Perennials & Biennials

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  • Baptisia tinctoria Wild indigo, Horsefly Z. 3-9

    Sweet saffron yellow pea-like flowers, July to September

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    Sweet saffron yellow pea-like flowers, July to September

    Size: 2-3’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun to part shade in dry to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Ontario, Maine to MN S to GA, Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies.

    Baptisia is Greek meaning “to dye” referring to use of Baptisia australis as a substitute for indigo dye. Tinctoria means used in dying. For Cherokee it induced vomiting. They made a poultice to “stop mortification.” The root, held against teeth, remedied toothache. Iroquois used it to cure rheumatism and cramps in the stomach or legs. The Cherokee & Ojibwa used it for dye. Collected by John Banister in Virginia by 1692. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Bergenia cordifolia Pigsqueak Z 4-8

    Pink balls of blossoms in late winter to early spring above paddle-like leathery leaves.

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    Bergenia cordifolia Pigsqueak Z 4-8
    Pink balls of blossoms in late winter to early spring above paddle-like leathery leaves.

    Size: 12-24" x 30"
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Siberia

    Named for Karl August von Bergen, an 18th century botanist from Frankfurt, Germany. Pigsqueak refers to the sound made by fingers rubbing against the leaves. Recommended by William Robinson for its vivid rosy flowers in spring and its large, fleshy red-tinged leaves in fall and winter. Grown by Gertrude Jekyll extensively as a “setting of solid leaves,” for edging and grouping in pots. American garden cultivation since 1800’s.

  • Bigelowia nuttallii Nuttall’s rayless goldenrod Z 4-10

    Clouds of soft yellow flower clusters rise above evergreen foliage from mid summer through fall

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    Bigelowia nuttallii Nuttall’s rayless goldenrod   Z 4-10
    Clouds of soft yellow flower clusters rise above evergreen foliage from mid summer through fall

    Size: 10-15” x 5”
    Care: full sun in well drained soil, perfect rock garden plant
    Native: Southern US; TX, LA, AL, GA, FL
    Wildlife Value: attracts honeybees

    Collected on banks of Ohoopee River in Tattnall County GA before 1970
    Possibly collected by Nuttall before 1818.

  • Boltonia asteroides False starwort, Bolton’s aster Z 4-9

    Profuse small white daisies cover this 6 foot tall Midwestern native.

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    Boltonia asteroides  False starwort, Bolton’s aster  Z 4-9
    A cloud of profuse, spectacular small white daisies cover this 6 foot tall Midwestern native. Exceptional because it flowers in fall when yellows and purples predominate, making its white stand out. Great cut flower.

    Size: 6' x 4'
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. If you want shorter plants cut back halfway in early to mid June.
    Native: Kansas and Missouri to Arkansas
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Introduced to gardens in 1759. Named in honor of 18th century English botanist, James Bolton.