Horticulture Report: Centranthus ruber

Plant Name: Centranthus ruberCentranthus_ruber Jupiter's Beard
Common Name: Jupiter’s Beard ( aka: Red Valerian)
Plant type: Perennial
Height: 1 ft – 3 ft
Spread:   1 ft – 2 ft
Bloom Time: May
Flower  Color:  ‘Ruber’ – Pale to Deep Rosy Red,  ‘Albus’- White
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Requirements:  Well Drained Soil- Prefers Alkaline Soil
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:   Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Butterflies & other insects,
Showy Flowers, Good Cut Flower, Fragrant leaves.
Note: Easy to grow, Self-seeds freely,  Reported as “suspected” on the Oregon invasive plant list!
Uses:  Containers, Rock Garden, Mixed Flower Bed
Native to: Europe, Northern Africa, Asia Minor
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Horticulture Report: Cobaea scandens

Plant Name: Cobaea sandenscobaea-scandens
Common Name:  Cup & Saucer Vine
Family:
Polemoniaceae
Plant type:  Sub-tropical Vine  (annual below zone 9)
Height:   10-25 feet
Bloom Time:
Seasonal (In a greenhouse it flowers year round)
Flower Color: Violet or White
Exposure:  
Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, good drainage
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:
Showy Bell Flowers, Fragrant, Attracts Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Note:
Mexico native, flowers last 4 days, Circa 1828 ~ RHS Award of Garden Merit
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost.
Uses:
Garden wall, Fence and Trellis plant, Container plant with adequate support,
USDA Zone:
9-11

Check your local nurseries and garden center for seeds and/or plants.

Available online at:

Annie’s Annuals http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=269

Select Seeds Seeds & Plants : http://www.selectseeds.com/heirloom-ines/cup_and_saucer_vine_plants.aspx

Seeds: J.L. Hudson, Seedsman http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/SeedlistCN-CZ.htm

California Giant Zinnia

             Zinnia elegans (California Giant Zinnia)  
California Giant Zinnia

California Giant Zinnia

Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Frost
Flowers: Large 4” – 5” Double Flowers
Plant Height: 30” – 48” tall
Vibrant Mixed Colors: Orange, Red, Yellow, White, Cherry, Pink, Scarlet, Purple
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Loamy – Well Drained
Attributes: Excellent Cut Flower, Easy to Grow, Long Lasting, Attracts Humming Birds & Butterflies, Drought Tolerant, Very Showy especially in mass plantings, Terrific for Drying.
USDA Zone: All

 

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Submitted by: Carlotta Lucas