Plant Profile

Photo by David Longron.

CLEMATIS

Story by David Longron A long-time favorite, clematis (usually pronounced kle-MATIS in the South, but actually, proper pronunciation is KLEM-atis) is a flowering vine that is sometime disparaged as “overused.” The reason that it is used so frequently is because few others can match its showy, sometimes up to 6 inches across, flowers that bloom …

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Turk's Cap

GIANT TURK’S CAP

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Giant Turk’s cap is the larger tropical cousin of the popular hummingbird and butterfly plant, Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus). The bright red, 2-inch flowers of giant Turk’s cap droop downward and never fully open. This multi-stemmed, low-maintenance tropical evergreen shrub is deer resistant and drought tolerant. Use it …

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LEMON BOTTLEBRUSH

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon There are several species of Callistemon that will grow in Louisiana, but in my opinion the eye-catching lemon bottlebrush is the most tolerant of temperature extremes and poor soil. The large, red, bottlebrush-shaped flowers attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and nectar-feeding songbirds such as orioles and prothonotary warblers. Bottlebrush …

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CRIMSON-EYED ROSEMALLOW

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon If you enjoy large, showy, saucer-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds and pollinators, then you will love native rosemallow. This cold-hardy, heat-tolerant hibiscus grows well in wet places or in moist full-sun to part-shade beds and perennial borders, in formal or naturalized settings. Several outstanding cultivars and hybrids have …

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SUPERTUNIA VISTA BUBBLEGUM PETUNIA

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Supertunia Vista Bubblegum and the others in the Vista series are wonder-plants for hot, humid Louisiana gardens. They are said to be the best petunia for landscapes. Vistas exhibit vigorous growth, are heat tolerant, disease resistant, and don’t require deadheading for continuous blooms from spring through fall. These …

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FRINGE TREE

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Versatile, hardy, and beautiful, native fringe tree is perfect for urban landscapes. Also known as grancy graybeard, this member of the olive family has long, fragrant, wispy white spring blossoms that move with the slightest breeze. In summer, it sports dark purple fruit beloved by birds. In fall, …

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