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Red Butte Photo of the Day 2.September.2009

Oats

Northern Sea Oats       Chasmanthium latifolium

The drooping seed heads hang in clusters from slightly arching stems atop an upright clump of bamboo-like foliage. Its green leaves turn copper in fall and the seed heads emerge green but turn purplish bronze by late summer then dry to a straw color.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 1.September.2009

Bluebeard

Bluebeard       Caryopteris x clandonensis

This compact cultivar produces dark purple-blue flowers that open the earliest out of all the Bluebeard cultivars. The flowers open late in the year on new growth.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 31.August.2009

Buddleja

Pink Delight Butterfly Bush      Buddleja davidii

This Butterfly Bush cultivar displays bright pink sprays of flowers, often reaching 18 inches long atop beautiful silvery foliage.

The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds that feed on the nectar that is present from late summer into fall.

End of August Blooms

Look for these beauties as you stroll through the garden.

Butterfly Bush

Caryopteris

Oat Grass

Red Butte Photo of the Day 28.August.2009

Cliffrose

Cliffrose       Purshia mexicana

This large, native cousin to Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) grows 3-12 feet high and sometimes becomes tree-like in the wild.

It's evergreen foliage and pale yellow flowers are pleasantly fragrant. Feathery seed heads cover the plant after flowering is through.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 27.August.2009

Sclerocactus

Pariette Cactus      Sclerocactus brevispinus

This cactus is protected under the Endangered Species Act and is listed as federally threatened.  It is endemic to Utah and grows in the harsh dry climate of the Uintah Basin.  Red Butte Garden and the BLM salvaged the cacti in our collection in 2002 from  a site prior to their loss due to habitat destruction resulting from oil extraction.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 26.August.09

Hypericum

Sunburst St. John's Wort      Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst'

This popular bluish-green, mounding shrub bears large flowers with striking, bushy center stamens.  The reddish-brown fruit capsules ripen around September and persist well into the winter.

The foliage is semi-evergreen to evergreen depending upon which zone it is planted in. It is often planted as a hedge, a shrub border or in masses.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 25.August.2009

Datura

Sacred Datura      Datura wrightii)

The Sacred Datura is a member of the nightshade family (which also includes tobacco, and food crops such as potatoes, tomatoes and chile peppers). Datura is a perennial herb which grows from a tuberous root to 2-5 feet in height and 3-6 feet in width.  It has dark green leaves which grows to 6 inches long and are oval or heart shaped.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 24.August.2009

Chamomile

Chamomile       Chamaemelum nobile)

Chamomile is a low-growing plant with finely divided leaves.  The daisy-like inflorescence has yellow disk flowers in the center and silvery-white ray flowers surrounding them.

When crushed, the plant gives off a scent similar to apples or bubblegum.

What's in a Sign?

Have you ever wondered what makes up the different parts of a Red Butte Garden plant sign? If your answer is yes, then you're in luck because that's what this weeks blog is about!! If your answer is no, well, then you're out of luck because that is still what this weeks blog is about.

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