Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Echinops ritro Globe thistle Z 3-9

    Mid to late summer, round, steel blue flower heads, great dried flowers

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    Mid to late summer, round, steel blue flower heads at 1st prickly then turning soft and fuzzy.   Great cut flower – fresh or dried.

    Size: 3-4' x 18"
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts American painted lady butterflies

    The name Echinops is Greek meaning “like a hedgehog” describing the circular spiny thistles.   Introduced to England in 1570.  By the last half of the 1800’s the Globe thistle became a popular Victorian flower. Cultivated by Washington at Mount Vernon.

  • Epimedium x rubrum syn. Epimedium alpinum var. rubrum Red barrenwort Z 4-8

    small, star-shaped, rosey-red flowers dance on the ends of wiry-thin stems

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    In mid-spring small, star-shaped, rosey-red flowers dance on the ends of wiry-thin stems about one foot high. Red-flushed foliage follows the flowers, the more sun, the more red on leaves.  Wonderful groundcover.  Cross between Epimedium grandiflorum and Epimedium alpinum

    Size: 16” x 24” slow spreading
    Care: Sun to shade in most any soil but best in part shade – one of most adaptable plants
    Wildlife Value: deer resistant
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanic Garden Great Plant Pick

    1st described in 1853 in Belgique Hort. iii. 33. I. 6.

  • Erigeron compositus Cutleaf daisy, Dwarf mountain fleabane Z 3-8

    Petite daisies with cushion-shaped grey, woolly leaves

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    Cushion shaped plant with wooly grey leaves topped by small bluish, pink or white rays like a daisy with a yellow center. Flowers in June-July.

    Size: 6” x 6-12”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil.
    Native: all of western No. America from prairies to alpine slopes.

    Thompson Indians from British Columbia chewed on the plant then spit on sores to remedy skin ailments. They also made a decoction of the plant, mixed with any weeds for broken bones. 1st collected by Meriwether Lewis in 1806 near Lewiston Idaho. Erigeron comes from Greek er meaning “spring” and geron for “old man” due to some of these species having white downy hair like an old man, in spring.

  • Eryngium giganteum Miss Wilmott’s ghost Z 5-8

    oval thistles top prickly green, turning steely blue, silvery, prickly bracts

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    In summer, oval thistles top prickly green, turning steely blue, silvery, prickly bracts.  Stems turn steel blue too.  Dramatic cut flower, fresh or dried.

    Size: 36" x 24"
    Care: Full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Caucasus Mountains
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Named for Ellen Wilmott, a wealthy, eccentric English gardener who reputedly dropped seeds of this plant as she passed her neighbors’ gardens.  It came up after she had passed – Miss Wilmott’s ghost.  Her personality also reputedly resembled the prickly plant.  Introduced to England from its native Caucasus Mountains in 1820.

  • Eryngium maritimum Sea holly Z 5-8

    Mounds of showy, frosted, holly-like foliage

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    Mounds of showy, frosted, holly-like foliage with conspicuous silver veins and prickly leaf margins with round, steel-blue thistles blooming in late summer.  Grow at the front of the garden or in a rock garden.

    Size: 8" x 8"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: Seacoasts of Europe

    Eryngium is Greek meaning “thistle.”  Anglo-Saxons prescribed the root to cure the king’s evil, serpent bites, broken bones, stiff necks and melancholy. During Tudor times the plant, reputedly an aphrodisiac, brought on “kissing comfits.” Garden cultivation in America since 1700’s.