Antogonon leptopus (Corallita) in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua. 

It probably can’t survive the winters here (one site I read said it couldn’t survive below 10° c.) but I’m going to wrap it up and stick it in the barn for the coldest months. Worth a try. 

I’m not sure what the Latin name might be, but this was labeled “Pepe Rosso” in Italian. Definitely not a real pepper tree, but maybe not what Italians call “false pepper” either… hmm.

Salvia apiana, a new plant for the Hortus Horrei. 

Cryptotaenia japonica (Mitsuba)

I’ve tried to grow it from seeds I brought back from Japan, but never had any luck, and gave up. Today when I saw this Japanese parsley plant at the “Azienda Agricola La MargheRita” I decided it was time to buy it. First a nibble, and then I was sure I had to add it to the Hortus Horrei collection! 

Canna coccinea flower and seedpods outside the Hortus Horrei, Corte Eremo, Mantua.

Thank you, Nancy J. Ondra, for this beautiful plant. It’s only 6 months old, but looking good.

Outside the Hortus Horrei, Corte Eremo, Mantua.

Perilla frutescens, Verbascum thapsus, Verbena bonariensis, Ipomea purpurea, Mucuna pruriens…

The Hortus Horrei is beautiful in September!

Begonia grandis (Hardy begonia) is spreading around the Hortus Horrei without any human intervention. Thank you, Daria Levoni, for the first plant. It’s definitely a gift that keeps on giving!  

Calicarpa japonica and friends in the Hortus Horrei, Curtatone, Mantua.