Gerald L. Klingaman
(Brunette Bugbane, Bugbane)
Brunette autumn snakeroot is a tall, striking perennial with rich, exquisite foliage from eastern Asia. Its leafed purple flowerstalks are topped by arching racemes of creamy, purple-tinged flowers in autumn. These are borne above clumps of deep brownish-purple foliage with toothed leaflets.
'Brunette' prefers fertile, well-drained soil with humus and a partially shaded, evenly moist location. A graceful plant, it may need staking to best show off its form, especially in windier locales when flowering...
(Bugbane, Hillside Black Beauty Bugbane)
Hillside Black Beauty autumn snakeroot is a tall, striking perennial with rich, black foliage from eastern Asia. Its leafed purple flowerstalks are topped by arching racemes of white or light pink flowers in autumn. These are borne above clumps of lustrous dark purple to black foliage with toothed leaflets. The fragrant flowers will attract butterflies.
'Hillside Black Beauty' prefers fertile, well-drained soil with humus and a partially shaded, evenly moist location. A graceful plant, it may...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Canada thistle is a fierce and aggressive weed foe. Impossibly extensive, deep root systems make this one of the toughest weeds to eradicate from garden spaces. It's small, purplish, brush-like flower heads produce loads of puffy airborne seeds that float away to colonize new space, and its prickly foliage is painful to the touch. Despite the common name, Canada thistle, this species was introduced to North America from Eurasia. Its remarkable tolerance to many growing conditions means it can be...
Keith Weller, USDA/ARS
(Watermelon, Wild Watermelon)
Nothing celebrates summertime like a sweet slice of watermelon! A native of the southern regions of Africa, the watermelon is a tender annual vine that needs a long warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. The vines become quite large and cling using tendrils but are best left grounded. The sheer weight and size of melons precludes fence or trellis training.
Warm weather is necessary for flower and fruit development. This popular fruit produces separate male and female flowers on the...
(Crimson Sweet Watermelon, Watermelon)
Enjoy summertime with a refreshing slice of watermelon. The super sweet, large-fruited 'Crimson Sweet' offers some of the best slices around. The round, green melons are striped and have sweet, crisp, deep red flesh inside. This variety takes 85 days to mature from planting seeds to harvest. It is resistant to wilt and anthracnose problems.
Watermelon is a tender annual tropical vine that needs a long, very warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. Yellow, bee-pollinated flowers appear...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Golden Crown Watermelon, Watermelon)
This 1991 All-American Selections winner is a small watermelon that boasts golden skin and crisp, sweet, red flesh. The oval watermelons weigh between 5 and 7 pounds (around 2 to 3 kg) when mature. Vines are resistant to powdery mildew and anthracnose. This vigorous variety bears mature fruit in 70-80 days from planting.
Watermelon is a tender annual tropical vine that needs a long, very warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. Yellow, bee-pollinated flowers appear among the attractive,...
(Jubilee Watermelon, Watermelon)
This is one huge watermelon! The large, oblong melons of ‘Jubilee’ are green striped on the exterior and have crisp, sweet, red flesh on the interior. Fruits have been known to reach up to 35 pounds (~16 kg.). ‘Jubilee’ is an ideal cultivar for the American South due to its ability to withstand high heat. The vines are also quite disease tolerant—particularly to fusarium wilt and anthracnose. This vigorous variety bears mature fruit in 95 days after planting seeds.
Watermelon is a tender annual...
(Mickylee Watermelon, Watermelon)
The early maturing icebox watermelon ‘Mickylee’ bears round 7- to 11-pound (3 to 5 kg) melons with green striped skin and light textured, red flesh on the inside. The wilt- and anthracnose-resistant vines are a bit smaller than average making this an ideal variety for gardens where space is limited. This variety takes 80 days from planting to harvest.
Watermelon is a tender annual tropical vine that needs a long, very warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. Yellow, bee-pollinated...
(Moon and Stars Watermelon, Watermelon)
The dark-skinned, yellow-spotted fruits of 'Moon and Stars' watermelon are decorative as well as tasty. The large, ribbed, oblong to spherical melons are blackish green with numerous small yellow dots and one to several large yellow blotches. The foliage is also yellow-flecked. This heirloom melon typically has sweet, coarse, light-red flesh and dark brown seeds, but one strain of 'Moon and Stars' contains yellow flesh and white seeds. Fruits can weigh as much as 30 pounds (13 to 14 kg). Time from...
(New Queen Watermelon, Watermelon)
This 1999 All American Selections Award winner produces small, orange-fleshed melons on long vigorous vines. It grows from seed to harvest in 90 days. The spherical to oblong, 5- to 6- pound (2.5 kg) melons have light green skin with jagged dark-green stripes. The crisp, juicy, pale golden-orange flesh is sweetly flavored and contains few seeds. This early-maturing variety is a good choice for areas with a short frost-free growing season.
Watermelon is a tender annual tropical vine that needs...