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Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Alabama Lace' (Alabama Lace Southern Maidenhair Fern) #4303

Zone: 7a to 10b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Adiantum capillus-veneris Alabama form) Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Alabama Lace' is an amazingly vigorous selection of the southern maidenhair fern that was discovered by native plant guru Weesie Smith of Alabama. Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Alabama Lace' looks like the typical southern maidenhair fern with its lacy fronds atop black stems, except this selection spreads far faster and grows denser than any other form we have seen. In good soil and average to damp moisture conditions, expect a 3' wide patch in 2 years...great as a horticultural undergarment in the woodland garden.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Falling Waters' (Falling Waters Southern Maidenhair Fern) #5713

Zone: 7a to 10b,

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka A1FL-113) This selection of the worldwide native Adiantum capillus-veneris comes from Washington Co., Florida, about an hour west of Tallahassee. Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Falling Waters' has made a splendid patch in our garden with frond pinnae (fern leaflets) that are slightly smaller and narrower than what we typically see in other regional southern maidenhair fern forms. Our five-year-old, tardily-deciduous clumps have spread to 2' wide and so far have survived single digit temperatures with no problems.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Fan Dance' (Fan Dance Southern Maidenhair Fern) #8392

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Adiantum capillus-veneris A3T-022) We discovered this wonderfully cut leaf form of the southeastern native Adiantum capillus-veneris along Wasp Creek in Kendall County, Texas. Unlike most forms of southern maidenhair fern, the pinnae are shaped like narrow Japanese hand fans. For us, Adiantum 'Fan Dance' forms a tight 6" tall patch that expands to 2' wide in 5 years. We are pleased to finally be able to share this special form of southern maidenhair fern. Moist soils are best.

Adiantum capillus-veneris 'Rock Springs' (Rock Springs Southern Maidenhair Fern) #6137

Zone: 7a to 9b,at least

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(coll. #A2T-034) This form of the wonderful southern maidenhair fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris, comes from spores that we collected in 2000 in the Edwards Plateau region of Texas near the town of Rock Springs. Not that you are interested, but we were stopped three times by border patrol agents who searched our backpacks for illegal aliens...glad I carried a small backpack. Plantsman Scott Ogden showed us this population of southern maidenhair fern growing along a small creek in a very alkaline soil. Our 5-year-old clump is 1' tall x 2' wide and, as you can imagine, quite heat tolerant.

Agave americana 'Mediopicta Aurea' (Yellow Variegated American Century Plant) #6915

Zone: Tropical

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$25.00   
We have been unable to determine the origin of Agave americana 'Aurea', which we have grown for nearly two decades. This smaller, but lovely form of the giant Agave americana has leaves which are mostly bright yellow, surrounded by a contrasting blue edge. In containers, we have never been able to get this century plant to grow larger than 1' tall x 2' wide. Because of the amount of pigment in the yellow leaves, we don't recommend more than a few hours of full sun.

Agave americana 'Opal' (Opal Century Plant) #6287

Zone: 8a to 10b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

We originally got Agave americana 'Opal' from Mark Shealy in Virginia who claimed it to be winter hardy near Roanoke. Our plants did survive below 10 degrees F, but damage was too severe to claim it reliable in Zone 7b. Agave americana 'Opal' is one of the many yellow-edged Agave americana forms sold under the group name "Marginata". This particular clone makes a large, upright clump of sharp-spined, blue-grey foliage with an attractive creamy yellow edge. Our oldest clumps are 3' tall x 4' wide, but in warmer climates they will grow larger, eventually producing a 20' tall flagpole-like flower stalk...a great hummingbird magnet. In colder climates, Agave americana 'Opal' is great for large summer containers.

Agave americana ssp. protamericana (Protamericana Hardy Century Plant) #5008

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Agave americana ssp. protamericana is one of our favorite hardy agaves. For us, this species has proven to be the largest- and fastest-growing of the winter hardy species. The wide, steel-blue leaf rosettes form huge upright clumps to 5' tall x 8' wide in as little as 8 years with plenty of summer moisture and high fertility. Not only do these century plants grow large, but they offset at a pace nearly equal to the rate at which Congress spends our money. When they mature at 10+ years old, Agave protamericana will be topped with huge flower spikes, large enough for Olympic pole vaulting. Remember, agaves have spines on the tips and edges of each leaf and should not be planted where stupid children play...unless you really believe in Darwin's "survival of the fittest" theory. This offering is from a Yucca Do seed collection originally made in Coahuila, Mexico.

