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Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream' (Marshmallow Cream Century Plant) #7869

Zone: 9a to 10b,guessing

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

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

$22.00   
We purchased this lovely form of Agave americana in 2005 from a grower in Thailand. Unfortunately it came without a valid cultivar name, so we've named it Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream'. Agave 'Marshmallow Cream' has a much wider and shorter leaf than the typical Agave americana 'Marginata', which is more common in the trade. Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream' also makes a much more elegant plant in the ground as well as in a container. Since it isn't winter hardy for us, we can only guess about a mature size, but we would expect 5' tall x 8' wide. Quantities are very limited.

Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' (White-Centered Mexican Century Plant) #6288

Zone: 8b to 10b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

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

$24.00   
This beautiful but slowly offsetting selection of the Mexican Agave americana makes a 2' tall x 3' wide clump with each wide blue leaf highlighted with a wide central stripe of white. Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' is often used as a specimen container plant by gardeners in colder zones. Because of the leaf layer arrangement, Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' is one of the few variegated agave that cannot be successfully tissue cultured.

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)

$15.00   
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.

Amsonia rigida (Stiff Blue Star) #5760

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

$14.00   
This rare species of the deer-resistant blue star is found only in open, swampy wetlands from coastal Georgia though the Florida Panhandle. Despite this origin, Amsonia rigida has fared superbly in the driest parts of our garden. The 3' tall cinnamon-brown stalks arise from a woody caudex, clothed in narrow green leaves and topped in early spring with terminal clusters of near-white flowers. Amsonia rigida doesn't ever develop the large bulk of Amsonia hubrichtii and, consequently, is easier to fit into smaller gardens. We think you're really going to like this.

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)

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 to 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)

$24.00   
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' (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)

$20.00   
Arisaema dracontium 'Nebraska' 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)

$18.00   
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.

Asarum arifolium 'Silver Spreader' (Silver Spreader Arrowhead Wild Ginger) #3729

Zone: 5a to 9b,

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: United States

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

(aka: Hexastylis arifolia) Asarum arifolium 'Silver Spreader' is a 2015 Plant Delights introduction that we originally discovered in a colony of stoloniferous wild gingers in 2006 in Clay County, Georgia. Virtually every North American native Asarum arifolium forms a tight clump, but this selection makes a stoloniferous spreading groundcover reminiscent of the European Asarum europaeum. In seven years, Asarum arifolium 'Silver Spreader' has formed a 6" tall x 2' wide dense patch of anise-scented, 3.5" arrowhead-shaped, silver leaves, each highlighted by a dark green border, a central green stripe, and random green blotches. Tucked just below the evergreen foliage in late winter/early spring are cute beige-pink, jug-like flowers. We think this will be a revolutionary wild ginger for the woodland shade garden.

Asarum virginicum 'Reb's Child' (Reb's Child Virginia Wild Ginger) #10469

Zone: 5a to 8b,

Height: 3" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: United States

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

$18.00   
Asarum virginicum 'Reb's Child' is a fascinating wild ginger, collected by Plant Delights customer Reb Lappi near her home in Chapel Hill. Reb's collection is from a now extant (extinct) small and very disjunct population of the coastal form of Asarum virginicum that forms a very small patch to 3" tall x 1' wide in 6 years. The 1.75" wide, round evergreen leaves are very reminiscent of the Asian Asarum takaoi. The small basal flowers are produced sparingly below the foliage in midwinter...a cute plant and the perfect size for a small fairy garden.

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)

$13.00   
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 and butterflies. 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.

Asplenium platyneuron 'Brunswick Giant' (Brunswick Giant Ebony Spleenwort) #5226

Zone: 3a to 8b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: United States

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

$15.00   
Asplenium platyneuron is a widespread US native, found from Maine west to Arizona, but for some reason is rarely seen in gardens. For a woodland rock garden, I cannot imagine a better choice than this durable, drought-tolerant, and easy-to-grow evergreen fern. The short, limp, sterile fronds have little value except to highlight the rigidly erect, narrow, fertile fronds that give the plant its anorexic but architectural structure. Our spore-propagated offering of Asplenium platyneuron 'Brunswick Giant' is from our original collection from Brunswick Co., NC, where it stood 18" tall in dry shade. About the only thing ebony spleenwort doesn't like is wet soils.

