Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Polygonatum multiflorum Solomon’s seal Z 4-10

    Dainty white flowers dangle from arching stems

    $10.45/bareroot

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    Polygonatum multiflorum  Solomon’s seal  Z 4-10
    Dainty white flowers dangle from arching stems in June followed by black fruit, the leaves “make a fine mass of elegant foliage,” Sanders, 1913.

    Size: 3' x 10"
    Care: shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil Drought tolerant. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: Europe and Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Dioscorides named Polygonatum in the 1st century, which means “many jointed” referring to scars on the rhizome.  Medieval herbalists opined that Biblical figure Solomon put scars on the rhizome to demonstrate the plant’s curative powers.  P. multiflorum cultivated in English gardens by 1450.  In 1596 English herbalist Gerard endorsed its use to repair broken bones – mix the pulverized root and drink it with ale to “gleweth together the bones in very short space.”  He also claimed fresh stamped root of Polygonatum would cure cuts and bruises for “women’s willfulness in stumbling on their hasty husband’s fists.” According to Culpepper Italian wives “much used” this remedy.

  • Polygonum virginianum syn. Persicaria virginiana Jumpseed Z 4-8

    Arresting tiny white flowers atop nearly leafless stems blooming late summer into fall; dark green foliage marked with a maroon chevron on each leaf

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    Arresting tiny white flowers atop nearly leafless stems blooming late summer into fall;
    dark green foliage marked with a maroon chevron on each leaf

    Size: 2-3’ x 3-4’
    Care: shade to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: All eastern areas from central Canada south to Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts birds, bees & butterflies, Deer resistant
    Size: Cherokee made a hot infusion of leaves with the bark of a Honey Locust to treat whooping cough.

    Linnaeus 1753.

  • Ribes aureum syn. Ribes odoratum Clove currant Z 3-8

    yellow flowers smother the shrub

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    Early to mid spring yellow flowers smother the shrub, giving off the most sweet, clove-scented fragrance – heavenly.  Ships only in spring.

    Size: 6' x 6'
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: west-central US
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Found by Meriwether Lewis in 2 locations -“near the narrows of the Columbia.” April 16, 1806, now Klickitat County, Washington, and on July 29, 1805 in Montana.  Many different tribes ate the berries – Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Klamath, Montana, Paiute & Ute.  Others, Shoshone and Paiute, used the shrub’s inner bark to heal sores and swellings.  English plantsman Wm. Robinson declared that it “deserves to be more commonly grown.” (1933)

  • Ruellia humilis Prairie petunia Z 5-9

    lilac trumpets all summer and fall

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    Lilac trumpets with dark pink veins all summer non-stop. Very long blooming but slow to emerge in spring.

    Size: 8-10" x 24"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Midwest south to Florida and Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Ruellia  named for French royal herbalist Jean Ruell (1474-1537).  This species first collected by Thomas Nuttall, English plant hunter who found more American plants than anyone else, early 1800’s.