"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, up to 4 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, up to 4 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

  • Primula denticulata Drumstick primula   Z 2-9

    Dense balls of blue flowerheads up to 4” wide rise above rosettes of wrinkly, lance shaped leaves

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    Dense balls of blue flowerheads up to 4” wide rise above rosettes of wrinkly, lance shaped leaves

    Size: 8-12” x 8-12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil.  Tolerates wet soil. Deer and rabbit resistant.
    Native: China & Himalayas
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Collected by John Forbes Royle, then made available to European gardeners in 1842 by Veitch nurseries, one of the most important plant nurseries at the time.  In 1842 Veitch nursery won the Banskian Medal for their display of Primula denticulata exhibited at the London Horticultural Society.

  • Salvia amplexicaulis   Stem-clasping sage                   Z 3-8

    Deep violet spike flowers in summer over green foliage

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    Deep violet spike flowers in summer over green foliage

    Size: 24-30” x 36” 
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Southeastern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators

    Similar to Salvia nemorosa but larger.
    Before 1829, Lamarck.

  • 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.