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  • Allium tuberosum Garlic chives

    August & September bright white balls on erect stems. Pretty in fall gardens & delicious too.

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    Allium tuberosum Garlic chives  Z 4-8
    August & September bright white balls on erect stems. Pretty in fall gardens & delicious too. Ornamental in gardens and in arrangements, both fresh and dried, delicious edible – both leaves and flowers taste just like garlic.

    Size: 12-18” x 8”
    Care: Full sun or shade in any soil
    Native: Southeast Asia
    Wildlife Value: nectar source for many butterlies including the Tiger Swallowtail.

    Used medicinally in Asia as a remedy for incontinence, bladder weakness, and kidney trouble and knee injuries. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners made a powder from the seeds called Jiu Cai Zi used for numerous ailments.

  • Althaea officinalis Marshmallow Z 4-9

    Tall spires of small pale pink mallow-like blooms

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    Althaea officinalis      Marshmallow   Z 4-9
    Tall spires of small pale pink mallow-like blooms from July to September

    Size: 5-6’ x 3’
    Care: Full sun moist to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: Central, south and east Europe

    Althaea is Greek meaning “to cure.” More than 2000 years ago ancient Egyptians added honey to the cooked root. Ancient Romans used leaves and flowers as a strewing herb to repel lice and fleas. Emperor Charlemagne (742-814) cultivated the marshmallow in his gardens.  According to Nicholas Culpepper, 16th century English herbalist, marshmallows were a medicinal candy. The plant eased pain, helped bloody fluxes, the stone and gravel and gripping of the belly.  Considered an herb of Venus, it voided offensive humors, made milk for nursing, cured bee stings, dandruff, balding and coughs.  The French concocted the fluffy white confection in the mid 1800’s “from a decoction of marshmallow root, with gum to bind the ingredients together, beaten egg white to give lightness and to act as a drying agent, while sugar was incorporated to make the whole palatable.”  American gardens since 1700’s when John Bartram received seeds from Europe. Jefferson grew it at Monticello.

  • Alyssum oxycarpum Z 4-9

    Rare plant with bright yellow racemes in May to August over compact mound of bright silver foliage.

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    Rare plant with bright yellow racemes in May to August over compact mound of bright silver foliage.

    Size: 6” x 8”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Turkey

    Described in botanical literature in 1856. One of my favorites for rock gardens or any sunny spot, due to its long bloom, yellow mounded blooms & compact silver foliage.

  • Alyssum wulfenianum syn. Alyssum ovirense Alpine alyssum, Madwort Z 3-9

    Spring to early summer, clumps of sunny yellow blooms over gray foliage

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    Spring to early summer, clumps of sunny yellow blooms over gray foliage

    Size: 4-6” x 12-18”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Germany

    Described in Willdenow’s Enum. pl. suppl. Before 1814. Grown at the Agricultural Center in Beltsville Maryland in 1897.

  • Amorpha canescens Lead plant Z 2-9

    Arching violet spikes flower in mid-summer top pinnately compound, grey-green leaves.

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    Arching violet spikes flower in mid-summer top pinnately compound, grey-green leaves.  Liberty Hyde Bailey (1933): “Handsome free-flowering shrub of dense habit, well adapted for rockeries and borders …”

    ONLY AVAILABLE TO SHIP IN EARLY SPRING, WHILE DORMANT.  (USUALLY APRIL/MAY)

    Size: 2-3’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Broad swath of central No. America from Canada to TX. Wisconsin native. Common shrub in Great Plains’ tall-grass prairies and seasonally wet soil.
    Wildlife Value: Honeybees and butterflies relish its nectar.
    Awards: Great Plants for Great Plains

    Amorpha means “deformed” in Greek and “becoming grey” in Latin.  Called Lead plant due to old belief that plant grew in soil containing lead. 1st described in published work in 1813.  Used medicinally by numerous Native Americans to kill pinworms, remedy eczema, stomach aches, neuralgia, rheumatism and cuts.  Steeped leaves made tea for Oglala. Oglala mixed its dried leaves with buffalo fat for smoking.

  • Amsonia hubrichtii Thread leaf amsonia Z 5-8

    Blue spring flowers, feathery green summer foliage and golden fall color

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    Amsonia hubrichtii  Thread leaf amsonia  Z 5-8
    An erect, clump-forming plant that is primarily grown for its blue spring flowers, feathery green summer foliage and golden fall color.  Powdery blue, 1/2″ star-like flowers appear in late spring atop stems rising to 3′ tall.

    Size: 2-3’ x 2-3’
    Care: full sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas.

    First recorded in the 1770s as A. angustifolia, but later named Hubricht’s Amsonia, after Leslie Hubricht, an American biologist who re-discovered it in the 1940s.

  • Amsonia orientalis syn. Rhazya orientalis European bluestar Z 5-8

    Purplish blue flowers that are larger and longer lasting than other Amsonia. Yellow foliage in Fall.

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    “Immensely tough and useful filler” “100 Plants Every Gardener Should Grow,” Gardens Illustrated No. 231
    Purplish blue flowers that are larger and longer lasting than other Amsonia. Yellow foliage in Fall.

    Size: 12-20” x spreading
    Care: sun to light shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Turkey

    Deer resistant, salt and heat tolerant.   Classified as critically endangered as it is losing its native habitat and was over harvested. Collected before 1844.

  • Amsonia tabernaemontana Willow bluestar Z 4-10

    Sky blue star shaped panicles

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    Amsonia tabernaemontana    Willow bluestar  Z 4-10
    Sky blue star-shaped panicles from May to June.  In fall foliage turns sunny yellow.

    Size: 24”x 18”
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: Pennsylvania to Florida

    Amsonia named for 18th century colonial physician Charles Amson.  Tabernaemontana named for a physician who lived in the 1500’s, Jakob van Bergzabern who changed his name to Tabernaemontanus!  Listed in The Wild Flowers of America, 1879.  A 1910 book describes the “leaves are willow-like, the flowers small bluish bells in terminal panicles.”