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  • 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.

  • Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot Z 4-9

    Short, spreading shrub, blooms sprays of plum-colored flowers in spring, then forming berries.  For dessert its leaves turn yellow, purple and maroon in fall. Excellent groundcover under trees and for erosion control. Will suppress weeds.

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    Short, spreading shrub, blooms sprays of plum-colored flowers in spring, then forming berries.  For dessert its leaves turn yellow, purple and maroon in fall. Excellent groundcover under trees and for erosion control. Will suppress weeds.

    Size: 2-3” x spreading
    Care: filtered sun to shade in moist to moist well-drained, slightly acidic soil
    Native: Maine to FL and west to Ohio
    Wildlife Value: food and habitat for several birds.

    Colonial horticulturist William Bartram found it near Buffalo Lick GA in 1773.  He wrote: “This evening I discovered a very curious Little Shrub, growing on the bottoms of these Hills & on the steep banks of the Creek. . . the root affording strong Yellow Tincture. . . It has long slender branching Roots which run & spread about . . . filling large patches of ground . . . it is in my opinion a very valuable Shrub . .”

    Native Americans dyed fibers with the yellow root.

  • Yucca filamentosa Adam’s Needle, Silk grass Z 5-9

    tall stalks bearing alabaster bells

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    Six foot tall stalks bearing alabaster bells tower over clumps of swordlike leaves with margins of curly threads in July and August.

    Size: 30" leaves - 5' flower x 5'
    Care: full sun, moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: New Jersey to Florida
    Wildlife Value: It’s only pollinator is the Yucca moth and the Yucca is the only food source for the Yucca moth in a mutually beneficial relationship.
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit; Cary Award Distinctive Plants for New England and Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Pick.

    In 1596 Gerard named the genus Yucca from the incorrectly identified plant, the Iucca.  Filimentosa is from the Latin filum meaning “thread” because of the threads on the leaf margins.  Colonists cut the leaves of Y. filamentosa to make thread.  Indians used the root as an ingredient in bread, to make suds for cleaning and the leaf fibers to make clothes.  For the Cherokee it cured diabetes and skin sores, induced sleep in people and drugged fish for an easier catch.  Tradescant the Younger collected this in Virginia before 1640. Both Gerard and Parkinson grew Yucca filamentosa in their personal gardens.  Jefferson planted it  in 1794 and called it “beargrass.”