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Interesting article! My husband and I hike in Manassas, in VA and just this past weekend noticed this very plant, except in a brilliant red.

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Kathy Dunn

Can you use this in Southwestern gardens (So Cal)? If so, where can you purchase??

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I will definitely try L. squarrosa next year! My L. pycnostachya grew very tall this year--5 ft. + Had nice blooms, but with that height, they tend to flop over. A deer nipped one off early in the season, leaving about 12 in.

of plant--to my surprise, it developed many branches with smaller blooms--one could intentionally garden them this way? See photo

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