Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTO! Snow? In the middle of summer?

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Photo/Illustration: Erle Nickel

Todays’ photo is from Erle Nickel in Oakland, California. He says, “No, that’s not a snow drift blanketing this plant. It’s the intriguing Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer.’  Native to Greece, it features a large rosette of silvery gray foliage and in summer five foot tall flower spikes that look all the world like spun cotton. Bright yellow flowers seem to be escaping from their snowy cocoon. A showstopper for a sunny bed.” This plant is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9. Thanks, Erle, for sending in this great shot!

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  1. arboretum 06/21/2010

    erie, cooool! maybe you'll think i'm crazy, but this reminds me so much of a culinary 'rarity', Mexican huitlacoche. It is a fungus that grows on corn kernels and has an earthy mushroomy flavor. the mexicans harvest it in october and it appears in many different dishes!

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