Perennials & Biennials

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  • Tellima grandiflora Fringecups Z 4-8

    Pixie whitish fringed cups



    Pixie whitish fringed cups bloom on 2′ tall panicle from May to July.

    Size: 12"x 8"
    Care: Part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Pacific Northwest to Alaska

    Nitinaht Indians of Vancouver Island and Canadian Indians chewed this as a panacea and also to prevent a person from dreaming about necrophilia.  The western Washington Skagit Indians took a mixture including pounded Fringecup to enhance appetite and to heal all ailments.  1st collected by Scotman Archibald Menzies around 1790 on the Vancouver expedition.  Introduced in 1826.

  • Teucrium chamaedrys Wall Germander Z 5-9

    Fragrant red-purple or bright rose flowers



    Fragrant red-purple or bright rose flowers on this evergreen subshrub, July-September

    Size: 1-2' x 12"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus Mountains

    Teucrium is named after Teucer, the 1st king of Troy.  Chamaedrys means “ground oak” referring to foliage, like miniature oak leaves.  In gardens before 1750.  William Robinson, father of mixed perennial border gardens wrote, “useful edging plant, also good as a dwarf hedge.”  Liberty Hyde Bailey admired this too, “rather showy.  A good border plant for late summer bloom.”(1935)

  • Teucrium hircanicum Iranian germander, Purple Tails, Wood Sage Z 5-9

    Flowering in summer with 3-4” tall veronica-like spikes of dark purple




    Flowering in summer with 3-4” tall veronica-like spikes of dark purple

    Size: 18” x 28”
    Care: sun in well-drained
    Native: Iran, Southern Europe, Middle East
    Wildlife Value: attract butterflies, deer resistant

    Described and named in 1759

  • Thalictrum aquilegifolium Meadowrue, Feathered columbine Z 5-9

    Strikingly delicate lavender plumes



    Strikingly delicate looking lavender plumes on 3′ tall foliage resembling a columbine.

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and North Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    In 1629 Parkinson, apothecary to James I and later, botanist to Charles I, called this “Tufted columbine” a descriptive name, the flowers are tufted and the leaves resemble those of a columbine.  Ancient Romans used it to cure ulcers, the plague and “the Faundife.”  Romans stuffed children’s’ pillows with the flowers to bring them wealth.  Liberty Hyde Bailey described Thalictrum aquilegifolium as:  “A good garden plant and frequently planted,”(1913). Cultivated in U.S. since 1700’s.