Agave americana ssp. protamericana 'Lemon Lime' (Lemon Lime Century Plant) #6847

Zone: 8b to 10b,at least

Height: 48" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This gem had been floating around California as an Agave americana without a valid cultivar name when it was christened Agave 'Lemon Lime' by agave expert Brian Kemble. In fact, it seems to be a form of Agave americana ssp. protamericana from the Mexican population that intergrades with Agave scabra...hence, the rough leaf back. Agave 'Lemon Lime' makes a stunning 4' tall x 4' wide clump of very wide, blue leaves, each highlighted with a 6" wide chartreuse stripe down the center. Agave 'Lemon Lime' does produce offsets, but never enough to have lots of this gem. So far, we have had this to 19 degrees F. When it finally flowers, the 20'+ flower spike will be topped with fragrant, yellow hummingbird-attracting flowers.

Amsonia ciliata var. filifolia 'Georgia Pancake' (Georgia Pancake Creeping Blue Star) #5375

Zone: 5a to 9b,at least

Height: 5" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Amsonia 'Georgia Pancake' is a rare blue star, discovered by native plant guru Bob McCartney in a sandhills habitat in central Georgia's Wheeler County. This unusual ecotype, which will possibly be named as a new species, has soft, green, needle-like foliage clothing the prostrate stems. We grow Amsonia ciliata 'Georgia Pancake' in the rock garden, where it makes a dazzling mat of bright green foliage to 2' wide. The foliage turns golden in fall before going to sleep but returns in spring with clusters of pale blue flowers at the tip of each branch. As a soft-foliage contrast around bold textured plants, it is unmatched...as is its deer resistance.

Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo' (Cameo Rue Anemone) #8403

Zone: 4a to 8b,at least

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 2.5" pot (7.9 fl. oz/233 ml)

$24.00   
Anemonella 'Cameo' is a lovely selection of the native deer-resistant rue anemone and one of the fastest multiplying of the double clones...which still isn't saying much. The short clumps of thalictrum-like foliage are topped from April-June with the cutest double, light pink flowers. Plant Anemonella 'Cameo' in a special well-drained place away from larger competitors...great for the rock garden, but mark the plant well since rue anemone is usually dormant by late summer.

Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double Pink' (Shoaf's Double Rue Anemone) #4993

Zone: 4a to 8b,

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Without a doubt, this selection of the easy-to-grow Anemonella thalictroides is among the most incredibly beautiful North American native plants we grow. The dainty thalictrum-like foliage makes a small 6" tall x 6" wide deer-resistant clump. Starting in early April (NC) and continuing for at least two months, Anemonella 'Shoaf's Double Pink' clumps are topped with 1" wide stunning pink pompoms, then are dormant by midsummer. Anemonella 'Shoaf's Double' is a slow-to-propagate selection highly prized by keen gardeners around the world.

Arisaema dracontium Nebraska form (Green Dragon Jack-in-the-Pulpit) #1756

Zone: 4a to 8b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Arisaema dracontium Nebraska form came to us from the late plantsman Harlan Hamernik, who grew these from seed from a Nebraska population. In our dry shade production area, this form of Arisaema dracontium tops out at 3' tall...much taller than the NC form we also grow. Arisaema dracontium most closely resembles the Asian Arisaema heterophyllum, except the green Jack-in-the-pulpit inflorescence (green hood and upright, thin yellow tongue) produced in mid-May is held just above the horseshoe-like foliage of 7-15 leaflets. Green dragons go dormant in midsummer, so don't panic...average to slightly moist soils are best.

Arisaema triphyllum 'Starburst' (Starburst Jack-in-the-Pulpit) #7201

Zone: 5a to 8b,at least

Height: 22" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
This amazing selection of our native Jack-in-the-pulpit comes from plantsman Paul James of Virginia. This fast-multiplying selection of Arisaema triphyllum emerges in spring with trifoliate leaves adorned with silver-white veins. There are at least three other silver-veined forms of Arisaema triphyllum, but none have rivaled the vigor of this selection. The 22" tall clumps are adorned in early spring with green "Jack" flowers. Arisaema 'Starburst' prefers moist woodland conditions and will go dormant by late summer.

