Perennials & Biennials

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  • Desmanthus illinoensis Prairie mimosa, Illinois bundleflower Z 5-9

    frilly white flowers turn to fun seedheads - great foliage

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    This legume bears round heads of frilly white flowers that turn to interesting spherical seed pods persisting all winter.  Sensitive plant-like foliage, touch and sunlight cause leaves to fold.

    Size: 4’ x 3’
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to dry soil. Looks like a shrub but is a perennial.
    Native: Ohio to Florida and west to New Mexico
    Wildlife Value: Seeds are food for birds including the Ring-Necked Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail, and Greater Prairie Chicken.

    Desmanthus  is Greek meaning “bundle flower” because the bunched flowers looked like a bundle.  Pawnee, Omaha & Ponca children used seed pods with dried seeds as rattles.  Pawnees relieved itching with the boiled leaves.  First collected by French plant hunter Michaux in the late 1700’s.

  • Dianthus anatolicus Anatolian pink Z 5-10

    Dense mound-forming perennial with needle-like, evergreen grey foliage. Masses of whitish pink, feather- margined flowers with a wine-colored eye bloom in May-June. Highly regarded alpine plant.

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    Dense mound-forming perennial with needle-like, evergreen grey foliage. Masses of whitish pink, feather- margined flowers with a wine-colored eye bloom in May-June. Highly regarded alpine plant.

    Size: 3” x 6”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Turkey to Tibet

    Theophrastus named Dianthus in the 4th century B.C., meaning “Jove’s flower.” The common name “pink” is from “pinct” referring to the jagged edge of the petals.   In 1629 John Parkinson described the Dianthus: “There remain divers sorts of wild or small Gilloflowers (which wee usually call Pinkes) to be entreated of, some bearing single, and some double flowers, some smooth, almost without any deepe dents on the edges, and some ragged, or as it were feathered.” This species described in Diagnoses Plantarum Orientalium Novarum, ser. 1 1: 22. 1843.

  • Dianthus arpadianus

    Small pale pink flowers sit above short clumps of evergreen foliage  

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    Small pale pink flowers sit above short clumps of evergreen foliage

    Size: 3” x 3”
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Greece & Turkey

    Collected before 1934

  • Dianthus carthusianorum Clusterhead Pink

    Deep reddish pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

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    Rosy carmine pink flowers atop wiry stems from June until frost

    Size: 16" x 8"
    Care: Full sun moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Deer resistant & drought tolerant
    Native: Central and southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attract hummingbirds

    Clusterhead pink may have come into gardens with the Carthusian monks in the 1100’s. American gardens since 1800’s.