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The Garden Helper's Plant of the Day Archive

The Plants of the Day for November 2010

Below you will find an index of all the plants that have been profiled as a
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November 1, 2010
African Violet
African Violet
Saintpaulia ionantha

Their attractive, velvety foliage, compact growing habit and wide variety of long blooming flower colors have made the African Violet the most popular flowering house plant in the world.
November 2, 2010
Venus Flytrap
Venus Fly Trap
Dionaea muscipula

Venus Fly Traps are quite easy to grow, as long as they are given the proper growing conditions. These insectivorous plants lure their prey using a sweet smelling nectar.
Snap!
November 3, 2010
Dusty Miller Plant
Dusty Miller
Senecio cineraria

Dusty Miller are compact, mound forming, evergreen perennial plants that are grown as annuals in cooler regions.
They are great for borders or as companion plantings for brightly colored annual flowers.
November 4, 2010
Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel
Hamamelis mollis

Witch Hazel is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and is one of the earliest of all blooming shrubs, providing you with up to eight weeks of showy, fragrant flowers beginning in early February. The foliage turns to a bright yellowish-orange in the fall.
November 5, 2010
Red Flowering Currant
Red Flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum

This 6-10 foot tall deciduous shrub is hardy in USDA Planting Zones 5-10. In early spring it produces pendulous clusters of red or pink flowers that attract and feed hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The small berries are eaten by wild birds.
November 6, 2010
Forsythia intermedia
Golden Bells
Forsythia intermedia

One of the earliest signs that spring has arrived, is when the Forsythia bursts into a profusion of yellow blossoms spreading from the ground to the tip of each graceful, cascading branch.
November 7, 2010
Flowering Quince
Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles speciosa

For a few brief weeks in late winter to early spring, when there is little to enjoy in the garden, the Flowering Quince bursts into brilliance as the brightly colored flowers emerge from the leafless stems.
November 8, 2010
Flowering Plum Tree in Bloom
Flowering Plum
Prunus blireiana

Flowering Plums produce an abundance of fragrant, one inch pink flowers early in the spring, followed later by deep purple foliage which turns green by mid-summer. The foliage changes back to a deep reddish-purple in the fall.
November 9, 2010
Viburnum bodnantense dawn
Pink Snowball Bush
Viburnum 'Pink Dawn'

Pink Dawn Viburnums produce clusters of small red buds that open to fragrant pink flowers in from mid-winter to early spring.These deciduous shrubs grow to a height of 8-10 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide and are hardy in USDA Zones 5-9
November 10, 2010
Contorted Filbert
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Discover the true inner beauty of Harry Lauder's Walking Stick...
The fantastically twisted, gnarled, contorted, spiraling branches will quickly capture your imagination.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9.
November 11, 2010
Jade Plant in Bloom
Jade Tree Plants
Crassula argentea

The Jade Plant originated in South Africa, and has been grown as a house plant in Europe and America for a hundred years. Very easy plants to grow if their needs are understood and met.
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11.
November 12, 2010
Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera
Aloe barbadensis

If grown outdoors, plant in full sun, or light shade. Soil should be moderately fertile, and fast draining. Flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds. Fertilize in spring with half strength, bloom fertilizer.
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11.
November 13, 2010
Burl covered with Mosses
Ornamental Moss
Mosses grow naturally in most temperate areas of the world. They are primarily found growing in lightly shaded areas or where there are periods of sun in the morning or late afternoon. Very usable for creating a terrarium!
Gallery of Mosses
November 14, 2010
Photograph of a Peace Lily Plant
Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum floribundum

Peace Lily Plants prefer bright filtered light, but will survive in low interior light. They should be kept in a warm environment (68°-85° daytime temperature) with a 10 degree night time drop.
Hardy in zones 10-11.
November 15, 2010
Variegated Holly
Variegated Holly
Ilex aquifolium

The male and female flowers of the holly tree are produced on separate plants. To ensure berry production, both male and female plants need to be planted within 100 ft. of each other.
Hardy in zones 6-8.
November 16, 2010
Boston Fern
Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata

Boston Ferns like it cool, and they would be very happy to have a 60 degree room, with bright light. Keep your fern as far away from heat sources as possible, even at the sacrifice of some light.
November 17, 2010
Passion Flower
Passion Flower
Passiflora incarnata

Passiflora incarnata derived the early common name of Maypop from the way it just seems to 'pop' out of the ground in May. Maypops were eventually renamed as the Passion Flower by missionaries in the early 1500s.
Hardy in zones 5-9
November 18, 2010
Coleus blumei
Painted Nettle
Coleus blumei

Coleus are tender perennials that make nice house plants as long as they receive sufficient light and food. Growing Coleus from seed is really quite easy and quick. Seeds can be sprouted and showing their first colors in as little as two weeks.
November 19, 2010
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns
Euphorbia milii

The Crown of Thorns is a frost tender, multi-stemmed, succulent shrub that originated in Madagascar. Dark green, tear shaped leaves appear randomly on each thorn covered branch. A Crown of Thorns will produce flowers nearly all year, but especially in the winter.
Hardy in zones 10-12
November 20, 2010
Coffee Plant
Coffee Bean Tree
Coffea arabica

It will take you four years before you can harvest your first beans from your own coffee plant. In the meantime, you can enjoy the dark shiny green leaves and fragrant white flowers of this very unique, ornamental plant.
Hardy in zones 10-12
November 21, 2010
Spider Plant
Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum

Spider Plants thrive in bright natural or artificial light but they will sunburn if grown in direct sunlight.
Spider Plants are reluctant to produce their offset plantlets unless you decrease their light hours to simulate the naturally shorter days of fall.
Hardy in zones 9-11
November 22, 2010
Rainbow Leucothoe
Mountain Doghobble
Leucothoe fontanesiana

Depending on where you live it might be called a Rainbow Leucothoe, a Scarlet Fetterbush, Drooping Leucothoe, or my favorite plant name of all... the Mountain Doghobble!
The foliage is marbled in bright shades of green, pink, cream, burgundy and bronze.
Hardy in zones 5-8
November 23, 2010
Gardenia
Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides

Proper temperatures are necessary for your Gardenia to bloom. Flower buds may fail to form if day temperatures are higher than 70° or if night temperatures are over 65° or below 60°.
Hardy in zones 10-11
November 24, 2010
Photograph of a Geranium in bloom
Geranium 'Orange Appeal'
Pelargonium hortorum

Geraniums should be planted outdoors in a spot where they will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily, but only after all danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed.
Geraniums are easily grown from seed.
Hardy in zones 9-11