Whenever I get one of these big encyclopedic plant books, I invariably turn to an entry for a plant I know well. And then I turn to the entries for plants I’m confused about. And then I turn to an entry for a totally obscure plant I’m sure they won’t have.
Does Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants pass the test? Yes—pretty much. I haven’t begun to plumb the depths of this 1k-plus-page encyclopedia, but I look forward to avidly reading the whole damn thing.
First test: I really needed to know the difference between helianthus, heliopsis, and helenium. Really. Although photos are grouped in signatures, rather than appearing on every page, the entries are all next to each other. I left the section feeling greatly enriched. Herbaceous Perennial Plants passes the he-he-he test with flying colors.Next: I had to decide: did I want to plant echinops or eryngium? After reading both entries thoroughly, I’m still not sure. There is an eryngium giganteum that gets to 4 feet, but I’m not sure I can find it.
Second, is boehmeria in here? No, not that I can see, unless the botanical name is changed. However, flipping through, I found tons of other plants I’m eager to acquire.
Finally, just turning the pages at random, what’s the grossest or weirdest plant name? Early days, but I’m gonna go with blechnum.
Enough with my silliness. Wouldn’t you love to have a copy of Herbaceous Perennial Plants for your very own? Here’s what you do: answer these 3 questions correctly. In deference to our West Coast readers, I will close this contest at 6 p.m. EST and draw from the correct comments. Two correct comments will win. Got it? Good.
The genus Gaillardia encompasses some wonderful native species. Where did Gaillardia get its name?
Eupatorium perfoliatum is often known as boneset; from where did that name come?
From where did the name Annabelle hydrangea come?
Answer them in comments, and I’ll pick 2 winners at 6 p.m. EST.
If I don’t get correct answers, I’ll just pick from comments.
Thanks for playing!
NEW RULES. Since the correct answers have been posted, I am giving one to Carol, and for the other one I will simply choose/draw from comments at 3 EST.
THE WINNER of the second book is Yolana, chosen from a random drawing. Thanks for playing and for the interesting comments. And if you didn’t win, I guarantee that this book is worth picking up.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on August 31, 2008 at 5:00 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.