An incredible succulent for your garden.
Nothing else quite like it! This Mexican Native has smooth pale gray succulent
foliage, it's topped in summer by lovely yellow bloom that shade to
peach near the base. According to reputable San Marcos
growers, hardy to 25 degrees and Yuccado says 8A. This
Evergreen easily comes inside for winter. Overwinters fine
above ground in pots in zone 7, which is generally an indication
of a fair amount of hardiness (pots above ground are colder than
plants in the ground), so it wouldn't surprise me if this was hardy
in zone 7 in a protected spot.
to more than half the country and yet has 'Threatened' status in the
states of Tennessee and Wisconsin. I find this to be one of
the most graceful, elegant Coneflowers due to the pale color and
lovely, thin, extremely-reflexed petals. One of our few
Natives that really can grow in every state due to it's broad range
of zone compatibility. Plants usually rebloom without
deadheading, however deadheading improves general appearance. Freely
self-seeds if at least some of the seed heads are left in place (and
the goldfinches love them.)
paradoxa is just that - a Paradox! A Coneflower that isn't
pink or white but Gold. Echinacea pallida has lovely gold
petals and a bristly dark center. A deep taproot allows it to
be happy in dry conditions but it's just as happy in a normal garden
setting. Native to Missouri and Arkansas. Able to take
almost any temperatures except Zone 10.
Most any, well-drained H: 20-36" W: 12-24"
Echinacea purpurea forms -
Zone:(3)4-8(9) Note on zones: with protection,
they can survive in Zone 3 and with shade can usually make it in zone
9. Theses are not Hybrids but select forms of our Native
the Hat Diva, Hedda Hopper, designed a Coneflower, this would be it! It's
wearing a charming, flamboyant hat! Beautifully unique,
FRAGRANT flowers sprout another set of petals atop the cone in a thoroughly
delightful manner! Generally the doubles don't appear until
their second year and thereafter. German Gardener, Eugen Schleipfer discovered this chance mutation in his garden and
started dividing and promoting the best form. TWENTY years
later, he introduced 'Doublecker' ('Doppelganger') to the
trade. Protection in zone 3, shade in zone 9.
Most any well-drained
H: 40"(IB) W:24" B/M: Pink/7-Frost
of the 'Bones of the Garden' -- one of the best, dependable, 'Tried
'n True' plants to build a garden around is now, also, one of the 'Rare and New
Plants'! White Swan, move over and make room for Fragrant
Angel -- just as pretty as you but with large, fragrant,
horizontal blooms with overlapping petals and huge yellow cones,
often with a green rim when the plant first opens. The strong
stems extend the bloom season from mid-summer thru fall! This
will be THE white Echinacea!
Most any, well-drained H: 20" (40" IB) W:
24" B/M: White/7-Frost with deadheading
A dwarf form of the species. Known for it's short
habit and very long summer bloom. It's beautiful, drooping, clear
rose-pink blooms and large, pin cushion coper to bronze central
cones stand on stems 15-24" and start to bloom in June and if
deadheaded will produce another burst of blooms in August that will
bloom intermittently through Fall. Those you can leave because the
seeds are loved by Goldfinches. And what the birds don't get, will
self seed. A classic!
Most any well-drained
H: 12-24" W: 12-24" B/M: Clear
the same folks that brought you 'Coconut Lime' above, it's the pink
counterpart. Similar to 'Razzmatazz' above but shorter.
We absolutely love the look of this beauty. A new ConefectionTM
Cone-flower (get it?) 3" blooms dazzle the passers by starting
medium to dark pink and fading to lavender pink. Vigorous
grower. Similar to 'Razzmatazz' but much shorter.
Most any, well-drained H: 18-24" W: 18-24"
B/M: Medium Pink/7-Frost with deadheading
just like another white Coneflower, with reflexed overlapping petals
in photos but then you find out: 1) The blooms are GIGANTIC - 3-4"
across and 2) It blooms non-stop, early to late summer even if
you don't deadhead it and 3) It has many more stems than the
other whites which means 4) Many more blooms per plant. Like
an Echinacea on steroids -- just more of everything except height --
it's actually more compact than most which means the mass of blooms
appear even more spectacular. I think it should be call Pow!
Wow! This is a knockout! And it's not a hybrid - it's a
cultivar of dependable 'Bones of the Garden' Echinacea purpurea so
tough as nails.
Most any, well-drained
H: 18-24" IB W: 12-16
White/-Frost with deadheading
Plant Name for Large Photos.
different species! Blooms ALL SUMMER into early fall. Deep
rooted, very adaptable plants. A very choice, rare plant found in
just a few small colonies in the wild. (We grow our own, of course.)
Differing from other coneflowers in that it produces upturned,
instead of drooping, flowers that are a dark mauve; to 4" across.
The petals vary in size with now two plants exactly alike!
Beautiful! Tap rooted.
the great features of the species from Blooming all summer into
Fall, adaptable, upturned instead of dropping blooms in dark mauve.
However, 'Rocky Top' is a select seed strain
(not a cultivar) that produces blooms many of which have petals
thinner than the species, giving them a particularly charming
now run the gamut of color. By crossbreeding, our Native Pink and
White Echinacea purpurea to gold forms such as Echinacea
breeders have come up with colors that pre-2000 would have seemed
impossible. From peach to gold to colors good enough to eat
(and named thusly) they're truly a breeding breakthrough.
Well drained NEUTRAL TO LIMEY soil is a MUST!
