Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower Z 3-8

    Iconic dark pink rays with orange-rust cones from mid-summer to fall  

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    Iconic dark pink rays with orange-rust cones from mid-summer to fall

     

    Size: 3’ x 18”
    Care: sun in well-drained humusy soil
    Native: MI S. to Louisiana, incl. Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: Attracts many butterfly species in the summer. In winter Gold finches feast on the seeds.

    American Indians used Purple coneflower as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, e.g. smoke treatment to cure headaches and sexually transmitted diseases, applied topically to toothaches and mumps and juice used for burns. The Winnebagos used the plant in advance to protect against burns. Also used to cure distemper in horses.   Introduced into garden cultivation by John Tradescant the Younger in 1640.

  • 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.

  • Engelmannia peristenia syn. E. pinnatafida Engelmann’s Daisy Z 4-8

    Clusters of golden-yellow daisy-like flowers, May-August, over an evergreen rosette

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    Clusters of golden-yellow daisy-like flowers, May-August, over an evergreen rosette

    Size: 18-36” x 15-18”
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: South central US
    Wildlife Value: Attracts birds for the seeds, Bees & butterflies for nectar/pollen. Rabbit resistant.

    First published in 1840 by Nuttal/Gray.  Named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist.  When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.

  • 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 amethystinum Amethyst sea holly Z. 3-8

    Metallic amethyst stems, spiny bracts and cone-shaped flower in July and August

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    Metallic amethyst stems, spiny bracts and cone-shaped flower in July and August

    Size: 28” x 28”
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil, drought tolerant
    Native: Italy & southern Alps
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies, birds eat seeds. Deer & rabbit resistant
    Awards: Great Plant Pick Award from Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden.

    Garden cultivation since 1648. Long prized for its metallic luster.

  • 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.