Plantidote of the Day 2011-11-16
Annual, 3-4 feet, branching at the base only, great background flower wall. Grows in most zones, freely seeds. Hummers and bees love them. Deer avoid, grows just about in any soil condition, they do have thorns so wear gloves and have a musky scent to them that not everyone is fond of.
One of the favorites at Monticello, see here for a lovely purple version.
Readers, please send twig (firstname.lastname@example.org) images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chanterelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.
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