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' (Cinderella's Pink Swamp Milkweed) #388

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 50" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Native to all but the six most western US states, Asclepias incarnata makes a stunning 50" tall stalk, topped in summer with branched terminal heads of mauvy-pink flowers, attractive to hummingbirds. Asclepias incarnata prefers moist to soggy soils, but fares well in typical garden soils in all but very extended droughts. A regular renaissance plant, Asclepias incarnata stays fresh in a vase as well as being a monarch butterfly indulgence...hopefully not at the same time.

Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' (Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed) #6700

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
This wide-ranging North American native plant is found in all but 7 of the continental states...sorry, Pacific Northwest. Asclepias 'Hello Yellow' is a golden yellow-flowered seed strain of the typically bright orange-flowered Asclepias tuberosa, that comes remarkably true within the range of yellow-gold. The drought-tolerant deciduous Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' makes a 20" tall x 2' wide mound of stems clothed with index finger-sized green leaves and topped in late spring with branched spikes of golden to golden-orange flowers...a favorite butterfly and hummingbird attractant!

Aster carolinianus (Carolina Climbing Aster) #823

Zone: 7a to 9b,possibly colder

Height: 120" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
(syn: Ampelaster carolinianus) What will they think of next...a native (NC south to Florida) woody aster that climbs! We figure the North American native Aster carolinianus watched too many old kudzu movies. Yes, it grows, it climbs, it mingles, it blooms...it closely resembles a clematis in habit with fragrant lavender-pink flowers from late September into November (NC). Give Aster carolinianus a trellis, deer fence (which it really loves) or let it socialize in the border...it's actually well-behaved!

Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae' (Tatting Fern) #2362

Zone: 3a to 8b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States, Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
This selection of deciduous deer-resistant lady fern from Europe is one of the most unique ferns available today. Found in 1857, in Ireland, in the garden of a Mrs. Frizell, the tatting fern is still known to most avid gardeners. The narrow (less than 1" wide) fronds of Athyrium 'Frizelliae' are arranged like fuzzy green, ear-like projections on both sides of the rachis (leaf center). I know this sounds really bizarre, but even normal folks are attracted to this unusual fern. Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae' makes a great 1' tall x 18" wide specimen for a special spot in the woodland garden!

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red' (Lady in Red Northern Lady Fern) #4968

Zone: 3a to 8b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red' is a hot selection of our North American native, deer-resistant lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum forma rubellum) from a volunteer at The New England Wildflower Society. The lacy, light green foliage is held upright on dark, brilliant red-violet stipes (fern stems). Each plant of Athyrium 'Lady in Red' makes a slowly spreading patch to 3' in 5 years. This deciduous, easy-to-grow fern makes a great blending plant for hosta and other bold-leaf plants in the woodland garden.

Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' (Victoria Lady Fern) #2361

Zone: 3a to 8b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States, Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
Considered the "Queen of Ferns," this exquisite selection of the deciduous, deer-resistant lady fern was the pride and joy of the Victorian fern craze. The narrow pinnae of Athyrium 'Victoriae' are like little green boomerangs. As they are attached to each side of the stem, the effect is a three-dimensional stunner in the woodland garden. At the end of each pinna, the fronds are crested, adding to the exquisite beauty. For us, Athyrium 'Victoriae' forms an 18" tall x 18" wide clump.

Balduina atropurpurea Irwin Co, GA (Purpledisk Honeycombhead) #8595

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
With the southeast US native Balduina atropurpurea you're left wondering most of the season...what is that odd flat rosette I planted? Then, suddenly in late September, you find amazing stalks of bright yellow daisies and ask yourself...."Self, what is that odd daisy-like thing I planted?" Purpledisk honeycombhead (I didn't make that up) can be found in pitcher plant bogs and low elevation pine savannahs in the coastal southeast US. Balduina atropurpurea is also one of the showiest fall plants you never heard of. In the garden, reasonably moist soils are fine. In containers, treat them like pitcher plants...keep them moist, but don't let the top few inches of soil remain waterlogged. Our offerings are propagated from cuttings of a population in Irwin County, Georgia.

Calamintha ashei Tattnall Co, GA (Ashe's Savory) #9984

Zone: 8a to 10b,at least

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Clinopodium ashei) Calamintha ashei is a rare and threatened North American native, found in the sandy soils of southeastern Georgia and northern Florida, where it forms an 18" tall x 30" wide clump of woody stems adorned by small, dentate, grey-green fragrant leaves. In spring, the drought-tolerant Calamintha ashei is smothered with small mauvy-pink flowers which also occur sporadically through the summer and into fall. The flowers are a favorite of both bees and butterflies. Ashe's savory grows best in well-drained sandy soils, where it can avoid competition from nearby larger plants. Unfortunately, in the wild, their habitat is being steadily consumed by agricultural citrus production. When plants become old and very woody, it is best to start new plants from cuttings. Our plants are cutting-grown from an original clone from Tattnall County, GA.

