop flower stems extending well above the foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves. The spring flowers are present for three to four weeks. The flowers give way to inflated seed pods which turn charcoal black when ripe and which flower arrangers consider to be ornamental. The common name, blue false indigo, refers to the use of this perennial by early Americans as a dye.