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Word of the Week: Glabrous

While the word comes from the Latin glaber (bald), and is so used in literature to describe, for example, the skin on an old man’s head, when used in the scientific sense, glabrous means skin that was never meant to have hair, like the palms of our hands, and in botany, plant parts that are without surface projections. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Drupe

drupe [ droop ] noun: a fleshy, simple fruit with a central stone containing the seed

Shiny evergreen leaves and red fruit make holly a desirable decoration for the winter season. Although its red fruit is often called a berry, it is actually a drupe.
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Plant This, Not That: Replacing Nandina

Great suggestions for native plants that will replace invasive Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo). Continue reading

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Native Alternatives to Overused Foundation Plants, Part II

In Part I of this article, posted last week, we presented alternatives to some traditional foundation shrubs that are considered invasive in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. In Part II, we consider alternatives to other overused non-native shrubs. Continue reading

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