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These are our latest plants recently added to the website. We are adding them as fast as they are available to sell, but for many of them, we haven't had time to write descriptions. So we'll write these as soon as we can.
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Hesperantha coccinea 'Hilary Gould'
Hesperantha coccinea 'Hilary Gould'
Price: $12.00
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aka Schizostylis. A sturdy selection of this South African species with deep shell pink flowers with rounded petals blooming in the fall. The common name of Kaffir Lily shouldn't be used as it is a racial pejorative which would buy you a serious whupping at best in many of the 'hoods in Joburg.
Linaria vulgaris f. peloria
Linaria vulgaris f. peloria
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot Probably the first offering in the US of this peloric form of the British native Toadflax. Toadflax typically have bilaterally symmetric flowers like a snapdragon or foxglove.- if you draw a line straight down the flower, both halves are identical but bisect the flower horizontally and you find each half looks quite different. Linnaeus came across a population of Toadflax and found plants which had flowers which changed from bilaterally symmetric to radially symmetric in that all parts are arranged equally in a circular pattern so that however it is bisected, each half is identical. This so skewed his vision of immutable taxonomic characters that he called these Linaria "Peloria" which is Greek for monster. This is unlikely the peloric Linaria of Linnaeus but it is an excellent one we received from Dr. John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard. If John had been around in the time of Linnaeus, they would either have been fierce rivals or achieved even greater botanical immortality through collaboration. All things being equal, we'll give John the edge being totally biased by the excellent dinner - and appetizers - he prepared for us and assuming that Linnaeus was a lousy cook.

So what does this historic bit of botany look like anyway? Thin, light gray-green leaves on numerous thin stems bear yellow flowers with 5 spurs subtending a prominent cone with a pronounced rolled labial rim. Had to do something to get your attention back after the prior extended digression. A very curious bit of carnival engineering that compels one to stop and admire and do some head-scratching in puzzlement. All of this and pretty too. Gently spreading by runners - a very nice plant and hardy to Zone 3!
Polylepis tomentella BK10509.20
Polylepis tomentella BK10509.20
Price: $25.00
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Daboecia cantabrica subsp. scotica 'William Buchanan'
Daboecia cantabrica subsp. scotica 'William Buchanan'
Price: $10.00
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Trautvetteria species nova
Trautvetteria species nova
Price: $30.00
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4" Pot This is a newly recognized rarity similar to Trautvetteria caroliniensis and known from just 26 sites in Tennessee where it inhabits cold alkaline seeps and finds companions with rare sedges and Parnassia. This differs from T. caroliniensis in having thicker leaves with less lobing and is decidedly less rhizomatous. The flowers are the same excellent display of pure white buttons composed of a myriad of thin white petals. An excellent and showy plant for light shade in a good moist soil. Despite the alkaline seep it favors in the wild, ours have not minded a more acidic condition. This is an exclusive offering in the US of a limited number of this yet to be described new species. As part of our ongoing mission to have our nursery contribute to botanical research and horticulture, 50% of the proceeds from this plant will be sent to botanist Aaron Floden who identified this new species. This money will help fund further field work and research plus you get a plant no one else has while contributing to the science of plants in a personal and meaningful way. We like to think that this is one of those rare times when it is ok to be smugly altruistic.
Daphniphyllum longiracemosum CDHM 14722
Daphniphyllum longiracemosum CDHM 14722
Price: $25.00
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Polygonatum kingianum
Polygonatum kingianum
Price: $18.00
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This is indeed the king. One of our most coveted plants, this is an especially fine form from our friend Philip MacDougall. This beauty can reach 12' tall with subtle hooks on the leaf tips to help it hang onto neighboring plants. The best thing is the ORANGE flowers in abundance in the leaf axils. Swoon City.
Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'
Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' (Symphyotrichum)
Price: $12.00
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Large Band Pot This is an elegant former Aster now placed in the genus Symphyotrichum. We used to fume at these name changes of familiar plants until we realized that the cerebral exercise of adapting to this onslaught of nomenclature will go a long ways towards preventing Alzheimer's. This is fine plant which starts earning it's keep right away in the garden with brooding purple-black foliage which seems even more perfect in the autumn when it provides the perfect backing for the hundreds of small pinkish-beigeish-taupeish flowers with each one accented by dark pink button of stamens. Our plant is distinctly upright in habit with no staking required and gets about 40" tall despite being chronically water stressed in a fairly dry bed. Sympyotrichum is the new name of the genus to which this particular Aster now belongs and oh, damn - I see I'm repeating myself - that's not a good sign.
Paeonia japonica
Paeonia japonica
Price: $25.00
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Choice woodland species from Japan where the small bowl-shaped white flowers are much admired and combines harmoniously with the simple rounded leaflets. An easy herbaceous species and one of the few Peonies that thrives in the shade. Looks great with Ferns, Hellebores and Hostas. This species has been submerged into Paeonia obovata by Hong De-Yuan in his extraordinary monograph 'Peonies of the World, Taxonomy and Phytogeography'. This book, along with the newly published second volume (2011) 'Peonies of the World, Polymorphism and Diversity', will remain the undisputed last answer for the foreseeable future. That said, we will retain the epithet japonica to differentiate it from obovata as this blooms much earlier than our pink P. obovata from Japan and has an entirely different horticultural gestalt in the garden. We can hear Hong De-Yuan now "I pour my life into this unrivaled and exhaustive treatment of the genus Paeonia and this is what you take from it - horticultural gestalt? AARRRGGGHHH!"

