Plants of the Week – July 18

Plants of the Week – July 18

Podophyllum hexandrum fruit (1) JWCThe Himalayan mayapple, Podophyllum hexandrum, produces large umbrella-like leaves and a single rosy-white flower which is typical of the genus. The drama continues beyond spring with the ripening of a single, egg-sized, scarlet-red fruit suspended between the leaf axils. P. hexandrum may be slow to establish but will form large colonies over time. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Quercus acutissima (1) JWC

A magnificent Quercus acutissima commands attention on Pearson Hall lawn near the lilac collection. The sawtooth oak is noted by Michael Dirr for exceptional heat and disease tolerance. Lustrous dark green leaves bear bristle-like serrations that closely resembles Castanea (chestnut). Photo credit: J. Coceano

Solenostemon 'Inky Fingers' (3) JWC

Dramatic color contrast of chartreuse and dark purple coupled with a “duck foot” leaf shape set Solenostemon ‘Inky Fingers’ apart from other coleus.  The compact growth habit along with vivid coloration makes ‘Inky Fingers’ a popular annual planted in both the Terry Shane Teaching Garden’s annual border and in numerous containers. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Lilium 'Casa Blanca' (1) JWC

Oriental lilies provide wonderful fragrance and large, showy blooms for the mid-summer garden. Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’, growing along the eastern side of Parrish Hall, is a highly sought after white cultivar. Plant in a sunny location and provide protection from gusty winds. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Josh Coceano
  • Jan Semler
    Posted at 08:02h, 20 July Reply

    The Himayan mayapple is really cool. Where is this located on campus?


    • Becky Robert
      Posted at 08:49h, 20 July Reply

      It is in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. Right by the backdoor steps.

  • Rhoda
    Posted at 12:16h, 20 July Reply

    Well, it was in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden yesterday. We collected the decaying pod and are hoping to harvest the seed for propagation!

  • John
    Posted at 01:57h, 18 September Reply

    Your Himalayan Mayapple seems to be thriving. I have seen one at Kew Gardens in London (England) but the fruit did not look nearly so healthy!

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