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)

$14.00   
(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 '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)

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)

$15.00   
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)

$15.00   
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.

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP 22,048 (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass) #10752

Zone: 4a to 8b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

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

$14.00   
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' is a selection of the North American (mostly west of the Mississippi) native ornamental grass Bouteloua gracilis. Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition' was selected by David Salman of High Country Gardens because its seed heads, which age to bronze compared to the more typical brown. The wispy 3' tall x 3' wide clumps are topped from August into fall with interesting seedheads that look like tan eyelashes. Bouteloua is quite tolerant of soil-borne salts, alkaline soils and drought, but fails to thrive on highly acidic or damp soils. We have been quite thrilled with the performance of Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition' in our highly amended sandy loam.

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)

$14.00   
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)

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.

Calydorea coelestina (Bartram's Ixia) #5020

Zone: 7a to 10b,at least

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

$15.00   
(syn: Sphenostigma coelestinum) The amazing irid Calydorea coelestina is a rare and threatened North American native wildflower endemic to a small region in northeastern Florida. The 6" long, green-pleated, iris-like leaves form a small clump. Starting in early summer and continuing into late summer, the tiny tufts of Calydorea coelestina are topped with 6" stalks, each ending in a huge, 2" deep violet flower. Each flower remains open only until noon, so plant this in a special place where it can be enjoyed early in the day. Although native to bogs and grassy pinelands, we have found Calydorea coelestina to be extraordinarily easy to grow in a container or in a wide range of drier garden conditions. We are delighted to offer plants grown from seed of our garden plants.

Canna flaccida (Golden Canna Lily) #9581

Zone: 8a to 10b,at least

Height: 48" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)

$21.00   
Most folks don't think of canna lilies as North American native plants, but adjust your thinking caps for Canna flaccida. This native plant of the Southeast US can be found growing in coastal swamps from South Carolina west to Texas. Canna flaccida looks like a typical canna lily, with 4' tall stalks of green leaves, topped with clusters of bright, butter-yellow flowers from late spring until fall. While moist soils are preferred, they certainly aren't necessary for Canna flaccida to succeed.

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)

$14.00   
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

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 of Chasmanthium 'River Mist' 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

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)

$15.00   
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)

$15.00   
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)

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)

$13.00   
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)

(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 with 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 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)

$18.00   
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)

$16.00   
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 key to growing clinopodium coccineum.

Clinopodium georgianum 'Cleburne' (Cleburne Georgia Savory) #4608

Zone: 7b to 9b,

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

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

$15.00   
Clinopodium georgianum ‘Cleburne’ is a 2012 collection of PDN staffer Zac Hill from Cleburne County, Alabama, that differs dramatically from the typical species. We think this deserves at the least, subspecies status. Clinopodium georgianum ‘Cleburne’ is a non-running shrub mint that forms a 20” tall x 5’ mass of woody stems adorned with tiny leaves held tightly against the stem. Starting in mid-September, the stems are enhanced by small, axillary (up to 6 per leaf axil), purple flowers, each with a speckled white throat...very drought tolerant, yet thrives in typical sunny garden conditions. Clinopodium georgianum 'Cleburne' is a great specimen for a splash of fall color in the rock garden.

Conradina canescens 'Gray Ghost' (Gray Ghost 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)

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)

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!