These are nice flowering-sized plants. Some may not bloom but they should as they are quite large enough.
Paeonia corsica syn. mascula ssp. russoi
Paeonia corsica (syn. mascula ssp. russoi)
Price: $40.00
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One of the finest of the species Peonies, this Mediterranean goody is among the first to bloom in spring. Fabulous new growth and very showy single pink flowers. If you want scent, get a hybrid. If you want class, here you go. This is a stunning and very good plant whose foliage gleams with a metallic sheen which looks great throughout the summer. The late summer/early fall seed pod display is of high ornament.. Good, well drained soil, this will be more heat tolerant than the other species and the one most apt to succeed if you live in an area with minimal winter cold. These are nice big plants most of which flowered this year. When planting, just cover the red buds no more than an inch or two.
Paeonia mairei
Paeonia mairei
Price: $40.00
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Steve Hootman, Curator and Director of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, often pats himself on the back for collecting this exceptional species in China and each spring as our plants flower, we murmur attaboys and give him virtual high fives while virtually raising our glass in salute. Loves some shade, great foliage and spring pink flowers. Steve has bagged a host of amazing Rhodos on his collecting trips and this Peony is just as exceptional. Narrow leaflets with a distinct sheen provide backing for the fat dark pink flower buds which often emerge in the early to mid spring before the leaves. This gives an extended period of tantalization before the impressive pink flowers open. An added bonus are the lovely shiny black seeds arrayed in the starfish-shaped seed pods. All in all, a very choice introduction. Huzzah, Hootman and well done Laddie!

These are big plants, with multiple eyes and most will flower. Just cover the 'noses' an inch or two as too deep is worse than too shallow when planting peonies. This species is best in light shade although part sun such as morning sun is perfectly ok.
Paeonia veitchii
Paeonia veitchii
Price: $35.00
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This Chinese woodland Peony is one of the few species blooming and thriving in full shade as well as sun. Nicely dissected ferny foliage and slightly nodding single pink flowers 2-3 per stem makes this distinctively beautiful. We had a rare trip in the spring to Yunnan and Sichuan in 2006 to see plants in flower and this was one of the standouts. Later to make growth in the spring than some of the other species so don't panic. This has been a stalwart in our shade garden for many years and is an ideal candidate for those of you with late hard freezes as this breaks growth later in spring than the other species we offer. The biggest problem with peonies is planting them too deep so just cover the red growth buds no more than an inch or two.. These are superb big plants which are flowering size with several to many eyes. These need a cool to cold winter dormancy so not a plant for LA.
Sinopodophyllum (Podophyllum) hexandrum MD97150
Sinopodophyllum (Podophyllum) hexandrum var. chinense MD97150 ex Yunnan
Price: $25.00
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Second generation plants from our collection from a grassy bank above a stream in Tibetan Yunnan where it was growing in moist rich topsoil at around 10000'. This is a choice herbaceous member of the Barberry Family with rich darkly mottled new growth and broad sharply lobed palmate leaves up to a foot across with a crystalline pink chalice of a flower giving way to large red fruits in fall. Gorgeous moist shade plant to 3' tall although we've seen this same collection at a friend's garden pushing 4' tall. Hardy to Zone 5 and best of all - it's easy. These are very large flowering size plants of a size that is seldom if ever available. Seriously, our growing bed of these this year was waist high on Kelly who is of average height and striving for average weight. Beautiful as a single specimen plant or especially effective in drifts of 50.
Trillium kurabayashii
Trillium kurabayashii
Price: $16.00
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Surely one of the finest Trillium species and one of the most fervently desired plant in our shade garden. We've got some fine clumps of this in the garden so it seems a sensible response. This is an uncommon species growing in southern Oregon and Northern California. Dark red sessile flowers with a slight twist of the petals that stand at attention above mottled leaves. These are pretty hefty plants which should flower unless they are being just plain contrary. These should be planted so there is 2"-3" of soil above the growth tip. Perhaps a bit deeper if you are in a cold zone.
Trillium ovatum
Trillium ovatum
Price: $15.00
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Odd that it has taken us so long to offer our native Trillium but we finally do with these blooming size plants. Our interest in Trillium species from afar must have the same psychological basis as hiring for a position where ability seems to increase proportionately to distance. These could be considered the West Coast version of T. grandiflorum and you would be hard pressed to distinguish the two when grown side by side. The T. ovatum blooms generally a couple of weeks earlier and the white flower often ages to a most attractive lavender pink. This species is found from sea level to over 3000' and gets east to Montana and south to California although there is talk of giving these outliers some level of taxonomic distinction and separation. Thanks to our longtime gardening friend Sandy Sowers for sharing seedlings of this with us a few years ago.