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Plant of the Day
Saturday 27 December 2014

A tender climber from the Canary Isles growing in the glasshouses of Cambridge Botanic Garden, UK, Canarina canariensis (Canary Island bellflower). This tuberous perennial has orange-red bell-shaped flowers on scrambling stems which will reach about 1.5m in height.Grow in a shaded but well lit glasshouse with good air flow, water freely and apply weekly liquid fertiliser when in growth, but keep dry when foliage turns yellow in late spring.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day
Friday 21 November 2014

What a difference a month makes - the plant in the foreground is Anaphalis triplinervis (pearly everlasting flower) an herbaceous perennial with white-woolly stems, narrow greyish-green leaves and small, white everlasting flowers. The image on the left is late November and on the right is early October, the damp wet weather has affected the flowers but they are still of value and have already provided a display for much of the summer.

This plant will grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, but it will tolerate partial shade. It thrives in moist soils but dislikes winter dampness.

Jill Raggett