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Death Becomes Them

Arc borders with Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian', Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', and Molinia caerulea 'Skyracer' on the right and Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose', Echinacea purpurea, Veronicastrum virginicum, Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch', Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, and Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky' on left at Hayefield

Misspelled words are usually either annoying or embarrassing, depending on whether you’re reading them or creating them. But every once in a while, they inspire a whole new line of thought. When I recently ran across “necrofilia” (never mind where, but really, it was nothing horrible), I read it as “necrofolia,” and suddenly, there was the perfect term for an entire horticultural subculture.

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