Acid or poorly drained soil can be fatal.
new and exclusive 2012 intro from Terra Nova doesn't look like a
garden plant! It's so nearly perfect, that it looks much more
like a flower arrangement of large banana colored daisies with a
perfect upright habit. The color is totally unique and it's
the first DWARF BANANA colored Coneflower.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H: 12" (14"IB) W: 12" B/M:
Yellow/7-10 with deadheading
This amazing introduction from Terra
Nova has a terrific compact size, wonderful habit and beautiful,
3.5" red-orange shuttlecock-type blooms. We're a big fan of 'reflexed'
petals -- they add just charm to the border. The
picture says it all. And the color is just dynamite! No
one will walk by this plant! Another one visited frequently by
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H:34" (38"IB) W: 18" B/M:
With two-toned 3.5" bright orange and yellow blooms,
this reliable re-bloomer is fantastic! FRAGRANT blooms come
all summer on this HUGE Echinacea which can be 40" by 40" in bloom!
Red central cone. One of the EARLIEST to bloom -- even in late
spring, it gets a jump on the Coneflower season. Wonderful
with blues and purples of Veronicas and fabulous with swaying
Soil: Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H:36" (40"IB) W: 40" B/M: Coral/
If you think 'Fragrant Angel's is the best fragrant
white Coneflower, you've just reached the advocate for 'Heavenly
Dream'! With white-white 4" blooms, 'Heavenly Dream' is more
compact in part because the blooms sit atop the foliage rather than
standing tall on long stems above it. Visually for me, it's a
more attractive plant for that reason alone. Bigger blooms
with similar fragrance to it's relative.
It's hard to be the new kid on the block
especially when you're following the great 'Fragrant Angel' but do
not pass this one by -- it is superb! Deadheading prolongs blooms.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H:24" (26-30"IB) W: 24" B/M: White /
7-Frost with deadheading
A beautiful new color from the Big SkyTM
series. Soft golden petals surround brilliant deep orange cones held
upright on sturdy stems. A great color for gardens that make plants
with blue flowers nearby just pop! Petals fade to
creamy yellow and remain attractive with age.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H:24-36" W: 18-24" B/M: Golden
7-Frost with deadheading
What you're saying about us...
I received the plants
yesterday and they are fantastic. I have never received such healthy
plants by mail. I'm stunned. Perfect condition. You are
SO my source for gardening needs now.
Thank you for
doing what you do better than any other source out there.
Harvest, AL regarding her Echinacea order 4/17/09
Large bright yellow, sweetly scented blooms mature to
soft yellow. This floriferous form is vigorous, well-branched
on a very upright plant. The orange central cone with green
backgrounds is amazing for cutting and drying. Compared to
relative 'Mac 'n' Cheese', it's taller with larger, more yellow
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H: 40-48"IB W: 36" B/M: Bright
7-Frost with deadheading
wonderful 2008 introduction that's vigorous, well-branched, compact
white coneflower that produces 25 or more 4 1/2" blooms with an
orange central cone per plant. That a lot of cut flowers.
Probably a third generation cross from wonderful great grandmother
'Fragrant Angel'. Blooms are more horizontal than old standard
'White Swan' with an orange central disc rather than yellow giving
it more 'pop'! Tolerant of heat and humidity but dislikes poor
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H: 18-24" W: 12-18" B/M: White/
New for 2011 this plant
is flat out a blooming fool! With 3" 'Razzmatazz'-like double
flowers with red orange disc flowers and contrasting light pink
rays. A compact habit and well-branched. Sun proof
brilliant color just keeps on coming. Same great growth rate
as 'Pink Double Delight'. So many Echinaceas to Lust for but
this one is a must.
H: 25"(31"IB) W: 36" B/M: Red orange/
shorter Coneflower features Raspberry Pink DOUBLE blooms with
contrasting lighter pink ray flowerets. Compact, well-branched
and just blooms itself silly! If you need a little Passion in
your life, this is one of the safer ways to get it! :-)
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H: 18" W:
B/M: Raspberry Pink /7-Frost with deadheading
lovely new Coneflower with FRAGRANT, double white flowers - the
double petals tipped in gold with an orange cone. Dark green
foliage on a well-branched plant. Plants occasionally appear
to be single during cool weather but 'pop' into their double form
with the heat rises. Lovely in flower arrangements. This
is nothing like your grandmother's white Echinacea - well, unless
she's hip and has this one!
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H: 20"
(28" IB) W:
B/M: White/7-Frost with deadheading
new introduction from ItSaul Plants with an incredible display of a
HUGE vibrant red blooms which makes a great contrast to the darkened
stems upon which they stand. Actually, the bloom is ENORMOUS
which makes this red unique. The petals extend outward from
the dark cone as if they're shooting out into the garden.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H: 24-36" W:
Big Sky™ series of some of our favorite folks in the trade - the Saul Brothers out of
Atlanta. Enormous orange blooms to 6" across will become
the new favorite in your garden or in your flower arrangement.
Tough, like all Echinaceas! Just way more gorgeous than
most! Also FRAGRANT and a consistent re-bloomer. 4th in the
Big Sky Series.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H: 32-36" W:
B/M: Orange/7-Frost with deadheading
Big Sky™ series of some of our favorite folks in the trade - the Saul Brothers out of
Atlanta. This new selection of Coneflower has soft, citron yellows
flowers up to 5" wide with a central cone that starts out green
and quickly gives way to gold.. Has an amazing and
delightful Rose-Like Fragrance! Sunrise is the most
fragrant of the group. Wow! An E. paradoxa x E.
purpurea hybrid. 2nd in the Big
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H: 30-36" W: 18"
B/M: Butter Yellow/7-Frost with deadheading
flower was the inspiration for the entire Supreme Series. The
gorgeous, deep rose-red center deepens and gets richer as the bloom
ages. The ray petals are a bright mauve pink that deepens in
color as well and are a lovely star-like shape. I keep trying
to find another word, stately, elegant but honestly, this bloom is
just LOVELY - that is the best word.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H:30"
(34" IB) W:
B/M: Rose Red/7-Frost with deadheading
Big Sky™ series of some of our favorite folks in the trade -
the Saul Brothers out of Atlanta. Echinacea 'Twilight' ppaf is the third new coneflower in the Big Sky series.
