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  • Sempervivum tectorum Hens and chicks Z 3-10

    Rosettes of succulent leaves

    $5.25/bareroot

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    Sempervivum tectorum  Hens and chicks  Z 3-10
    Rosettes of succulent leaves

    Size: 4” x 4”
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Alps & Pyrenees Mountains

    Grown in gardens for thousands of years.  Sempervivum means “live forever.”  Romans planted Hens and chicks on their roofs to ward off lightning.  As a succulent it holds water and is probably more difficult to catch fire.  “This practice was preserved for historians when Charlemagne (720-814), first Holy Roman Emperor and unifier of a large part of northern Europe, ordered that all villagers within his crown lands plant houseleeks on their roofs, presumably as a safety measure. He decreed: Et ille hortulanus habeat super domum suam Iovis barbam. (And the gardener shall have house-leeks growing on his house. Capitulare de villis, about 795,  LXX.)”

  • Silene alpestris Alpine catchfly Z. 5-8

    It flowers in May (through August) the flowers being of a polished whiteness

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    “It flowers in May (through August) the flowers being of a polished whiteness, with the petals notched, and abundantly produced over the shining green masses of leaves.” Robinson 1903

    Size: 4-6” x
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: European Alps

    Collected in Austria by 1773

  • Silene schafta Schaft’s catchfly, Moss Z 5-7

    spectacular late season blooms – bright magenta flowers September to October

    $9.95/bareroot

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    One of the spectacular late season blooms – bright magenta flowers September to October

    Size: 6” x Slowly spreading
    Care: full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Russia

    Perfect for dry borders or rock gardens.
    Introduced from its native Russia in 1844.  In Greek mythology Silene was a companion of Bacchus who was covered with foam. William Robinson, father of the mixed perennial border, described the flowers of this species as being “very neat tufts.”

  • Sisyrinchium angustifolium Blue eyed grass Z 3-9

    Petite iris-like foliage sporting blue saucer-shaped flowers with bright yellow stamens in summer.

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    Petite iris-like foliage sporting blue saucer-shaped flowers with bright yellow stamens in summer.

    Size: 10" x 6"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: North America

    American garden cultivation since 1800’s.  Described by Nuttall in 1818, The Genera of North American Plants