Perennials & Biennials

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  • Sempervivum tectorum Hens and chicks Z 3-10

    Rosettes of succulent leaves

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    Sempervivum tectorum  Hens and chicks  Z 3-10
    Rosettes of succulent leaves

    Size: 4” x 4”
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Alps & Pyrenees Mountains

    Grown in gardens for thousands of years.  Sempervivum means “live forever.”  Romans planted Hens and chicks on their roofs to ward off lightning.  As a succulent it holds water and is probably more difficult to catch fire.  “This practice was preserved for historians when Charlemagne (720-814), first Holy Roman Emperor and unifier of a large part of northern Europe, ordered that all villagers within his crown lands plant houseleeks on their roofs, presumably as a safety measure. He decreed: Et ille hortulanus habeat super domum suam Iovis barbam. (And the gardener shall have house-leeks growing on his house. Capitulare de villis, about 795,  LXX.)”

  • Senna hebecarpa syn. Cassia hebecarpa Wild senna Z 4-8

    6” long taxicab yellow racemes in July – August

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    6” long taxicab yellow racemes in July – August

    Size: 4’ x 2-6’
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Ontario; Maine south to Georgia and northwest to Tennessee and Wisconsin.
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, butterflies, birds & hummingbirds

    Collected before 1937. Very similar to Senna marilandica except a bit taller, flowers prettier and a slightly bulbous gland as the base of the petiole.

  • Sesleria nitida Nest Moor grass Z 5-8

    Spike-like panicles of white turn purple atop mounds of gray-blue blades

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    Sesleria nitida    Nest Moor grass              Z 5-8
    In early spring, about the time Robins appear, spike-like panicles of white turn purple atop mounds of gray-blue blades

    Size: 24”x16”
    Care: sun to part shade in most any soil
    Native: central and southern Italy

    Collected before 1861.

  • Sidalcea malvaeflora Checker bloom Z 5-8

    Fuchsia-pink mallow type blooms on upright stems

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    Sidalcea malvaeflora  Checker bloom  Z 5-8
    Fuchsia-pink mallow type blooms on upright stems, looking like miniature hollyhocks from midsummer to fall.

    Size: 18-24" x 10"
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: western No. America
    Wildlife Value: Attracts large white skipper butterflies.

    Collected by botanist Charles Wright (1811-1885) before 1880.