Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Potentilla thurberi Scarlet cinquefoil Z 5-9

    Loose clusters of claret saucers June-August

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    Loose clusters of reddish purple, Claret-colored blooms – June to September. Valuable for both its long bloom and its dark red flowers.

    Size: 30" x 12"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Arizona & New Mexico

    Collected before 1880’s in its native Southwest – Arizona and New Mexico.

  • Potentilla tridentata syn. Sibbaldiopsis tridentate Three-toothed cinquefoil Z 2-8

    short subshrub that blooms all summer, then in fall the leaves turn burgundy.

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    Compact subshrub groundcover with white five-petaled flowers June – August. Leaves turn burgundy in fall.

    Size: 3-6” x 12-15”
    Care: sun in well-drained, acidic soil
    Native: most of eastern North America to the arctic, south to Georgia, WI native
    Wildlife Value: source of food for Copper butterflies
    Awards: Cary Award Distinctive Plants for New England

    Collected before 1789.

  • Pulsatilla patens syn. Anemone patens Eastern pasque flower Z 3-7

    Very hard to find, native Pasque flower.

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    Up-facing blue-violet bells in early spring emerge from foliage decorated with silky hairs.

    Size: 8-12” -12"
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: northern Great Plains including WI, Siberia, Alaska

    The name Pasque is Old French for Easter referring to the spring bloom time. Patens means “spreading.”  South Dakota honors this as its state flower.
    Collected for gardens prior to 1753.  The Blackfoot made a decoction of this plant to speed a baby’s delivery and applied crushed leaves to skin to remedy irritation.  Omaha applied fresh, crushed leaves as a poltice for rheumatism.

  • Ribes aureum syn. Ribes odoratum Clove currant Z 3-8

    yellow flowers smother the shrub

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    Early to mid spring yellow flowers smother the shrub, giving off the most sweet, clove-scented fragrance – heavenly.  Ships only in spring.

    Size: 6' x 6'
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: west-central US
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Found by Meriwether Lewis in 2 locations -“near the narrows of the Columbia.” April 16, 1806, now Klickitat County, Washington, and on July 29, 1805 in Montana.  Many different tribes ate the berries – Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Klamath, Montana, Paiute & Ute.  Others, Shoshone and Paiute, used the shrub’s inner bark to heal sores and swellings.  English plantsman Wm. Robinson declared that it “deserves to be more commonly grown.” (1933)

    **LISTED AS OUT OF STOCK BECAUSE WE DO NOT SHIP THIS ITEM.  IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR RETAIL LOCATION.

  • Rubus odoratus Flowering raspberry Z 2-8

    Purple-pink saucer shaped flowers all summer

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    Purple-pink saucer shaped flowers from June to October.  Rarely seen shrub.

    Size: 7-8' x 8'
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: Eastern North America

    For sale in an English catalog in 1730. William Robinson praised the flowering raspberry as bearing  “large clusters of rich purple flowers. Bearing scented leaves, the leaves and not the flowers being fragrant.”

  • Rudbeckia laciniata var. hortensia Golden Glow Z 3-9

    Rich, yellow double flowers

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    “Rich, yellow double flowers borne in autumn, excellent for cutting,” Sanders 1913. July-August blooms on these imposing double daisies.

    Size: 5-7' x 12" and spreading
    Care: full sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil, drought tolerant & immune to Walnut toxins.

    Serendipitous discovery in a group of seedlings in 1894. Said to be “the most popular hardy perennial introduced during the last 25 years,” April, 1905, The Garden magazine. Recommended by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908.

  • Ruellia humilis Prairie petunia Z 5-9

    lilac trumpets all summer and fall

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    Lilac trumpets with dark pink veins all summer non-stop. Very long blooming but slow to emerge in spring.

    Size: 8-10" x 24"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Midwest south to Florida and Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Ruellia  named for French royal herbalist Jean Ruell (1474-1537).  This species first collected by Thomas Nuttall, English plant hunter who found more American plants than anyone else, early 1800’s.

  • Salvia argentea Silver sage Z 5-7

    Large rosettes of the woolliest silver leaves

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    Magnificent rosettes of the woolliest silver leaves.

    Size: 2-4’ x 10"
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: Europe & No. Africa around Mediterranean

    Collected before 1750. Liberty Hyde Bailey said its, “white woolly foliage makes it a very decorative plant.”(1935)