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'Texas Gold' Columbine:
Spectacular New Shade-Blooming Perennial For Texas

Too much shade plagues tens of thousands of home landscapes all across Texas. Why? Because the vast majority of plants known for their striking blossoms prefer sunny locations, and they flower poorly, if at all, in shady areas. Horticultural help is on the way however for , after many years of testing and development, a new "Queen of the Shade-dappled Garden" is about to ascend her Texas throne.

This delicate, bold and beautiful perennial has been christened the 'Texas Gold' Columbine. This plant, whose scientific name is Aquiligia chrysantha 'Texas Gold,' is heaven-sent for partially shady areas of Texas landscapes. A Texas native, this new plant is a cultivated selection form a rare perennial wildflower found in moist, shady areas only along a few remote streams and waterfalls in the Big Bend area of west Texas.

World-Class Advantages

Years of field testing by horticulture specialists with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service have shown 'Texas Gold' to be a truly superior performer. Its advantages include: 'Texas Gold' should give excellent performance in all areas of Texas with the possible exception of the Rio Grande Valley and the Panhandle. Even in these two areas, 'Texas Gold' is most worthy of trial planting (Lubbock and northward, plant in semi-shade along the south wall of a building for winter protection).

"Earth-Kind" Growing Tips

Proper site selection and soil preparation are crucial factors in making 'Texas Gold' plants happy in your landscape. If spider mites or leaf miners make the foliage unattractive by mid to late summer, use hedge shears or a string trimmer to completely remove all foliage down to a few inches above the crown of the plant. Gather and destroy this infested foliage to greatly reduce pest populations without having to resort to pesticides. When temperatures cool in the fall, new leaves should be produced and the plants will come on like gangbusters.

Landscaping Pointers

To maximize its landscape performance, arrange in easy, natural drifts, avoiding the regimentation of straight lines. Mass them in the perennial border, or tucked into unused corners of flower beds, or almost anywhere you need bold spring color.

Plants already blooming in one gallon containers are great for instant beauty. If covering a large area, consider plants in 4-inch pots which, while they likely will not bloom until spring of 1994, are less expensive and represent excellent value.

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