Drought, Xeric & Dry Soil Plants

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  • Hypericum kalmianum Kalm’s St. Johns wort SHRUB Z 4-7

    Yellow saucers with a puff of showy stamens in mid to late summer

    $17.95/ONLY AVAILABLE ON SITE @ NURSERY

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    Yellow saucers with a puff of showy stamens in mid to late summer, compliment the glaucous blue leaves on this small mounding, evergreen shrub.

    Size: 3-4’ x 3-4’
    Care: sun to shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Blooms on new growth so prune in late winter to early spring as far back as you wish.
    Native: Quebec to WI, S. to IL
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees and butterflies
    Awards: Great Plants for Great Plains

    The name Hypericum comes from Greek hyper  meaning “above”, and eikon, meaning “icon or image”. The yellow flowers of some species were placed above images to ward off evil spirits, and according to legend, Satan pierced the leaves in revenge. This species collected by & named for Peter Kalm, Swedish plant hunter, on his expedition in North America before 1753.  Offered for sale in Bartram Garden’s 1783 Broadside, America’s 1st plant catalog.

    **LISTED AS OUT OF STOCK BECAUSE WE DO NOT SHIP THIS ITEM.  IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR RETAIL LOCATION.

  • Hystrix patula syn. Elymus hystris var. hystris Bottle brush grass Z 5-9

    June thru fall bears 6” long spikes looking like bottle brushes

    $11.95/bareroot

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    June thru fall bears 6” long spikes looking like bottle brushes.

    Size: 2-3’ x 12-18”
    Care: sun to part shade in dry to moist well-drained soil - tolerates dry shade
    Native: Nova Scotia S to Virginia, W to ND and OK.
    Wildlife Value: Birds eat seeds

    Hystrix from the Greek (‘hedgehog’) meaning “with spikes” or “bristly” describing the flowers and patula means “spreading.”  Collected before 1794.  In 1913 L H Bailey wrote, “sometimes used for lawn decoration and for borders.”

  • Iris siberica Siberian Iris Z 4-9

    sword shaped leaves with blue, purple or lilac Iris flowers

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Narrow, sword shaped leaves with blue, purple, or white Iris flowers in June.

    Size: 3-4' x S 12" and spreading
    Care: Full sun moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant, Walnut toxicity resistant and drought tolerant.
    Native: Eastern Siberia
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Iris is named after the Greek goddess who accompanied the souls of women to the Elysian Fields by way of the rainbow.  Her footprints left flowers the colors of the rainbow.   Iris means the “eye of heaven.” The iris is the flower of chivalry, having “a sword for its leaf and a lily for its heart.” Ruskin. Siberian Irises first cultivated in European gardens in the 1500’s.  Blue Siberian Iris was introduced to the U.S. in 1796.  Cultivated by Washington at Mount Vernon.

  • Knautia macedonica syn. Scabiosa rumelica Pincushion plant Z 5-9

    Claret pincushions float at the tips of airy wands all summer & fall

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Claret pincushions float at the tips of airy wands all summer & fall

    Size: 2- 3’ x 10”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Keep compact by cutting back to 10” in spring, if you wish
    Native: Central Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Knautia named for German doctor & botanist Christoph Knaut (1656-1716) who published a method of classifying plants.  Collected before 1879

  • Lathyrus vernus Spring vetchling, Spring pea, Spring vetch Z 4-9

    Bushy plants bear showy, red-purple pea-like blooms age to rich purple in March-June. Ephemeral, dying back in August when you can cut it back. Spring gem.

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Bushy plants bear showy, red-purple pea-like blooms age to rich purple in March-June.  Ephemeral, dying back in August when you can cut it back. Spring gem.

    Size: 12” x 12”
    Care: sun in north to shade in south, moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established
    Native: No. Europe - Siberia
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks

    Introduced to gardens before 1629.  Parkinson called it “Blew Everlasting Pease.”

  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ Z 5-9

    Very fragrant, compact form of Lavender

    $8.75/bareroot

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    Very fragrant, compact form of Lavender, blooms in wands July-September.  Remove faded flowers for rebloom.

    Size: 12-18” x 12-18”
    Care: Sun, well-drained, soil. Prune to 8” in spring every 2 years to control plant size and promote new growth.
    Native: Species native to Western Mediterranean
    Wildlife Value: resistant to rabbits and deer

    This selection introduced to gardens in 1916. Named for Munstead Woods in England, the home of extraordinary garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932)  Lavandula is Latin from lavare meaning “to wash” “because it was used to be thrown into baths for the fragrancy of the scent; or because used in lye to give a fragrancy to linen; and because it is very good to wash the face with, and give it both beauty and a grateful scent.”

  • Lilium lancifolium Tiger lily Z 3-7

    Late summer, orange, recurved blossoms with black spots

    $8.75/bareroot

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    Late summer,  nodding orange, recurved blossoms with black spots.  Fun fact – its “seeds” are small bulbils that grow where each leaf meets the stem.  The bulbils drop and in 2 years create a new plant.

    Can not ship to: Delaware and Maryland.

    Size: 2-5' x 12"
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Asia

    Referred to in Chinese literature as long ago as the 10th century, growing it in rows as a vegetable and claimed it brought the painted dragon to life. William Kerr sent the Tiger lily from Canton China to Kew in England in 1804. A Tiger lily in Wonderland’s looking glass garden told Alice “We can talk…when there is anybody worth talking to.”

  • Limonium latifolium syn. Limonium platyphyllum Sea lavender, Statice latifolia Z 4-8

    Tough as nails, grow anywhere, deer resistant plant that blooms all summer into fall!

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    Airy lavender blue panicles from mid-summer to fall..  Leathery foliage turns reddish in fall.

    Size: 24-30” x 24”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist soil
    Native: Russia, Bulgaria & Romania

    Limonium is Greek meaning “meadow” and latifolium means “wide leaf”.  Cultivated in gardens since 1700’s.  Formerly used to repel moths and cure canker sores.
    Deer resistant.  Excellent cut or dried flowers