Perennials & Biennials

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  • Aruncus aethusifolius Dwarf goat’s beard Z 3-8

    light bursting every direction from a center? These flowers resemble that, emerging in spring and early summer

    $10.25/bareroot

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    Aruncus aethusifolius Dwarf goat’s beard  Z 3-8
    You know the fireworks they display at the end of the night, with light bursting every direction from a center? These flowers resemble a tiny version of that, emerging in spring and early summer above a compact mound of fern-like foliage. Good foil for solid, paddle-like leaves of Bergenia.

    Size: 10" x 12-18"
    Care: part shade to shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Korea
    Awards: Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick.

    Collected from the wild before 1912.

  • Aruncus dioicus Goat’s beard

    graceful, vanilla panicles crown finely pinnate foliage

    $11.25/bareroot

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    Aruncus dioicus syn. Aruncus sylvestris Goat’s beard  Z 3-7
    Goat’s beard’s graceful, vanilla panicles crown finely pinnate foliage.  Looks like a shrub but it’s a perennial.

    Size: 5-6' x 4'
    Care: Sun to full shade, moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe, Siberia, E. North America

    Recommended by 19th century gardening giants William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll for a June garden and Louise Beebe Wilder for the back of the border.

  • Asarum canadense syn. Hexastylis canadense Wild ginger Z 3-7

    brown bells with flared tips hide under this groundcover's lacquered, round leaves

    $8.95/pot

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    Asarum canadense syn. Hexastylis canadense Wild ginger    Z 3-7
    Concealed brown bells with flared tips hide under this groundcover’s crinkled, lacquered, round leaves.

    Size: 6" x 6" spreading
    Care: part shade to shade, moist well-drained soil
    Native: Canada to North Carolina, Wisconsin native

    Native Americans used Wild ginger for such diverse purposes as flavoring food, cure heart palpitations, induce menstrual cycles, cure “the bite of the serpent,” mend broken bones and lure catfish. Colonists used the plant to break fever and stimulate the appetite.

  • Asarum europaeum syn. Hexastylis europaeum European snakeroot, Wild ginger Z 4-9

    Glossy, kidney shaped leaves

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    Asarum europaeum syn. Hexastylis europaeum European snakeroot, Wild ginger    Z 4-9
    Glossy, leathery, kidney shaped leaves, dark green with lighter veins, with purplish, sepia-toned bell-like flower, hidden by the more ornamental leaves

    Size: 4-6” x 12” slow spreader
    Care: shade to part shade in moist to moist well-drained acidic soil
    Native: Europe
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Garden Great Plant Pick & England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    According to Dioscorides in Roman times this plant cured ailments of the eyes, ears, stomach, mind and the head.  Grown in the Eichstatt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstatt in Bavaria, c. 1600. Gerard (1633) reported that this Wild ginger prevented increase of hard swelling cankers by topical application.  Powdered root mixed with wine cured sciatica, gout, dropsie & ague.  The name Asarum comes from Greek phrase “to adorn”, meaning it needs adornment.