Annual Flowers

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  • Asclepias curassavica Bloodflower or scarlet milkweed Z 9-11 Annual in colder areas

    Small scarlet red and orange umbels all summer and early fall

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    Asclepias curassavica grows upright and tall with spiraling lance-shaped leaves.  Blooming all summer and early fall. Showy flowers, in small scarlet red and orange umbels.

    Size: 24-30” x 12-24”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: South America
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Monarch butterflies

    In gardens since 1750’s.    

  • Cynara cardunculus Cardoon Z 7-9

    Spectacular basal foliage - arching, silvery, deeply incised leaves, Late summer-fall spiny buds open to rich purple feathery flowers.

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    In colder areas grow as annual
    Spectacular basal foliage – arching, silvery, deeply incised leaves. Late summer-fall spiny buds open to rich purple feathery flowers.

    Size: 3-4’ x 3-4’
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Cut off flowers immediately after flowering to bring on new foliage, gorgeous into late fall.
    Native: Southern Europe

    The leaf stems, blanched, are also edible. Bridgemen, The Young Gardeners Assistant (1847)
    Described by Linneaus 1753.

  • Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Tender perennial

    Fiery red, sem-double flowers atop reliably purple foliage from July until frost,

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    Fiery red, sem-double flowers atop reliably purple foliage from July until frost

    Size: 2-3’ x 12”
    Care: moist well drained soil in full sun – lift bulb in fall, overwinter in basement
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit – 1928.

    Dahlias originally grown as food by Aztecs. 1st collected for the West by Spaniards in Mexico in 1615. The genus named after Dr. Anders Dahl, a student of Linnaeus and later a Swedish botanist in his own right. This cultivar came from a batch of chance seedlings in the nursery of breeder Fred Treseder in Wales UK. Treseder offered this and a few others to Bishop Joshua Hughes of Llandaff in 1924.

  • Euphorbia marginata self-seeding ANNUAL

    Clean white variegated leaves and flowers, very showy midsummer to fall.

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    Clean white variegated leaves and flowers, very showy midsummer to fall.

    Size: 18” x 10”
    Care: sun moist well-drained soil, drought tolerant.
    Native: Plains from Dakota to Texas
    Size: Wonderful cut flower just be careful of the milky sap.

    Discovered on Lewis and Clark expedition.  A “most elegant species.” Breck, 1851.

  • Hunnemannia fumariifolia Goldencup, Mexican Tulip Poppy Z 9-11, Annual in colder areas

    yellow crepe-papery petals encircle orange stamens, poppy-like blooms, above dissected blue-green foliage

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    Non-stop, very showy, bright yellow crepe-papery petals encircle orange stamens, poppy-like blooms, above dissected blue-green foliage. Without doubt, our favorite annual.

    Size: 2-3’x2’
    Care: sun in moist, well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: highlands in Chihuahua Desert from northern Mexico into southern Arizona and Texas.
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies and bees

    Described in The British Flower Garden  3: 54, pl. 276. 1828.

  • Nicotiana langsdorffii Langsdorff’s tobacco Z 10-11, grow as annual in colder areas

    Pendulous Granny Smith apple colored, tube-shaped flowers in summer through fall.

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    Pendulous Granny Smith apple colored, tube-shaped flowers, summer through fall.

    Size: 2-3’ x 6”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Chile and Brazil
    Wildlife Value: attract hummingbirds
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Nicotiana langsdorfii introduced in 1819.  The genus name nicotiana named after John Nicot who introduced smoking tobacco to Europe. Langsdorfii named to honor  Russian naturalist Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff, Baron de Langsdorff ( 1774 -1852), Russian consul general in Brazil and leader of Langsdorff Expedition of Brazil, 1826-1829.

  • Polygonum capitatum Pinkhead knotweed, in China tou hua liao. Z 7-11

    Oval-shaped spikes of pink flower heads

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    Oval-shaped spikes of pink flower heads June through October, with ornamental, chevron-like pattern on the leaves. Wonderful groundcover, good for rock gardens and containers and between stepping stones and anyplace you want to put a plant.

    Size: 5” x 12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: China, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Malaysia & Nepal

    Collected for western gardens by 1825.  Used medicinally in Asia.  Polygonum from Greek polys meaning “many” and gonu for “knee” or “joint” for the thickened joints on the stem. Capitatum means “dense head.”

  • Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’ Jewels of Opar ANNUAL Succulent sub-shrub Z 9-11

    Pink flowers bloom June-Nov. above lime green foliage followed by carmine seed pods that are more showy than the flowers.

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    Pink flowers bloom June-Nov. above lime green foliage followed by carmine seed pods that are more showy than the flowers.

    Size: 18-24” x 18-24”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil.
    Native: Southern US, much of Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees

    Leaves are edible as a salad green; seeds compared with flax seeds in nutritional value. According to homeopathy this used to treat headaches, aphrodisiacs, pneumonia, diarrhea, excess urine, irregular menstruation, vaginal discharge, impotence, ulcers and low appetite.

    Collected before 1791