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Plant ID Week Six Pics

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Our Plant ID was at Strybing Arboretum this week.   Here are three of our faves.

Senna multiglandulosa - Wooly Senna

Senna multiglandulosa - Wooly Senna

We have crossed paths with this attractive shrub on many occasions, but we never knew its name.  Wooly Senna is one cool cucumber.  Its seed pods look like string beans.  Not surprising it is in the FABACEAE family, aka the Legume Family.  Even though this guy can look like a small tree, its attributes only make it shrub…not a tree.  Native to Central and South America, this plant grows worldwide handling sandy and clay soils.

Ceanothus 'Concha' - Concha Ceanothus

Ceanothus 'Concha' - Concha Ceanothus

Ceanothus ‘Concha’, though a cultivar, was probably derived from California Natives.  The flowers are bluer than many other Ceanothus.  It is considered deer resistant, and here is the deal.  Out in the wild and exposed to harsh elements, deer can find better things to eat.  However, Ceanothus in home gardens tends to be better kept..thus making these plants more tolerable to the deer’s palette.

Hey, did you know that you can rub the Ceanothus flowers together in your hands and make a soap-like lather in your hands?  It may not clean your hands, but they will smell great.

Ribes sanguineum - Red Flowering Currant

Ribes sanguineum - Red Flowering Currant

This California Native, Ribes sanguineum, blooms eye catching clusters of pink flowers at the beginning of the year…about the same time the deciduous leaves start to bud.  Belonging to the Current Family, GROSSULARIACEAE, the berries are edible..but not the best tasting.  In the wild, this guy can be found on the slopes of the coastal mountains.

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  1. Hey Matti, thanks for linking! I’ve never met a Senna I didn’t like, and that one is indeed very cool. Y’all should give Senna alata a shot if you can find it (and I bet you can) — like a leafy candelabra on steroids, complete with blooming candles at the ends. It’ll grow as an annual here, but I’d be surprised if we could get it to bloom. My grandfather grew it in the South.

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