Perennials & Biennials

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  • Chelone obliqua Rose turtlehead Z 5-9

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

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    Chelone obliqua  Rose turtlehead  Z 5-9
    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.

  • Chrysanthemum alpinum syn. Luecanthemopsis alpina Alpine daisy Z 5-

    Short white daisies blooming June-August atop basal foliage, spreads to form small mat.

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    Chrysanthemum alpinum   syn. Luecanthemopsis alpina Alpine daisy Z 5-7
    Short white daisies blooming June-August atop basal foliage, spreads to form small mat.

    Size: 4” x spreading
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: mountains of Europe

    1st described by French botanist Tournefort, early 1700’s. Wm. Robinson (1883): “A very dwarf plant. The leaves are small, and the abundant flowers are supported on hoary little stems 1 to 3 inches long, are pure white with yellow centres, and are more than 1” across… well deserves cultivation in bare level places, on poor sandy or gravely soil in the rock garden.”

  • Chrysanthemum parthenium syn. Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew Z 5-9

    Cheerful, small white daisies flower all summer and autumn

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    Chrysanthemum parthenium  syn. Tanacetum parthenium   Feverfew Z 5-9
    Cheerful, small white daisies flower all summer and autumn.

    Size: 18-24” x 12”
    Care: Full sun moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and Caucasus

    Common name “Feverfew” speaks for itself, referring to the plant’s medicinal qualities. The species’ name parthenium comes from Plutarch who claimed that the plant saved the life of a construction worker who fell from the Parthenon.   Feverfew was prescribed to remedy coughs, indigestion, congestion, melancholy, hysteria, vertigo, freckles, opium overdoses and for “them that are giddie in the head.” Parkinson.  A favorite early cottage garden flower.   Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Chrysanthemum serotinum syn. Leucanthemella serotina Autumn oxeye, Giant daisy Z 4-8

    Pure white daisies with golden centers, 2-3” across, aren’t just for summer. This one celebrates the fall.

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    Chrysanthemum serotinum syn. Leucanthemella serotina Autumn oxeye, Giant daisy Z 4-8
    Pure white daisies with golden centers, 2-3” across, aren’t just for summer. This one celebrates the fall.

    Size: 4-7’ x 12-24”
    Care: sun in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: SE Europe & Balkans
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Described by Linnaeus 1753. The Gardeners Dictionary (1783): “This grows naturally in North America but hath long been preserved in English gardens. …each(stalk) being terminated by a large, white, radiated flower; these appear in September. It multiplies very fast by its creeping roots.”