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Acanthus spinosus, Bear’s breeches Z 5-9
two-toned spikes of purple & lavender bracts
Acanthus spinosus Bear’s breeches Z 5-9
A WOW plant. Bodacious two-toned spikes of purple & lavender bracts, June to August. Even its leaves are attractive, glossy, deeply incised. Both flowers and leaves have thorny tips.ACANS101
Size: 3-4' x 2-3'
Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil.
Native: Italy & Turkey
Acanthus means “thorn” and spinosus means “spine” referring to the leaves. Grown since at least 5th century B.C. Inspiration for Corinthian column capital in architecture of ancient Greece and Rome
Achillea clypeolata, Balkan yarrow
Erect, fern-like clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer.
Achillea clypeolata Balkan yarrow Z 3-9
Erect, fern-like, thick clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer. I first saw this plant at the harbor garden in Port Washington about 6 AM one fall morning. The foliage was so arresting it stopped me in my tracks.
Size: 18" x 24"
Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer and drought tolerant
Collected before 1804. The Balkan yarrow is known to attract butterflies with its Yellow Flowers.
Achillea filipendulina, Fernleaf Yarrow
Achillea filipendulina Fernleaf yarrow Z 4-8
Mustardy-gold saucers top 3′ tall erect stems from early through late summer. One of the best dried flowers.
Size: 3’-4’ x 30”
Care: Full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil, drought tolerant & deer resistant.
Introduced to gardens in 1804 when it was sent from the Caucasus Mountains to Europe. 1800’s in America.
Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’, Sneezewort
Frilly ivory pearls flower all summer and fall
Achillea ptarmica var. ‘The Pearl’ Sneezewort, Shirtbuttons Z 3-9
Frilly ivory pearls flower all summer and fall on this cottage garden classic.
Size: 12-36”x 24”
Care: Full sun, well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
Native: North temperate regions
Named “sneezewort” because its flowers reputedly caused sneezing. English brides carried A. ptarmica at their weddings and called the plant “Seven years’ love.” (After that, you could use Lobelia cardinalis to cure the 7 years’ itch.) Cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages and in America since the 1700’s. The double form ‘The Pearl’ described as “‘The Pearl’ is a pearl indeed,” May 1905, The Garden.