Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rabidosis Longituba

This lovely flower seems to be little known, but if you are looking for something that blooms long after everything except maybe a few chrysanthemums or fall asters are finished, this one is for you. The color is a bit more purple than it shows in this picture. The flowers are sort of pea/mini orchid shaped. It just sits there all green for the summer, but then about the middle of September buds appear and soon it is covered with flowers. It probably gets a few feet tall and wide and doesn't seem to be bothered by any insects. Frost will do it in, so if you're expecting an early frost (or even a late one as we're expecting Sunday night) you might want to cover it to protect it so you can enjoy it longer.

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