Since this week is our Fairy Festival and we are having our annual Fairy Garden Contest, the Plant of the Week this week is all of our amazing submissions! You can come down to the store Thursday through Saturday to vote for your favorite. (One vote per day if you want to come in for the next three days.) When you vote for your favorite garden you are not only helping that garden win, but you could win as well, since every vote is put into a drawing to win a wonderful prize! Hope you stop by and vote soon! Here’s some photos of the submissions, but I highly recommend you come in and look at them for yourself.
This week I have, thanks to a suggestion by Janet, selected the Datura as this week’s Plant of the Week. Datura, also commonly known as the Devil’s Trumpet, is a genus of nine species of flowering plants. The specific Datura that we carry here at the store is called Ballerina Purple (which is what is pictured in this post).
The Datura plant is native to the Americas, so it grows well here in Oregon. This plant often gets mistaken as its close relative, Brugmansia (or Angel’s Trumpet), however they are different in that the Brugmansia’s blooms point towards the ground whereas the Datura’s blooms point up, towards the sky.
Daturas require full sunlight and moist, rich soil to flourish. Since they are a tropical plant, they thrive in the warmer months and don’t do well in frost and winter. If left by themselves throughout the winter, the plant will most likely die. Most Daturas are hardy perennials, which can become annuals if you take good care of them. They are also resistant to most pests.
One thing to keep in mind if you are considering buying a Datura is that they are poisonous when consumed, so make sure you are keeping your plant somewhere safe from people and animals who may try to eat it. As long as you are safe with it, this plant can be a wonderful addition to your life, and it smells delicious!
We are happy to show you where we keep our Ballerina Purple Deturas here at the store for you to purchase next time you come in.
While walking through the outdoor garden trying to decide on which plant to feature this week, the vibrant yellow Black Eyed Susan caught my eye. Scientifically known as Rudbeckia (this particular one is Rudbeckia Goldsturm), this plant is a North American native flowering plant which is a part of the sunflower family.
This plant is not too hard to care for as long as you keep a few specific things in mind. Since it is a part of the sunflower family, this flower need a lot of sun. Full sun is where the Black Eyed Susan will thrive, although some varieties of this flower can also take partial shade, so look into which Rudbeckia you have to decide the amount of sun is necessary. The variety pictured in this post (Rudbeckia Goldsturm) is one of the varieties that can take the partial shade.
Rudbeckias are able to grow and thrive in a variety of soil types, from clay to loam, as well. You can add organic matter to help the soil retain moisture if you have very sandy soil which dries out easily. If you are planting multiple Black Eyed Susans, make sure to space them out around 18″ apart.
You can purchase a Black Eyed Susan here at Incahoots, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask one of our amazing staff members. Hope to see you soon!
For this week’s Plant of the Week I wanted to feature an herb, so I selected Sage. Scientifically known as Salvia, Sage is a species of plant described as a perennial evergreen shrub with woody stems and greenish-purplish leaves. Although the flavor may deceive you, it is actually a member of the mint family. When it blooms it has beautiful purple flowers, and the leaves are most flavorful after it flowers.
The flavor of sage is a sharp but warm flavor, and it works well in all sorts of savory dishes. It is one of the strongest herbs flavor wise, so make sure not to overuse it when you are cooking with it. As well as the seasoning aspect, sage is great to cook with because of its many health benefits. Sage helps with digestive problems such as loss of appetite, bloating, stomach pains, and heartburn. It can also help with diseases such as depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s.
Something you may have heard of regarding sage is sage bundles, and the burning of sage. Native Americans would use sage for healing, clearing space and ceremonies. They used a process called smudging, which is a spiritual house cleansing, where someone burns the sage and cleanses the room with the smoke. This is still practiced by many people.
We would be happy to show you our selection of sage plants down here at the store, as well as our teas that feature sage as a flavor. Hope to see you soon!
For this week’s Plant of the Week, I selected Star Jasmine for its delicious scent and versatility. Scientifically known as Trachelospermum Jasminoides, Star Jasmine is actually not a true jasmine, although the flowers are almost identical. Star Jasmine is a vining plant which can be grown on pretty much anything you want to grow it on, hence its versatility.
With supports, Star Jasmine can reach up to 30 feet tall, but can stay at 2 inches for ground cover if that is what you would like. Since it is a twinning vine, you will need to train it and attach it at the start if you wish to grow it tall. Star Jasmine is a pretty hardy plant, as it can survive in temperatures down to 10°F (-12°C), and can adapt well to heat as well as cold.
