Perennials & Biennials

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  • Dodecatheon meadia Shooting Star Z 4-8 Ephemeral

    White reflexed flowers

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    White reflexed flowers, looking like a descending schuttlecock, dangle from stems on this spring ephemeral.

    Size: 12-24” x 6-1'
    Care: part shade in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: PA to Wisconsin, south to TX.
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Name Dodecatheon from the Greek dodeka (twelve) and theos (gods), meaning 12 superior gods, after the name given to another plant by Roman author, Pliny the Elder. The species name meadia after Richard Mead, physician to George III. Transported from its native America by John Tradescant the Younger to England by 1640. “A favorite among old border flowers.” William Robinson, 1899.

  • Draba aizoides Yellow Whitlow grass Z 3-8

    Small bun-shaped tuft of evergreen foliage bearing upright clusters of bright yellow flowers in early to mid-spring.

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    Small bun-shaped tuft of evergreen foliage bearing upright clusters of bright yellow flowers in early to mid-spring.

    Size: 2-4” x 6-8”
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil.
    Native: Europe

    Before 1767, Linnaeus

  • Draba ramosissima Branched draba Z 5-8

    Spring to early summer white clusters

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    Spring to early summer white clusters held above the spider-like foliage on wiry stems.

    Size: 6-12” x 12-15”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Appalachian Mountains in SE US

    Collected by 1815.

  • Dracocephalum botryoides Dragonhead Z 4-7

    Fuzzy, grey, pinnatified foliage with baby pink blossoms

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    Fuzzy, grey, pinnatified foliage with baby pink blossoms in May-June

    Size: 5” x 18”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus on rocky, stony slopes, and screes. Where it is now endangered.

    1st described in 1812.

  • Dracocephalum grandiflorum Bigflower dragonhead Z 3-8

    Intense blue hood-shaped flowers in summer

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    Intense blue hood-shaped flowers in summer

    Size: 6”x 8”
    Care: full sun in moist, well-drained soil
    Native: Siberia

    Dracocephalum is Greek meaning “dragonhead” referring to the shape of the flower. Introduced to gardens by 1759.   Grown in American gardens since 1850’s. William Robinson, father of the mixed perennial border, described this as “very dwarf” having “large clusters of intensely blue flowers.” Sanders considered it an “excellent plant for a sunny rockery.” 1913.

  • Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Parsley’ Male fern Z 4-8

    Spring fiddleheads are followed by crinkled ferny leaves resembling parsley on arching stems on this small fern.

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    Spring fiddleheads are followed by crinkled ferny leaves resembling parsley on arching stems on this small fern.

    Size: 2’ x 2’
    Care: shade to part sun in moist well-drained soil, tolerates clay
    Native: Europe and North America
    Wildlife Value: provides shelter and habitat for birds and bees, Deer & rabbit Resistant

    Dryopteris filix-mas collected before 1834, Victorian cultivar.

  • Echinacea pallida Pale purple coneflower Z 4-8

    Narrow, weeping pink rays surround rusty hedgehog cone

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    Narrow, drooping, rosy-pink rays surround rusty hedgehog cone in early summer

    Size: 14" x 2'
    Care: Full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: much of continental US east of Colorado, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, seed heads provide bird food

    Echinacea is Greek meaning “hedgehog” referring to the bristly conehead.  Indians (Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota & Sioux) used this native plant to cure numerous ailments – arthritis, rheumatism, burns, colds, boils, fever, sore mouths, throats & gums, toothaches, snakebites, headaches, stings and distemper in horses.  First collected for gardens by Englishman Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859) who searched much of North America for plants – the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada to Florida and Hawaii.

  • Echinacea paradoxa Bush’s coneflower Z 3-9

    Sulphur yellow petals droop down below the bristly central cone

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    Sulphur yellow petals droop down as a skirt around the bristly central cone – summer

    Size: 2-4' x 14"
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Ozark Mountains
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, birds eat seed heads

    Echinacea is Greek meaning “hedgehog” referring to the bristly conehead.  Paradoxa because yellow petals on a purple coneflower is a paradox.  Collected by 1902.