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  • Abeliophyllum distichum White forsythia, Korean Abelea-leaf Z. 5

    Showy white blooms along stems in very early spring, almond fragrance

    $12.95/bareroot

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    Abeliophyllum distichum  White forsythia, Korean Abelea-leaf Z 5-8
    Showy white blooms along stems in very early spring, almond fragrance

    Size: 3-5’ x 3-4’
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Prune right after flowering, one-third of the oldest branches annually.
    Native: central Korea, where it is nearly extinct. This is the sole species in this genus.

    1st collected by Japanese botanist Takenoshin Nakai (1882-1952) before 1919.  Nakai, professor, author, scholar and official botanist for Korea in 1910 after Japan annexed Korea following the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars. There he explored the botanically unknown mountains and forests and introduced its plants to the world through his international contacts and his authorship of Flora Koreana.  Abeliophyllum means leaves like an Abelia, a different shrub. In America’s Arnold Arboretum by 1924.

  • Acanthus spinosus, Bear’s breeches Z 5-9

    two-toned spikes of purple & lavender bracts

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    Acanthus spinosus   Bear’s breeches  Z 5-9
    A WOW plant. Bodacious two-toned spikes of purple & lavender bracts, June to August. Even its leaves are attractive, glossy, deeply incised. Both flowers and leaves have thorny tips.ACANS101

    Size: 3-4' x 2-3'
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: Italy & Turkey

    Acanthus means “thorn” and spinosus means “spine” referring to the leaves. Grown since at least 5th century B.C. Inspiration for Corinthian column capital in architecture of ancient Greece and Rome

  • Achillea ageratifolia Greek yarrow Z. 4-8

    Silvery foliage smothered with porcelain white flowers June-August, fragrant

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    Achillea ageratifolia   Greek yarrow   Z. 4-8
    Silvery foliage smothered with porcelain white flowers June-August, fragrant

    Size: 6”x 18”
    Care: sun in dry to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans, Greece & Yugoslavia
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies, deer resistant.
    Size: Good in rock garden & troughs.

    Achillea named for Achilles who used Achillea millefolium to bandage bleeding wounds for his soldiers. According to Philip Miller (1768) Achillea’s common name is “Nosebleed.” Ageratifloia means leaves like an Ageratum.
    Collected before 1796.

  • Achillea clypeolata, Balkan yarrow

    Erect, fern-like clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer.

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    Achillea clypeolata Balkan yarrow  Z 3-9
    Erect, fern-like, thick clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer. I first saw this plant at the harbor garden in Port Washington about 6 AM one fall morning. The foliage was so arresting it stopped me in my tracks.

    Size: 18" x 24"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer and drought tolerant
    Native: Balkans

    Collected before 1804. The Balkan yarrow is known to attract butterflies with its Yellow Flowers.