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  • Thymus serpyllum ssp. arcticus syn. T. praecox Lemon thyme Z 2-9

    Purple flowers May – August with evergreen foliage on this tiny leaved plant. Good for groundcover or rock garden.

    $7.25/pot

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    Purple flowers May – August with evergreen foliage on this tiny leaved plant. Good for groundcover or rock garden.

    Size: 4” x 12” and spreading
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Greenland, Norway, Iceland, the Arctic, much of the US incl WI.

    Thymus from the Greek word for “odor” due to the plant’s fragrance. Ancient Greeks made incense with thyme. This species collected on an exhibition in the Arctic before 1855. Parkinson describes lemon thyme in 1640 but it may be different than this.

  • Thymus serpyllum syn. Thymus praecox Mother-of-thyme, creeping thyme Z 4-9

    Short purple spikes in June-July

    $5.95/pot

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    Thymus serpyllum    syn. Thymus praecox  Mother-of-thyme, creeping thyme   Z 4-9
    Short purple spikes in June-July

    Size: 3” x 24”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Europe & Western Asia
    Size: groundcover, rock garden, herb, fragrant foliage, thyme lawn

    Thymus  from the Greek word for “odor” due to the plant’s fragrance.  Ancient Greeks made incense with thyme.   This species since at least 1753. Acc’d to Parkinson in 1640 this remedied hysterics in women.  Wm. Robinson wrote,”nothing can be more charming than a sunny bank covered with” Thymus serpyllum.  LH Bailey extolled it as “prized as an evergreen edging and as cover for rockwork and waste places …The leaves are sometimes used for seasoning.”

  • Tiarella cordifolia Allegheny foam flower Z 3-9

    White spikes in spring, gorgeous en masse. Make a great groundcover for shade.

    $8.25/pot

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    White spikes in spring, gorgeous en masse. Make a great groundcover for shade.

    Size: 6-12”x 12-24” spreading
    Care: Shade to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Novia Scotia to Georgia, native to Wisconsin.
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Tiarella is Latin meaning little tiara referring to the form of the pistil.   The common name is derived from the form of blossoms. Cherokee used this plant to remove the white coating on their tongues. For the Iroquois it increased the appetite of children and cured sores in their mouths. One of 1st No. American plants sent to Europe – grew in Tradescant the Elder’s South Lambeth nursery in 1634.  Liberty Hyde Botanist L.H. Bailey described Tiarella cordifolia as: ”An elegant plant well worthy of general culture.” Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Tradescantia bracteata Spiderwort Z. 4-9

    rosy purple flowers July-August

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    $10.45/bareroot

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    rosy purple flowers July-August

    Size: 12-18” x 12”
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well drained soil
    Native: WY east to MI, south to OK, WI native
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies

    Genus named after John Tradescant the Younger, an English botanist, who introduced Tradescantia virginiana to garden cultivation in 1637, when he sent it to his father, gardener to King Charles I.   This prairie plant collected before 1938.