Callirhoe involucrata var. lineariloba 'Logan Calhoun' (Logan Calhoun White Wine Cups) #4124

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
From the late Texas plant explorer, Logan Calhoun, comes this splendid white-flowered form of the Midwest US native wine cups. Typically bearing a wine-colored flower, Callirhoe involucrata var. lineariloba 'Logan Calhoun' was selected by Logan for the large, pure white flowers on this heat-tolerant, 3' wide, clumping ground cover. For us, the white flowers top the geranium-like, cut-leaf foliage from April through July. In late summer, the clumps of Callirhoe 'Logan Calhoun' shrink back into the ground for a rest. The more hot and sunny the climate, the better wine cups perform. We still see this often listed as Callirhoe alcaeoides, which is a completely different plant!

Calopogon tuberosus (Grass Pink Orchid) #4563

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$26.00   
Calopogon tuberosus is a small, easy-to-grow native orchid that ranges from Minnesota south to Florida. Found in open boggy soils and meadows, grass pink emerges in March (south) and July (north) with bunny ear-shaped leaves. On a short stalk atop the leaves are up to 24 small pink flowers that open progressively over a series of weeks starting in June (NC). Plant grass pinks near a path where they can be appreciated. Grass pinks will need to re-establish well before attaining full height. Our Calopogon tuberosus are grown from nursery-propagated divisions and not dug from the wild.

Carex cherokeensis (Cherokee Sedge) #9634

Zone: 6a to 9b,possibly colder

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Carex cherokeensis is another of our favorites from this wonderful ornamental grass genus. Carex cherokeensis is a native sedge, home from Missouri east to North Carolina and south to Florida where it can be found in a wide range of conditions from acid seeps to dolomite glades. Our two-year-old clumps are 2' tall x 4' wide, and topped in late spring with wispy flower spikes that reach a foot above the mound of luscious evergreen foliage. We're growing our Carex cherokeensis in average garden soils, but it is often found in very moist habitats in the wild.

Carex leavenworthii Travis Co. TX (Leavenworth's Sedge) #9775

Zone: 5a to 9b,guessing

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
Carex leavenworthii is another of the fabulous native sedges that makes a superb addition to the garden. Carex leavenworthii is native from Canada south to Florida and west to Texas, where it forms tight clumps to 6" tall x 2' wide. The very narrow, dark green foliage provides an incredible textural contrast to bold foliage plants like hostas. While the drought-tolerant Carex leavenworthii doesn't run, it can seed and subsequently makes a great no-mow lawn substitute. Our offerings are seed-grown from a Pat McNeal collection in Travis County, Texas.

Chasmanthium latifolium 'River Mist' PP 20,643 (River Mist Northern Sea Oats) #8502

Available: 10-10-2014

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

In the latest example of "Natives Gone Wild" our very own northern sea oats, which ranges from Pennsylvania west to Arizona, has been spotted sporting a new "tattoo." This discovery from the folks at Itsaul Plants, forms a typical 30" tall deer-resistant clump of upright green stalks adorned by 9" long x 1" wide leaves, each heavily striped with white. As the flower stalks expand in early summer, the variegation follows the new growth into the developing seed heads. Darn, this is one sexy native, so get your own variegated northern sea oats!

Cheilanthes lanosa (Hairy Lip Fern) #489

Available: 10-10-2014

Zone: 5a to 8b,

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
Cheilanthes lanosa is a great, smaller, eastern/midwestern US native dryland fern for the rock garden or, for that matter, any garden. Eventually reaching 8" in height with a spread of 15", this extremely drought-tolerant fern is composed of durable, olive green, deer-resistant evergreen fronds. Cheilanthes lanosa grows equally as well in a sunny spot or in part shade...good in acid or alkaline soils.

