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Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers

Describing the Most Desirable Plants, for Borders, Rockeries, and Shrubberies.

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Author: John Wood
Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 119,881 / 371 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.6
LoC Category: SB
Downloads: 835
Added to site: 2006.07.27
mnybks.net#: 14356
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Instructional
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NUNCULACEÆ.

Hardy, perennial, and herbaceous. This is one of the finest subjects for autumn flowering. The whole plant, which stands nearly 3ft. high, is stately and distinct (Fig. 2); the leaves are dark green, large, deeply cut and veined, of good substance, and slightly drooping. The flowers are a fine blue (a colour somewhat scarce in our gardens at that season), irregularly arranged on very stout stems; in form they exactly resemble a monk's hood, and the manner in which they are held from the stems further accords with that likeness. These rich flowers are numerously produced; a three-year-old plant will have as many as six stout stems all well furnished, rendering the specimen very conspicuous.

This is one form of the Monk's-hood long grown in English gardens, and is called "old-fashioned." A. japonicum, according to some, is identical with it, but whether that is so or not, there is but a slight difference, and both, of course, are good.

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