Plants of the Week – October 4
Posted October 07, 2010 14:30h in Plant of the Week 3 Comments
Begonia grandis ‘Alba’, this herbaceous perennial can be found blooming in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. photo credit: J. Coceano
This Quercus macrocarpa acorn will mature into an 80-foot native deciduous oak tree. photo credit: J. Coceano
Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’, a native deciduous holly, requires male and female plants for berry set. photo credit: J. Coceano
Tricyrtis hirta ‘Variegata’ is another great herbaceous perennial blooming in the Scott Entrance Garden. photo credit: J. Coceano
Julie VroomanPosted at 15:50h, 07 October
Great descriptions. Thanks!
PlantingOaksPosted at 09:14h, 08 October
Am I correct in identifying your tricyrtis as being infected with the virus described here, or is it something else?
I think viruses like that are fascinating. Rembrandt tulips too.
Josh CoceanoPosted at 07:42h, 13 October
It is indeed possible that the Tricyrtis have a virus. The clumps throughout the Entrance Garden are well established and have been there for some time. Within the population there is great variability of the presence and size of the purple spots on the flowers. I have not seen the severity of flower abnormality as shown on the website you linked with. As noted, the only guaranteed way to verify viral presence is through virus testing.