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Pulmonarias and the Borage family
Bennett, Masha.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2003]

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240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
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QK495.B73 B46 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This work on the family Boraginaceae details the biology, ecology, and cultivation of more than 200 species and hundreds of varieties. This family includes not only the popular genus Pulmonaria (commonly known as lungworts), but also many other highly ornamental plants. Apart from the old favorites such as forget-me-nots, comfrey, borage, heliotrope, and alkanet, the book details many less well known plants that include honeywort, gromwell, languid-ladies, and prophet flower. It gives full details on the biology and classification of Boraginaceae, pulmonarias in their habitat, cultivation and propagation, descriptions of Pulmonaria species and cultivars, and other plants of the borage family in the wild and in cultivation.

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The Borages, as a group, tend to be overlooked by gardeners. One or two forms of Pulmonaria, to be sure, as well as Amsinckia, Borago, Heliotropium, Mertensia, Myosotis, and Symphytum, are familiar to many gardeners as flowering plants or herbs, but the rest of the family is unfamiliar. Botanist and horticulturist Bennett gathers together a wealth of information about those plants that are familiar as well as many that are less so. Along with Pulmonaria, some 46 of the 155 genera in the family are discussed. There are 15 pages of introductory matter, 194 pages of plant descriptions, and 16 pages of appendixes. Two things are outstandingly valuable: the indexes are complete and allow finding synonyms easily, and each generic description has a list of references keyed to the three pages of bibliography in the appendixes. One further useful touch is the three pages of plant hardiness zone maps for Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and North America north of Mexico. A useful book for the serious gardener, and indispensable for the horticultural library. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. G. P. DeWolf Jr. emeritus, Massachusetts Bay Community College