Wisconsin Native

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  • Parthenium integrifolium Wild Quinine Z 3-8

    Frosty white blooms from July to September



    Frosty white blooms from July to October, not especially showy but so reliable and sturdy, excellent.  It’s a work horse.

    Size: 2-4' x 18"
    Care: Full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Mass. to Georgia, west Minnesota to Arkansas, Wisconsin native

    Seeds fragrant when crushed. Named Quinine because it was used to treat fevers similar to malaria. Catawabe Indians used leaves to treat burns and flowers to treat fever.

  • Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia creeper Z 3-9

    Brilliant scarlet in autumn



    Spring leaves bronzy, turn green in summer and then brilliant scarlet in autumn, with contrasting blue berries with red stems.

    Size: 50’ x 10'
    Care: Either sun or shade in well-drained soil
    Native: Eastern No. America
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Parthenocissus is Greek meaning “virgin ivy.” Cultivated in American gardens since 1700’s.  Sent to England by English planthunter Tradescant the Younger in the 1640’s. Grown by Jefferson.

  • Penstemon digitalis Foxglove beardtongue Z 2-8

    Palest of pink tubular bells



    Palest of pink tubular bells in June – deadhead for rebloom.  More vigorous and longer blooming than its well-known cultivar ‘Husker Red.’

    Size: 24-48” x 18”
    Care: sun or part shade in fertile, well-drained soil
    Native: Nebraska to Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: attracts Baltimore butterfly

    Penstemon is named for its five stamens, penta meaning “five” in Greek.  Used medicinally by the Dakota and Pawnee – to remedy chest pains, chills and fevers.  P. digitalis first transported to Europe when the son of the royal Spanish gardener sent it to Kew in England, 1793.

  • Penstemon grandiflorus Large beard tongue Z 3-9

    Large pink to lavender trumpets



    Large pink to lavender trumpets along the 3’ stem in early summer

    Size: 3’ x 10”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: IL to N. Dakota, south to TX, Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: attracts Baltimore butterfly

    Discovered by Thomas Nuttall, describing it as “splendid and beautiful,”on his trip up the Missouri River in 1811. Cured chest pains and stomach aches for the Dakota and chills and fever for the Pawnee.