Cheilanthes lanosa 'Mighty Tidy' (Mighty Tidy Dwarf Hairy Lip Fern) #3224

Zone: 5a to 8b,

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
Cheilanthes 'Mighty Tidy' is a splendid dwarf form of our native Cheilanthes lanosa that popped up here as a sporeling. In our full sun rock garden, it has made a splendid compact clump to 6" tall x 1' wide. Each frond of this deer-resistant dryland fern is dramatically smaller and narrower than is typical for Cheilanthes lanosa. Well-drained soils are a must for Cheilanthes lanosa to thrive.

Chelone obliqua var. speciosa (Purple Turtlehead) #7906

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
I remember falling in love with Chelone obliqua var. speciosa at Missouri's Shaw Nature Reserve back in the 1990s. After growing it for many years, we found it to be a superb garden specimen and quite different than the more commonly grown pink-flowered Chelone lyonii. The somewhat stoloniferous clumps produce 3' tall stems, clothed with dark glossy green leaves and topped in September with mauvy-lavender turtleheads...a hummingbird favorite. Chelone obliqua var. speciosa ranges from Minnesota (historically) south to Arkansas, where it can be found in rich, moist, slightly shaded spots. In the garden, we find full sun results in the best flowers and while it is drought-tolerant, good moisture is well appreciated.

Chrysogonum virginianum 'Pierre' (Pierre's Green and Gold) #5269

Zone: 5a to 8b,

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$11.00   
This eastern US native should be a staple in all gardens...large or small. Native in dry open shade, Chrysogonum virginianum makes a truly superb garden plant. The patches of 6" tall rosettes burst forth in spring to form 1' wide clumps of fuzzy thumb-shaped green leaves and are topped, starting in May (NC), with dozens of 1" yellow-petal daisy-like flowers. Chrysogonum 'Pierre' was selected as a very flat growing, long-flowering form, which in cool weather can remain in flower through the summer (but not in the south). It was given to Pierre Bennerup, the intrepid owner of Sunny Border Nursery, by the late John Gallagher of CT, who we think got it from the late Dr. Edward Wherry.

Cissus trifoliata (Possum Grape Ivy) #849

Zone: 5b to 9b,

Height: 180" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
(syn: Cissus incisa) This unique and wonderful cold hardy grape ivy is similar to the type you kill indoors in hanging baskets. Native to the US, from Kansas south into Mexico and Florida, this non-invasive vine grows naturally in habitats as diverse as dry rocky ledges as well as salt marshes...we recommend fences, gazebos, and ugly buildings. Cissus trifoliata is composed of purple stems and adorned with thick, rubbery, artificial-feeling, trifoliate foliage. Cissus trifoliata attaches to objects (usually not pets) by means of miniature suction cups. In summer, the green foliage develops a red tint to the leaf edges and in late September the 15' long vine is adorned by clusters of small, black, grape-like fruits...truly an amazing and underused plant. Thanks to plantsman Jim Waddick for turning us on to this gem nearly a decade ago!

Clematis glaucophylla 'Panhandler' (Panhandler Whiteleaf Leather Flower) #8356

Zone: 6a to 10b,at least

Height: 180" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$14.00   
This little-known American native clematis hails from Oklahoma southeast to Florida, where it can be found along stream banks in both acidic and neutral pH soils. Clematis glaucophylla is similar to Clematis viorna with glaucous foliage and adorned from June until October with hundreds of pendent lavender bells, each edged in white. As the flowers fade, the 15' tall vine is smothered with attractive silvery seed heads. This fantastic garden specimen is both a honeybee and hummingbird favorite. Our form of Clematis glaucophylla from the Florida panhandle was shared by Florida plantsman Mike McCaffery.

Clematis reticulata (Netted Clematis) #8168

Zone: 6a to 9b,guessing

Height: 108" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Clematis reticulata is a little-known US native cousin to Clematis pitcheri that calls the dry sandy scrub lands from Oklahoma southeast to Florida home. I'd like to thank We-Du founder Dick Weaver for introducing me to the plant in northern Florida. The short vine, eventually to 9' long, is composed of wiry stems and single, round leaves featuring its namesake netted veins (aka: reticulation). The plants are adorned with small, down-turned pitchers, often bicolored white, purple, yellow, or pink, from late April to June...a hummingbird favorite. Clematis reticulata is perfect to be woven through evergreens and conifers for added interest.

