My passion is flowers, but sometime I buy plants solely for their foliage.
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) is what I consider an old fashioned plant because my grandmother always had one. This one has struggled in a pot and really should be in the ground. It originates in the Mediterranean area, so does well in our climate.
The name comes from Artemisia. wife of Mausolus, ancient king of Caria. Ludoviciana is from the latin form meaning “of Louisiana” and probably refers to St. Louis, since it’s close to prairieland.
The plan was for a small bush, but it’s only two years old. Another time when I should have read the small print.
I buy a lot of native plants at the annual spring plant sale at Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Center. Sometimes I get one that isn’t labeled. I thought I was buying Joe Pyle Weed but this certainly doesn’t match the pictures on the internet.
If anyone knows what this is, please let me know.
Elkhorn (Euphorbia Lactea Forma Cristata) was an impulse buy six years ago from a booth at a small town fair. I didn’t expect it to get so big. Transplanting it into a larger pot takes two people and some finesse.
“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.” Orson Welles