Perennials & Biennials

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  • Symphyandra pendula Bellflower Z 5-8

    Panicles of creamy white bell-shaped flowers dangle over heart-shaped foliage March-June  

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    Panicles of creamy white bell-shaped flowers dangle over heart-shaped foliage March-June

    Size: 20” x 12”
    Care: Full to part sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, butterflies and birds

    Collected before 1830

  • Synthyris missourica Mountain Kittentails Z 5-9

    Spring flowering, true blue short stalks above leathery, evergreen leaves, circular with tooth margins.

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    Spring flowering, true blue short stalks above leathery, evergreen leaves, circular with tooth margins.

    Size: 5-12” x 12” spreading into clumps by rhizomes.
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains of northeast CA, Washington, Idaho & west to Montana

    Collected by Meriwether Lewis on June 26, 1806 in today’s Idaho near the headwaters of what they named Hungry Creek. Common name kittentails imaginatively named for the flower stalk and its protruding stamens resembling, if you squint real hard and maybe after taking a swig of whiskey,  fuzzy, blue kitten tails.

  • Talinum calycinum syn. Phemeranthus calycanthus Rock rose, Fameflower Z 6-9

    Bright mauve flowers dance on wiry stems in afternoons all summer, closing at night. Leaves are succulent.

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    Bright mauve flowers dance on wiry stems in afternoons all summer, closing at night. Leaves are succulent.

    Size: 8-12” x 4”
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil
    Native: western Plains states

    Collected by Dr. Frederick Wislizenus, German immigrant and medical partner of George Engelmann, on an exploring trip of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico in 1846.

  • Tanacetum armenum syn. Leucanthemum armenum Snow daisy

    Dwarf subshrub covered with mound of silvery foliage and little white daisies in June to July

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    Dwarf subshrub covered with mound of silvery foliage and little white daisies in June to July

    Size: 5-6” x 8-10”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Turkey

    Collected before 1844

  • Tanacetum niveum Silver tansy, Snow tansy Z 5-9

    Profusion of small classic daisies May-July atop fragrant silver foliage

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    Profusion of small classic daisies May-July atop fragrant silver foliage

    Size: 2’ x 3’
    Care: sun in moist well drained soil

    Named by Carl Heinrich Schultz (1805-1867)

  • Telekia speciosa syn. Buphthalum speciosum Z 3-7

    Big, sunflower-like blooms but with the thinnest of petals

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    Big, sunflower-like blooms but with the  thinnest of  petals, deep yellow, with orange-yellow centers.  Flowers August – September

    Size: 4-6’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist soil
    Native: mountains of southern Europe

    Collected in Translyvania before 1816

  • Tellima grandiflora Fringecups Z 4-8

    Pixie whitish fringed cups

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    Pixie whitish fringed cups bloom on 2′ tall panicle from May to July.

    Size: 12"x 8"
    Care: Part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Pacific Northwest to Alaska

    Nitinaht Indians of Vancouver Island and Canadian Indians chewed this as a panacea and also to prevent a person from dreaming about necrophilia.  The western Washington Skagit Indians took a mixture including pounded Fringecup to enhance appetite and to heal all ailments.  1st collected by Scotman Archibald Menzies around 1790 on the Vancouver expedition.  Introduced in 1826.

  • Teucrium chamaedrys Wall Germander Z 5-9

    Fragrant red-purple or bright rose flowers

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    Fragrant red-purple or bright rose flowers on this evergreen subshrub, July-September

    Size: 1-2' x 12"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus Mountains

    Teucrium is named after Teucer, the 1st king of Troy.  Chamaedrys means “ground oak” referring to foliage, like miniature oak leaves.  In gardens before 1750.  William Robinson, father of mixed perennial border gardens wrote, “useful edging plant, also good as a dwarf hedge.”  Liberty Hyde Bailey admired this too, “rather showy.  A good border plant for late summer bloom.”(1935)