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Word of the Week: Cyme

Critical to the definition of a cyme is understanding that there are multiple flowers in the cluster, but the first one to open in the center is at the end of the main axis (peduncle or inflorescence stalk), and the others that bloom after it are from lateral buds coming off the peduncle. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Nutlet

You would probably not be surprised to hear that a nutlet is a small nut, but it also refers to the fruit or part of the fruit of species like native Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) as well as certain members of the Boraginaceae (borage family), Lamiaceae (mint or sage family), or Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain family). Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Inflorescence

Some plants produce solitary flowers–one flower per stem. Others produce a cluster of flowers or inflorescences. They are grouped by the arrangement of flowers on the stalk and by the sequence of anthesis, or opening of the flower bud, which occurs in two forms, determinate and indeterminate. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebell, Virginia Cowslip )

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Spring has finally sprung when the pink buds of Mertensia virginica show themselves in late winter and early spring, evolving from being coiled up like a scorpion’s tail to opening to deep pink or blue … Continue reading

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