Coastal and Tropical South

February, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

SE Flower Show
If you're heading to Atlanta next weekend for the Southeast Flower Show, stop by for my talk on Saturday, February 11, at 3:30 p.m., in the Seminar Hall of the Georgia Dome. My topic: 50 Great Plants For Every Landscape. Also on the program that day are three of my favorite people: Jim Wilson, retired host of the Victory Garden South; Mel Bartholomew, who popularized the square-foot gardening concept; and Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardener. Come see us!

Favorite or New Plant

Dumbcane
Dieffenbachia 'Rudolf Roehrs' is a stunning tropical beauty, introduced in 1937, that actually hails from New Jersey. This dumbcane has striking, yellow-green leaves with white blotches edged in dark green. It is true that all parts of this plant contain calcium oxalate, which can cause temporary muteness and painful, potentially fatal, swelling of the mouth. But it is equally true that no one should be grazing on ornamental plants, anyway. The best trait of this wonderful old plant is that it is one of the few plants with light-colored leaves that truly loves the low light of offices and home. Read more about Rudolf at: http://hort.ufl.edu/shrubs/DIEMACA.PDF

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