Plants of the Week -September 26

Plants of the Week -September 26

Tibouchina grandifolia bloom photo credit: J. CoceanoTibouchina grandifolia is in bloom! In cooler climates the tender woody, native to Brazil, is grown for its large, furry, ovate leaves. In late summer upright panicles bear numerous 1 ½” purple flowers. The plant can reach 5-6’ in height and can be overwintered in a cool, frost-free basement. Visit Cosby Courtyard adjacent to Kohlberg Hall to see Tibouchina grandifolia and other containerized plants on display. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Viburnum setigerum 'Aurantiacum' (1) JWC

Shorter days herald the arrival of autumn. With autumn comes a bounty of fruit, including that of the tea viburnum, Viburnum setigerum ‘Aurantiacum’. White flowers, borne on new wood, open in May on the deciduous multi-stemmed shrub. Orange fruit, produced in such profusion that branches droop from the weight, ripen as summer transitions to fall. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Pollia japonica (1) JWCPollia japonica is an unusual and easy to grow native of Japan. Rhizomes send up 3’ stems with shiny, ginger-like leaves. Whorls of small, downy white flowers give way to blue bead-like seeds that change to black. P. japonica has a pleasant habit of filling in open gaps throughout the shade garden. Unwanted plants are easy to remove. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Ceanothus x pallidus var. roseus (1) JWCCeanothus x pallidus var. roseus, blooming near the Worth Health Center, bears conical inflorescences of soft pink flowers on new wood. The deciduous shrub reaches 3-4 in height and width. Consider C. x pallidus var. roseus for sunny locations with well draining soil. Photo credit: J. Coceano

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