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  • Potentilla x tonguei Staghorn cinquefoil Z. 5-8

    Apricot-yellow flowers with red centers bloom June-September

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Apricot-yellow flowers with red centers bloom June-September. We love its long, colorful blooms and neat habit.  Perfect in rock gardens.

    Size: 5” x 12”
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Potentilla is Latin meaning “powerful” referring to historic medicinal properties since Hippocrates.  This is a cross of P. anglica and P. nepalensis which took place naturally in a garden. This Cinquefoil has been in gardens since at least 1839.

  • Sagina subulata Pearlwort, Irish moss Z 4-7

    Tiny white flowers in summer on extra-miniature grass-like leaves

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    Tiniest of white flowers in summer on mound of extra-miniature grass-like leaves.  Perfect for rock gardens, between stepping stones on a path or as a groundcover.

    Size: ½” x 8”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Corsica

    Sagina subulata was discussed in Revue Horticole in 1896.  The variety aurea extensively used for carpet bedding.  H.H. Thomas, 1915.

  • Saponaria ocymoides Rock soapwort Z 4-8

    Cheery pink soapwort, in late spring, hugs the ground

    $10.25/bareroot

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    Cheery pink soapwort, in late spring, hugs the ground. Good for rock gardens, front of border or groundcover.

    Size: 3" x 18"
    Care: Sun, well-drained soil, cut back hard after flowering
    Native: Spain to Yugoslavia

    Both the botanical and common names come from the plant’s use as soap, the leaves “yeelde out of themselves a certain juice when they are bruised, which scoureth almost as well as sope.”  Gerard (1633).  Soapwort is still used today by antique and art restorers for its gentle cleaning: chop dried leaves and roots, boil in water for 5 minutes, and then agitate to make suds.  William Robinson, father of today’s mixed perennial border gardens, praised this as bearing “masses of rosy blooms.”  American garden cultivation since 1800’s.  Received England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

  • Scutellaria alpina Alpine skullcap Z 5-9

    Mounds of two-toned snapdragon-like flowers July - October.

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    Bailey (1913): “A hardy spreading perennial about 10 in. high, with ovate, serrately dentate leaves and large, purple and white, somewhat yellowish flowers in dense, terminal racemes. … A handsome rock or low border perennial.” Mounds of two-toned snapdragon-like flowers July – October.

    Size: 6-10” x 12”
    Care: Sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Pyrenees, Appennines to the Balkans; central Russia to southern Siberia

    Linnaeus’ imaginative mind named this genus after the Latin sculellum meaning “a little dish,” because of its resemblance to the flower’s helmet-shaped calyx. In gardens before 1753.