Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Tunica saxifraga syn. Petrorhagia saxifraga Tunic flower Z 4-8

    pixie, palest of pink blossoms

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    Tunica saxifraga  syn. Petrorhagia saxifraga       Tunic flower   Z 4-8
    Free blooming pixie, palest of pink blossoms from June through October on wiry stems form a 4″ tall mound. Perfect for rock gardens, front of borders or groundcover.

    Size: 4" x 8"
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Pyrenees and Alps

    Tunica is Latin meaning “tunic” or “coat” referring to overlapping bracts beneath the flower.  Near the turn of the century William Robinson described the Tunic flower as having ” elegant little rosy flowers … a neat plant for the rock garden and fringes of borders and thrives like a weed between the stones in a rough stone wall.”  “Suggestive of a miniature gypsophila.”  H.H. Thomas, 1915.  Cultivated in the U.S. since the 1800’s.

  • Verbascum chaixii Nettleleaved mullein Z 5-8

    Spikes covered in white flowers with pink eyes from mid to late summer

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    Spikes covered in white flowers with pink eyes from mid to late summer

    Size: 36” x 18”
    Care: Full sun in well drained, poor soil
    Native: Europe

    Verbascum was named by the Roman Pliny who said they attracted moths, calling them Moth mulleins. Described by Parkinson in 1629: “a stalk, the flowers hereof are pure white with the like purple threads in the middle.”

  • Verbascum nigrum Dark mullein Z 4-9

    Canary yellow flowers cover erect 3' spikes

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    Canary yellow flowers cover erect 3′ spikes from June through October.

    Size: 36" x 24"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil - self-seeder. Cut flower stalk off to prevent reseeding & for reblooming. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe to Siberia

    Verbascum was named by the Roman Pliny who said they attracted moths, calling them Moth mulleins.  Cultivated in gardens as long ago as Medieval times. Favorite plant in Elizabethan cottage gardens in the 1500’s.  Described by Parkinson in 1629 as: “a stalke whereon stand many golden flowers with the like purple threads in the middle.”

  • Yucca filamentosa Adam’s Needle, Silk grass Z 5-9

    tall stalks bearing alabaster bells

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    Yucca filamentosa syn. Yucca americana Adam’s Needle, Silk grass  Z 5-9
    Six foot tall stalks bearing alabaster bells tower over clumps of swordlike leaves with margins of curly threads in July and August.

    Size: 30" leaves - 5' flower x 5'
    Care: full sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: New Jersey to Florida
    Wildlife Value: It’s only pollinator is the Yucca moth and the Yucca is the only food source for the Yucca moth in a mutually beneficial relationship.
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit; Cary Award Distinctive Plants for New England and Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick.

    In 1596 Gerard named the genus Yucca from the incorrectly identified plant, the Iucca.  Filimentosa is from the Latin filum meaning “thread” because of the threads on the leaf margins.  Colonists cut the leaves of Y. filamentosa to make thread.  Indians used the root as an ingredient in bread, to make suds for cleaning and the leaf fibers to make clothes.  For the Cherokee it cured diabetes and skin sores, induced sleep in people and drugged fish for an easier catch.  Tradescant the Younger collected this in Virginia before 1640. Both Gerard and Parkinson grew Yucca filamentosa in their personal gardens.  Jefferson planted it  in 1794 and called it “beargrass.”