Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Linum perenne ‘Lewisii’ Prairie flax Z 4-8

    Sky blue flowers open in the mornings - all summer



    Smallish saucers of sky blue flowers open in the mornings – all summer

    Size: 24" x 12"
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: western US, Wisconsin native

    Linum is Greek for “flax,” the source of linen cloth. This cultivar was named for Meriwether Lewis who found the plant on the Lewis and Clark expedition 200 years ago. Western Indians used the seeds in cooking.

  • Lupinus perennis Sun-dial lupin, Old maid’s bonnet, wild pea Z. 4-9

    Many flowered blue, pea flowered raceme May-June



    Many flowered blue, pea flowered raceme May-June

    Size: 1-2' x 12"
    Care: full sun in well drained soil. A legume, so it enriches the soil by adding nitrogen.
    Native: Maine to FL, Ontario to MN to Louisiana.
    Wildlife Value: Attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. The only food for larvae of endangered species, Karner Blue butterfly.

    Lupinus is Latin from Lupus meaning “wolf.”  Likely sent from its native Virginia to England by Tradescant the Younger in 1637. Certainly collected by Michaux, late 1700’s.  Grown by Jefferson.  The Cherokee used this to stop bleeding.  The Menominee fattened their horses with this Lupin and made them spirited.  They rubbed the plant on themselves to give power to control the horses.

  • Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’ Striped mallow Z 5-8

    Miniature saucers of hollyhock-like flowers all striped



    According to the books a perennial, but here it acts like an annual that reseeds prolifically.
    Miniature saucers of hollyhock-like flowers all striped in shades of white, pink and lavender, two-toned purple and rose smother the 3-4′ stalks endlessly from June to October.

    Size: 36-48" x 24"
    Care: Sun, moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe

    ‘Zebrina’ cultivated in Charlemagne’s empire as long ago as 800 A.D. American garden cultivation since 1800’s.

  • Monarda fistulosa Wild bergamont Z 3-9

    Lavender tubes and bracts encircle 3' tall square stems



    Lavender tubes and bracts encircle 3′ tall square stems in July and August.

    Size: 3-4' x spreading
    Care: Sun to part shade any soil. Drought tolerant Walnut toxicity resistant.
    Native: central U.S., Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds

    Fistulosa refers to the hollow stem. Native Americans used the plant for abdominal pain, pimples, and chest pain in children. Sent to Europe by Tradescant the Younger in 1637. Cultivated by George Washington.

  • Nepeta racemosa syn. N. mussinii Persian Catmint Z 4-8

    Lavender-blue flowers encircle spikes from April through October, non-stop.



    Lavender-blue flowers encircle spikes from April through October, non-stop.  Starts blooming with the earliest tulips – a treasure.

    Size: 18" x 18"
    Care: Full sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Cut back to make it bushier and for more flowers. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant.
    Native: Caucasus
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    From the Caucasus to England in 1804. William Robinson called this “an old plant, flourishing in ordinary garden soil … used for edgings to borders, a purpose for which its compact growth suits it well.” Also a favorite of Gertrude Jekyll who popularized mixed perennial borders in the early 1900’s.

  • Nicotiana langsdorffii Langsdorff’s tobacco Z 10-11, grow as annual in colder areas

    Pendulous Granny Smith apple colored, tube-shaped flowers in summer through fall.



    Pendulous Granny Smith apple colored, tube-shaped flowers, summer through fall.

    Size: 2-3’ x 6”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Chile and Brazil
    Wildlife Value: attract hummingbirds
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Nicotiana langsdorfii introduced in 1819.  The genus name nicotiana named after John Nicot who introduced smoking tobacco to Europe. Langsdorfii named to honor  Russian naturalist Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff, Baron de Langsdorff ( 1774 -1852), Russian consul general in Brazil and leader of Langsdorff Expedition of Brazil, 1826-1829.

  • Oenothera macrocarpa syn. O. missouriensis Ozark sundrops

    Large lemon yellow saucers bloom on prostrate stems all summer



    Large lemon yellow saucers bloom on prostrate stems all summer, then turn to conspicuous, large (macrocarpa means “big seed”) red tinged, winged seed pods.

    Size: 9-12" x 12"
    Care: Full sun moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Missouri & Nebraska

    Discovered in 1810 by prolific English plant explorer Thomas Nuttall when he traveled along the Missouri River with Capt. Hunt. Cultivated since 1800’s.

    Nuttall described it as a “splendid and singular species.”  “No more valuable border flower,” Robinson (1933)

  • Paeonia ‘Seashell’ Sea Shell peony Z 3-8

    Blousy, single, ballerina pink petals 6” across



    Blousy, single, ballerina pink petals 6″ across, surround golden centers in mid-season, sweetly fragrant.

    Size: 36"x 36"
    Care: sun to part sun in just about any soil but prefers moist well-drained soil. Plant "eyes" no deeper than 2" below soil. If planted too low, it will not flower. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant.
    Awards: American Peony Society Gold Medal in 1990.

    Paeonia is derived from the Greek mythical figure Paeon, who Pluto turned into a flower.  Theophrastus described the peony around 300 B.C. Dioscorides, 1st century A.D., claimed the root eased the pain of childbirth.  During the Middle Ages peonies used in Europe to remedy the falling sickness, cleaning women after child birth, nightmares, and melancholy.  The “surest way” to effect a cure was to hang fresh root around the neck.  Otherwise an infusion should be taken before and after a full moon. ‘Seashell’  introduced by H.F. Sass in 1937.