"New" Heirloom Plants

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  • Iris domestica syn. Belamcanda chinensis Blackberry lily Z 5-10

    Orange spotted flowers in summer followed by black seed clusters

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    Orange spotted flowers in summer followed by black seed clusters

    Size: 18-36”x 10”
    Care: sun, moist well drained soil
    Native: China and Japan

    The Blackberry lily was cultivated in China as a medicinal plant as long ago as 120 B.C.  It was introduced to England from China in 1823.  Jefferson grew this at Monticello.
    The root of the Blackberry Lily, Belamcanda chinensis, a member of the Iris family which produces attractive lily-like flowers, is known as the Chinese herb She-gan. Seeds of the plant were collected by Jesuit missionaries in China and sent to Europe by the 1730s. It was cultivated in Linnaeus’  botanical garden in Uppsala by 1748, and in English gardens by at least 1759. The plant was known in American gardens as early as 1825.

  • Iris missouriensis Western blue flag, Rocky Mountain iris Z 3-8

     In spring variegated, violet blue iris flowers per stem. Each flower has 6 perianth segments, three elongated spreading to reflexed falls have a central dark yellow-orange stripe and diverging blue lines on a white background, and three erect, more narrow, lilac-purple to dark blue standards.

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     In spring variegated, violet blue iris flowers per stem. Each flower has 6 perianth segments, three elongated spreading to reflexed falls have a central dark yellow-orange stripe and diverging blue lines on a white background, and three erect, more narrow, lilac-purple to dark blue standards.

    Size: 12-24” x 9-12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to moist soil. Divide regularly.
    Native: Alberta and British Columbia, from Minnesota to Washington south to California east to New Mexico
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds, provides pollen to bees.

    Named for the Missouri River although ironically Lewis collected it along the Blackfoot River in today’s Montana on July 5, 1806.
    Paiute Indians of eastern California and southeastern Oregon made ear drops to remedy earaches with a decoction if the Iris roots.

  • Paeonia lactiflora x Jan Van Leeuwen Z 3-8

    Fragrant cupped single white blooms with yellow stamens

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    Fragrant cupped single white blooms with yellow stamens

    Size: 2' x 3'
    Care: Full sun in moist well-drained soil. Deer and rabbit resistant
    Native: Japan
    Wildlife Value: birds and ants enjoy the sweet nectar on the buds before opening

    Introduced in 1928

  • Sanguisorba parviflora syn S tenuifolia var. parviflora, S. tenuifolia var. alba White Japanese burnet Z 3-8

    Drooping white spikes from July-October

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    Drooping white spikes from July-October

    Size: 2’ x 3.5’
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Japan, Korea, Mongolia & Russia
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees and butterflies

    First published by Carl Maximowicz in Primitiae Florae Amurensis 94. 1859

  • Selinum wallichianum syn. S. tenuifolium Milk parsley Z 6-10

    All summer filigree of lacy, fern-like foliage then in late summer -fall white domes, 8” across, each dome made of multiple balls atop purple-red stems.

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    “Queen of umbellifers,” EA Bowles. All summer filigree of lacy, fern-like foliage then in late summer -fall white domes, 8” across, each dome made of multiple balls atop purple-red stems.

    Size: 3-5’ x 3’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Himalayas
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Originally named Cortia lindeyi in 1830 Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 4: 186. Named for Dutch physician and botanist Nathanial Wallich (1786-1854).

  • Solidago sphacelata ‘Golden Fleece’ Golden Fleece Goldenrod Z 4-8

    Dense horizontal golden panicles on this dwarf Goldenrod, August to September

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    Dense horizontal golden panicles on this dwarf Goldenrod, August to September

    Size: 12-18” x 24”
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: species SE US
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet Monarch, Viceroy & Painted ladies
    Awards: Missouri Botanic Garden Award of Merit & Cornell University Allstar

    Solidago from solidus and ago meaning to bring together.  Species collected by 1800’s but this cultivar selected by Dr. Richard Lightly at Mount Cuba Center in the 1980’s.  OK, it’s not old but it is so different from all other Goldenrods that I couldn’t resist.

  • Spigelia marilandica Carolina pink, Woodland pinkroot Z 5-9

    Stems topped with showy red tubes and fireworks-like yellow, five-pointed stars flare  atop the tubes in  late spring to early summer  and later in the north.  Deadhead for rebloom

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    Stems topped with showy red tubes and fireworks-like yellow, five-pointed stars flare  atop the tubes in  late spring to early summer  and later in the north.  Deadhead for rebloom

    Size: 12-24” x 6-18”
    Care: part to full shade in most well-drained soil, tolerates wet soil
    Native: NJ to Fl west to TX
    Wildlife Value: nectar for hummingbirds; deer resistant
    Awards: 2011 Theodore Klein Plant Award Winner

    Cherokee used this to purge parasites from intestines. In garden by 1753. Philip Miller’s Dictionary “the plant “is esteemed as the best medicine (in North America) yet known for the worms.” (1768)  According to Jacob Bigelow in American Medical Botany, 1817 one doctor used it as a purgative and another as a narcotic.

  • Synthyris missourica Mountain Kittentails Z 5-9

    Spring flowering, true blue short stalks above leathery, evergreen leaves, circular with tooth margins.

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    Spring flowering, true blue short stalks above leathery, evergreen leaves, circular with tooth margins.

    Size: 5-12” x 12” spreading into clumps by rhizomes.
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains of northeast CA, Washington, Idaho & west to Montana

    Collected by Meriwether Lewis on June 26, 1806 in today’s Idaho near the headwaters of what they named Hungry Creek. Common name kittentails imaginatively named for the flower stalk and its protruding stamens resembling, if you squint real hard and maybe after taking a swig of whiskey,  fuzzy, blue kitten tails.