Perennials & Biennials

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  • Arum italicum Cuckoo plant, Lords and ladies Z 5-9

    Unusual greenish white jack-in-the-pulpit type flowers, called spath, followed by showy spikes of tomato red berries in the fall. Foliage showy too – green with network of white veins. “The leaves of this sort rise a foot and a half high, are very large, running out to a point; these are finely veined with white, interspersed with black spots, which, together with the fine shining green of their surface, make a pretty variety. The flowers grow near a foot high, and have long upright spaths, which are of a pale green, inclining to white; these appear the end of April, or beginning of May, and the seeds are ripe in August.” Phillip Miller’s Gardeners Dictionary, 1768.

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    Arum italicum Cuckoo plant, Lords and ladies   Z 5-9
    Unusual greenish white jack-in-the-pulpit type flowers, called spath, followed by showy spikes of tomato red berries in the fall. Foliage showy too – green with network of white veins.
    “The leaves of this sort rise a foot and a half high, are very large, running out to a point; these are finely veined with white, interspersed with black spots, which, together with the fine shining green of their surface, make a pretty variety. The flowers grow near a foot high, and have long upright spaths, which are of a pale green, inclining to white; these appear the end of April, or beginning of May, and the seeds are ripe in August.” Phillip Miller’s Gardeners Dictionary, 1768.

    Can not ship to: Maryland

    Size: 10-15”x 6"
    Care: Shade to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Italy, Spain and Portugal.
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    This was identified by Dioscordies in De Materica Medica for medicinal use around 70 A.D.  “Showy,” according to William Robinson (1933.)

  • Aruncus aethusifolius Dwarf goat’s beard Z 3-8

    You know the fireworks they display at the end of the night, with light bursting every direction from a center? These flowers resemble a tiny version of that, emerging in spring and early summer above a compact mound of fern-like foliage

    $11.95/bareroot

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    You know the fireworks they display at the end of the night, with light bursting every direction from a center? These flowers resemble a tiny version of that, emerging in spring and early summer above a compact mound of fern-like foliage. Good foil for solid, paddle-like leaves of Bergenia.

    Size: 10" x 12-18"
    Care: part shade to shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Korea
    Awards: Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick.

    Collected from the wild before 1912.

  • Aruncus dioicus Goat’s beard

    graceful, vanilla panicles crown finely pinnate foliage

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    Goat’s beard’s graceful, vanilla panicles crown finely pinnate foliage.  Looks like a shrub but it’s a perennial.

    Size: 5-6' x 4'
    Care: Sun to full shade, moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe, Siberia, E. North America

    Recommended by 19th century gardening giants William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll for a June garden and Louise Beebe Wilder for the back of the border.

  • Asarum canadense syn. Hexastylis canadense Wild ginger Z 3-7

    brown bells with flared tips hide under this groundcover's lacquered, round leaves

    $8.75/bareroot

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    Concealed brown bells with flared tips hide under this groundcover’s crinkled, lacquered, round leaves.

    Size: 6" x 6" spreading
    Care: part shade to shade, moist well-drained soil
    Native: Canada to North Carolina, Wisconsin native

    Native Americans used Wild ginger for such diverse purposes as flavoring food, cure heart palpitations, induce menstrual cycles, cure “the bite of the serpent,” mend broken bones and lure catfish. Colonists used the plant to break fever and stimulate the appetite.

  • Asarum europaeum syn. Hexastylis europaeum European snakeroot, Wild ginger Z 4-9

    Glossy, kidney shaped leaves

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    Glossy, leathery, kidney shaped leaves, dark green with lighter veins, with purplish, sepia-toned bell-like flower, hidden by the more ornamental leaves

    Size: 4-6” x 12” slow spreader
    Care: shade to part shade in moist to moist well-drained acidic soil
    Native: Europe
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Garden Great Plant Pick & England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    According to Dioscorides in Roman times this plant cured ailments of the eyes, ears, stomach, mind and the head.  Grown in the Eichstatt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstatt in Bavaria, c. 1600. Gerard (1633) reported that this Wild ginger prevented increase of hard swelling cankers by topical application.  Powdered root mixed with wine cured sciatica, gout, dropsie & ague.  The name Asarum comes from Greek phrase “to adorn”, meaning it needs adornment.

  • Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed Z 3-9

    pink umbels, like an upside down ballerina’s skirt

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    Fragrant medium pink umbels, like an upside down ballerina’s skirt, July – September.

    Size: 3’-4’ x 2-3’
    Care: Sun in moist to moist well-drained soil, deer resistant
    Native: North America – all states (except along the Pacific coast) & eastern half of Canada, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: host for Monarch caterpillars, flowers are source of nectar for several butterflies

    Named after Asclepias, a Greek god of medicine. Native American groups used Swamp milkweed – Chippewa to increase their strength & the stems made into twine; Iroquois to heal navels in babies, to increase or decrease urine and to make a person strong enough to punish witches; Meskwaki to drive out tapeworms; and Menominee used it as an ingredient in food – added to deer soup & cornmeal mush. Listed as growing in England in Miller’s Gardeners’ Dictionary, 1768. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed, Pleurisy-root Z 4-9

    striking orange cymes in July-August

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    Striking orange cymes in July-August on this American native.

    Size: 2-3' x 12"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to dry soil, Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: East and south North America, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: host for Monarch & Gray hairstreak butterfly caterpillars.

    Omaha Indian’s Shell Society took 4 days to dig, prepare and distribute the root to cure bronchial and pulmonary ailments. Most important medicine for the Menomonie. Iroquois smashed the root on runner’s legs to give them strength. Butterfly weed cured flu and remedied coyote bites for the Iroquios. 1st collected for gardens by Rev. John Banister in colonial Virginia in 1678 He died when he bent over to collect a plant and a gunman mistakenly shot him. Jefferson grew this at Monticello.

  • Aster alpinus Alpine Aster Z 5-7

    Frilly little daisies, May-June, lavender, pink or white

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    Frilly little daisies, May-June, lavender, pink or white. Plant where they’ll be seen in the front of the garden.  Also good in rock gardens

    Size: 6-10" x 18"
    Care: Full sun well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & tolerant of Black walnut toxins
    Native: Rockies
    Wildlife Value: attract butterflies

    Aster means star referring to the flower form. Collected by Drummond in the Rockies by 1800.