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  • Tricyrtis hirta Japanese Toad Lily, Hairy toadlily Zone 4 – 8

    flowers white with purple spots. Valuable fall-blooming flower

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    From August to October flowers white with purple spots. Valuable fall-blooming flower, not many shade fall bloomers.

    Size: 2’ x 2’
    Care: Moist well-drained soil in sun to shade
    Native: Japan
    Awards: Oklahoma Proven 2010, Rated good by the Chicago Botanic Garden

    Name Tricyrtis is Greek meaning “three cavities”, supposedly describing the outer petals.  The Japanese name for this plant hototogisu, means “cuckoo” because the purple dots on the petals resemble the spots on the cuckoo bird’s chest.

  • Trillium grandiflorum Large flowered Trillium, Wake robin Z 4-8

    Pure white trio of petals atop whorl of leaves in May. Ephemeral.

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    Pure white trio of petals atop whorl of leaves in May. Ephemeral.

    Size: 12-18” x slowly spreading
    Care: shade to part shade in moist soil
    Native: Quebec to Georgia, west to Minnesota WI native
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks

    Chippewa made decoctions of Trillium for aching joints & sore ears. Menominee cured many ailments with this Trillium: irregular menstrual periods, cramps, diuretic, swollen eyes and “sore nipples and teats pierced with a dog whisker.” Collected by Frenchman André Michaux (1746-1802) who spent 11 years in America collecting hundreds of new plants.

  • Trillium luteum Yellow Trillium Ephemeral Z 4-8

    Sometimes mottled, hosta-like leaves support a lemon-scented, three-petaled yellow blossom in April-May

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    Sometimes mottled, hosta-like leaves support a lemon-scented, three-petaled yellow blossom in April-May

    Size: 15” x 8”
    Care: Shade to part shade in moist, well-drained soil
    Native: Southeastern US
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Great Plant Pick, recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    First published description by Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815) American botanist Lutheran minister and college president.

  • Trollius europaeus Globe flower Z 5-8

    Ball-shaped deep golden buds opening to nearly orange cups with prominent stamens from May to June & sporadically in September  

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    Ball-shaped deep golden buds opening to nearly orange cups with prominent stamens from May to June & sporadically in September

     

    Size: 18-24”x 24”
    Care: Full sun to part shade in moist to wet soil
    Native: Northern Europe

    Trollius is derived from the old Swiss-German word trol meaning “something round,” referring to the shape of the flower. Swedish used the fragrant drying flower petals for a strewing herb. Introduced to European gardens by the 1500’s and cultivated in America in the 1700’s. Grown in the Eichstätt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, c. 1600.

    Grown by Jefferson.

  • Tulipa linifolia Flax-leaf tulip Z 3-8

    Striking scarlet species tulip

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    Striking scarlet species tulip with target black centers, flowering in mid to late spring.  Unlike today’s hybrids these come back year after year and multiply if happy.

     

    Size: 6" x 4"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Uzbekistan, northern Iran and Afghanistan.

    1st described in 1884 by German botanist Eduard August von Regel.

  • Tunica saxifraga syn. Petrorhagia saxifraga Tunic flower Z 4-8

    pixie, palest of pink blossoms

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    Free blooming pixie, palest of pink blossoms from June through October on wiry stems form a 4″ tall mound. Perfect for rock gardens, front of borders or groundcover.

    Size: 4" x 8"
    Care: sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Pyrenees and Alps

    Tunica is Latin meaning “tunic” or “coat” referring to overlapping bracts beneath the flower.  Near the turn of the century William Robinson described the Tunic flower as having ” elegant little rosy flowers … a neat plant for the rock garden and fringes of borders and thrives like a weed between the stones in a rough stone wall.”  “Suggestive of a miniature gypsophila.”  H.H. Thomas, 1915.  Cultivated in the U.S. since the 1800’s.

  • Uvularia grandiflora Largeflower bellwort, Fairybells Z 4-9

    Graceful, hanging pale yellow bells, like a gypsy’s skirt, in spring

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    Graceful, hanging pale yellow bells, like a gypsy’s skirt, in spring

    Size: 10-20” x 6” spread slowly
    Care: part shade to shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Quebec to Ontario, NH to ND, Louisiana to Georgia, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit

    Menominee reduced swelling with this plant. Ojibwa cured stomach pains and Potawatomi mixed it with lard to cure sore muscles & backaches. Collected for gardens by 1802. Wm. Robinson considered this a “graceful perennial … the finest of the species.”

  • Uvularia sessilifolia Merrybells Z 4-8

    Elongated cream colored bells dangle under lily-like leaves in April-May

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    Elongated cream colored bells dangle under lily-like leaves in April-May

    Size: 6-10” X 8”
    Care: Sun to shade in moist, well-drained acidic soil
    Native: Eastern & central North America, Wisconsin native.
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & other pollinators

    Cherokee made a tea from the roots to treat diarrhea; made a poltice for boils and cooked and ate the leaves. Iroquois made a tea from roots to purify blood and a poltice to mend broken bones. It is taken internally to aid in healing broken bones. Ojibwa used root in hunting to bring deer closer. Collected before 1753.