Rose petals surround a unique red cone. 24" high, Twilight is
also heavily branched and fragrant. These are some of the hottest
plants in the trade -- we had to get on a waiting list to get the
Patent Pending plugs on 2007! 3rd in the
Big Sky Series.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must H: 24-30"
18" B/M: Rosy Red/7-Frost with
Plant Name for more photos.
What you're saying about us...
I have ordered from five
different online nurseries this year. (2008) I have received
everything for "bareroot" to what I got from you today. I ordered a
few types of Echinacea, just yesterday got some that was a tiny
little root ball the size of my thumb. I was so sad by this. Then
today your order arrived! The plants literally burst out of the box
when I opened the flaps, one plant had buds on it all ready! They
are as nice if I had gone to the nursery myself and picked it out by
hand. I just wanted to let you know I am thrilled and so very happy
with your nursery and my plants.
beautiful groundcover from Taiwan with 5-petaled sparkling white
starry flowers with yellow eyes over a long season. A good
grower but easy to keep in bounds and it's shallow rooted so if it
goes where it's not wanted (but I can't think where that would be)
you can remove it! Like loose rich, moisture retentive
organic. Forms a dense, feathery mat of pinnate foliage under
perennials and shrubs. Evergreen unless it gets really cold.
But note, it has a very hardiness zone - basically 7 and 8.
'Mormon Tea' from the far flung parts of the world: Afghanistan, N
India, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and
China. You're not going to
find this on at Wal-Mart! With typical yellow green blooms in
April/May and red berries in July/August. This
very tiny sub-shrub is a mere 2-3" tall and adorable,
adorable. Perfect for the trough, container or rock garden.
or Barrenwort - Bishop's Caps - Fairy Wings
Goat Weed is also a common name ... :-) what can we say?)
We have an
huge selection of
Epimediums - because we're mad, mad, mad for them! Popular
for years in Europe, they're just being discovered in the US.
Light, airy spring blooms on plants that frequently are tough as
nails and drought tolerant when established. Dependable,
basically polite spreaders or clump formers. The difference
between Evergreen and Deciduous foliage is somewhat unique. Evergreen
means the leaf will never fall of of it's own accord even when it gets
ragged or even skeletonized, which they can do in colder zones.
The deciduous ones, however, turn brown and fall off on their
own. Basically by late winter, most are ready to be sheared
prior to the coming bloom period. Most varieties/species are
listed as hardy to Zone 5 however, many have been grown farther north
with a good layer of mulch. They can take cold but can't take
alternate quick freezing and thawing.
They thrive in medium to heavy shade, and when
established, are highly drought tolerant. They are deer resistant
and are seldom bothered by voles or other critters. How does
it get any better than that!
About price: "Epimediums
are self-sterile (they won’t set seed unless pollinated by another
plant), and breeding from seed is complicated. The plants cannot be
rapidly propagated through tissue culture or stem cuttings, either.
Division of a rhizome is the most effective method of propagation. On
clumping varieties, however, this process is very slow, so these types
of Epimediums command higher prices."
Darrell Probst, Horticulture Magazine , "Up and
This rare perennial from thickets and woods in Western China has handsome
evergreen leaves and arching sprays of beautiful
large inflorescences of dark lavender maroon petals and lighter
white or pale yellowish tinted lilac sepals 1" or more across which
hang like exotic spiders over the trifoliate leaves that are
undulate with spiny margins. The long, curly violet/purple
spurs and shorter but broader lavender sepals are a combination
found in no other Epimedium. Foliage emerges pink
tinted maroon eventually turning green and is often mottled with
dark spots early on!
Needs a cool, shady site. Choice and Rare. Evergreen but
ready to be sheared in late winter.
ridiculously rare Epimedium with white sepals and light yellow petals and spurs
and may eventually be classified as it's own
species, however, for the time being it is still considered a Yellow
Form of E. acuminatum. The Chinese have long said there is a
yellow form but only recently has it made it's way to the United
States The Genus Epimedium also agrees that there is a yellow
form. Evergreen but ready to be sheared in late
winter. Trifoliate leaves, undulate, spiny margins. Large
1" spidery blooms with long spurs.
Moist, rich, well drained H:
15-18" W: B/M: White and Pale Yellow/4-5
lovely new lady from the U.K's Robin White has a color not seen in
any other Epimedium. Large yellow spurred blooms are brushed
with orange red, (hence the perfect name 'Amber Queen') held on wiry
arching stems to 24" well above spiny, semi-evergreen holly-like
POSSIBLY THE FINEST
EPIMEDIUM ON THE MARKET TODAY.
shade groundcover, this shorter Epimedium has racemes of
long-spurred, brownish red heart shaped leaves divided into oval
leaflets which turn green. Spreads most readily in loose, rich in
organic material. Cut back early spring. Once established, chokes
out weeds. China.
Some years ago we acquired a plant from
China labeled E. grandiflorum 'Yellow'. Obviously yellow is
generally outside the color range of E. grandiflorum. It
is clump forming, has the distinctive long spurs of E. grandiflorum
but the leaves are elongated rather than heart-shaped. Possibly
it's from the koreanum end of the spectrum, is E. franchetii or an
E. grandiflorum or E. acuminatum hybrid. Open to thoughts from
from Europe. Pale
yellow green foliage in summer - you thought it was the bloom that
was yellow! Nope - the bloom is white. The emerging
leaves are beautifully mottled and rimmed with bronze and copper
with red speckles. So, really with all this elaborate foliage
color, Mother Nature in all her wisdom, knew only long-spurred white
blooms would do!
the garden of Harold Epstein that probably occurred from natural
crossing of Epimedium 'Silver Queen' and 'Yubae'. This
Barrenwort has green foliage but comes up in spring chocolate-purple
and very large purple and white BICOLOR blooms emerge from chubby
plum colored buds. Difficult to find in the trade.
groundcover or specimen for shaded areas, Lilafee (Lilac Fairy) is
one of the newest & prettiest from Ernst Pagels large, spidery
pendent, long-spurred flowers. Toothed, glossy green leaves. Cut
back semi-evergreen foliage in late winter. Weed inhibiting once
established. This one looks fabulous when sited near a rock or
‘Sakaru Moru’A Japanese selection with rose-purple
flowers. The spurs curve inwards toward the center of the flower in
col temperatures rather than pointing outwards. Toothed leaves on
purple stems are a bit smaller than average. First flush of
leaves are around 8" tall and the 2nd flush, come in around 12".