Clinopodium coccineum 'Amber Blush' (Amber Blush Scarlet Calamint) #9570

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
This amazing variant of the southeast US native Clinopodium coccineum was discovered along Weaver River in the Florida Panhandle (Santa Rosa County - the hanging chad place) by Fred Spicer of the Birmingham Botanic Garden, Rick Lewandowski (formerly of Mt. Cuba), and Florida plantsman, Ron Miller. The 2' tall x 3' wide see-through clump of thin woody stems is adorned with small narrow green leaves. Starting in late summer, the clump is ablaze with tubular bright yellow flowers, each with a slight blush of orange. The flowers continue until frost and are a favorite of hummingbirds. Well-drained soils are the key to growing clinopodium coccineum.

Conradina canescens 'Gray Ghost' (Gray-leaf Redneck Rosemary) #9986

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
Conradina canescens is one of the wonderful dwarf shrubby mints that call the sandy soils of the southeastern US home. In habit and fragrance, conradinas resemble a dwarf rosemary. Conradina canescens is quite variable, but our offering is a cutting-propagated gray leaf selection that forms a 3' wide evergreen clump. The 2' tall upright stalks are clothed in fragrant short gray leaves and adorned in April with hundreds of small, light mauvy-lavender flowers. Being introverts and preferring to be left alone, conradina plants secretly secrete monoterpenes (I see all you chemists thinking "I'll take Organic Chemistry for $1,000, Alex"), which do the Arsenic and Old Lace routine to encroaching vegetation...especially grasses. In the garden, well-drained soils are essential for Conradina canescens to live long and prosper...we stole the lines.

Coreopsis gladiata Florida form (Coastal Plain Tickseed) #9402

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
In 2001, we picked up this gem in the Florida panhandle where it resides, and have been so impressed with it since that we had to share. Coreopsis gladiata has been thoroughly confused by herbarium botanists (folks who identify only dead, smashed plants) to the point that some think it's the same as Coreopsis helianthoides (a stoloniferous, glossy leaf species), and others think it's an annual. Coreopsis gladiata is a tight clumping perennial species composed of upright stems and thick, hairy, 3" long, linear leaves. The 18" wide clumps are topped, starting in mid-October, with thin stalks of bright golden daisies to 30" tall. Despite being native in moist sand, we grow them with yuccas where they thrive!

Coreopsis major (Whorled-leaf Tickseed) #6825

Zone: 5a to 8b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

From New York south to Florida, you are liable to run across Coreopsis major in open dry woodlands. So, why is it not grown in everyone's garden? Probably because it looks like crap (pardon my French) in the woods. Put a plant in full sun, and it becomes a killer perennial. The spreading rootstock makes a 5' clump in 5 years of sturdy 3' tall stems clothed in whorled green leaves. From late spring through midsummer, the drought-tolerant clumps are topped with 2" yellow daisies...simply superb!

Crinum americanum St. Mark's, FL (American Crinum Lily) #6038

Zone: 7a to 10b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$22.00   
This collection of the native bog plant Crinum americanum hails from just south of Tallahassee, Florida, and has thrived in our garden for many years. The glossy, dark green, hippeastrum-like foliage forms 2' wide clumps that multiply from short underground runners. In late summer, the clumps are topped with 2' tall spikes, ending in clusters of large, fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers. We have found Crinum americanum very easy to grow in our moist bog and not difficult to flower as some have written.

Dichromena latifolia (White-top Star Grass) #4757

Zone: 7a to 10b,at least

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$12.00   
(syn: Rhynchospora latifolia) From the savannah and marsh regions of coastal Virginia through Florida comes this truly bizarre member of the sedge family. The slowly spreading clumps of green foliage (3' in 2 years) blend with the other green reed-like sedges until summer, when the 15" stalks are topped with spectacular white bracts (modified leaves) that surround the tiny flowers. While dichromena will prosper in all but the driest of garden soils, it prefers a moist boggy site, right beside the leaking water garden pool. If you've got a horticultural know-it-all nearby, I bet a white-top sedge will fool them!

Drosera tracyi Baldwin Co, AL (Tracy's Sundew) #9382

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
(Drosera filiformis var. tracyi) We are very pleased to offer one of the most vigorous native sundews we've ever grown...the lovely Drosera tracyi, this offering propagated from a division shared from Baldwin County, Alabama. For us, the southeast Gulf Coast native Drosera tracyi produces 1' tall, bright green stalks, covered with tiny hairs that are dripping with sticky nectar. In the ground, grow these as you would a pitcher plant in sandy or peaty soils that retain moisture 2-6" below the surface. In containers, straight peat moss works great if kept moist. The clumps are topped with 14" stalks of light purple flowers in late June (NC).

