Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • 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

    frilly white flowers turn to fun seedheads - great foliage

    $10.95/bareroot

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    This legume bears round heads of frilly white flowers that turn to interesting spherical seed pods persisting all winter.  Sensitive plant-like foliage, touch and sunlight cause leaves to fold.

    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
    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, Omaha & Ponca children used seed pods with dried seeds as rattles.  Pawnees relieved itching with the boiled leaves.  First collected by French plant hunter Michaux in the late 1700’s.

  • Dianthus carthusianorum Clusterhead Pink

    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: Full sun moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Deer resistant & drought tolerant
    Native: Central and southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attract hummingbirds

    Clusterhead pink may have come into gardens with the Carthusian monks in the 1100’s. American gardens since 1800’s.

  • Dianthus deltoides Maiden pink Z 3-9

    Petite jagged-edged petals in early summer

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    Petite, jagged-edged petals bloom May-June & longer if deadhead   bright pink or white

    Size: 8”x 12”
    Care: Full sun well-drained soil
    Native: Scotland to Norway

    Theophrastus named Dianthus in the 4th century B.C., meaning “Jove’s flower.”  The common name “pink” is from “pinct” referring to the jagged edge of the petals. Deltoides refers to the inverted V-shaped pocket at the base of the petals.  In 1629 John Parkinson described the Dianthus:”There remain divers sorts of wild or small Gilloflowers (which wee usually call Pinkes) to be entreated of, some bearing single, and some double flowers, some smooth, almost without any deepe dents on the edges, and some ragged, or as it were feathered.  Some growing upright like unto Gilloflowers, others creeping… some of one colour, some of another, and many of divers colours.”  D. deltoides 1st identified in 1671 by Pinax.

  • Dianthus pinifolius Pineleaf garden pink Z 4-9

    Crimson clusters on wiry stems high above narrow-leaved, glaucous foliage, blooming in late spring to early summer

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    Crimson clusters on wiry stems high above narrow-leaved, galucious foliage, blooming in late spring to early summer

    Size: 12” x 6”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Balkan Peninsula & Romania

    Described before 1796.

  • Dictamnus fraxinella syn. D. alba Gas plant, Burning bush Z 3-8

    Magestic white or pink spikes of flowers in early summer

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    Magestic white or pink spikes of flowers in early summer, glossy, lemon scented leaves.

    Size: 2-3' x 2'
    Care: full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies

    Dictamnus is from the mountain Dicte, located in Crete. Popular Elizabethan cottage garden plant. Gerard called it a “gallant plant.” In the 1750’s Linnaeus’ daughter discovered the gas plant’s ability to light a fire. Grown in American gardens since the 1750’s and by Jefferson at Monticello.

  • Draba ramosissima Branched draba Z 5-8

    Spring to early summer white clusters

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    Spring to early summer white clusters held above the spider-like foliage on wiry stems.

    Size: 6-12” x 12-15”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Appalachian Mountains in SE US

    Collected by 1815.

  • Dracocephalum ruyschianum Northern dragonhead, Siberian dragonhead Z 4-8

    Mound of sky blue, snapdragon-like flowers, July-September over narrow rosemaryish leaves

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    Mound of sky blue, snapdragon-like flowers, July-September over narrow rosemaryish leaves.

    Size: 12- 18” x 12-18”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: China, Siberia
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant

    Dracocephalum means “dragonhead” in Greek. Collected before 1753.