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  • Agastache rupestris Sunset hyssop Z 5-10

    Tangerine & lilac spikes June - October, fragrant like anise

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    Tangerine & lilac spikes June – October, fragrant like anise

    Size: 24”x 10”
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: SW United States
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
    Awards: 1997 Plant Select award recipient.

    Collected by Edward Lee Greene in 1880 at Mango Springs neara Solver City New Mexico. Pittonia 1:164.
    The name Agastache is from Greek agan and stachys meaning “much like an ear of wheat” referring to the shape of the flower spike. Rupestris means “rock loving.”

  • Agave parryi Mescal agave, Parry’s agave, Century plant Z 5 (with care) – 10

    Rosette of thick silver-grey leaves with an inch-long terminal tip of each spine

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    Rosette of thick silver-grey leaves with an inch-long terminal tip of each spine and offshoots, knowns as “pups” emerge near the base, even of young plants. Flowers only once & takes +10 years.  In Z 5-6 plant in spring to get established.

    Size: 18” x 18-28”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. We grow this in Z 5A on the south-facing side of a mound of well-drained soil, with a few large rocks nearby and gravel mulch.
    Native: mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.

    First Americans in the SW traded baked leaves and buds hundreds of years ago. Roasted stalks,baked buds & water mixed & fermented make pulque, further distilled to make mescal or tequila.

  • Ajania pacifica syn. Chrysanthemum pacifica Silver and Gold Z 5-9

    Mounds of decorative, silver-edged foliage all summer with sunshine yellow button flowers in October to November

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    Ajania pacifica syn. Chrysanthemum pacifica Silver and Gold  Z 5-9
    Mounds of decorative, silver-edged foliage all summer with sunshine yellow button flowers in October to November

    Size: 12-24” x 12-36”can pinch back in June to make compact
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: coasts of Japan

    1st described by Japanese botanist Takenoshin Nakai in Botanical Magazine 42: 462. 1928.

  • Ajuga genevensis Geneva Bugle Z 4-9

    True blue 6” spikes in spring and early summer

    $8.25/4" pot

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    Ajuga genevensis  Geneva Bugle  Z 4-9
    True blue 6” spikes in spring and early summer. Great groundcover.

    Size: 6” x 12”
    Care: full sun to shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe
    Wildlife Value: Tolerates foot traffic. Deer and rabbit resistant.

    William Robinson, father of the mixed perennial garden, called this “among the best.” (1933).  In gardens before 1753.

  • Alcea rosea Hollyhock BIENNIAL

    Early to late summer spikes of single platters - mixed colors. The classic cottage garden flower.

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Alcea rosea   Hollyhock   BIENNIAL reseeds  Z 4-9
    Early to late summer spikes of single platters – mixed colors. The classic cottage garden flower.

    Size: 5-8' x 24"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant
    Native: West Asia
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly plant, host for Painted Lady butterflies

    Cultivated in China for thousands of years where it symbolized the passing of time. They cooked the leaves for a vegetable and also ate the buds. Transported from Middle East to Europe by the Crusaders and introduced to England by the 1400’s. Culpepper, a 17th century English herbalist, claimed the plant could be used to cure ailments of the “belly, Stone, Reins, Kidneys, Bladder, Coughs, Shortness of Breath, Wheesing, … the King’s Evil,, Kernels, Chin-cough, Wounds, Bruises, Falls. . . (and) Sun-burning.” Both single and double forms grew in England by the time of Parkinson (1629). Parkinson said they came “in many and sundry colours.” John Winthrop Jr. introduced the 1st hollyhock to the New World in the 1630’s.

  • Alcea rosea var. nigra Black hollyhock BIENNIAL Z 4-9

    Early to late summer spikes of single jet-black/maroon platters.  

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    Alcea rosea var. nigra  Black hollyhock BIENNIAL Z 4-9

    Early to late summer spikes of single jet-black/maroon platters.

     

    Size: 5-8’ x 24”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: West Asia
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

    Hollyhocks have been cultivated in China for thousands of years where it symbolized the passing of time. They cooked the leaves for a vegetable and also ate the buds. Transported from Middle East to Europe by the Crusaders and introduced to England by 1573. Grown in the Eichstätt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, c. 1600. Culpepper, a 17th century English herbalist, claimed the plant could be used to cure ailments of the “belly, Stone, Reins, Kidneys, Bladder, Coughs, Shortness of Breath, Wheesing, … the King’s Evil,, Kernels, Chin-cough, Wounds, Bruises, Falls. . . (and) Sun-burning.” Both single and double forms grew in England by the time of Parkinson (1629). Parkinson said they came “in many and sundry colours.” John Winthrop Jr. introduced the 1st hollyhock to the New World in the 1630’s.

    In the 1880’s Mr. W. Charter of Saffron Walden in England cultivated frilly doubles, now known as ‘Charter’s Doubles.’

  • Alchemilla alpina Alpine lady’s mantle

    short sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers in early summer

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    From a low mound of palmate, silvery-margined leaves with silver undersides emerge short sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers in early summer.  Will rebloom if cut back flowers after bloom

    Size: 6-8” x 8-12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and southern Greenland

    Named by Linnaeus 1753. Philip Miller described this as having leaves “that are very white and deeply cut into five parts like a hand…” The Gardeners Dictionary 1783

  • Alchemilla erythropoda Dwarf lady’s mantle Z 3-7

    A miniature Lady’s Mantle for edging borders or growing in the rock garden. Short sprays of chartreuse flowers appear over a dense mound of scalloped light-green leaves that catch and hold rain or dewdrops

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    A miniature Lady’s Mantle for edging borders or growing in the rock garden. Short sprays of chartreuse flowers appear over a dense mound of scalloped light-green leaves that catch and hold rain or dewdrops

    Size: 6-10” x 9-12”
    Care: Sun to shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Eastern Europe
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit

    You might not transmute gold with Alchemilla, but foamy clusters of tiny, starlike flowers in yellow-green chartreuse bloom above scalloped, tooth-edged foliage. A contrast of forms and greens Alchemilla was used to collect dewdrops in the medieval preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone. We find the way moisture collects and moves like mercury on the pale green leaves always magical.

    Described in Flora Kavkaza Flora Kavkaza in 1928.