Archive for October 11, 2008

“Looks like jalapenos”

   My son, Brennan, planted this Spanish Flag vine from seed he found at the Oakhill Jackson community garden party earlier this year. The community garden that was planted in southeast Cedar Rapids, like much else in that neighborhood, unfortunately succumbed to flooding. But happily, the seeds sown elsewhere thrived.  The foliage of this plant reminded me of sweet potatoes when it first was growing. Brennan said the flower “looks like jalapenos,” an apt description.

   From what I’ve found, Spanish flag, (botanical name: Mina lobata) is an annual vine that grows in full sun and well-drained soil. Brennan’s was planted under a tree, so he must have the right touchJ

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Savanna walk

   Author Connie Mutel will lead a walk through restored oak savannas at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. Mutel will discuss the history and modification of these rare ecosystems and highlight portions of her new book, “The Emerald Horizon.” Participants should meet at the Nature Center barn. Admission is $4 or $3 for members. For more information, call (319) 362-0664.

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