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What does a moon plant look like

What does a moon plant look like

What does a moon plant look like

The moon plant is native to Central America and isThe blooms unfurl from cone-shaped buds as the sun goes down, as well as on cloudy days. They stay open all night, exuding their sweet fragrance into the air, before closing up again the next morning. Moonflower is best planted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. It is a fast-growing vine and can reach around 10 to 20 feet long in just one season under optimal conditions.

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Few annuals are bolder or make more of a statement than cardoon. It's the essence of exotic. This stately plant can reach 5 feet tall and bears toothed, thistlelike, silvery leaves. The blooms, which look like silvery-violet artichokes, take a backseat to the plant's impressive foliage display. Start indoors from seed or start from seed directly in the ground after all danger of frost has passed. Keep amply watered, but do not overwater. Though it's perennial in Zones 7-9, it's usually grown as an annual. Cardoon reseeds freely.

It's amazing that the tall, dramatic spider flower is only an annual. Once temperatures warm up, it zooms to 4 feet or more very quickly and produces large balls of flowers with fascinating long seedpods that whirl out from it. Cut it for vases, but be aware that the flowers shatter easily after a few days. It typically self-seeds prolifically, so you only need to plant it once. Because it develops surprisingly large thorns, it's best to keep spider flower away from walkways. Plant established seedlings in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Cleome does best in moderately rich, well-drained soil. Be careful about fertilizing or you'll have extremely tall and floppy plants. Group in clusters of 6 or more for best effect. (Source: www.bhg.com)

 

 

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