Dryopteris x australis (Dixie Wood Fern) #3546

Zone: 5a to 9b,

Height: 50" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$13.00   
Dryopteris x australis is a very rare East Coast American native...a naturally-occurring hybrid between Dryopteris celsa and Dryopteris ludoviciana. The growth habit is dramatically upright with large, coarse, dark green, semi-evergreen fronds...reminiscent of a giant Christmas fern plugged into an electrical outlet! This is a very structural, deer-resistant fern for the moist woodland garden, eventually making a clump 4'+ tall x 2' wide. Although it is very tolerant of dry sites, a nice damp piece of ground will produce really spectacular results. Due to the fact that this fern is practically sterile, propagation is limited to division of the clump.

Dryopteris ludoviciana (Southern Shield Fern) #611

Zone: 6a to 9b,possibly colder

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Dryopteris ludoviciana is a stately, semi-evergreen clumping fern, native to the southeastern US, that makes a wonderful addition to the woodland garden. The shiny but leathery 3' tall fronds form a striking upright architectural specimen in the garden. Despite being native to swamps, Dryopteris ludoviciana has performed admirably for us in normal garden conditions. According to fern guru, Dr. John Mickel, southern shield fern also occasionally occurs naturally on limestone outcrops, indicating a good tolerance for sweet soils.

Echinacea purpurea 'Avalanche' PP 18,597 (Avalanche Coneflower) #8876

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Echinacea 'Avalanche' is the best compact, single, white-flowered coneflower in our trials...a hummingbird favorite. This Arie Blom hybrid makes a tight clump, adorned in summer with 20" spikes of large, white, horizontally-held petals...quite nice!

Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction' PP# 18,429 (Fatal Attraction Coneflower) #6754

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 26" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
This new selection of our US native Echinacea purpurea is from garden designer Piet Oudolf's famed garden in Holland. Echinacea 'Fatal Attraction' is unique because of the 26" tall, sturdy wine-black stems that hold the intense pink flowers...a favorite of hummingbirds and garden visitors. Flowering begins in late June...be patient.

Echinacea purpurea 'Fragrant Angel' PP 16,054 (Fragrant Angel Coneflower) #5643

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
This sturdy coneflower selection from Terra Nova Nurseries in 2004 is the white counterpart of Echinacea 'Ruby Giant' and the best white coneflower we have ever grown. The giant 4-5" heads of pure white petals, around a contrasting orange cone, are also deliciously fragrant and attract hummingbirds. Since these are clonally reproduced, each plant is identical for a more uniform planting.

Echinacea purpurea 'Green Envy' (Green Envy Coneflower) #8240

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
When Mark Veeder first showed me a photo of his new Echinacea purpurea seedling, I thought for sure this was an April Fool's Photoshop creation. Only after growing and photographing 'Green Envy' coneflower for myself, can I say for sure, it is truly this unique. The 20" tall stems are topped, starting in mid-June, with large 4.5" wide flowers composed of a dark cone with a green center...a hummingbird favorite. Surrounding the cone are long petals that are pink near the cone, changing to lime-green toward the downward recurving tips. Echinacea 'Green Envy' is so weird, gardeners will either love or hate it...we love it!

Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High' PP 12,242 (Kim's Knee High Dwarf Purple Coneflower) #3468

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
From Tony's college classmate, Kim Hawks, former owner of Niche Gardens, comes this classic dwarf selection of the wonderful native purple coneflower. The compact Echinacea 'Kim's Knee High' was the first coneflower to be vegetatively propagated, ensuring that every plant is identical...no seed-grown variation as long as you remove the old seed heads. Starting in mid-June (NC), each flower head has rigidly reflexed, rosy-pink petals that give a truly unique look to Kim's Knee High coneflower. Purple coneflower is extremely drought-tolerant, although it does favor improved garden conditions. Plant a drift, sit back with drink in hand, and wait for the hummingbirds and butterflies!

Echinacea purpurea 'Lilliput' PP 18,841 (Lilliput Coneflower) #6713

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 16" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Echinacea 'Lilliput' from the Terra Nova breeding program is the newest and most compact of the dwarf coneflowers we have trialed. The tight clumps of Echinacea 'Lilliput' are adorned, starting in early summer, with 16" tall flower spikes of large, fragrant, rosy-pink flower heads...perfect for the front of the border.


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