They can turn a shrimp-pink in the fall. Typical good sturdy
disposition of E. grandiflorums.
Pixie' has 1 1/2" blooms whose violet purple sepals are the most
vivid color of any purple blooming Epimedium in the trade and the
clump, grows to a mature size in 2-3 years. It is a clump
former rather than a ground cover type. It comes from the garden of
Dr. Richard Lighty, former Director of Mt. Cuba Center for the study
of Piedmont Flora showing up as a volunteer among a group of whites.
Deep purple blooms with white spurs. The young foliage is
violet-colored and the mature foliage is olive green with maroon
margins and produces a 2nd flush of growth that covers the waning
blooms and bulks up the plant's appearance. Occasionally
volunteer blooms later in the season.
Richard Lightly introduction -- 'Purple Prince' also vivid purple
sepals ( 1 1/4") emerge from plum colored (near black) buds and has
the very handy second flush of foliage that covers the old, 'past
their prime' blooms. Heart shaped leave emerge burgundy/rose
colored and mature to olive green with maroon margins. Long
spurs white spurs. A clump former rather than a groundcover
A brilliantly colored
new Japanese selection with rose red flowers, larger than the
typical of the genus and dangling in clumps of spidery blooms.
Considered by some to be one of the 10 best Epimediums in the
trade. I couldn't disagree with that. The color is magnificent.
Also a GIANT in the genus, it can reach upwards to 24" in height!
The foliage is upright and bright green and the leaves are whopping
6" long and 4" wide.
Soil: Moist, rich, well drained
H: 18-24" W: B/M:
classic older Epimedium with large flowers (well, after all, that's
what 'grandiflorum' means!) of long spurred medium rose -- the
classic 'spidery' Epimedium flower. Glossy green leaves in
summer emerge a dusky, burgundy green in spring. Drought
tolerant when established.
The first flush of growth is 8-12" tall and the 2nd flush, 18" tall,
completely covering the old fading blooms.
no Genpei' is a medium size variety from Japan with white spurs and
reddish purple outer petals, very popular in Japan, just making it's
way here. Has very long spurs and bi-colored
blooms over leaves to 3" long on wiry stems over dense foliage
mounds. New spring leaves come out purplish maturing to green
then turning burgundy in fall. One of the few Epimediums whose
blooms open in succession and that often reblooms!
Flowers sit just above the foliage at first but then the stems
elongate and they rise up to 16-18". CHOICE!
leaves 1-2" long with a half inch maroon-red to purple band around
the edge. The color holds far longer than the sub-species.
'Grandiflorum' pure white flowers in abundance with long spurs but
even if it had no blooms, it would be worthy plant because the
leaves are just STUNNING. Much more diminutive than typical E.
grandiflorum - first flush of leave are 6" tall and 2nd reaching 12"
tall. But it's compact AND dense. Comes to the trade via
Daryl Probst who named one of the plants he obtained from the old
We-Du Nursery, grew out and trialed.
Epimedium lilacinum (E. youngianum
'Lilacinum') Fairy Wings/ Barrenwort
listed as this are generally E. youngianum 'Roseum'. We'll see
if the plants from our source differ. The price is the same so
if you're adventurous, you might get a plant that's different from 'Roseum'!
choice for a spreading evergreen groundcover. Very drought tolerant.
Topped in very early spring w/ spikes of bright yellow bells with
reddish spurs held nicely above the expanding new foliage. The
deeply burrowing rhizomes make this one exceedingly drought tolerant
and hardy. The thick
foliage has proven very resistant to leaf spot diseases. Light to
deep shade. From Turkey and the Republic of Georgia.
Evergreen in warmer zones.
dense, rhizomatous perennials, usually grown as a ground cover in
shady woodland areas. Perhaps the tallest of the Epimediums,
it features loose clusters of dainty, cup-shaped yellowish flowers
w/ creamy white to pink inner sepals held well above the foliage on
stems to 24" tall. The compound foliage is leathery,
glossy dark green and heart shaped. Forms dense, spreading
mounds. Foliage is evergreen in warm winter climates, often
emerges in spring tinged purple and typically turns bronzish in
Soil: Moist, rich, well-drained
H: 12-24" W: 12-24" B/M:
Yellow with pink to white inner sepals/4-6
variable, naturally occurring Japanese hybrid (E. sempervirens x E.
setosum) which resembles E. sempervirens. The numerous,
attractive but small leaves are held on wiry stems and persist most
of the year, dropping only if the weather turns very cold.
Pure pink, spurless blooms.
Moist, rich, well-drained
Epimedium species from JianXi Yellow
Fairy Wings/ Barrenwort Zone: 5-9
We've growing this for awhile and
invariably, I miss getting a decent photo when it's bloom actually
taking a good look at the bloom for ID -- Epimediums bloom at
the peak of shipping season -- so we haven't made a positive ID.
The original parent plant came from JianXi province in China blooms
yellow with long spurs.
rare selection, rarely available and introduced from China by Roy
Lancaster in 1992. Masses of small flowers are held above the
attractive spiny, shiny arrowhead-shaped leaves which emerge with
bronzy pink edges. Each starry white bloom has
conspicuous, prominent golden yellow stamens. This cultivar name
suggests a 'constellation of little white stars'.
of our absolute favorites, acquired many years ago from Dick Weaver
at We-Du Nursery as Epimedium x youngianum 'Pink Ruffles'. When Dr.
