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Growing Blue Witches’ Hats: Learn About Hedgehog Sage Plant Care
By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Blue witches’ hat offers blue blooms beloved by pollinators but does require specific conditions for growth. Learn more here.
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Pycnostachys, Hedgehog Sage
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Where to Grow:
Soil pH requirements:
From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed sow indoors before last frost
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
On Oct 29, 2019, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:
It’s blooming in my garden now. Love the beautiful spiky flowers!
On Dec 20, 2016, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I'm in 8b/9a and have had good luck getting this plant to thrive. I'm hoping I get some seedlings I can transplant out into a sunnier location. It has been in for two years and is blooming fine in mostly shade. Reminds me of Sage or Agatache, but the flowers are unusual and fun.
On Jun 6, 2014, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:
Hedgehog Sage (Pycnostachys urticifolia) is an evergreen, aromatic, perennial shrub occurring naturally in South Africa. It can reach upwards of 1–2.5 m high, with mauve to dark blue flowers which are arranged in spikes at the tips of the branches. It flowers very late in autumn, from about April until June. It is seen at its best in warm places,and is frost tender. It provides food for grasshoppers, and the flowers attract bees and butterflies.
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The end of October ushers in Halloween, and all kinds of spooky things come to mind – from witches and skeletons to bats and mummies. At Logee’s, we have rare and unusual plants to accompany these frightful images, as well as a few that can bring the “trick or treat” theme to life this season. Dare to take a look for yourself and see what you think…
Blue Witches Hat
Blue Witches Hat (Pycnostachys urticifolia)
Blue Witches Hat (Pycnostachys urticifolia) is a plant whose cobalt-blue flowers open from the bottom upward and give the appearance of witches’ hats with wide brims growing on the branching tips of this South African shrub. The large, 4” flowers bloom from fall to spring and it’s a reliable bloomer the first year. The green, glossy, heart-shaped foliage gives a pleasing look to this remarkable plant.
Cholla Tillandsia Set
We think of skeletons when we look at Cholla Tillandsia. The cholla is the dried interior of a cactus with holes that resemble a wooden skeleton. It makes a wonderful Halloween decoration with the colorful crown of the red Abdita Tillandsia growing on top of the decorative green moss. To keep the tillandsia healthy, mist once or twice a week.
Black Bat Flower
Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)
Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri) blooms around Halloween and the unusual black flowers look like giant bats with long cat whiskers that are suspended in mid-air above the broad, shiny leaves. Black Bat Flower is native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Grow in partial sun or filtered light as these are understory plants and do not like direct sunlight much like bats themselves. Be sure to grow in a well-aerated soil mix and a clay pot to keep the roots healthy.
Resurrection Fern (Selaginella lepidophylla)
The Resurrection Fern (Selaginella lepidophylla) is a plant that comes back from the dead like mummies. If forgotten about, it shrivels up, turns brown in color and looks dead but as soon as it is given water, it sprouts back to life within a couple of hours and becomes a living green fern. Native from Texas to El Salvador, the Resurrection Fern is a fascinating natural wonder and can be kept in its brown, dormant state for years. If kept watered, it continues to grow and can become a large specimen. This fern is a great introduction to the wonder of plants and nature for our youngest gardeners.
Living Stones (Lithops species)
Living Stones (Lithops species) is another plant that tricks the gardener. When viewed, it looks like pebbles sitting in a pot, but upon closer inspection you can see that they are living plants with fleshy, colorful tops. The trick to keeping Living Stones looking like pebbles is to make sure these South African natives have plenty of sunshine and limit the water to once or twice a month. This easy-to-grow plant is perfect for the beginning gardener.
The plant kingdom may have played a bigger role in the trick or treat season of Halloween with its sometimes bizarre, yet beautiful, plants that it has to offer. Thank you for visiting. If you’re not too spooked, be sure to request your free Logee’s catalog. You can learn more about the rare plants mentioned in this article below. Happy Halloween!
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Broomsticks, pointy hats, black cats and big noses: there’s no costume more timeless and classic than a witch. But even more important than her famous accessories, the modern-day witch completes her spooky ensemble with some fierce makeup. Whether you want to go green and ghoulish, subtle and sexy, or something in between, there’s a wicked witch look out there that will have you practically cackling with glee.
What is color magick?
"Color magick is using the color spectrum and the intention of each color to invoke its magical response," says witch and art advisor Sarah Potter. To experiment with color magick, you can place items of different colors around your home to help create different energies. If you’re on a budget and want to try it out without spending a lot of money, Potter suggests trying placing flowers around your home to see how they change the mood. Who knew home decor could be witchcraft? Personally, I most often use color magick when working with candles. For instance, I choose green candles for money drawing spells and pink for conjuring up some self-love.
However, my favorite way to use color magick is in my beauty routine (witchy makeup addicts, rejoice). Of course, we all have favorite colors that work best with our style and skin tone, but don’t be afraid to experiment with glamour magick. For instance, opt for a blue manicure if you’re over-stressed and need some peace, or if you’re in the mood to seduce, go for a glamorous red manicure. Keep reading to learn the magickal properties associated with each color along with a tip on how to incorporate it into your life.
- soda can
- black spray paint
- white, red, and blue acrylic paint
- small paint brushes
- hot glue
- scraps of fabric and felt
- paper clip
- dowel rod
- pine needles or straw
- black floss
- old necklace optional
- feathers optional
- scrap of white cardstock
- thin cardboard
I saw the idea on a blog I follow suzysitcom.com and made changes to suit myself so please feel free to make your own changes.
In order to make the witch's mouth at the bottom of her face you need to be careful how you crush the can. Remove the tab first. Push the back of the bottom rim up and in toward the top of the can so it flattens to the back of the can. Push the opening of the can down on the front so it will be flat on the front of the can when crushed. This will give you a finished product that has the end with the opening flat on one side and the bottom of the can flat on the other side.
Once you start the ends you can lay the can down on the floor and step on it to finish flattening it. Don't worry if the face ends up facing one direction or another you can make it work as I did with Carlena.
Spray paint the can black front and back and let dry. Don't worry if the paint gets scratched, it will only add character.
Paint the inner circle white then draw the eyes and paint them on. Put on pink cheeks and a dot of pink on the circle of metal left after you removed the tab.
Cut a tooth from white cardstock and glue in the mouth opening.
When it comes to dressing your witches, just have fun. I used a scrap of orange lining fabric, I didn't even worry about the wrinkles. You can make a pattern on cardboard for the hats then cover them with fabric on the front, cut another cardboard template and glue over the back to cover your fabric edges. I wrapped tulle around two of my hats. They don't have to be perfect these are witches and we all know that witches don't take care of their clothes they are too busy making concoctions and brews.
My brooms are a piece of one quarter inch dowel rod with pine needles glued on then floss wrapped around to finish them off. The arms are short pieces of felt glued to the back and brought around to the front. Then they have a hand shape made from white felt glued on and around the dowel rod. The broom is glued to the body.