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  • Agave parryi Mescal agave, Parry’s agave, Century plant Z 5 (with care) – 10

    Rosette of thick silver-grey leaves with an inch-long terminal tip of each spine

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    Rosette of thick silver-grey leaves with an inch-long terminal tip of each spine and offshoots, knowns as “pups” emerge near the base, even of young plants. Flowers only once & takes +10 years.  In Z 5-6 plant in spring to get established.

    Size: 18” x 18-28”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. We grow this in Z 5A on the south-facing side of a mound of well-drained soil, with a few large rocks nearby and gravel mulch.
    Native: mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.

    First Americans in the SW traded baked leaves and buds hundreds of years ago. Roasted stalks,baked buds & water mixed & fermented make pulque, further distilled to make mescal or tequila.

  • Ajania pacifica syn. Chrysanthemum pacifica Silver and Gold Z 5-9

    Mounds of decorative, silver-edged foliage all summer with sunshine yellow button flowers in October to November

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    Mounds of decorative, silver-edged foliage all summer with sunshine yellow button flowers in October to November

    Size: 12-24” x 12-36”can pinch back in June to make compact
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: coasts of Japan

    1st described by Japanese botanist Takenoshin Nakai in Botanical Magazine 42: 462. 1928.

  • Allium christophii syn. Allium albopilosum Star of Persia, Persian onion Z 4-8

    Awesome purple globe-shaped flowers nearly a foot across in late spring to early summer. Ephemeral. Flowerhead make stunning years long dried arrangements

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    Awesome purple globe-shaped flowers nearly a foot across in late spring to early summer. Ephemeral. Flowerhead make stunning years long dried arrangements

    Size: 1-2’ x 1’
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Iran and Turkey
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant. Walnut tolerant
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society award of Garden Merit

    Named Star of Persia for the 100 star shaped flowers that make up each flower head.
    Described by German botanist and plant explorer Ernst Rudolf von Trautvetter (1809-1889) in 1884. He worked at botanic gardens and universities in Kiev and St. Petersburg for 40 years.

  • Allium karataviense Turkestan onion, Kara Tau garlic Z 5-9

    Basal rosette of wide, glaucous, arching leaves from which a soft-ball sized soft pink to white flower emerges in early summer, ephemeral

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    Basal rosette of wide, glaucous, arching leaves from which a soft-ball sized soft pink to white flower emerges in early summer, ephemeral

    Size: 9” x 6”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: central Asia – the Stans (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan).
    Wildlife Value: value: resistant to rabbits & deer. Attracts bees and butterflies
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanic Garden Great Plant Pick, Royal Botanic Garden Award of Garden Merit

    1st described in 1875 by German botanist Eduard August von Regel (1815-1892) who served as the Director of the Imperial Botanical Garden of St. Petersburg Russia

  • Allium rosenbachianum Z 5-9

    Decadent, huge purple balls in June

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    Decadent, huge purple balls in June

    Size: 36”x 6”
    Care: full to part sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Turkestan

    Collected from the wild about 1894.
    1st described by German botanist Eduard August von Regel (1815-1892) who served as the Director of the Imperial Botanical Garden of St. Petersburg Russia

  • Alyssum oxycarpum Z 4-9

    Rare plant with bright yellow racemes in May to August over compact mound of bright silver foliage.

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    Rare plant with bright yellow racemes in May to August over compact mound of bright silver foliage.

    Size: 6” x 8”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Turkey

    Described in botanical literature in 1856. One of my favorites for rock gardens or any sunny spot, due to its long bloom, yellow mounded blooms & compact silver foliage.

  • Antennaria dioica Pussy toes Z 5-9

    Pale pink “pussy-toe”, resembling the pads of a kitten’s foot

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    Pale pink “pussy-toe”, resembling the pads of a kitten’s foot, flowers in early summer, great silvery-gray foliage, good groundcover and rock garden plant.

    Size: 2” x 18”
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil, drought tolerant
    Native: Temperate areas worldwide

    Antennaria from the Latin antenna originally referring to the mast of a sailboat.  Part of the flower supposedly resembles a butterfly’s antennae.  Historically used for medicine as an astringent, a cough remedy and to break fever.  First described by German physician and botanical author Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566).  Gertrude Jekyll (1848-1931), mother of the mixed perennial border, planted this in her own rock garden at Munstead Wood and in the Sundial Garden at Pednor House in Buckinghamshire. The pink version, A. dioica rosea, collected in the Rocky Mountains by C.C. Parry before 1860.

  • Anthyllis vulneraria v. coccinea Red Kidney vetch, Woundwart Z 5-9

    Foliage - low mound of downy silvery-green leaves, topped by ball-shaped red flowers May to July – showy, long-blooming makes wonderful groundcover or rock garden plant

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    Foliage – low mound of downy silvery-green leaves, topped by ball-shaped red flowers May to July – showy, long-blooming

    Size: 4-6” x 12-18”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Europe
    Wildlife Value: sole food plant for small blue butterfly caterpillars. Flowers provide nectar and pollen for beetles and bees.
    Size: Showy, long-blooming makes wonderful groundcover or rock garden plant

    In traditional medicine used externally to promote wound healing and internally as a laxative and for kidney disorders. Species is ancient written about by Greek Dioscordes. Red variety since at least 1753.