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The Plants of the Day for August 2011

Below you will find an index of all the plants, flowers and trees that have been profiled as a
Plant of the Day at The Garden Helper during August of 2011

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August 1, 2011
Aloe barbadensis
Aloe Vera
Aloe barbadensis

There are over 250 species of Aloes in the world, mostly native to Africa. They range in size from little one inch miniatures to massive plant colonies consisting of hundreds of 2 foot diameter plants. Flowers are a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds. The medicinal properties of Aloe Vera have been known and recorded since biblical times.
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11.
August 2, 2011
Mahonia aquifolium
Oregon Grape
Mahonia aquifolium

Oregon Grape is a deer resistant, low maintenance, durable, evergreen shrub with glossy green, Holly-like foliage. It produces spikey clusters of Butterfly attracting, bright yellow flowers in the spring, followed by bluish-black berries to feed the birds.
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
August 3, 2011
Ajuga genevensis
Bugleweed
Ajuga genevensis

Bugleweed is one of the best known and most useful ground covers because of its suitability for many different situations. The flowers may be purple, rose or white. The foliage color ranges from green to bronze to purple or variegated.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9
August 4, 2011
Dragon Lily
Dragon Lily
Dracunculus vulgaris

Dracunculus vulgaris is known by many names, Dragon Lily, Voodoo Lily, Viagra Lily and the 'tell it like it is' name of Stink Lily.
Luckily the odor dissipates after the first day, allowing you to enjoy the exotic beauty of this unusual plant!
Hardy in USDA zones 5-8
August 5, 2011
Verbena canadensis
Trailing Verbena
Verbena canadensis

There are about 250 annual and perennial species of Verbena but there are only about a half dozen that are commonly cultivated. These easy to grow, long blooming plants are both heat and drought tolerant. Trailing forms of Verbena are excellent for growing in containers and hanging baskets.
Hardiness zones vary.
August 6, 2011
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. Typically, all healthy, mature Jades will bloom, around Christmas in the northern hemisphere.
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11.
August 7, 2011

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August 14, 2011
Codiaeum variegatum
Croton
Codiaeum variegatum

Crotons are tender perennial plants that will grow to three feet tall or more. They are most often grown as house plants or in a greenhouse environment. Their thick, glossy foliage is brightly colored in combinations and shades of red, yellow, pink, orange, burgundy, bronze or green.
Hardy in zones 11-12.
August 15, 2011
Nymphaea tetragona
Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea tetragona

There are about fifty species of Water Lily plants. Water Lilies are tuberous growing plants that can be planted in pots and submerged in your pond or even in a tub on your patio, where they will send up round, floating leaves and beautiful, sometimes fragrant, star shaped flowers to the surface.
Hardy in zones 5-10.
August 16, 2011
Jack in the Pulpit
Jack in the Pulpit
Arisaema species

Jack in the Pulpits are distinctive, woodland wildflowers that are native to North America and parts of Asia. In spring to early summer, tiny, insignificant flowers form on the spadix (Jack), hidden down inside the hooded spathe (The Pulpit), which emerges from the middle of the foliage.
Hardiness zones vary.
August 17, 2011
Ricinus communis
Castor Bean
Ricinus communis

Castor Beans are fast growing, tender perennial shrubs that are capable of growing up to 12 feet in a single season. Castor Bean plants have reddish colored stalks with very large palmate shaped, deep green to dark purple leaves that can grow up to 2 feet wide. Seeds of the Castor Bean plant are extremely poisonous!
Hardy in zones 9-12.
August 18, 2011
Crocosmia Montbretia
Montbretia
Crocosmia crocosmiiflora

Crocosmia are easy to grow, corm type plants that are related to the Gladiola, Iris and Crocus. They produce 36" stalks of brilliantly colored, tube shaped 2" flowers that open sequentially up the stem from July until the first frost of fall. Montbretia are a favorite flower of Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Hardy in USDA zones 7-11
August 19, 2011
Veronica longifolia
Speedwell
Veronica species