Weaver saw the bloom online, he confirmed that it definitely wasn't
'Pink Ruffles' or more properly, 'Tamabotan' . Dick thinks it must have been an unbloomed seedling
that, by our good fortune, we ended up with. It has gorgeous delicate pale pink blooms.
So, now it has a much deserved and, we think, most appropriate new
name in honor of Dr. Weaver!
As to parentage -- we would guess
that E. x youngianum 'Tamabotan'
(Pink Ruffles) with
maybe a back cross to an E. grandiflorum type. Whatever it is, it is absolutely
exquisite. Very limited supply.
wonderful hybrid from Japan with unusual rounded rose pink blooms
without spurs. The outer petals are lighter and a bit mottled and
the inside petals are darker. The young leaves on this smaller
Epimedium are edged with red.
Soil: Moist, rich, well-drained
H: 8-12' W: B/M: Rose
if this isn't the cutest Epimedium in the trade, I'm not sure what
is. This dwarf variety would look adorable in a trough with
tiny blooms that would make a perfect fairy caps! Or be the
starting plant for a fairy garden. Hm-m-m-m, my
granddaughter would love that! Don't let it's petite size
worry you, it's a tough little customer, even drought tolerant once
Moist, rich, well-drained
H:4" W:6" B/M: Dark
1" clear yellow flowers are especially pretty on this Epimedium,
which, like all Epimediums makes a beautiful specimen or
groundcover. An amazing cross by Germany's Heinz Klose between
Caucasian & Atlas mountain species. A pyramid of butter yellow
butterfly-like flowers in spring above superbly red-mottled leaves.
One of the best!
Makes a vigorous, indestructible, semi-evergreen clumper of light
green heart-shaped foliage, heavily margined & superbly mottled
w/ red in spring when the clumps are topped w/ stalks of rosy-red
flowers... simply STUNNING! Best to remove the old foliage in late
winter to allow for a better floral show. One of the most drought
new introduction from Japan, 'Suzuka' is a small growing variety,
not unlike E. grandiflorums,
with pink spurs and outer petals (streaked with white), pure white inside.
Leaves are smallish but plentiful on wiry brown to burgundy stems
and emerge with tints of red. Semi-evergreen leaves drop only
if it gets very cold.
truly amazing color bloom - more intense than the species!
Soft red outer petals and soft yellow centers make this very unique
in the Epimedium Genus. Flowers born in clusters above a mound
of oval, semi-evergreen leaves that are magnificent in spring -
coppery with chartreuse veins. Delicate looking but a tough
customer in the garden! Slower growing than some but a small
price to pay for this stunning Epimedium.
Moist, rich, well drained H:
12-18" W: 12-18" B/M:
Soft red and yellow/4/5
vigorous medium size cultivar from Japan with a very heavy bloom of
large, 1 1/4" dark rose blooms with white tipped spurs clustered in
sprays held above the foliage. Bright green eaves have spiny,
toothed margins and maintain good color until Fall. 'Yubae', the
Japanese name given to this plant prior to it's introduction in the
West, is thought to be a hybrid, but is sometimes listed as a
cultivar of E. grandiflorum. One of the best
grandiflorum hybrids, it blooms longer and sooner than the rest.
Japan, red and yellow two-tone
colored hybrid by Mr. Seiju Yamaguchi. A super late blooming
hybrid between E. davidii & E. grandiflorum 'Yubae'. A clump
forming hybrid, with medium green angular leaves that are flushed
with bronzy red in spring, and long arching spikes of large RED and
CREAMY YELLOW blooms, with long slender spurs and bright red pink
sepals. Vigorous grower.
rich, well drained
H: 12" W: 18" B/M: Red &
Superb groundcover. Yellow sparkling flowers emerge through young bronze or red-mottled leaves. Extremely winter hardy. Flowers are born in clusters with petals that look like dancing stars. Loose textured soil allows faster spread (4-6" per year) but Sulphureum is quite determined to conquer even the most pathetic soil. Early to flower.
Missouri Botanical Garden 'Great Plants' selection.
Will take full sun, where most won't.
With much better flowers than the
average species and in a color seldom found, Epimedium x warleyense
is a delight. With deeper bloom color than Orange Queen, it's
a sock-it-to-me spring color and a delightful addition to your shade
garden! Foliage is tinged with purple as it emerges. A
good spreader so the width below is just a starting point!
Moist but well-drained H:9-12" W:
9-12" B/M: Orange/April
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of the loveliest Epimediums. E. x warleyense Barrenworts have better flowers
than the average Epimedium. Its blooms are
a few degrees lighter in color than E. x warleyense and the clump
grows in a much tighter form. A more compact, more refined
spreader than the species.
Moist but well-drained H:12"
W: 10" B/M: Creamy orange/April
A beautiful Epimedium with pure white flowers & foliage that turns red to medium green in summer. Beautiful ground cover. Spreads best in loose soil, rich in organics. Like Europeans, Americans are discovering that Epimediums are absolutely CHOICE.
'Niveum' is one of the best for FALL COLOR -- bright orange-scarlet like parent E.
