134 posts in Plant Profiles

December 2016 Plant Profile: Arbutus unedo

Except for their bright red fruits and similar common names, the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) and the strawberry (Fragaria spp.) have nothing in common.  This tree is valued as an ornamental broadleaf evergreen for gardens and it has a long history of appreciation in Western cultures.
The species name ‘unedo’ is attributed to Pliny the Elder who said of the fruit “Unum Tantum Edo” (Latin) meaning “I eat only one”.   

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November 2016 Plant Profile: Betula nigra

Betula nigra

Betula Nigra, known as the river birch, has beautiful shaggy bark and is resistant to the bronze birch borer

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Sep 27, 2016 / UW Farm, Plant Profiles / Sarah Geurkink

October 2016 Plant Profile: Phacelia tanacetifolia

The UW Farm attracts pollinators and builds soil with charming purple tansy.

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Jul 28, 2016 / Plant Profiles / Ray Larson

August 2016 Plant Profile: Dierama pulcherrimum

Dierama pulcherrimum photo

Spectacular Angel’s fishing rod shines in the summer garden.

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July 2016 Plant Profile: Phormium cookianum

Phormium cookianum at the Washington Park Arboretum

Don’t miss the New Zealand Flax now in full bloom in Pacific Connections.

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June 2016 Plant Profile: Primula bulleyana

Beautiful primroses will brighten the damp areas of the garden.

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May 2016 Plant Profile: Kalmia latifolia

kalmia photo

The exquisite flower buds on this North American native shrub look like dots of frosting on a decorated cake.

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Apr 5, 2016 / Plant Profiles / Communication Staff

April 2016 Plant Profile: Brassica oleracea

Is that flowering kale still edible? UW farmers say “of course!”

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March 2016 Plant Profile: Abies grandis

Our native grand fir … “is usually left in the forest to make music and distill incense.”

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February 2016 Plant Profile: Taiwania cryptomerioides

One of the best conifers and most unusual for foliar effects in February is Taiwania cryptomerioides, the Coffin tree.

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