Dogbane, Autumn Gold


oil on canvas

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When the weather turns to chilly evenings Apocynum cannabinum will hold bright orange, red and green leaves on the same twelve inches of sturdy stem. The stems are a delicious deep cool red top to bottom. Everything about the plant becomes, for two weeks, a painters delight.

Some beautifully colored plants receive less than romantic, sometimes horrible common names. One example is Dogbane. It is also called Indian Hemp. The scientific latin name is difficult to pronounce. There is a thing that happens with naming things and places. People tend to remember the awkward names, those are the ones that eventually stick. If I named the plant it would be called "September Fire".

framed Dogbane Autumn Gold
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