This is one part in a weekly series featuring UC Davis Community Favorites, 75 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region and recommended by local gardeners.
Jazze purple rose
Size: Under 2 feet tall
Bloom season: Spring, summer and early fall
Exposure: Partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week
Snapshot: Easy care and prolific, this showy Peruvian lily hybrid, introduced by Pan American Seed, offers plenty of large purple-rose flowers from spring through October. The flowers tend to fade if grown in full Sacramento sun, but this lily loves a spot with a little afternoon shade. This is a great pick for cut flowers, too. You can see specimens in the arboretum's Chilean collection on the UC Davis campus.
Why it's a Favorite:"Puts on amazing show in our front yard in spring and early summer then comes back for a small encore in late summer and fall," said UC Davis Vice Chancellor John Meyer. "This performer shines without much help from the director my kind of actor!"
For more on the Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars, click on http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
See a photo gallery of the Community Favorites online at www.sacbee.com/home_garden.
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