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Cacti and Succulents on Display

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Cacti and Succulents on Display
The camellias in the Linnaean House are just starting to bloom and will be in full-flower in February (continuing into early April) but now is a great time to explore the wonderful world of cacti and succulents on display there as well. Of course there are cacti on display but a great many succulents are not true cacti but members of several other plant families. These plants have many features that make them look like cacti, namely, swollen stems and spines or thorns but their ori...
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Plant for a Cool Location!

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Plant for a Cool Location!
Are you looking for a cool flowering plant for the holidays that will keep on giving well into the new year? If so, cyclamen can be a “cool” choice. The slang and/or informal definitions of “cool” are good indicators of what the cyclamen plant is all about. From its variegated /speckled, heart shaped leaves to the unique flowers that rise above the foliage and range in color from white to pink, red and even purple, this is one neat plant. Given the right indoor l...
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Long-blooming Perennials for Your Garden

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Long-blooming Perennials for Your Garden
Winter is upon us but this is a great time to begin planning for color in your garden next year. As you might expect, we at the Plant Doctor Desk in the Kemper Center for Home Gardening get many inquiries into plants that will be in continous bloom in their garden. Although we don't know of any plants that are always in bloom there certainly are many perennials that have a very long season of bloom. Our newest Visual Guide - Long-blooming Perennials address this need. This, along with a new feat...
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