May 21, 2004

Welcome, Christine!

Christine Engelbrecht joined the Plant Disease Clinic staff on May 10th. Christine recently completed the requirements for a PhD in the Department of Plant Pathology at Iowa State University. Her research centered on the fungus Ceratocystis fimbriata, a relative of the oak wilt fungus.

Christine grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and received her B.S. in Biology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Christine can be reached in the Plant Disease Clinic at 515-294-0581. Her e-mail address is .

Low-maintenance perennials

All perennials require maintenance. Watering, fertilizing, pinching, staking, deadheading, dividing, and providing winter protection are common maintenance chores. Some perennials require frequent attention through the growing season. Others require minimal maintenance. The following perennials require minimal maintenance, but are attractive additions to the home landscape.

Low Maintenance Perennials for Sun Butterfly Weed Peony (Asclepias tuberosa) (Paeonia hybrids)