Ruellia and more

Floral Architecture
Mon, 29 May 2006 11:29:16 PDT
  The native Ruellia is worth the effort. Congrats on the extra bonus bulb 
  I ordered the Ruellia from one fo the native pant nurserie a few years ago and have been very happy with it. The other native worth finding is Tradescantia ohioensis I think I got it from Prarie Nursery or else it was High Country Gardens 
  The stems are tall and very narrow (compared to the other commercially available Trads.) The flowers are never ending and quite showy. It isn't floppy and stands straight up through OH rains. 
  A little off topic but worth a mention from the same native growers is Agastache rupestris and Tutti Fruiti. A. rupestris looks great when planted with Panicum 'Shenandoah' The reds, silver, orange, and rust colors are a perfect blend. The Panicum is slow growing and smaller than other types but the coloring intensity is well worth searching out. I madde the mistake of planting it and P. 'Rotstahlbush' togther. The Shenandoah was dwarfed rather quickly and the colors couldn't be seen among the the other, less colorful one. 
  And for those that are interested, Agastache is a great plant for hummingbirds and butterrflies. Plants are never without "visitors". 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. "Your Clivia Connection"
310.709.1613 (cell, west coast time, please call accordingly. Thank you)

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