Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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

    Very hard to find, native Pasque flower.



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



    Ribes aureum  syn. Ribes odoratum  Clove currant, Golden currant   Z 3-8
    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)

  • Rubus odoratus Flowering raspberry Z 2-8

    Purple-pink saucer shaped flowers all summer



    Rubus odoratus   Flowering raspberry        Z 2-8
    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



    Rudbeckia laciniata var. hortensia  ‘Golden Glow’  Z 3-9
    “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.