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  • Aethionema cordifolia Lebanon stonecress, Persian candytuft Z 4-8

    Short subshrub with lovely, tiny blue-green leaves on upright stems with terminal clusters of pale pink blooms in spring. Perfect for rock gardens and front of the border.

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    Aethionema cordifolia  Lebanon stonecress, Persian candytuft   Z 4-8
    Short subshrub with lovely, tiny blue-green leaves on upright stems with terminal clusters of pale pink blooms in spring. Perfect for rock gardens and front of the border.

    Size: 6-8” x 12-15”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Sheer back after blooming to keep compact and rebloom.
    Native: Lebanon and possibly Caucasus on chalky summits.

    Collected before 1841. Foster: “…when planted in quantity does wonders for mass effect in the rock garden or alpine lawn.” January 1876 issue of The Garden called these “very attractive dwarf rock garden plants.” Aethionema from aitho meaning scorch and nema for filament.

  • 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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    Agave parryi Mescal agave, Parry’s agave, Century plant, kwa ni in Hopi  Z 5 (with care) – 10
    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.

  • Alchemilla alpina Alpine lady’s mantle

    short sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers in early summer

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    Alchemilla alpina   Alpine lady’s mantle  Z 3-9
    From a low mound of palmate, silvery-margined leaves with silver undersides emerge short sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers in early summer.  Will rebloom if cut back flowers after bloom

    Size: 6-8” x 8-12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and southern Greenland

    Named by Linnaeus 1753. Philip Miller described this as having leaves “that are very white and deeply cut into five parts like a hand…” The Gardeners Dictionary 1783

  • Allium cernuum Nodding onion Z 4-8

    Umbels of arching stems with nodding bells of lilac shading to pink

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    Allium cernuum  Nodding onion   Z 4-8
    Umbels of arching stems with nodding bells of lilac shading to pink, June – July.

    Size: 12”-18”x 3-6”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil, Deer resistant
    Native: Canada to Mexico, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Cernuum is Latin meaning “nodding.”  Many groups of 1st Americans ate the bulbs raw, roasted or dried for winter storage or as flavoring for soups and gravies. Cherokee used this plant medicinally to cure colds, hives, colic, “gravel & dropsy,” liver ailments, sore throats, “phthisic,” and feet in “nervous fever.”  Those in the Isleta Pueblo were not quite as creative as the Cherokee and used this only for sore throats and infections.  Collected for garden cultivation by 1834.