Care for Star Jasmine is also quite easy. Unless you are training it to grow in a specific way, which you will need to pay attention to and guide, it can do fine with just a weekly water. Like most plants, Star Jasmine will need more frequent water in hotter months, perhaps twice a week instead of weekly, and less frequent watering in the colder months, closer to every two weeks. If you are trying to train it to grow a specific way, the best time to prune is right after flowering. And, just a warning, it does ooze out sap when it is cut. If you would like to check out the beautiful Star Jasmine for yourself, head on down to the store and we would be happy to show you where they are! Hope to see you soon.
For this week’s Plant of the Week, Janet suggested the beautiful Hibiscus flower. Hibiscus is a genus of plants that includes 679 different species all with large, trumpet-like flowers that come in a variety of colors. The hibiscus pictured in this post is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, which produces stunning vibrant red flower.
Since there are so many species of Hibiscus, each one needs a bit different care, which you can ask us about when purchasing a specific one. Overall, Hibiscus flourishes in 60-90°F (16-32°C) weather, and cannot survive in temperatures below 32°F (0°C). In the blooming stage, hibiscus requires a lot of water. This can look like daily watering in warmer weathers. However, make sure to not over water your hibiscus in colder weather. In the winter, your hibiscus should only need to be watered when the soil is dry to touch. Too much water could kill it.
Here at the store we not only carry lots of wonderful hibiscus plants for you to purchase, but also a selection of hibiscus flower teas. We have a variety of hibiscus teas that we would be happy to brew for you. If you would like to learn more about hibiscus tea, check out our Tea of the Week article coming up on Tuesday!
This week I chose one of my favorite flowers for our plant of the week. Lavender holds a very special place in all of our hearts here at Incahoots since we used to host an annual Lavender Festival. Even though we no longer have this festivity, lavender has still is significant to our store. Every summer we sell delicious Lavender Lemonade, which you can come buy a glass of for $2. (I guarantee you’ll love it!)
Lavandula, commonly known as lavender, is a genus of 47 known species which are surprisingly a part of the mint family. Lavender produces beautiful purple flowers that smell amazing and is used as decoration as well as in culinary endeavors. We offer many different types of lavender plants here at Incahoots as well as dried bouquets of lavender. You’ll find many other lavender products as well, such as candles and lotions. Come on down and look around for all of our many lavender products that we’re sure you’ll love. You can even drink a glass of lavender lemonade while doing so! Hope to see you here at the store soon.
Since it has been so nice out the past couple of days, I figured I would pick a beautifully blooming outdoor flower for you all today. This weeks Plant of the Week is none other than the gorgeous Begonia!
This plant has a ton of different varieties, ranging from leafy and foliage-like begonias to the flowery vibrant begonias you see pictured to the left. There are actually around 1,795 different varieties within the genus of Begoniaceae, so you are bound to find a begonia that you’ll love.
If you want a more in depth description of a few specific types of begonias, check out these pages from our plant index: Rex Begonia and Strawberry Begonia. There are of course tons of other begonias as well, and if you would like to learn more about them, come on down to Incahoots and ask one of our staff members about them! We are happy to help.
This week we are featuring the wonderful house plant that is baby tears. This plant, scientifically known as Helxine soleirolii, is often used in terrariums and bottle gardens. It is a low growing plant with many tiny, round leaves, which is what the name baby tears originates from.
Baby tears likes to grow in an elevated humidity level, which is why it flourishes in environments such as terrariums. Baby tears does best in a place with moderate daylight, so make sure your houseplant is near a window. It also needs good air circulation, so make sure that if you put it in a terrarium to leave it uncovered. You can come get your own small pot (the ones pictured in the top left of this article) of baby tears down here at the store for $4.99!
This weeks Plant of the Week is Stromanthe Sanguinea, picked by one of our wonderful employees who loves this plant because she says the leaves remind her of watercolors. Stromanthe Sanguinea is a stunning tropical perennial from the prayer plant family. This plant is native to the rain forests of Brazil, so it requires high humidity and temperatures. It has however been adopted as a wonderful houseplant in cooler places, such as here in Oregon.
This plant is very stunning because its long, shiny leaves are a dark green on top, and a very bright fuchsia color on the underside. Although this plant prefers temperatures about 65°F, but can often survive in temperatures down to 40°F if you would like to plant it outdoors.
If you are interested in this plant, come check it out down here at Incahoots!