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
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
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.
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.
2017 from the Dixie™ series and according to Terra Nova, "Sweet as
Tupelo Honey"! Large olden yellow blooms with a STUNNING
FRAGRANCE in afternoon over an upright plant with a compact habit
and sturdy stems. Petals emerge almost flat from a drak cones with
orange yellow tips, then gradually the blooms start to drop into a
ballerina skit of petals. Great 'clean' foliage with this hybrid
that has lots of E. tennesseensis in its parentage. Dead
heading prolongs blooms even more.
Non-acid, well drained
a must H: 16" (24" IB) W: 24"
B/M: Golden Yellow/7-9
This amazing introduction 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. And the color is just dynamite! No
one will walk by this plant! Another one visited frequently by
Hummingbirds! One of the Bird™Series
and per Terra Nova, "Bird is the Word when you need LONG
blooming displays of showy, shuttlecock-shaped flowers. These plants
are repeat bloomers, which will extend the flowering season."
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H:34" (38"IB) W: 18" B/M:
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
for 2017 from the Prairie StarsTM Collection with up to a
whopping 30 deep magenta lightly FRAGRANT blooms around a maroon red
cone per compact plant from mid summer to Fall. Received the
highest rating at MSU for container culture.
Well-drained, non-Acid a must
H: 18" (24" IB) W: 15" B/M: Magenta/7-9
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
From the Echinacea 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
H: 24-30" W: 18"
B/M: Rosy Red/7-Frost with deadheading
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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.
Plant Name for more photos.
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, ACID SOIL 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
About ACID SOIL and Epimediums:
When grown in soil that has high pH (limey) soil,
especially in the heat of summer, some Epimediums develop Chlorosis
or the inability to absorb Iron, Potassium and/or Nitrogen from the
soil. That can also occur in our greenhouses! Our
potting mix is slightly acid. After months of getting our
Limey water, the soil pH can rise and, combined with the natural
heat of a greenhouse on roots in pots above ground, the plants
develop the telltale sign of Chlorosis - yellowing leaves with
darker green veins. THIS IS SELF CORRECTING WHEN THE PLANTS
ARE PLANTED in the garden where roots are cooler and plants are
getting Mother Nature's low pH, ACID RAIN. They will gradually
turn green again. No need to fertilize, apply Nitrogen or
Potassium, etc. It's already in the soil! The pH
just needs to be lowered by low pH Acid Rain and bark mulch also
helps speed that up, so the plants can absorb the nutrients.
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.
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
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.
but abundant leaves and deepest, red buds opening large dark pinkish
red flowers before the leaves open. Relatively new Japanese
introduction to the trade. A very different looking bloom to
this charmer and of course, I missed getting a good photo this year!
And our Dutch supplier has a pale pink bloom on their site!
Soil: Rich, well-drained
H:10" W: 12"
B/M: Dark Pinkish Red/4-5
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.
listed as this are generally E. youngianum 'Roseum'. We'll see
if the plants from our new source differ from previous we've tried. In
theory they are the same plant but we're always curious when we find
one with the old name! The price is the same so
if you're adventurous, you might get a plant that's different from
Epimedium youngianum '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
We've growing this for awhile and
invariably, I miss getting a decent photo when it's blooming 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.
And it may be a one of a kind seedling.
The original parent plant came from JianXi province in China blooms
yellow blooms with long spurs.
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.
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.
"The plants arrived today in great condition. They're big and gorgeous! I'm so pleased with your nursery:
the selection, the plants, and the prices. I hope the mail order business is going
well for you, and that you plan to remain in it."
Silver Springs, MD
is truly one
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
maculatum 'Riesenschirm' Spotted Joe Pye Weed Z:3-7
big, bold Spotted Joe Pye Weed fairly new to the trade with pink
buds that open to light purple huge 12" bloom heads starting in
early August with excellent flower production. Purple terminal
leaves on purple stems so dark they're near black. In bloom
this is a very tall plant that adds architectural prescience to the
Ave. to moist
H: 75" W: 90"
B/M: Pale Purple /8-9
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:
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
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"+
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