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Re: Local lotus

Gorgeous! And yes Jim, people get way too over excited about the Live Oak. It is the landscapers choice for street trees around here. What the H--l??? A live oak is NOT a street tree. And they seed terribly. I'm constantly battling them in the shade garden now. You'd think those pesky squirrels would remember where they buried the acorns and eat the darned things! However, in the tree's defense, in the right place I think they're one of the most beautiful trees ever. ----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Local lotus

This native seems to be considered an invasive in a number of places, Auralie. Which confirms my suspicion that "invasive" often means "a plant I don't like" to the list compilers. If it's major crime is that it seeds around to a level of nuisance in its native territory, then my vote for the number one invasive plant would be the southern live oak, which the native plant folks hereabout seem to slobber over here.

On Aug 10, 2007, at 3:17 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

I think it's beautiful, too, Jim, but for some reason it is listed as
an invasive around here.  I can't understand it, because the water
plants that are invasive in the areas I know are water chestnuts and
pickerel weed.  I don't remember seeing the Nelumbo  lutea anywhere
nearer than Nova Scotia.

In a message dated 08/10/2007 12:51:54 PM Eastern Standard Time,
silverhawk@flash.net writes:


james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
The lotus in the local library's retention pond is blooming. My
problem, no longer being terribly agile, was/is getting close enough to
the blooms to get a really good picture. For this one, I'd walked out
as far as I could on the tops of cypress knees that more-or-less define
the margin between swamp and upland. It must have been a spectacle to


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27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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