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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Garden visitor and Facebook fan Dinah Foreman found this beautiful plant by a creek in western Henrico County. Isn’t it awesome? She messaged us because she was looking for some help identifying it.  Any guesses?  Would you believe that the common name for this is “Hearts-a-Bustin.'” You’ve got to love that! The Latin name is Euonymus americanus.

euonymus americanus

Euonymus americanus, Hearts-a-Bustin’

Imagine my delight when I came across this arrangement today at the Garden Club of Virginia Rose Show featuring the very same plant!  Such a beauty.

Garden Club of Virginia arrangement

An award-winning arrangement from the Boxwood Garden Club, featured at the 2013 Garden Club of Virginia Rose Show, featuring hearts-a-bustin (Euonymus americanus), roses, and toad lily.

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