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Common Name(s): Danville
Grown by:Kristin Yanker-Hansen
Agapanthus X 'Storm Cloud' & 'Blue Sapphire'
Liliaceae (10 species of S. African perennials)
The cultivar names say it all on these sun-loving 'African lilies.'
Beloved of hummingbirds and other pollinators in arid, hilly landscapes, these sub-shrubs delight the eye and olfactories, as well.
helenium = derived from another plant named for Helen of Troy
Unlike the related and salubrious Echinacea, sneezeweeds cause severe discomfort if any part is ingested while contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies. That caveat aside, they make sturdy long-blooming part-shade to sun-loving displays in damp areas and make good cut flowers. Apiarists and butterflies also value them.
Echinos = 'a hedgehog,' in allusion to the prickly scales of the receptacle. The 'cone,' composed of the disk flowers and stiff paper bracts, is remarkably sturdy and prickly feeling'try it!
Used as an immune system stimulant'especially with the bitter tasting root of goldenseal (Hydrastis). Also used for wounds, fevers, colds and colics, nausea and 'nerves.'
Photo by Steve Morse