Perennials & Biennials

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  • Caltha palustris Marsh marigold, Kingscup Zones 3-7

    Finch yellow buttercups in early spring top round, kidney-shaped foliage

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    Caltha palustris Marsh marigold, Kingscup  Zones 3-7
    Finch yellow buttercups in early spring top round, kidney-shaped foliage

    Size: 12-18” x 12-18”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist, acidic soil
    Native: Maine to No. Dakota S. to Tennessee
    Wildlife Value: Attracts birds
    Size: Caltha is Latin meaning “cup” and palustris means “boggy” or “marsh.” America’s 1st people used the roots medicinally to cure colds and sores and to induce vomiting. The roots also protected against “love charms,” (but I suspect the vomiting might have accomplished that.) An infusion of leaves remedied constipation.

    Introduced to Europe very early and memorialized in Chaucer’s poetry, 1549. Grown in the Eichstätt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, c. 1600.

    LH Bailey considered the flowers “very beautiful,” while Rand called them “very showy.” Wm. Robinson described them as “shin(ing) like fires in swamps and hollows.” Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Calylophus serrulatus Yellow sundrops, Shrubby evening primrose Z 4-9

    Lemon yellow silky petals bloom late spring to early fall on this tough-as-nails native

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    Calylophus serrulatus  Yellow sundrops, Shrubby evening primrose   Z 4-9
    Lemon yellow silky petals bloom late spring to early fall on this tough-as-nails native

    Size: 9-18” x 12-15”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil, drought tolerant
    Native: Great Plains: Central Canada to TX, Michigan to Montana, WI native

    1st described in 1818 by Thomas Nuttall, English planthunter who collected hundreds of “new” plants in North America. Caly is Greek for calyx; lophos for “the back of the neck; crest of a hill or helmet”  serrulatus means “minutely serrate” or “saw-toothed” describing the leaf margins.

  • Campanula carpatica Tussock bellflower, Carpathian bellflower Z 3-8

    In summer blue, violet or white bells

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    Campanula carpatica  Tussock bellflower, Carpathian bellflower  Z 3-8
    In summer blue, violet or white bells, excellent at front of border.

    Size: 12” x 12-24”
    Care: Sun moist well-drained soil, tolerant of Walnut toxicity
    Native: Carpathian mountains in central Europe
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Campanula is Latin meaning little bell.  In 1629 Parkinson described campanulas as “cherished for the beautie of their flowers…”  Young roots were eaten in “sallets.”   Introduced to European gardens from the Carpathian Mountains in 1774. Sold by McMahon’s Philadelphia nursery in the early 1800’s.  Probably cultivated by Jefferson at Monticello.

  • Campanula collina Dark blue bellflower Z. 5-8

    In summer dark blue-purple bells on upright stems on clumps of this bellflower.

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    Campanula collina   Dark blue bellflower Z. 5-8
    In summer dark blue-purple bells on upright stems on clumps of this bellflower.

    Size: 6-12” x 8”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained
    Native: western Asia, Turkey, Caucasus Mountains

    Campanula is Latin meaning “little bell.” Collina means “on hills.” Collected before 1826.