Bountiful light green, heart-shaped foliages takes on a reddish appearance in late summer. These moisture-loving groundcovers actually live in DRY SHADE after being established. Nicely suited for mass-planting under trees and shrubs. Lovely loose sprays of dainty flowers in April.
youngianum 'Kozakura' Fairy
Large spurless, nodding
white flowers bells are flushed with rose. A hybrid between E.
grandiflorum and E. diphyllum. In Japanese Kozakura means "Little Cherry
Tree" because the fine small flowers are white blushed pink,
reminding one of cherry blossoms. As the flowers open, the inner
sepals drop to the ground just like cherry tree blossoms. A very
Epimedium x youngianum 'Yenomoto'
Barrenwort Zone: 4-8
long inner sepals and spurs are the dominant feature of this
extremely floriferous cultivar. With larger flowers than 'Niveum'
but same easy to grow nature, it's truly spectacular. Very
rare in the trade and such a beauty! Drought tolerant one
Hardy Terrestrial or Ground Orchid - Epipactis
The Common Name Japanese Stream
Orchid is a hint to these water lovers! While the
Epipactis doesn't want to live in standing water all the time, they
(like members of a swim team) can spend 'lots' (but not 'all') of
their time in water -- but they still want regular showers!
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what you think your know about orchids! This terrestrial
orchid from Japan and the colder parts of northeaster Asia is
vigorous and thumbs it's nose at the really cold weather that makes
many orchids shudder! In summer, it produces orange yellow
flowers on around 24" tall stems and is easy to grow once
established. Once settled in, it forms large colonies over a
foot wide of utterly gorgeous blooms! Our plants from Japan
arrive here with CITES Certificates.
Soil: Moist but not standing water
H: 12" (20-28"IB) W: B/M: Orange-yellow/6-7
palest lavender daisies with yellow eyes are impressive in mass which
happens naturally -- spreads by runners, and it often forms colonies
of dozens of plants and makes great cut flowers.
An Aster like, hybrid
of Natives, perennial (Prominent parent probably E. speciousus) with
large 2" blooms with deep violet rays and yellow center disks on
stiff stems reaching 24" from a basal clump of 3-6" long
lance-shaped green leaves. Blooms in mid summer with some
repeat bloom if cut back into Fall. Although from our Natives,
'Dunklste Aller' (translates 'Darkest of All') was hybridized in
Germany hence the German name. Needs very well-drained soil in
full sun but some light shade in hot zones is actually preferably.
Not great in high heat-high humidity places. Takes cold like
nothing else -- Zone 2!
adorable little alpine plant, perfect for the shady parts of the
rock garden. Short stems of magenta-purple blooms over a low
evergreen cushion in late spring and early summer. Not long
lived but self-seeds in crevices, nestled in against rocks, etc
Needs PM shade in warm zones. In cooler areas, still needs
some shade - it is after all, an alpine plant, growing in cool areas
in it's natural habitat.
The most cold hardy of all Eryngium. It will take horrible
conditions, salt spray, barren soil and yet moves to the more
hospitable garden with ease. Wonderful steely blue foliage and
stems as well as blooms. Makes an excellent dried or cut
flower. Adds structure to the garden and despite it's prickly
appearance, attracts butterflies.
VARIEGATED form of Sea Holly with the same stunning steel
thistle-like violet blue blooms but in PROFUSION. Eye-catching
blue-green leaves have a bold creamy white margin. In cool
areas, the new leaves emege with a showy pink margin which then
turns creamy white. This clump forming perennial has coarse,
6" tall, 14" wide, toothed leaves, stiff, violet blue stems to 32".
BLOOMS FROM JUNE 'TIL NOVEMBER!
cousin to Sea Holly but totally different in appearance. A bold,
accent plant. A NATIVE w/ round flower-heads & green yucca-like
foliage. Hard to find. Easy to grow. Tap rooted. Move seedlings when
young. Most at home in dry, sandy, limey soils but tolerates average
soils & part-shade. 12-24" foliage sport 3-5' blooms.
color - not just blue but near iridescent blue! Wowee!
Great in the middle of the border or the middle of the vase!
Super as a dried flowers as well. Long bloom time - from July
thru September. A Blooms of Bressingham introduction.
A charming, fragrant Wallflower with
predominantly Apricot blooms with Mauve overtones in early spring
through May over bright green foliage. Shrubby, bushy
structure with jagged gray-green leaves. Naturally compact and
mounding. Benefits from being cut back by half in mid-June.
Very well-drained H:24-36" W: 24-36"
B/M: Apricot/ 5-6
scented Wallflowers with bright yellow blooms and stunning
variegated green foliage with a yellow edge. Compact and busy.
Flowers are sterile which always means a long bloom times with
tolerant once established. Trim hard back in spring to encourage
strong basal branching. A stable sport from the popular variety
Soil: Very well-drained H:12-15"
W: 15" B/M: Yellow/4-5
really spectacular sunset is what these 2-3', hairy-leaved stalks of
fragrant and striking flowers remind one of as they change from
crimson bud to yellow & orange & again to purple &
rust...something to see! And the smell is Fabulous! Sailed through
the winter of 2000 like a champ. This is one of the most
'fetchingly' beautiful plants we've ever sold!
Very well-drained H: 24-36" W:
B/M: Rose-Pink 5-6
great new form of Alpine Wallflower with soft yellow blooms with
maroon outer tubes. A low, shrubby dwarf clump-forming perennial. Great
for the front of the border or rock garden. Prune back by half
after flowers. Lovely with dark, maroon leafed neighbors. FRAGRANT.
H: 10" W: 12"
B/M: Yellow and maroon/4-6+
is one of the earliest Native woodland plants to bloom. It's
pair of leaves are 6" long, green, mottled with tans and browns host
a single pure white nodding 1 1/2" bloom long with a touch of
lavender for each bulb. It has prominent yellow stamens.
When happy, it self seeds but don't hold your breath for a colony of
blooms - it takes 5-7 years for the new seedling to produce them!
This spring ephemeral struts its stuff then goes dormant, so
planting among ferns or maybe hostas, etc to cover them after they
bloom and start their nap.
bright yellow blooming American native are one of the signals that
srping has arrived. In march, the speckled leaves of the Trout
Lily come up and start carpeting the woods looking like a school of
tiny speckled trout - hence the name. The yellow blooms have
very prominent yellow stamens and stand above the foliage. It
goes dormant in late spring, so nice planted among ferns, etc. that
will cover the dormant Erythronium.
