One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Phytolacca americana variegated form
This is just a wonderfully variegated Pokeweed. I've seen other variegated Pokes and this is by far the best. Sue found it in the Pyracantha Nursery. I swear I never even knew there was a Pyracantha Nursery. And there oughtn't be one. It's a thoroughly obnoxious plant....except, of course, for our own introductions; they're only mildly offensive. And this coming from a guy who likes "over the top". I expect it's just really a matter of style and right now Pyracantha is fighting the current... but I digress.
Sue mentioned this plant this morning, and the fact that she was set to mow it down. I took one look, grabbed my shovel and dug it; it was less than two feet tall. I got the entire root system and the plant was out of the ground for less than 4 minutes, but still it was quite unhappy by the end of the day. It's just a beautiful plant.