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Previous 'Plants of the month' 2000

Plant of the month (December 2000) banksia1b_tn.jpg (21020 bytes)

Banksia spinulosa var 'Collina' (the Hairpin Banksia) - a gift from the Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly in September 1994 flowering in November/December 2000. This plant is a native of E. Australia where it also flowers in the winter. Many Banksia species will tolerate light frosts down to -7 C. As with closely related Protea, Banksia is unsuited to soil rich in nitrate and phosphate and does not tolerate simazine. [*]

 

Plant of the month (November 2000)Stobilanthes_new1a.jpg (17764 bytes)

At a time when other flowers are fading fast, Strobilanthes penstemonoides var. dalhousieana comes into its own in October and November. This is a plant of mountain forest in the Himalaya growing between 1350 and 3400 m. At Earlscliffe unripened shoot tips are killed back in the winter but the plant usually maintains a height at flowering of around 1.5 m. The plant illustrated is about 40 years old. 

Plant of the month (October 2000)erica_glandulosa4_tn.jpg (21899 bytes)

South African heather, Erica glandulosa, has large 3 cm long red, pink and white tubular flowers and is at its best at Earlscliffe between September and November. This is in contrast to most other South African heathers here, such as E.canaliculata and E.pageana, which flower best in spring. Erica glandulosa is longer lived at Earlscliffe than many other South African species and has not been damaged by winter temperatures since planted thirty years ago.

Plant of the month (September 2000)protea5a_tn.jpg (3073 bytes)

Protea cynaroides (King Protea), architecturally one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, flowering without protection or any special attention. As well as being one of the most beautiful Protea species, it is also one of the most hardy. However, it is very susceptible to nitrates, phosphates and simazine. Does this plant flourish any further north than the Howth Peninsula (53.3N) ?

Plant of the month (August 2000)sonchus_flowering_tn.jpg (9392 bytes)

Sonchus arboreus - a 2.5 metre high shrub from the Canary Islands makes a good architectural plant

 

 

Plant of the month (July 2000)psoralea1_tn.jpg (13293 bytes)

Psoralea pinnata (Blue pea) from South Africa. This beautiful small tree with softly pubescent white and violet flowers, provides a welcome cool colour in early July after the main flush of rhododendrons and azaleas is over.

Plant of the month (June 2000)echium_wildpretii_tn.jpg (3367 bytes)

Echium wildpretii makes a large rosette of woolly foliage in its first season and then a towering spike of red flowers in its second

 

 

 

Plant of the month (May 2000)vireya_tn.jpg (2251 bytes)   

Vireya rhododendron 'Tuba' (photographed May 2, 2000) in reasonable condition after three years out of doors                

This web page was set up in May 2000, so there are no previous plants before this date.

[* Footnote. Since this article was written, the herbicide, simazine, has been banned in Europe under Commission Decisions 2004/141/EC(3), 2004/248/EC(4), 2004/140/EC(5) and 2004/247/EC(6), taken within the framework of Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991. This came into effect on 26th April 2004.]

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