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)

$23.00   
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)

$13.00   
(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)

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 Dryopteris x australis 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)

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 '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)

$17.00   
This 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)

$17.00   
This sturdy 2004 Terra Nova Nurseries coneflower introduction 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)

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)

$17.00   
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 'Milkshake' PP 20,594 (Milkshake Coneflower) #8877

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

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

$17.00   
This coneflower from Holland's Arie Blom has made a real splash in our trials. The amazing branched flower spikes are composed of large, double white flowers, each surrounded by a row of single petals. For us, Echinacea 'Milkshake' starts flowering in midsummer and reblooms in fall...attractive to hummingbirds. Although the breeder claims a 3' tall flower stem, our plants have never topped 2' tall.

Eleocharis radicans (Radical Fiber Optic Spikerush) #7881

Zone: 4a to 8b,at least

Height: 3" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

$13.00   
If odd is your thing, then you'll swoon over Eleocharis radicans...aka radical fiber optic spikerush. This odd American native has an equally bizarre distribution that jumps around from Michigan to North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and even California...perhaps we just need more eleocharis watchers around the country. Eleocharis radicans is a member of the Cyperus clan that makes a great lawn substitute in wet depressions where traffic is light. For us, Eleocharis radicans makes a thick mat of tiny, green, 3" tall spikes. When grown in moist, mucky spots, Eleocharis radicans can spread several feet a year by means of short rhizomes...glad to share its home with pitcher plants and other bog denizens.

Eryngium yuccifolium 'Kershaw Blue' (Kershaw Blue Rattlesnake Master) #6588

Zone: 4a to 8b,

Height: 54" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

$15.00   
(syn: Eryngium yuccifolium A1SC-002) This great drought-tolerant garden perennial is native from Connecticut south to Florida, where it is found in thickets and open prairies...a similar habitat of junked cars. This offering is from a small population I spotted in 2002 along the road in Kershaw Co., South Carolina. Eryngiums aren't usually plants that stop your eye at 55 mph, but this small cluster of four plants was so amazing that we came to a screeching halt thinking we had discovered a new species. The 2" wide, powder-blue leaves were certainly the most dramatic I'd ever seen on this species. In the garden, Eryngium 'Kershaw Blue' forms a 54" tall x 18" wide clump, topped in July (NC) with 4.5' tall flower spikes of tan, alien-like flowers.

Erythrina herbacea Pink Flowered Form (Pink Coral Bean) #3065

Zone: 7a to 10b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

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

$18.00   
This Southeast North American sandy woods native was left here by extraterrestrials...it's just too weird for any other explanation. In mid-May as the leaves of Erythrina herbacea emerge, the flower stalks grow rapidly from the woody underground base to 3' in length. The top half of each flowering stem is lined with dozens of pink, lipstick-like flowers. After flowering, the slightly prickly branches emerge, clothed with trifoliate (three leaflets), pea-like foliage. For best hardiness in marginal zones, do not cut the branches of Erythrina herbacea back until late spring. These are from a rare pink-flowered form and it may take several years to mature enough to flower well.

Eupatorium fistulosum (Giant Joe-Pye Weed) #1444

Zone: 4a to 8b,

Height: 144" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)

$18.00   
Warning: This moisture-loving giant perennial is not for the gardening faint-of-heart! As soon as visitors gaze upon this most spectacular North American native, they insist on purchasing one. Giant Joe-Pye Weed bursts from the ground with bamboo-like stalks that quickly ascend to 12'. In midsummer, the clumping Eupatorium fistulosum is topped with massive, 1' wide, smoky-pink flower heads...the absolute favorite of butterflies! This is the true species, Eupatorium fistulosum, not one of the shorter species often sold as such in the trade.

Eupatorium fistulosum 'Early Riser' (Early Riser Joe-Pye Weed) #8323

Zone: 3a to 8b,

Height: 84" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)

A 2011 Plant Delights introduction! For years, I drove past a clump of Eupatorium fistulosum on NC Highway 42 in Johnston County that was always in flower before any others in the patch. The cuttings we rooted also produced garden plants that consistently start flowering for us in mid- to late June...long before other selections have started forming flower buds. The 7' tall clumps are topped with well-branched, butterfly-attracting flower heads of mauvy-lavender!


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