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  • Agastache rupestris Sunset hyssop Z 5-10

    Tangerine & lilac spikes June - October, fragrant like anise

    $10.95/pot

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    Agastache rupestris     Sunset hyssop   Z 5-10
    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.

    First collected by Meriwether Lewis. Introduced to gardens by Edward Greene before 1915.
    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

    $14.95/3" pot

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    Agave parryi Mescal agave, Parry’s agave, Century plant, kwa ni in Hopi  Z 5 (with care) – 10
    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.