Autumnal Apices

Autumn has just begun, and many of the summer flora are reaching their peak – literally, in terms of plant size and height. The giant elephant ear – Alocasia Calidora – is 8′ tall. The white-skinned sunchokes – Helianthus tuberosus, “Jerusalem Artichokes” – are 9-10′ in height.

The dramatic, exotic Alocasia Calidora, "Persian Palm", at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is reaching it's apex.
The dramatic, exotic Alocasia Calidora, “Persian Palm”, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is reaching it’s apex.
The white sunchokes - Helianthus tuberosus, "Jerusalem Artichokes". Almost time to lop off the flowers to minimize the spreading of seeds.
The white sunchokes – Helianthus tuberosus, “Jerusalem Artichokes”. Almost time to lop off the flowers to minimize the spreading of seeds.

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