Think You Can Identify This Plant? No. 26 – October 2007

Contest rules

The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries. The correct answer and winner will be announced on the following eLetter’s contest page. In the event there is no correct response, no prize will be awarded. The Taunton Press is not responsible for system breakdowns or lost emails.

This contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Employees, officers, and directors of The Taunton Press, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, dealers, advertising and promotion agencies, their respective employees, officers, directors and agents, and those associated with the development, distribution or implementation of this Contest, their immediate families (including parents, in-laws, siblings, children or spouse, regardless of where they live) and members of the same household, whether related or not, are not eligible to participate. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Winners agree to allow The Taunton Press to use their name in conjunction with this contest and subsequent promotion.

The winner will receive a free year of Fine Gardening magazine. If the winner is a current subscriber, a year will be added to his/her subscription term. The prize is non-transferable, and no cash substitutions will be made. The total value of this prize is $29.95. All taxes are the responsibility of the prize winner.

This month’s mystery plant.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

If you know the genus and species of this month’s mystery plant, you could win a year’s subscription to Fine Gardening. If you’re already a subscriber, we’ll add a year onto your subscription.

Email us your entry by November 1, 2007, with “Mystery Plant #26 – October” in the subject line. Along with your guess, please include your mailing address and your telephone number. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

Last month’s winner

Last  month’s mystery plant: Imperata cylindrica.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Last month’s mystery plant was Japanese blood grass ( Imperata cylindrical ‘Red Baron’), a perennial grass hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. While this grass is considered aggressive or invasive in some Southeastern states, in other regions it is a useful red accent in beds, borders, and the edges of woodlands, and grows to 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It prefers full sun to dappled shade and moist but well-drained soil. Japanese blood grass also makes a handsome addition to container plantings. Congratulations to Sandy Waks of Mill Valley, California, whose name was chosen at random from all correct entries to win a one-year subscription to Fine Gardening.

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