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Plant Walk: July 18, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
by Allen Centennial Garden Staff

Every week, some of the student interns take us on a plant walk throughout the Garden and tell us a little bit about some of the plants blooming in the Garden that week. We post the plant walks on our Instagram every Wednesday. Follow us on Instagram at @allencentennialgarden for pretty pictures and fun facts of plants each week!

Here is a list of this week's plants and some facts to expand your knowledge, enjoy!

 

Balloon Flower

Also known as a Chinese Bellflower, it is a perennial plant that is native to East Asia and commonly used as an ornamental. The common name of "Balloon Flower" comes from the bud of the flwoer before it blooms. When it blooms, it makes an audible popping noise. Thre are many health benefits associated with the Balloon Flower's roots and can help ease congestion and boost the overall immune system.

 

 Bee Balm

 

This plant attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Their flowers are tubular and bilaterally symmetric and can grow up to three feet tall. It is native to the United States and its crushed leaves have a spicy fragrance when used as an essential oil. 

 

Calamint

This plant is part of the mint family, meaning it has a sqaure shaped stem. It is native to the northern temperature regions of Europe, Asia and America. The average life expectancy is three to four years and is popular in the culinary arts, being used as an herb. It has a taste of peppermint and oregano.

 

Globe Thistle

 

Globe Thistle is a perennial plant and is native to Eurasia. At times it can grow up to four or five feet tall. The ball of the blooming flower can get up to six inches in diameter and is a pollinator's paradise, attracting many different types of bees and butterflies. 

 

Hibiscus

 

This hibiscus flower is from the variety of Rose of Sharon, called Purple Pillar. It is native to Hawaii and Southern Asia. The word 'Hibiscus' comes from the Greek word for 'mallow' becasue it was thought that the flowers looked like a mallow plant.

 

Lotus: Princess Kennedy 

 

It is native from Northern India to East Asia. The plant's seeds can remain viable for years, with the oldest germination being 1,300 years old, found in a dry lakebed in China. It is also the national flwoer of India and Vietnam.  

 

Purple Parsnip

 

Called Angelica gigas, it is a biennial, meaning it flowers its second year, sets seeds and then dies. It is native to China, Japan and Korea. It has been used in traditional Korean medicine to promote cardiovascular and immune system health.  

 

Rattlesnake Master

  

Its official name being Eryngium yuccifolium, it is part of the parsley/carrot family and can grow four to five feet tall. This plant is native to Missouri and is comonly found in rocky woods, prairies and glades. It gets its common name of Rattlesnake Master for its previous use to treat rattlesnake bites.

 

Scott's Pine

 

This plant is native to Eurasia and is identified by its short blue-green leaves and orange-red bark. Scott's Pine, or Pinus sylvestris, releases pollen in the spring and grows up to 35 meters tall. A typical life span for one of these trees is 150 to 300 years, with the oldest found in Finland being 760 years old.

 

 Yucca Filamentosa

 

In the agave subfamily of the asparagus family, it is native to southeastern United States. Its common name is Adam's Needle and the stem can grow up to ten feet tall. During the day the flowers turn down but turn up at night. The flowers are edible and taste similar to a bitter artichoke. The fibers of the plant have been used to make dental floss.

 

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