Speedwell are easy to care for perennial plants that fall into two main categories. The bushy or mat forming groundcovers grow anywhere from one inch to a foot tall and produce dense clusters of flowers. Tall, spiked types form large clumps and produce tight spikes of butterfly friendly, brightly colored flowers.
Hardiness zones vary
August 20, 2011
Callicarpa bodinieri
Beauty Berry
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, which remain on the plant after the foliage drops providing a beautiful contrast during the winter months.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-8
August 21, 2011
Reiger Begonia
Tuberous Begonias
Begonia tuberhybrida

With proper care, tuberous Begonias will remain in bloom for several months, producing large clusters of single or double flowers in almost every color except for blue. Some varieties are upright plants, but the majority of tuberous Begonias grown are multi-stemmed, pendulous hanging plants.
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11
August 22, 2011
Begonia masoniana
Iron Cross Begonia
Begonia masoniana

Iron Cross Begonias have some of the most unique foliage in the plant world. Each heavily textured, bristly, light green leaf bears a reddish-brown marking resembling the Iron Cross used on shields and flags during the Crusades of medieval times.
Hardy in USDA zones 11-12
August 23, 2011
Saxifraga stolonifera
Strawberry Begonia
Saxifraga stolonifera

Strawberry Begonias are small, low growing, evergreen perennials that spread by runners called stolons. They have rounded, coarsely toothed, green leaves with silver marbling and covered with a fine hair, and having reddish undersides that form a loose rosette.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-9
August 24, 2011
Begonia semperflorens
Wax Begonia
Begonia semperflorens

Dwarf varieties of Wax Begonia grow from 6"-8" tall. Tall varieties grow from 10"-12" tall. They have succulent stems and waxy, deep green to dark mahogany colored foliage, and they produce loose clusters of single or double, white, pink or red flowers from early May until October.
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11
August 25, 2011
Rudbeckia hirta
Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

Black Eyed Susan's bright yellow, daisy-like flowers grow to a height of 24-36 inches and are excellent to use in cut flower arrangements and for growing in your butterfly garden. The Black Eyed Susan is typically an annual wildflower, but some types are perennials that are
hardy in USDA zones 3-10
August 26, 2011
African Daisy
African Daisy
Osteospermum barberae

The blooming season of the African Daisy plant begins in early spring and continues until the first frosts of fall. The flowers of the African Daisy will only open fully on a sunny day, but even on an overcast day, they will open partially, giving you a much different effect.
Annual Plant
August 27, 2011
Potentilla Plant
Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa

Shrubby Cinquefoil are a small, low maintenance, deciduous shrubs which are an excellent addition to a Butterfly Garden, or for areas where deer are a problem. Yellow or pink buttercup-like flowers appear on this 1-4 foot tall shrub in June and continue to brighten your landscape until the first frosts of Fall.
Hardy in USDA zones 2-7
August 28, 2011
Begonia rex-cultorum
Rex Begonia
Begonia rex-cultorum

The Rex or Painted-Leaf Begonias are rhizomatous, clump forming, tender perennials that are normally grown as house plants. Their leaves vary considerably in texture, size, shape, patterns and colors. The inconspicuous, small, pink or white flowers may appear at any time of the year
Hardy in USDA zones 10-12
August 29, 2011
English Lavender
English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender prefers lots of sun but will tolerate a limited amount of shade. Well-drained soil is essential, otherwise the foliage will yellow. Lavender plants should be pruned back immediately after blooming to keep the plant compact and neat. Older, woody plants can be cut back half way when new growth begins in spring.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-9
August 30, 2011
Hydrangea aspera
Rough-leaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera will grow 10 to 12 feet tall with an 8-10 foot spread. This deciduous shrub has very large leaves that are greyish-green with a fuzzy texture on the top, and light green below. In the summer and early fall, they produce large, 10"-12", flattened flowerheads that resemble those of the Lacecap Hydrangea.
Hardy in USDA zones 7-10
August 31, 2011
Lysimachia punctata
Golden Loosestrife
Lysimachia punctata

Golden Loosestrife is an excellent plant for bog gardens or next to ponds and streams. This 3-4 foot tall perennial has light green, 3" leaves with serrated edges. In early to mid-summer, they produce abundant spikes of star shaped, golden yellow flowers, tinged in red at the base.
Can become invasive.
Hardy in USDA zones 5-10
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