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  • 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.

  • Antirrhinum hispanicum ‘Roseum’ syn. A. glutinosum Perennial snapdragon, Spanish snapdragon Z 5-8

    Rose pink, with yellow above the lower lip, snapdragon-shaped blooms in spring, repeats in fall. Fuzzy, silver-grey foliage

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    Rose pink, with yellow above the lower lip, snapdragon-shaped blooms in spring and repeats in fall. Fuzzy, glaucous, silver-grey foliage. Excellent for places you want low-growing, drought tolerant flowers.

    Size: 12” x 2’
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Spain & Morocco
    Wildlife Value: deer resistant, attracts hummingbirds

    Described in 1852 in Pugillus Plantarum Novarum Africae Borealis Hispaniaeque Australis

  • Asclepias verticillata Whorled milkweed Z 4-10 POISON

    Fragrant flat-topped clusters of many small white flowers atop single stem surrounded by narrow, grass-like leaves. Blooms July through October. 

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    Fragrant flat-topped clusters of many small white flowers atop single stem surrounded by narrow, grass-like leaves. Blooms July through October. 

    Size: 12-30” x 12-24” spreading
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: all US, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: deer & rabbit resistant. Bees & butterflies eat nectar. Host for Monarch caterpillars.
    Size: root used to induce sweating for Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek natives

    Collected by 1753. Grown at America’s 1st botanic garden, Elgin Botanic Garden 1811.

  • Aster azureus syn. Symphyotricum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense Sky blue aster Z 3-9

    Showy true cornflower-blue daisies in August-October

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    Showy true cornflower-blue daisies in August-October

    Size: 2-3’ x 2’
    Care: full sun to part shade in any soil
    Native: NY to SD, FL to TX incl. WI
    Wildlife Value: Aster species are nectar sources for many butterflies – Checkered white and Checkered skippers, Spring azure, Pearl crescent, Buckeye, Painted lady, Fiery skipper, Sachem, Sleepy orange, Silver-spotted skipper and Monarch.

    Collected before 1889.

  • Aster sibiricus syn. Eurybia sibirica Siberian aster, Arctic aster Z 3-9

    Lavender daisies from late-summer into fall

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    Lavender daisies from late-summer into fall, valuable for long-blooming and short size

    Size: 6-10” x 15-24” Care: sun in well-drained, to moist well-drained, acidic soil
    Native: NW US, Alaska, Canada, Arctic & Siberia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Collected by German plant hunter Johann Gmelin in Siberia before 1753

  • Asteromoea mongolica syn. Aster mongolicus or Kalimeris pinnatafida ‘Hortensis’ Japanese aster, Mongolian aster Z 3-9

    Covered with petite double white daisies, blooming for months –late summer-fall

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    Covered with petite double white daisies with golden stamens blooming for months –late summer-fall.

    Size: 2-3’ x 1-2’
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Japan
    Awards: Georgia Gold Medal 1998 Taxonomists had trouble naming this one. First described in French Journal Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. in 1882. A favorite flower of the late garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence who traced it to the grounds of the old Oxford Orphanage in Oxford NC. (1942)

  • Baptisia tinctoria Wild indigo, Horsefly Z. 3-9

    Sweet saffron yellow pea-like flowers, July to September

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    Sweet saffron yellow pea-like flowers, July to September

    Size: 2-3’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun to part shade in dry to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Ontario, Maine to MN S to GA, Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies.

    Baptisia is Greek meaning “to dye” referring to use of Baptisia australis as a substitute for indigo dye. Tinctoria means used in dying. For Cherokee it induced vomiting. They made a poultice to “stop mortification.” The root, held against teeth, remedied toothache. Iroquois used it to cure rheumatism and cramps in the stomach or legs. The Cherokee & Ojibwa used it for dye. Collected by John Banister in Virginia by 1692. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Buddleja davidii var. alba White butterfly bush Z 5-9

    Fragrant, honey-scented, large, white, arching spikes

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    Fragrant, honey-scented, large, white, arching spikes from summer through fall.

    Size: 6’ x 4’
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Central & Western China
    Wildlife Value: flowers very fragrant, attracts many butterflies, excellent cut flower

    Buddleja named to honor Reverend Adam Buddle, Vicar of Farmbridge in Essex and botanist. (1662-1715) Davidii  honors Fr. Armand David a French missionary who noticed it.  White flowered variety was described  by Ernest Henry “Chinese” Wilson in 1913.