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Plantidote of the day 2011-06-19

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Japanese andromeda

Pieris japonica

Japanese pieris, Japanese andromeda, lily of the valley shrub

Andromeda is a spring blooming (fragrant) evergreen plant (zones 5-8) You can grow it in full sun if the site is moist and acidic, otherwise it prefers part shade. I think this variety is" Mountain Fire", but that's a guess. I don't expect informative labels when I purchase $3 shrubs at the local home improvement center. Look at this picture. This picture of the same plant was taken on May 10. I wonder if these new leaves will eventually turn green.

The name Pieris is derived from Pierides, an alternate name of the mythological Muses, goddesses of the arts.

Have any of you noticed a theme running through all the Plantidotes this week? No? Okay, it was the color white. I'm sure Twig is open to suggestions for future themes you'd like to see.

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Submitted by Lex on

Do want ... especially since i've never seen one around here.

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Submitted by twig on

How cool, that it changes from all white to red/green!! I'm waaaaay outside the acceptable climate range, though. Maybe it could live indoors. That'd be worth an experiment.