By Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaJust a glimpse of the bright, true-blue flowers of perennialplumbago and it will be love at first sight. It’s easy to see whythe Georgia Plant Selections Committee chose this durable,gorgeous flowering groundcover as the 2006 Georgia Gold Medalwinner for herbaceous perennials. Perennial plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) growsjust 6 to 10 inches tall and spreads 1 to 2 feet wide. It’s agreat choice for filling spaces between shrubs, creeping overrocks in a rock garden, adding a splash of blue to the perennialborder or spilling over walls.Drought and deer tolerance and a long bloom period are otheroutstanding qualities of this award-winning plant.BackgroundPerennial plumbago, also called leadwort, belongs to a group ofdeciduous perennials and shrubs from eastern Africa and Asia. It’s a semiwoody, mat-forming perennial that spreads by rhizomes,or shallow underground stems. It thrives in hardiness zones 5 to9.The plant dies back to the ground each year. Then it leafs outlate in the spring. So, plant it where it won’t get damaged byearly spring cultivation.The late spring green-up makes perennial plumbago an excellentplant for interplanting with spring-flowering bulbs. Its leaveswill be emerging just as the foliage of the bulbs is dying back.When they emerge, the shiny green leaves are up to 2 inches long.They turn bronze-red in the fall.True-bluePerennial plumbago’s medium-blue flowers resemble those ofwoodland phlox. They emerge in terminal clusters in late summerand continue to emerge until the fall frost. It’s anexceptionally long bloom period. Each flower is one-half tothree-quarters of an inch across and has five petals.The plant prefers a sunny site. But it will tolerate someafternoon shade. Once you get it established, it’s quitedrought-tolerant. Plant it in the spring so you’ll be sure to getit established before the summer bloom. The spring planting willenable it to become hardier next winter, too.Fertilize perennial plumbago lightly in the spring and again inearly summer, if you need to encourage more rapid cover. Waituntil new leaves emerge to prune out any dead wood from theprevious season.Summer cuttings, spring division, root cuttings and seeds are allcommon methods used to propagate the plant. And you’ll want moreof this Georgia Gold Medal winner.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page 21
Virginia L Hood, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.A.C.P., professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. UVM medical alumnus David Bronson, M.D.’73, F.A.C.P., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, has been named president-elect. Their terms began during Internal Medicine 2011, ACP’s annual scientific meeting, held April 7 to 9, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.Hood has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) — an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine — since 1991. She served as ACP governor for the Vermont chapter from 1991 to 1994 and in 2003, was named a laureate of the Vermont chapter. These awards honor local fellows or masters of ACP who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, or who have provided service to their community, chapter and ACP.Hood was elected to the ACP Board of Regents in 2005 and re-elected in 2008. She served as the 2008-2010 chair of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee. Hood has also served as chair of the ACP International Subcommittee, now the International Council, and the Awards Committee. She served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee and is an ex-officio member of the ACP Membership Committee.Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Hood earned a medical degree from the University of Sydney and completed a residency at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Australia. She completed two years of fellowship training in nephrology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and her third year of fellowship training at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now Fletcher Allen Health Care). In 1993, she received a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.A resident of Burlington, Hood is an attending physician and chair of the Residents’ Research and Scholarly Activity Committee at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She is also a consulting physician for Central Vermont Medical Center. In addition to her involvement with ACP, Hood has served in an advisory capacity to the State of Vermont’s health care programs as a member of the Drug Utilization Review Board in the Office of Vermont Health Care Access (Medicaid). She also served as a member of the Diabetes Surveillance Committee, Healthy Vermonters 2010 Heart Disease Workgroup and Ladies First Program for the Vermont Department of Health. Hood contributed to developing and updating the guidelines for Management of Diabetes for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care.Bronson, who leads Cleveland Clinic’s nine community hospitals in northeast Ohio, is a member of the Board of Regents of the ACP. A professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, he has served on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and the Executive Management Team. Bronson is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1992 and led the Clinic’s multi-site regional practices, including operations in Canada, from 1995 to 2008. After receiving his medical degree from UVM, Bronson completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, where he was chief resident.The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.###
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