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Annuals: A-D | F-N | P-Z

Lecture 21a: Annuals: A-D (audio)

In these lectures on specific plants, I'll only mention the key points for each, leaving the remainder of the almost 400 pages and thousands of cultivars for your reference. As mentioned earlier in lectures, most flowers are fairly adaptable tolerating a range of growing conditions, and unless noted these conditions apply. this includes well-drained soil and sun. Each name is hotlinked to the notes on each plant. You may want to either listen to these summary notes below while you look at each plant page, or print this page out, noting the points on each plant page. Since these plants are off this secure site, use your browser's back button to return to this page.

Most the plants we'll cover will be listed alphabetically by scientific name. Exceptions are the annuals, herbs and bulbs, which are most commonly known by the common names. If noted as an All America winner, this refers to the program of the All America Selections which each year chooses winners among the new introductions of flowers and vegetables. Normally the flowers are annuals, as they must bloom from seed the first year, yet if a perennial does it can be considered as well. In addition to being seed grown, flowers must be an improvement over existing cultivars in at least some trait. Winners are chosen in about 30 trial sites in North America, then flowers displayed at over 200 sanctioned gardens the year before release. A similar program exists in Europe called Fleuroselect.

The scientific name is also Ageratum, although it might also be seen as Mexican ageratum or flossflower. In the aster family (asteraceae), it is low (6 inches or so), so usually used in fronts of borders. Usually blue to purple, there are white and reddish cultivars although these tend to be less vigorous, especially the white. There is only one species of importance, houstonianum, with a couple key cultivars being 'Blue Horizon' and the Hawaii series.

You could try a couple of these:

2005-09-19 15:33:06 by sourpuss

I have a "spath" (short for scientific name which I'm not sure of) and some sort mini-palm-looking-thing. They're both doing great in my no-natural-light environment (as long as I remember to water them).
Aglaonema herbaceous and spider plants are also great low light options.
I feel your pain with the windowless work environment.

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