Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Sedum sieboldii syn Hylotelephium sieboldii, October Daphne Z 3-9

    Fleshy gray-green foliage edged with pink

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    Fleshy gray-green foliage edged with pink encircles the prostrate stems, flowering strawberry pink in fall.

    Size: 4" x 8"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant and deer resistant.
    Native: Japan

    Sedum means “plant that sits.”  “Live forever” is an ancient Greek name for the plant. The Roman Pliny claimed that sedum’s juice treated wounds.  In the 1500’s English herbalist Gerard called sedums “very full of life,” referring to succulent’s quality of being very easy to grow.  William Robinson described Sedum sieboldii as “a beautiful Stonecrop loved by slugs.” (We have not found that, the slug part, to be true.)  American garden cultivation by 1850.

  • Sedum spurium ‘Coccineum’ Dragon’s blood Z 4-9

    Star-shaped crimson flowers August – September atop succulent red-tinged leaves that blaze all crimson in fall and winter.

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    Star-shaped crimson flowers August – September atop succulent red-tinged leaves that blaze all crimson in fall and winter. Perfect for rock gardens, front of border, fairy gardens, roof gardens, troughs and groundcover or any place with drought.

    Size: 6” x 24”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus Mountains

    Sedum means “plant that sits.” “Live forever” is an ancient Greek name for sedums. The Roman Pliny claimed that sedum’s juice treated wounds. In the 1500’s English herbalist Gerard called sedums “very full of life,” referring to succulent’s quality of being very easy to grow. Spurium means “false.” This cultivar collected before 1826.

  • Sidalcea malvaeflora Checker bloom Z 5-8

    Fuchsia-pink mallow type blooms on upright stems

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    Fuchsia-pink mallow type blooms on upright stems, looking like miniature hollyhocks from midsummer to fall.

    Size: 18-24" x 10"
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: western No. America
    Wildlife Value: Attracts large white skipper butterflies.

    Collected by botanist Charles Wright (1811-1885) before 1880.

  • Silene chalcedonica syn. Lychnis chalcedonica Maltese cross, Jerusalem cross Z 4-8

    Balls of tomato-red crosses

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    Balls of tomato-red crosses top 3′ stems in June and July, reblooming if deadhead

    Size: 3-4' x 12"
    Care: Sun to part shade moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Western Russia

    Chalcedonia refers to a place near Constantinople. Louis IX reputedly transported this plant from Jerusalem to France on his return from the Crusades. Liberty Hyde Bailey called this “one of the best of old fashioned flowers.” In both Jefferson’s and Washington’s gardens.

  • Silene coronaria syn. Lychnis coronaria Rose campion Z 4-8

    Crimson/magenta cymes contrast felted white foliage

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    Brilliant crimson/magenta cymes contrast felted white foliage from early to midsummer.  Really eyecatching.

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Southeastern Europe
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Mythology reports that the Rose campion sprang from the bath of Aphrodite.  European garden cultivation since the 1300’s.  Parkinson in 1629 wrote of the Rose campion: “The single red Rose campion hath divers thick, hoary or woolly long greene leaves, abiding greene all the winter, and in the end of the spring or beginning of summer, shooteth forth (flowers) … of a perfect red crimson colour …”  Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris.  Jefferson grew it at Monticello in 1807.

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

    spectacular late season blooms – bright magenta flowers September to October

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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.”

  • Solidago cutleri Cutler’s alpine goldenrod Z 3-9

    Golden tufts of flowers on this mounding, compact, bone-hardy goldenrod July-September

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    Golden tufts of flowers  on this mounding, compact, bone-hardy goldenrod July-September

    Size: 6-10” x 12”
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains of New England and NY, north through Nova Scotia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Named for New England plant explorer Manasseh Cutler , Rhodora 10(113): 87. 1908 by M.L. Fernald

  • Sporobolus heterolepsis Prairie dropseed Zone 3 – 9

    Mound of graceful thinnest of grass blades

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    The description in the Chiltern Seeds catalog cannot be improved:  “This is the most elegant and refined of the North American prairie grasses …the finest texture composed of the thinnest of thin, thread-like, glossy green blades,.. in autumn turning deep orange before fading to a light copper for the winter.  In late summer the plants bear, on very slender stalks high above the foliage, unbelievably delicate, graceful flower panicles, excellent for cutting.”

    Size: 2’ x 2’
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: from Canada in the north to Texas in the south, Wisconsin native

    Sporobolos is Greek from sporo meaning seed and ballein meaning to cast forth because the seed readily falls from the flower (or dropseed, the common name).  Ojibwa “Medicine Society” used roots to cure sores & “remove bile.”