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Plant Walk: August 15, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
by Will Olson | Horticulture Intern

 Katsura Tree

It is Native to Japan and China and although the leaves look a lot like red bud leaves, they are not related. The trr can reach 45 meters (148 feet) in the wild, it's one of the largest hardwood trees in Asia. In fall, the leaves produce a scent that is described as burnt brown sugar or cotton candy

 

Arenaria

 

Native to Wallowa mountains in Oregon, it does well in zones 4-8 and is good for containers and groundcover. It does best in sandy soils and moderate moist soils. The plot of Arenaria is quite large for the plant and many people come out of state to view it.

 

Russian Sage 

 

Native to the seppes and hills of Southwestern and Central Asia. It is not a member of the salvia family, but is closely related and grows well in a wide range of conditions. It is known for its grey-green leaves and wonderful smell when crushed. It is used in traditional medicine in its native areas for a variety of ailments and is used for flavor in a vodka-based cocktail in Russia.

 

Borage 

 

This plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other areas. Its flowers are blue, pink and white. It grows up to 3.5 feet tall and self-seeds. The leaves are edible and some regions, it is grown for that purpose and put in soups and also into a green sause used in Frankfurt, Germany. The flowers are edible as well and taste like cucumbers and are used for a garnish.

 

Horseradish  

 

A Perennial plant of the family brassicaceae, related to mustard, wasabi, broccoli and cabbage. It is native to Southeast Europe and Western Asia but now popular worldwide. It has an intact root and hardly any smell, but when cut or grated, enzymes from the broken down plant break down sinigrin (a glucosinolate) to produce allyl isothiocyanate (mustard oil). The leaves are edible but not commonly eaten because are tough and bitter.

 

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