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The Plants of the Day for October 2010

Below you will find an index of all the plants that have been profiled as a
Plant of the Day at The Garden Helper and The Gardener's Forum
October 10, 2010
Cyclamen persicum
Cyclamen persicum
The blossoms of the Cyclamen twist and turn like tiny butterfly wings. The silvery, marbled coloring of the foliage accents the beautiful flower colors
October, 2010
Kale Plant
Ornamental Cabbage
Brassica oleracea

Ornamental Cabbages and Kales do not tolerate summer heat, but are extremely cold-tolerant. They can survive winter temperatures as low as 5° F.
October 12, 2010
Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple Trees
Acer palmatum

The Japanese Maple includes an incredibly diverse and beautiful variety of over 300 cultivars with many different foliage shapes and colors.
October 13, 2010
Beauty Berry
The Beauty Berry Bush
Callicarpa bodinieri

The foliage of the Beauty Berry plant is a beautiful bronze color as it emerges, but soon turns to a bright green. Small lavender flowers produce clusters of berries which ripen to intensely purple color.
October 14, 2010
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemum plants are just about the easiest of all of the perennials to grow. There are hundreds of varieties of Chrysanthemums, giving you a multitude of options for height, color, flower size and time of bloom.
October 15, 2010 Pin Cushion Plant
Pin Cushion Plants
Nertera granadensis

The Pin Cushion Plant is also commonly known as a Bead Plant or Coral Moss. It is a fast growing tender perennial that produces an abundance of tiny orange berries just in time for Halloween!
October 16, 2010 Ornamental Pepper Plant
Ornamental Peppers
Capsicum annuum

Ornamental Peppers are annual plants that are excellent for border plantings as well a for growing as a potted house plant. If grown in pots, bring them indoors prior to the first frost.
October 17, 2010
Christmas Rose
Christmas Rose
Helleborus niger

The Christmas Rose blooms in the darkest months of the year when everything else is frozen solid, producing flowers from late fall up until early spring.
October 18, 2010
Strawflower
Strawflowers
Bracteantha bracteata

For dried flower arrangements, Strawflowers should be cut just as they begin to open, then dried head down, hanging by the stem in a dry, shaded area.
October 19, 2010
Chinese Lantern Plant
Chinese Lantern Plant
Physalis alkekengi

Chinese Lantern Plants produces small white flowers in early summer followed by vivid orange-red, papery seed pods that resemble Chinese paper lanterns
October 20, 2010
Six Dahlias
Dahlias
Dahlia plants bring life and beauty back to your landscape in late summer and into the fall months. Dahlias make excellent cut flowers that typically last about a week in the house.
October 21, 2010
Aster Novae
Asters
Aster novae-angliae

The Aster produces large clusters of delicate daisy-like flowers in white, purple, lavender, pink or red from August through October.
October 22, 2010
Deer Fern
Hardy Ferns
In their native environment, most hardy ferns thrive in the dappled shade of the woodlands and forests, growing in rotted leaves and other natural compost
October 23, 2010
Heavenly Bamboo
Heavenly Bamboo
Nandina domestica

Nandina can be grown in partial shade, but the constantly changing foliage colors will be much more intense if it is grown in full sun.
October 24, 2010
Brazilian Plume Flower
Brazilian Plume Flower
Justinia carnea

The Brazilian Plume Flower produces a never ending show of large spikes of brightly colored, tubular flowers from spring through fall.
October 25, 2010
Vine Maple Tree
Vine Maple Tree
Acer circinatum

Vine Maples are multi stemmed plants that are excellent for erosion control and provide food for butterflies, birds, squirrels and chipmunks!
October 26, 2010
Amaryllis flowers
Amaryllis
Hippeastrum

Amaryllis Bulbs can be planted in pots at two week intervals from September through February to ensure non-stop winter blooms in your home
October 27, 2010
Pansy Flower
Pansy Plants
Viola cornuta

Planting pansies in the fall helps them develop vigorous root systems during winter, thus you'll get many more blooms in spring, but you risk losing your plants to a severe freeze.
October 28, 2010
Fire Lily
Fire Lily
Clivia miniata

Clivias are sometimes known as Fire Lilies because of their clusters of yellow throated, bright orange or red flowers. Clivias are well adapted to growing as House Plants
October 29, 2010
Dragon Tree
Dragon Tree
Dracaena marginata

Dracaena marginata is a very durable, easy to care for house plant will slowly grow up to 10 feet tall.
Dragon Trees are well adapted to growing as House Plants
October 30, 2010
Polka Dot Plant
Polka Dot Plant
Hypoestes phyllostachya

Originally, Polka Dot Plants were known for the bright pink spots which covered their dark green foliage. Now you can also find hybrid Polka Dots with bright red, white or silver spots and blotches.
October 31, 2010
Bat Face Plant
Bat Face Plant
Cuphea llavea

Did you know that on Halloween night, at midnight, all the Cupheas rise up from the garden and can fly about freely til dawn?
Do the glowing red eyes, fangs or hornlike ears scare you?

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