Unusual Flowers

Thirteen varieties of “cut flowers” that aren’t usually considered cut flowers were grown at the Horticulture Research Center (HRC) outside of Fort Collins, Colorado during the 2004 growing season. See below for photos and comments on each of the unusual varieties. All of these varieties were started in the greenhouse in mid-April and transplanted to the field in late-May/early-June. Our summer intern Jeff with a beautiful bouquet of kale.

Castor Beans (Ricinus communis)

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Variety
Comments
Carmencita Bright Red GH, great as a filler and for drying, grew well, very large robust, tropical looking plants
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Zanzibariensis Mix GH, great as a filler though green flowers did not stand out as much, grew well, very robust

Herbs

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Variety Name /Scientific Name
Comments
Cinnamon Basil

Ocimum basilicum

All of the basil varieties grew well and made great filler in fresh cut vases
Magical Michael

Ocimum basilicum

 

All of the basil varieties grew well and made great filler in fresh cut vases
Osmin Purple Basil

Ocimum basilicum

All of the basil varieties grew well and made great filler in fresh cut vases
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Red Rubin Basil

Ocimum basilicum

All of the basil varieties grew well and made great filler in fresh cut vases
Purple Ruffles Basil

Ocimum basilicum

All of the basil varieties grew well and made great filler in fresh cut vases
Lavendar Lady

Lavandula angustifolia

Fairly productive, good for fresh or dried, vase life 7-10 days.
Wild Marjoram

Origanum majorana

good variety for wreaths
Mexican Mint Marigold

Tagetes lucida

good variety for wreaths

Kale – Ornamental (Brassica oleracea)

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Variety
Comments
Sunrise
GH, plants struggled, had a lot of caterpillar damage, “flowers” are interesting and have a long vase life but might make a better border or as ornamentals
Sunset
GH, same as above

Okra – Ornamental (Abelmoschus esculentus)

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Variety
Comments
Kakuhou
GH, did well despite some flea beetle damage early on, can be used fresh or dried as an ornamental
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Okrazilla
GH, same as above, had thick, grooved, green okra pods, interesting texture for a bouquet

 

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