Spring 2014 Louisiana Super Plants listed

Kauai White and Kauai Rose torenia. Photos courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

Kauai White and Kauai Rose torenia. Photos courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

It’s springtime!

What are the new Louisiana Super Plants?

LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings revealed them last week in a presentation sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.

For those not familiar with Louisiana Super Plants, they are varieties that have undergone extensive testing in our state and found to be great performers from north to south, east to west.

Joining previously announced winners are three news ones for spring 2014:

  • Flutterby Tutti Fruitti Pink Petite buddleia. Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

    Flutterby Tutti Fruitti Petite Pink buddleia. Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

    Kauai torenia: Finally, an alternative to impatiens for colorful flowers in shady spots. Torenias, also known as wishbone flowers, like hot and humid climates, so they’re right at home in Louisiana. The Kauai series are compact, mounding plants that grow to about 8 inches tall and blooms from mid-spring through fall. Colors include blue and white, lemon drop, deep blue, rose, burgundy and magenta. And, like impatiens, deadheading is not required.

  • Luna hibiscus: These seed-grown hardy hibiscuses produce huge flowers on dwarf plants that grow to only about 3 feet tall. Flowers, 7 to 8 inches in diameter, are borne all through summer into fall. Colors include red, rose, pink, white and pink swirl. Give them a sunny spot in well-drained soil and limited irrigation. They are also suitable for pots.
  • Flutterby Tutti Fruitti Petite Pink buddleia: Buddleias, commonly known as butterfly bushes, are butterfly, bee and hummingbird magnets. While most older varieties get quite large, this one grows to about 30-by-30 inches. Drought tolerant and a prolific bloomer, Allen proclaimed Flutterby Tutti Fruitti Petite Pink a “super Super Plant.”

So there you have the new ones. But, remember, once a Super Plant, always a Super Plant. Here’s a list of the previous winners to refresh your memory:

Fall 2013

  • ‘Diamonds Blue’ delphinium
  • Drift rose
  • Willow oak

Spring 2013

  • Little Ruby alternanthera
  • Bandana lantanas
  • Aphrodite althea

Fall 2012

  • Sorbet violas
  • Conversation Piece azalea
  • Evergreen sweetbay magnolia

Spring 2012

  • Senorita Rosalita cleome
  • Baby Wing begonia
  • Penny Mac hydrangea

Fall 2011

  • Swan columbine
  • Redbor kale
  • Belinda’s Dream rose
  • Southern sugar maple

Spring 2011

  • Serena angelonia
  • Frostproof gardenia
  • Butterfly pentas
  • Shoal Creek vitex

Fall 2010

  • Amazon dianthus
  • Camelot foxglove
  • ShiShi Gashira camellia
Luna hibiscus. Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

Luna hibiscus. Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

 

 

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