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Smaller daisy, sweeter corn, and other 1988 winners.

Smaller daisy, sweeter corn, and other 1988 winners Unusual colors and compact plants stand out as some of the most significant features of this year's All-America winners. Judged superior in their calss, three flowers and five vegetables won the coveted title for 1988.

To select All-America plants, horticultural experts judge new varieties of seed-grown flowers and vegetables for performance in 60 locations throughout Nort America. Winners must show significant improvements over old varieties.

Last year, we grew all seven winners in Sunset's test gardens in Menlo Park, California. Most performed exceptionally well in our coastal climate (Zone 15). Keep in mind, however, that they may not be the best varieties for your climate.

These new seeds may be available at nurseries, or check mail-orders catalogs.

'New Look' celosia. What sets this celosia apart from other varieties is its deep bronze foliage and small plant size--only 10 inches tall when mature. The intense scarlet plumes maintain their vibrant color well into the fall without fading.

Petunia 'Ultra Crimson Star'. This is the first bedding plant to be evaluated both in the greenhouse and the garden. Its compact growth (8 to 10 inches high), long bloom season, and uniform star pattern set this petunia apart from others.

'Snow Lady' Shasta daisy. Another winner for its small size (to about 12 inches), 'Snow Lady' produces a mass of large (2-1/2-inch-wide), white, yellow-centred flowers all summer long.

'Burgundy' okra. In areas with warm summers, this okra is not only very productive, it's ornamental, too, with yellow hibiscus-like flowers, purple pods, and red-veined green leaves. Because of a cool summer, our plants never got established.

'Honey'n Pearl' sweet corn. Ears of this elevated-sugar corn retain their sweetness for days after harvest. Kernels are mixed white and yellow. Mature plants typically reach 6 feet, though our test plants grew to only 5 feet.

'Mexi Bell' pepper. A bell pepper with a pungent taste, it produces 3- to 4-inch diameter fruits. Once peppers turn red, their succulent flesh is sweet with spicy ribs (spicier in hot climates). Resists tobacco mosaic virus.

'Salad Bush' cucumber. Compact plants produce high yields of 8-inch-long, mild and sweet cucumbers throughout summer. Resists several diseases, including powdery mildew and cucumber mosaic.

'Super Chili' pepper. High yields of spicy fruit on this ornamental pepper make it stand out from other small-fruited varieties. The 2-1/2-inch-long, cone-shaped peppers, borne upright on semicompact plants, have a hot, thin flesh. Chilies can be used fresh or dried.
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