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  • Achillea nana Dwarf yarrow Z 4-7

    White flowers over grey-green foliage blooms for nearly 2 months in summer.

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    Achillea nana Dwarf yarrow Z 4-7
    White flowers over grey-green foliage blooms for nearly 2 months in summer.

    Size: 2-4” x spreading
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: mountains of central Europe

    Collected before 1753. Philip Miller’s The Gardener’s Dictionary (1768) wrote that it is a “native of the Alps…very hardy … will thrive in any soil (and) deserve(s) a place in gardens.” Achillea named for Achilles, hero of Homer’s Illiad, used Achillea millefolium to stop bleeding of his wounded soldiers at the siege of Troy. Achilles learned about the uses of Achillea from Chiron, the Centaur. Nana means “dwarf.”

  • Achillea tomentosa, Woolly yarrow Z 4-8

    Lemony colored flower heads from June to September, wooly foliage

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    Achillea tomentosa  Woolly yarrow   Z 4-8
    Lemony colored flower heads from June to September, wonderful, wooly foliage. Good in front of the border or on rock gardens.

    Size: 8” x 12”
    Care: Full sun in moist to dry soil, will rebloom if deadheaded. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Southern to Eastern Europe
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Grown in English gardener Tradescant the Elder’s garden 1630. “A splendid plant with fern like foliage and rich golden-yellow flower heads.” H.H. Thomas, 1915.

    This item may not be available for shipping. Please email bettya@heritageflowerfarm.com to check availability for purchase.

  • Acinos alpinus syn. Calamintha alpina, Satureia alpina

    Reddish purple flowers all summer and fall

    $6.95/4" tallpot

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    Acinos alpinus syn. Calamintha alpina syn. Clinopodium alpina   Satureia   Alpine basil thyme, Rock thyme  Z 5-10
    Reddish purple flowers bloom on cushions all summer and fall – “long and late season of bloom.” Foster

    Size: 4-6”x 8”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: European mountains - Alps and Pyrenees

    Collected before 1753.
    Common name for its aromatic foliage. It has been used to reduce excessive sweating and fever.  Also, leaves may be brewed for tea.

  • Adiantum venustum Himalayan maidenhair fern Z 5-8

    Black stems hold triangular, delicate, lacy fronds of tiny leaflets

    $10.25/bareroot

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    Adiantum venustum Himalayan maidenhair fern  Z 5-8
    Black stems hold triangular, delicate, lacy fronds of tiny leaflets.  Favorite short fern.

    Size: 6" x 12", slow spreader
    Care: part or light shade in moist well-drained soil but tolerates any soil
    Native: China and Himalayan Mountains
    Awards: Great Plant Pick from Elisabeth Cary Miller Botanic Garden & Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Adiantum is from Greek adiantos, “unwettable” because its fronds repel water. Venustum means attractive in Latin. (We think it should be “venustumest” for most attractive.) Collected for gardens by 1841.