Think You Can Identify This Plant? No. 31 – March 2008

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

Send your entry by March 31, 2008 to email us with “Mystery Plant #31 – March” in the subject line. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

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Last month’s mystery plant was Lobelia cardinalis, otherwise known as cardinal flower. Cardinal flower is a perennial native from New Brunswick all the way down to Texas and Florida, and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 8. In late summer and early fall it bears spikes of brilliant scarlet, tubular flowers that are attractive to hummingbirds on stems 3 feet tall. This plant prefers moist to wet, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Renee Stucki of Rigby, Idaho, was chosen at random from all correct entries to receive a free one-year subscription to Fine Gardening. Congratulations, Renee!

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.

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