Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Platycodon grandiflorus Balloon flower Z 4-9

    Balloon shaped buds opening to blue bells

    $12.25/bareroot

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    Balloon shaped buds opening to blue bells from July through September, deadhead to prolong bloom.

    Size: 24" x 12"
    Care: Full sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Eastern Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, bees & hummingbirds

    Platycodon is Greek from platys meaning “broad” and kodon meaning “bell”, referring to the shape of the flower. Cultivated in China for hundreds of years where it is called Jie-geng.  The Chinese used the root boiled to cure a chill in the stomach. Mentioned in Man’yoshu, a Japanese anthology of poems written in the 8th century.  German botanist Johann Gmelin first discovered P. grandiflorus in Siberia in 1754.  Gmelin’s Siberian mission, sponsored by Catherine the Great, took 10 years and nearly killed him.  Gmelin introduced it to European garden cultivation by 1782.  Cultivated in the U.S. since the 1800’s. Received England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

  • Polygonatum falcatum var. variegatum Variegated Solomon seal

    Solomon seal with white margined leaves, white dangling bells

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    Medium sized, arching Solomon seal with white margined leaves, white dangling bells in spring.

    Size: 20" x 4' slow spreader
    Care: moist to moist well-drained soil in shade to part shade. Immune Walnut toxins.
    Native: Japan
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: Elisabeth Cary Miller botanic Garden Great Plant Pick Award and Perennial Plant Association 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    1st identified by Japanese botanist & scholar Takenoshin Nakai (1882-1952) in Botany Magazine of Tokyo 1924. Introduced to American gardens in 1937.

  • Polygonatum multiflorum Solomon’s seal Z 4-10

    Dainty white flowers dangle from arching stems

    $12.25/bareroot

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    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.

    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)

    **LISTED AS OUT OF STOCK BECAUSE WE DO NOT SHIP THIS ITEM.  IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR RETAIL LOCATION.

  • Ruellia humilis Prairie petunia Z 3-9

    lilac trumpets all summer and fall

    $9.25/bareroot

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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.

  • Salvia amplexicaulis   Stem-clasping sage                   Z 3-8

    Deep violet spike flowers in summer over green foliage

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    Deep violet spike flowers in summer over green foliage

     

    Size: 24-30” x 36” 
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Southeastern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators

    Similar to Salvia nemorosa but larger.
    Before 1829, Lamarck.

  • Salvia verticillata Lilac sage, whorley clary, Salbey Z 5-8

    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October

    $12.25/bareroot

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    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October.  It took 2 years to establish this plant to maturity during which time it was unimpressive but in year 3, it’s fabulous.  You get the benefit of mature plants.

    Size: 24” x 18-24”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Dead head to prolong bloom
    Native: Spain to Ukraine, Caucasus to Iran
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet.

    Collected before 1753.