Perennials & Biennials

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  • Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Tender perennial

    Fiery red, sem-double flowers atop reliably purple foliage from July until frost,

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    Fiery red, sem-double flowers atop reliably purple foliage from July until frost

    Size: 2-3’ x 12”
    Care: moist well drained soil in full sun – lift bulb in fall, overwinter in basement
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit – 1928.

    Dahlias originally grown as food by Aztecs. 1st collected for the West by Spaniards in Mexico in 1615. The genus named after Dr. Anders Dahl, a student of Linnaeus and later a Swedish botanist in his own right. This cultivar came from a batch of chance seedlings in the nursery of breeder Fred Treseder in Wales UK. Treseder offered this and a few others to Bishop Joshua Hughes of Llandaff in 1924.

  • Dalea aurea syn Parosela aurea Golden prairie clover Z 5-9

    Cone-shaped fuzzy yellow flower spikes rise above sparse foliage in April-June

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    Cone-shaped fuzzy yellow flower spikes rise above sparse foliage in April-June

    Size: 1-3’ x 1’
    Care: sun in dry soil
    Native: West US from TX to WY
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies
    Size: Native Americans used Golden Prairie-clover to treat diarrhea and colic

    Collected and described by Thomas Nuttall, 1813.

     

  • Dalea purpurea syn. Petalostemon purpurea Violet prairie clover

    Vase shaped clump with wands of violet to purple encircling tall coneheads

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    Vase shaped clump with wands of violet to purple encircling tall coneheads.

    Size: 2’ x 18”
    Care: full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Canada to Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Host for caterpillars of Dogface Sulphur, Striped blue & Mexican blue butterflies.

    Dalea named to honor English botanist Dr. Samuel Dale (1659- 1739.)  Chippewa, Meskwaki and Navajo used medicinally – as remedies for heart ailments, pneumonia, diarrhea and measles.  Comanche and Lakota chewed the root like gum, for its sweet taste.  Pawnee made brooms from the flexible stems.  1st collected by Frenchman André Michaux (1746-1802) who spent 11 years in America collecting hundreds of new plants.  Bailey described the flowers: “a constant succession of showy spikes of flowers…”(1933)

  • Darmera peltatum syn. Peltiphyllum peltatum Umbrella plant, Indian rhubarb Z 5-8

    Round with ruffled edged foliage dramatic green in summer but magnificent turning red in fall or pink umbellifer flowers in spring

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Grow for its gigantic, round, with ruffled edged, foliage, green in summer but magnificent red in fall. Pink umbellifer flowers in spring

    Size: 3-4’ x 3’
    Care: shade to sun in wet soil
    Native: Oregon & California
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Collected before 1849.  Karok ate young shoots and Miwok mixed crushed root with acorn meal.