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  • Veronicastrum virginianum, Culver’s root Z 4-9

    Tall, graceful ivory spires

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Tall, graceful ivory spires bloom from mid to late summer

    Size: 4' x 18"
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: From Canada to Texas incl. Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Used by American Indians as a laxative and to induce vomiting and clean blood.  Cherokee cured typhus and inactive livers with Culver’s root. Remember Culver’s Little Liver pills? Seneca Indians used the root in their ceremonies. 1st collected by Rev. John Banister who moved to colonial Virginia in 1678.  A gunman mistakenly shot and killed him while he collected plants.   Colonial Puritan Cotton Mather unsuccessfully attempted to use this plant to cure his daughter’s tuberculosis in 1716.

  • Viola corsica Corsican violet Z 4-8

    Rare species violet. Clouds of blue violets with veined heart leading to tiny yellow centers

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    Rare species violet. Clouds of blue violets with veined heart leading to tiny yellow centers from late spring thru fall-blooms its head off. Reliably perennial. More heat tolerant than pansies.

    Size: 5-7” x 8-10”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: Corsica

    1st described by Swedish botanist Carl Fredrik Nyman before 1893.

  • Viola tricolor Johnny jump up, Heartease Z 2-9 RESEEDING short-lived perennial

    Cheery purple, yellow and white small pansies from spring to late fall

    $7.25/pot

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    Cheery purple, yellow and white small pansies from spring to late fall

    Size: 3-5” x 4-6”
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and Asia
    Wildlife Value: Violas are the sole food source for the caterpillar of Fritillary butterflies.

    Viola was named after a mythical young woman who Zeus loved and who Zeus’ wife harassed.  Athens adopted the V. tricolor as its symbol.  Pliny prescribed it for headaches in ancient Rome.  Mentioned repeatedly by Shakespeare.  In the 1500’s the plant was used to make a medicinal tea to cure chest and lung inflammations, (Gerard) and later to cure impetigo and ulcers.  When Napoleon Bonaparte died Viola tricolor found in his locket with a snip of Josephine’s hair.  Thomas Jefferson imported Viola tricolor from France in 1767.  Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Weigela florida Shrub Z 4-9

    Rosy pink, white or red trumpets in May and June,repeating sporadically all summer, described by Robert Fortune as ”fine rose-coloured flowers, which hung in graceful bunches from the axils of the leaves and the ends of the branches”

    $16.95/ONLY AVAILABLE ON SITE @ NURSERY

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    Rosy pink, white or red trumpets in May and June,repeating sporadically all summer, described by Robert Fortune as ”fine rose-coloured flowers, which hung in graceful bunches from the axils of the leaves and the ends of the branches”

    Size: 5’ x 4’
    Care: full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Blooms on both old and new wood so can prune anytime. Pruning promotes compact, bushy habit & more flowers.
    Native: China

    Named for German professor Christian Ehrenfried Weigel.  Introduced to western cultivation in 1845 by Robert Fortune who found it growing in a northern Chinese garden.   A favorite of Queen Victoria.

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