Eucomis - Pineapple Lily
hail from warm parts of the world and only a few are very hardy but
they take easily to pot culture (easier than Cannas or Dahlias) if
you want a look of the Tropics in your colder garden.
giant of the Genus with HUGE inflorescences of sweet smelling green
blooms -- which, I suppose would make it the 'Jolly Green Giant' --
there's a cultivar just waiting to be named! But we won't do
it! Cut flowers that just last and last! Often reaching
only 36" with lush, rain forest summer conditions it can top out
over most gardeners' heads at 6 feet! Waxed and wavy edged
green leaves to 3 feet are of heavy substance. The Genus name
means beautifully headed and this one gives testament with the
tufted leaves that top the flower spikes. If you're going try
this in zone 7, use heavy winter mulch, southern exposure and
planting 4-5" deep. Atypical
Soil: Summer Moist but well drained
H: 36-72" IB W:
its much taller relatives, the difficult to find South African
native dwarf white Eucomis zambesiaca tops out at an adorable 10"
tall. This late season bloomer loves heat and produces fluffy
brilliant white star-like blooms topped with the characteristic tuft
of foliage that leads to the common name of Pineapple Lily.
Even Curmudgeons will smile at this one!
Soil: Summer moist but well drained
H: 30" W:
Fire in the Hole!
here we go again Botanical Nomenclature 'Fans' -- the Eupatorium
Genus is being blown apart!
As we make the switch, at least the old
name will remain here to remind you where to go to find the plant
under it's new name! New names:
Ageratina, Coniclinium, Eupatoriadelphus,
and yes, a few plants still are Eupatorium
differs from the genus Eupatorium by having whorled leaves around
the stem. This is the plant truly known as Joe Pye Weed.
The smallest Joe
Pye Weed to date. Anybody can find a spot for this 'baby'
which is shorter than lots of Perennials! At 2 to 2 1/2 feet,
this sweet can draw Butterflies to your garden like a magnet.
It has a more mounding habit with all the blooms and foliage
concentrated into a tight little package! A FRAGRANT winner!
Ave. to moist H: 24-30" W:
B/M: Rose/ 8-9
the smallest Joe Pye Weed yet and now in a size that most people can
fit into their garden for the most Butterfly Attracting Plant of
all! This selection was discovered by Steve Lighty at the
Conard Pyle Nursery in Pennsylvania. Also, it has the most
Ave. to moist H: 48" W: 24-36"
B/M: Rose/ 8-9
It's definitely not a Weed -- that's for sure! What it is, is
a fabulous native that goes head to head with any plant on the
planet for attracting Butterflies. It IS a tall plant,
especially in a moist spot, but it can be maintained at 4-5' by a
May cut back. Easy, dependable and a great cut flower. Several clones of E. fistulosus on our property have been catching
our eye for years with HUGE blooms heads and deep rosy
color so we propagated them. US Native found East of the Rockies, CT to
Florida. Identified by it's hollow stem.
Most any, moisture retentive best H: 6-10' W:
4-6' B/M: Rose/7-8
cousin of the Joe Pye Weed with purple stems and leaf veins.
Lavender-purple flowers. Purple Bush, AKA, Gateway is a dwarf form
with gigantic blooms in August-September. Moist soil best but
average okay. If you plant 'THEY WILL COME' -- monarch butterflies,
that is, by the hundreds!
maculatum 'Glenda' PPAF) A new compact form of Joe Pye
Weed that has proven to be very disease resistant. BURGUNDY
stems support deep green foliage and lush pink Monarch attracting
blooms that are huge - larger than 'Joe' or 'Gateway'.
A butterfly magnet. More compact than the species. It's
bushy and has tighter, thicker blooms, 12-18" in diameter in
mid-summer to fall.. Wine-red stems with whorls of dark leaves
to 8" long. This is a superior form of Joe Pye Weed.
Ave. to moist
B/M: Dusky Rose /7-9
maculatum 'Red Dwarf' Dwarf Spotted Joe Pye Weed Z:3-7
Eupatorium maculatum 'Red Dwarf') Very similar to 'Gateway'
but shorter - a lovely compact form but with RED stems above green
foliage and vibrant rose flowers.
Eupatoriadelphus differs from the genus Eupatorium by having whorled
leaves. Now every yard has room for a Monarch attracting Joe
Ave. to moist
B/M: Rose /7-9
GreatPlantsTM Release. Clusters of lovely white flowers adorn this
handsome, rugged, pest-free Prairie Jewel. An attractively
cream-speckled and mottled foliage variation of an Eastern Great
Plains native selected by Ed Rassmussen of The Fragrant Path."
Bluebird Nursery Doesn't like dry soil. Clusters of
small white flower buds cover the plant in late summer and open
slowly over several weeks for along display. Listed by some as
a cultivar of E. altissimum, U. of Nebraka Arboretum says it's a
hybrid between that and E. rugosum.
MOIST but well-drained H: 48" W:
36" B/M: White/7-9
Creamy white leaves are heavily spotted with green. New growth has pink overtones. Foamy, cream Ageratum-like fragrant flowers in July thru
Sept. Wonderful foliage variegation. This large mounding plant can be grown in part shade to full sun in any good garden soil. Like all 'Joe-Pye Weed' relatives, butterflies just love it.
Select form of a Southeastern US Native.
Most any H: 5-6' W:
5-6' B/M: White/7-9
Now on the
C Page under their new name Conoclinium
cannabinum 'Flore Plena' blooms in mid Summer with a profusion of long
lasting flat heads of double, pinkish-magenta flowers. Use it in the
back of a sunny border & it will always elicits comments. A
relative of Joe-Pye-Weed, it's more refined and Shrub-like. Sterile,
so it's VERY LONG Blooming. From Europe. No name change for
this species. Select form of a
Northeastern US Native.
