Perennials & Biennials

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  • Centaurea montana Mountain bluet Z 3-8

    Feathery indigo flowers bloom in May and June

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    True blue, with a touch of pink near the center, spidery flowerheads in May-June and sporatically thereafter or all summer if you deadhead.

    Size: 18" x 24"
    Care: Sun - part shade, moist well-drained soil. Cut back after flowering for rebloom.
    Native: Mountains of Europe

    Centaurea is named after the Greek mythological figure, a Centaur named Chiron, half-horse, half-man. Ovid claimed that the plant cured a wound in Chiron’s foot from an arrow hurled by Hercules. Introduced from the Pyrenees and grown in English cottage gardens since the 1500’s. Cultivated in America since 1800’s.

  • Centranthus ruber Jupiter’s beard, red valerian Z 5-8

    Cluster of crimson, star-shaped florets atop 2’ stems bloom their heads of ALL summer.

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    Cluster of crimson, star-shaped florets atop 2’ stems bloom their heads of ALL summer.

    Size: 24-36”x 36”
    Care: Sun in well-drained alkaline soil
    Native: Mediterranean
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Centranthus is from the Greek meaning “spurred flower.”  According to Culpepper, an English herbalist from the early 1600’s, this plant comforts the heart and stirs up lust.  Parkinson, in 1629 describes it “of a fine red colour, very pleasant to behold.”

  • Cerastium biebersteinii Mouse ear Z 4-7

    White felt-like foliage, covered with white flowers

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    White felt-like foliage, covered with white flowers in spring.  Makes a wonderful groundcover.

    Size: 6" x spreading
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Tauria

    Cerastium is from the Greek keras meaning horn because of the shape of the seed capsule. Six inch tall, spreading, small chalky-velvet leaves. Rarely offered but should be. Used as a groundcover for its frosted, felt-like foliage under tropical plants in Victorian gardens. American gardens since 1860.

  • Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago, Leadwort Z 5-9

    Cobalt blue flower clusters with contrasting, showy red stems

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    Cobalt blue flower clusters with contrasting, showy red stems and calyces  in late summer and fall.   Foliage turns crimson in fall – excellent groundcover. One of the most award winning plants.

    Size: 9-12” x 18”
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: China
    Awards: Five (5) of them! Georgia Gold Medal 2006, Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks, Missouri Botanical Garden Plant of Merit, Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, Oklahoma Proven

    Plumbago is Latin meaning “lead” derived from use of the plant to treat lead poisoning. First collected by Russian botanist Alexander von Bunge in 1830 in Mongolia, then introduced by Robert Fortune who found it growing in Shanghi in 1846.  “Bear a profusion of brilliant cobalt blue flowers (when) the leaves take on a distinct reddish tinge.”  H.H. Thomas 1915.

  • Chaenorhinum glareosum Dwarf snapdragon Z 5-9

    Rare plant. Spires of tiny purple to blue trumpets with yellow throats spring, summer & fall. Love this itsy plant.

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    Rare plant. Spires of tiny purple to blue trumpets with yellow throats spring, summer & fall. Love this itsy plant.

    Size: 4” x 9-12” semi-trailing cushion
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Spain
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and birds.

    1st described in 1838. Chaenorhinum means “honey lotus” in Greek.

  • Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’ Hairy chervil Z 5-7

    Airy rose-pink umbels like a short, pink Queen Anne’s lace

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    Airy rose-pink umbels like a short, pink Queen Anne’s lace, blooming in spring to early summer, compliment the fern-like apple-scented fragrant foliage.

    Size: 24” x 12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil, cut back to refresh foliage and rebloom.
    Native: Spain to Greece
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick

    Named from Greek chairo meaning “to please” & phyllon meaning“leaf.”  The species collected before 1770.

  • Chelone glabra White turtlehead Z 3-8

    Spikes of ivory, hooded turtlehead-like flowers encircle stems in August & September

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    Spikes of ivory, hooded turtlehead-like flowers encircle stems in August & September.

    Size: 2-3’ x 12”
    Care: part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: all eastern No. Am. except FL
    Wildlife Value: food for caterpillar of Baltimore checkerspot & nectar for butterflies.

    The name Chelone originated with French colonial settlers in Nova Scotia before 1700,  “La Tortue,” meaning “turtle” in French.  M. Dierville transported it to France along with the local name.  In 1706 French botanist Tournefort adopted the Greek word for turtle as its name, Chelone. Cherokee ate boiled or fried new stems and leaves.  Also used medicinally by soaking flowers in water to cure worms, skin sores, fever & constipation.  Cherokee boiled roots for excess gall and soaked smashed roots to ward off witchery.  Micmac & Malecite steeped the plant to make a contraceptive. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Chelone obliqua Rose turtlehead Z 5-9

    Showy rich rosy turtleheads top 2-3' stems from late summer into autumn.

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    Showy rich rosy turtleheads top 2-3′ stems from late summer into autumn.

    Size: 16-24" x 12" slowly spreading
    Care: Part shade moist to moist well-drained soil, tolerates clay
    Native: Central and southeastern America
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    The name Chelone originated with French colonial settlers in Nova Scotia before 1700.  They called this plant’s white-flowered relative (Chelone glabra) “La Tortue,” meaning “turtle” in French.  M. Dierville transported it to France around 1700 along with the local name.  In 1706 French botanist Tournefort adopted the Greek word for turtle as its name. This pink species sent from its native Virginia to Philadelphia nurseryman Bartram in 1765. A tea brewed from the leaves was said to increase the appetite.