Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Eryngium planum Flat sea holly Z 5-9

    Round thistles top prickly steely blue, silver colored, bracts

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    Round thistles top prickly steely blue, silver colored, bracts June-August.  Stems turn steel blue too. Deadhead for repeat bloom.  Reseeds readily.  Great cut flowers: dry or fresh.

    Size: 36” x 18”
    Care: Sun well-drained soil, drought tolerant
    Native: E. Europe

    Eryngium is Greek meaning “thistle.” Eryngium was described in Gerard’s Herball in 1597 for its uses: ”old and aged people that are consumed and withered with age, and which want natural moisture (and also) amended the defects of nature in the younger.”

  • Eupatorium coelestinum album syn Conoclinium coelestinum ‘Album’ Mistflower ‘Album’ Z 3-7

    Clusters of white in fall – looks like a big Ageratum - August to October.

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    Clusters of white in fall – looks like a big Ageratum – August to October.

    Size: 3’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Central and Southeastern US
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies - nectar source for American painted lady butterfly

    Eupatorium named after Mithridates Eupator, ancient king of Pontus, Greece, said by
    Pliny to have used another species of Eupatorium medicinally in 1st century B.C.  ‘Album’ first published in 1940.

  • Euphorbia corollata Flowering spurge Z 4-7

    Small white flowers (bracts), like a baby's breath

    $8.25/pot

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    Small white flowers (bracts), like a baby’s breath but better, July & August. One of the best prairie natives but slow to mature.

    Size: 36' x 24"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & deer resistant.
    Native: Canada to Florida and west through the plains, Wisconsin native

    Euphorbia was named for Euphorbus, physician of Numibian King Juba (c. 50 B.C. – 20 A.D.)  Reputedly Euphorbus used  spurge to remedy the King’s enlarged stomach.   Euphorbus’ brother was Augustus Caesar’s physician. Corollata  means “like a corolla.”   A favorite medicine among Native Americans.  Cherokee rubbed the plant’s juice on skin to cure cancer.  Also used to remedy toothache and gonorrhea.  According to Breck (1851): “One of the most elegant species peculiar to the United States.”

  • Euphorbia marginata self-seeding ANNUAL

    Clean white variegated leaves and flowers, very showy midsummer to fall.

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    Clean white variegated leaves and flowers, very showy midsummer to fall.

    Size: 18” x 10”
    Care: sun moist well-drained soil, drought tolerant.
    Native: Plains from Dakota to Texas
    Size: Wonderful cut flower just be careful of the milky sap.

    Discovered on Lewis and Clark expedition.  A “most elegant species.” Breck, 1851.

  • Euphorbia myrsinites Donkeytail spurge Z 5-8

    Chartreuse umbels tip succulent blue-gray foliage

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    Chartreuse umbels tip succulent blue-gray foliage in spring. Foliage attractive all season.  Great for groundcover or rock garden.

    Can not ship to: Colorado.

    Size: 4” x 12”
    Care: Sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Western Asia
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Euphorbia was named for Euphorbus, physician of Numibian King Juba (c. 50 B.C. – 20 A.D.)  Reputedly Euphorbus used  spurge to remedy the King’s enlarged stomach.   Euphorbus’ brother was Augustus Caesar’s physician.  Myrsinites is a Greek word meaning “resembling myrtle.”  This plant described by Swiss botanical scholar Conrad Gesner in his book Horti Germaniae published in 1541.

  • Euphorbia polychroma Cushion spurge Z 4-9

    dazzling chartreuse flowers in spring

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    Mound cloaked with dazzling chartreuse flowers in spring followed by red, purple and orange foliage in fall.

    Size: 16" x 24"
    Care: Sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Central and Southern Europe
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Euphorbia was named for Euphorbus, physician of Nubian King Juba, father of Ptolemy (50 B.C.-20 A.D.)  Euphorbus’ brother was Augustus Caesar’s physician.  Cultivation of this plant in America since 1800’s.

  • Festuca ovina glauca Blue fescue Z 4-8

    mound of thin blue gray foliage

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    Spiky but graceful mound of thin blue gray foliage – early summer short spikes of blue-green flowers

    Size: 12" x 10"
    Care: sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: temperate areas thoughout the world

    Festuca is Latin meaning “grass stalk.” American garden cultivation since 1800’s.

  • Foeniculum vulgaris ‘Purpureum’ Bronze fennel Z 4-9

    Yellow blooms on umbels in late spring into summer

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    Yellow blooms on umbels  in late spring into summer, features feathery, compound, aromatic purple leaves with needle-like segments.

    Size: 4-5’x2-3’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil
    Native: Mediterranean
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees and birds. Nectar plant for Swallowtail butterflies.

    We grow it in the butterfly garden.  Used by ancient Egyptians as a food and medicine. Considered a snake bite remedy in ancient China. During the Middle Ages  hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.  Fennel is also associated with the origin of the marathon. Athenian Pheidippides carried a fennel stalk on his 150 mile, 2 day run to Sparta to gather soldiers for the battle of Marathon with Persia in 490 B.C. The battle itself was also reportedly waged on a field of fennel.  The Gardeners Dictionary: . . . eighth ed.  1768