Most any but dry H: 36-48" W: 36-48"
B/M: Dusky pink/
Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost'
Snakeroot,Variegated Joe Pye Weed
a spectacular plant! A bushy, shrub like shape with rose colored
blooms over deep green foliage margined and splashed with creamy
white. And if that isn't decorative enough for you, picture it
smothered with butterflies as a finishing touch! Need more
convincing? Easy to grow NATIVE, takes most any soil and with no bad
habits. What's not to love?
any but dry H: 24-36"
W: 24-36" B/M:
little grown Eastern Native that has amazing leaves -- the opposite
leaves are joined at the base (connate) and the stem appears to
pierce the leaves! White flower clusters, similar to yarrow,
attract butterflies and are good as cut flowers or dried.
Medical uses. Good size and late bloom for borders, native
plant gardens, wildflower, cottage or woodland gardens or on the
banks of ponds or large water gardens.
definitely not a Weed -- that's for sure! What it is, is a
fabulous native that goes head to head with any plant on the planet
for attracting Butterflies. It IS a tall plant, especially in
a moist spot, but it can be maintained at 4-5' by a May cut back.
Easy, dependable and a great cut flower. Green stems,
sometimes with purple stem joints. "Sweet" because foliage
smells like Vanilla when crushed!
Most any, moisture retentive best H: 6-10'
W: 4-6' B/M: Rose/7-8
From the Mt. Cuba Center this is a fabulous selection of our native
snakeroot. The normally green leaves emerge w/ a wonderful chocolate
overlay that holds during most of the summer. The 5' purple stems are
topped w/ nice large heads of small white flowers. Destined for
greatness! 1998 Native Plant of the Year - Millersville Native Plant
Most any, moist best H: 3-5' W: 2-3'
B/M: White 8-9
wide-spreading perennial groundcover to 2’ tall with evergreen
rosettes of dark green leaves from Turkey. Open, round heads of
lime-green flowers rise out of the foliage in later spring.
Tolerates shade, tree root competition. Requires regular water in
sun. Shear after Flowering. Takes dry shade w/ ease. 24" bloom
Hawks says this "truly wonderful and weird 'Dr. Seuss' plant" draws
constant attention sprinkled through the sunny roadside borders at
Niche Gardens. Flat disks of bright chartreuse bracts top skinny 3'
blue-green stalks; dramatic popping out of mounds of Artemisia. Self
seeds some. Stalks should be cut out at the base after color
fades. This plant absolutely makes a 'spectacle out of itself'
and you'll be delighted!
Euphorbia corollata Flowering
Spurge, Prarie Baby's Breath
native of fairly dry fields, road sides, fairly inhospitable places
but while found across the Eastern US, you have to buy it or grow it
from seed -- it's tap rooted and can't be dug. (I know you
wouldn't do that anyway!) Stems end in a panicle of small
white blooms 3/4 - 1" across from early summer to early autumn.
In a mature colony, 1-2 months of blooms.
Individual plants are often so laden with blooms that they lean to
one side! They resemble Baby's Breath, hence the common name.
If you have a spot with full sun, poor dry soil -- you're in luck -
that's just what this plant wants! (Note takes a year or
two to become established and gorgeous - fairly spindly looking the
any but wet H: 18-30"
W: B/M: White/6-8
is, in fact, a groundcover spurge and if that's what you want you'll
love it because it does cover ground. Fairly easy to rogue unwanted
growth. This is a plant that you don't want to introduce into
an area, especially native areas, where you can't mind it. We
like it underneath taller plants. Light, airy and
delightful. The slender stems are well-branched with very
narrow 1-2" leaves of light blue green. In late spring,
it's nearly covered by umbrella-shaped flowers with bright
greenish-yellow bracts. Fen's Ruby is a particularly short,
dense form of the species. Winter deciduous in cold
climates. Loves limey soil; slightly less vigorous in acid
soil. New growth is Ruby colored and Fall color is orange!
Rich, moist but well-drained
H:8-12" W: 12-24"+
of the most exciting new foliage plants to come along in years.
Forms a dense mound of rich plum purple foliage that retains its
color all season. Flowers and bracts are contrasting lime green .
CHOICE and highly recommended. This will be one of the HOTTEST
perennials. Self seeds some.
Well-drained H: 12-15" W: 12"
B/M: Lime green 7-8
evergreen species growing up to a foot in length but the trailing
stems, growing from a prostrate woody base, are flat then rise at
the tip. The succulent-like leaves are oval, blue-green and
fleshy and arranged in close spirals around the stems. The
flowers are not showy, greenish in color but the yellow bracts
surrounding them are very showy. Short-lived in warm winter
areas but self-seeds so it won't disappear.
compact hybrid of E. martinii reaching 10-12" in height when
blooming with a tightly mounded habit that maintains it's form with
small green and burgundy leaves. Blooms forever (or the
equivalent in the horticulture world -- MARCH thru SEPTEMBER).
These non-stop blooms are cream-colored with bright red centers set
of by lime green on the outside. Outstanding in a mixed
container, front of the border or rockery.
hybrid that is clump forming & abundantly branched. Elongated
upright flowers w/ lime-green flowers appear on top of reddish toned
foliage in early spring and through a long season.. Mostly
evergreen. Compact clusters of evergreen rosettes to 2’ with
cultivar of E. martinii has rosettes of bright red bracts during
winter and a superior form with olive-green to blue foliage.
It does look a lot like Rudolph's red nose! The foliage is
dusted with silver specks and flecks and it's habit remains tight
and compact through the heat of summer and into fall. 4" wide
clusters of yellow-green blooms with tiny red centers in spring are
East-Coast native, with stalked, heart-shaped leaves will hold its
own with any aster cultivar. It's light, airy, delicate and will
live in dry shade where most asters would croak! Has a profusion of
tiny, starry daisies. Floriferous. A must in the woodland