Perennials & Biennials

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  • Kirengeshoma palmata Yellow Waxbells 5-8

    pale yellow bells in late summer and fall

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    Pale yellow bells in late summer and fall in shade.

    Size: 3' x 3'
    Care: part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mt. Ishizuchi in Japan

    Little else in the shade garden matches these 3′ tall pale yellow bells in late summer and fall.  This native of Mt. Ishizuchi, Japan has been in Western gardens since at least 1908.  Kirengeshoma means “yellow” in Japanese.

  • Knautia macedonica syn. Scabiosa rumelica Pincushion plant Z 5-9

    Claret pincushions float at the tips of airy wands all summer & fall

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    Claret pincushions float at the tips of airy wands all summer & fall

    Size: 2- 3’ x 10”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Keep compact by cutting back to 10” in spring, if you wish
    Native: Central Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Knautia named for German doctor & botanist Christoph Knaut (1656-1716) who published a method of classifying plants.  Collected before 1879

  • Kniphofia caulescens Red hot poker, Regal torch lily Z 5-10

    fat spikes of flowers open coral-red, turning pale lemon-yellow

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    Evergreen perennial with short, stout stems bearing grass-like broad, grey-green leaves. Blooming July to August, fat spikes of flowers open coral-red, turning pale lemon-yellow

    Size: 3’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Lesotho South Africa
    Wildlife Value: deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit; Denver Botanic Garden Plant Select

    Introduced to gardens by Mr. T. Cooper about 1860.  1st described by French botanist Carrière in Revue Horticole in 1884

  • Kniphofia triangularis Dwarf Red hot poker Z 5-8

    From early to late summer, with dead-heading, vivid coral spikes, like a torch .

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    From early to late summer, with dead-heading, vivid coral spikes, like a torch .

    Size: 2’ x 12-18”
    Care: sun in moist to well-drained soil, Drought tolerant once established
    Native: mountain grassland & moist areas in the Eastern Cape to the Northern province of South Africa.
    Wildlife Value: This plant has everything- resistant to deer & rabbits, long blooming, great cut flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies love it.

    1st described in 1854 in Enumeratio Plantarum Omnium Hucusque Cognitarum.

  • Lathyrus vernus Spring vetchling, Spring pea, Spring vetch Z 4-9

    Bushy plants bear showy, red-purple pea-like blooms age to rich purple in March-June. Ephemeral, dying back in August when you can cut it back. Spring gem.

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    Bushy plants bear showy, red-purple pea-like blooms age to rich purple in March-June.  Ephemeral, dying back in August when you can cut it back. Spring gem.

    Size: 12” x 12”
    Care: sun in north to shade in south, moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established
    Native: No. Europe - Siberia
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks

    Introduced to gardens before 1629.  Parkinson called it “Blew Everlasting Pease.”

  • Leucanthemum x superbum Shasta Daisy

    June - July classic white daisy

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    June – July classic white daisy.  You can extend the flowering season by deadheading and make it into fall with white daisies by growing Nippon daisies nearby, Nipponanthemum nipponicum.

    Size: 36” x 24”
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil

    Hybridized by Luther Burbank, the “plant wizard” during 17 years of intermittent work from 1884 – 1901.  Quadruple hybrid made from the oxeye daisy, 2 European daisies and 1 Japanese daisy.  Burbank introduced more than 800 plants.   Named “Shasta” because the white petals reminded Burbank of the snow on top of California’s Mount Shasta. The selection ‘Alaska’ by 1904.

  • Liatris aspera Rough blazing star Z 4-9

    Feathery purple buttons along tall spike

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    Feathery purple buttons along tall spike in late summer: August-October, after all other Liatris are done flowering.

    Size: 24”-30” x 12”-18”
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil
    Native: So. Canada, much of eastern 3/4th of U.S.
    Wildlife Value: attract butterflies (favorite nectar for Monarchs and Buckeyes) & hummingbirds.

    Aspera is Latin meaning rough.  1st collected by Frenchman André Michaux (1746-1802) who spent 11 years in America collecting hundreds of new plants.

  • Liatris pycnostachya Prairie blazing star Z 3-9

    Tall, erect, purplish- pink spike in August-September

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    Tall, erect, purplish- pink spike in August-September

    Size: 4’ x 1-2’
    Care: well-drained soil in full sun
    Native: central & SE US
    Wildlife Value: deer resistant, attracts birds,& butterflies.

    Collected by French planthunter Andre Michaux in 1795 on the prairies of Illinois.