Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Coreopsis verticillata Thread leafed tickseed Z 4-9

    All summer into fall, non-stop - yolk yellow daisies

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    All summer into fall, free-blooming non-stop – yolk yellow daisies atop wirey stems.

    Size: 24" x 18" spreading
    Care: Sun to part shade well-drained soil, drought tolerant
    Native: S.E. U.S.
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Exported from its native America to England in 1759. Used to dye cloth red.

  • Corydalis lutea syn. Pseudofumaria lutea Yellow fumitory, Z 4-8

    Yellow blooms from late spring - fall. Longest blooming shade flower.

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    Yellow blooms from late spring – fall. Longest blooming shade flower

    Size: 9-15" x 18"
    Care: part shade to shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Throughout Europe

    Corydalis is Greek for “lark” korydalos, referring to the shape of flower, a lark’s spur. Lutea means “yellow.” According to 16th century herbalist Culpepper, “Saturn owns the herb” so Corydalis lutea cured Saturn’s diseases of the liver, spleen, leprosy, scabs, itches, cholera, salty blood, jaundice, melancholy, plague, pestilence and red eyes.  The Greek Dioscordes claimed that it “hinders fresh springing of hairs on the eye lids.”

  • Corydalis ochroleuca syn. Pseudofumaria alba Z 4-8

    Creamy white flowers touched with yellow from May to October.  One of the longest blooming flowers for shade.

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    Creamy white flowers touched with yellow from May to October.  One of longest blooming flowers for shade.

    Size: 6-12” x 12”
    Care: Shade to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans

    Corydalis is Greek for “lark” korydalos, referring to the shape of flower resembling a lark’s spur. This species published in 1831. Gertrude Jekyll (1848-1931) planted Corydalis ochroleuca as a “wide carpet” under peonies in her spring garden at her home, Munstead Wood.

  • Dalea purpurea syn. Petalostemon purpurea Violet prairie clover

    Vase shaped clump with wands of violet to purple encircling tall coneheads

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    Vase shaped clump with wands of violet to purple encircling tall coneheads.

    Size: 2’ x 18”
    Care: full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Canada to Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Host for caterpillars of Dogface Sulphur, Striped blue & Mexican blue butterflies.

    Dalea named to honor English botanist Dr. Samuel Dale (1659- 1739.)  Chippewa, Meskwaki and Navajo used medicinally – as remedies for heart ailments, pneumonia, diarrhea and measles.  Comanche and Lakota chewed the root like gum, for its sweet taste.  Pawnee made brooms from the flexible stems.  1st collected by Frenchman André Michaux (1746-1802) who spent 11 years in America collecting hundreds of new plants.  Bailey described the flowers: “a constant succession of showy spikes of flowers…”(1933)

  • Dendranthema weyrichii syn. Chrysanthemum weyrichii Alpine daisy Z 4-8

    Pink or white daisies all summer and fall

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    Pink or white daisies all summer and fall. One of the best for groundcover, front of border or rock garden plant.

    Size: 6” x 18”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: East Asia & eastern Russia

    Collected before 1891

  • Desmanthus illinoensis Prairie mimosa, Illinois bundleflower Z 5-9

    This legume bears round heads of frilly white flowers that turn to interesting spherical seed pods persisting all winter.

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    This legume bears round heads of frilly white flowers that turn to interesting spherical seed pods persisting all winter.

    Size: 4’ x 3’
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to dry soil. Looks like a shrub but is a perennial.
    Native: Ohio to Florida and west to New Mexico and all states in between
    Wildlife Value: Seeds are food for birds including the Ring-Necked Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail, and Greater Prairie Chicken.

    Desmanthus  is Greek meaning “bundle flower” because the bunched flowers looked like a bundle.  Pawnee, Sioux, Omaha & Ponca children used seed pods with dried seeds as rattles.  Pawnees relieved itching with the boiled leaves.  Sioux ate roasted seeds. First collected by French plant hunter Michaux in the late 1700’s.

  • Dianthus carthusianorum Clusterhead PinkDianthus carthusianorum Carthusian pink, Clusterhead pink Z 5-9

    Deep reddish pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

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    Rosy carmine pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

    Size: 16" x 8"
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: Central and southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

    The common name “pink” is from “pinct” referring to the jagged edge of the petals. The word “pink” referring to the color, came from the fact that most of the Dianthus are pink.   This species may have come into gardens with the Carthusian monks in the 1100’s.

  • Dianthus cruentus Blood pink  Z 5-9

    Small but eye-catching carmine flowers held high on a leafless stem above basal foliage.  Blooms in late spring-early summer

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    Small but eye-catching carmine flowers held high on a leafless stem above basal foliage.  Blooms in late spring-early summer

    Size: 2-3’ x 6-9”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees & butterflies

    First described in Spic. Fl. Rumel. 1: 186 1843.