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No plants are 100% deer resistant.  The deer generally leave these plants alone, but when there's not enough to eat, they might get nibbled.  Also, fawns will taste everything.
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Berkheya purpurea Berkheya purpurea

A perennial (usually anyway) thistle relative from South Africa which makes a multicrowned clump of softly spiny leaves which by themselves merit nothing more than a good hosing of Roundup but the large purplish flowers are the swan emerging from the ugly duckling.

Price: $12.00
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Woodwardia orientalis Woodwardia orientalis

Crazy fern that takes away the need to fuss with growing this from spore as it makes a multitudinous panoply of ready-to-go plantlets on the leaves that will soon have you owning the corner in your 'hood dealing in fern babies.  Remember, if it's a kid, the first one is free.  Warmer gardens or indoors, mulch protect in zone 8 winters.

Price: $15.00
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Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

'James Roof' is a man among boys when you are talking West Coast Silktassels. This male cultivar is gloriously well-hung with flowering catkins that dangle nearly a foot in length resulting in catkin-envy among other Garrya cultivars and the occasional insecure gardener.  Or so we are told. Tough evergreen doing it's thing in early spring.

Price: $15.00
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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Queen Esta' Epimedium grandiflorum 'Queen Esta'

Marvelous selection by Harold Epstein and named for his wife, this has some of the most opulently colored new growth which marries perfectly to the large purplish flowers.  A deciduous species from Japan and an excellent garden plant that has no faults as far as we can tell.

Price: $16.00
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Allium schoenoprasum 'Aaland' Allium schoenoprasum 'Aaland'

Dwarf Scandanavian selection of Chives which is way more ornamental than usefully edible.  Lots of pinkish lavender flowers on a very compact plant.  Quite useful in the rock garden or detailed planting site such as edge of a stepping stone or against a rock.

Price: $12.00
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Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium CEH 2229 Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium CEH 2229

Seed collected by FRBC botanist Dr. Cody Hinchliff in Arizona from a summer rainfall area. Don't panic - this will still be tolerant of dry but will be more amenable to summer water than others. Wider than tall as it spreads by underground stems, the narrowly tubular scarlet flowers are a late summer to fall delight.

Price: $16.00
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Veratrum maackii var. parviflorum Veratrum maackii var. parviflorum

A comparatively graceful species of Veratrum with broadly narrow leaves, if that makes any sense and sadly, it does to us.  The 4'-5' flower stem has numerous lateral branchlets clad in lots of red-maroon flowers. To compare to the better-known V. nigrum, narrower leaves, flower stems much more open with flowers more red than purple-black.  Excellent long-lived plant of outstanding hardiness best suited for the cool to cold zones.  Young plants.

Price: $35.00
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Dierama grandiflorum Dierama grandiflorum

Angel's Fishing Rod.  As the specific epithet infers, this does have grand flowers!  Widely flared big medium pink flowers dangle in mad abandon on 4'-5 stems.  If actually used by angels for fishing, then it is the rod Hemingway would use in his Marlin quest.  This assumes he got his wings which seems unlikely.

Price: $16.00
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Euryops tysonii Euryops tysonii

A very welcome addition to our rock garden thanks to our generous taxonomist, Cody Hinchliff.  This native to the mountains of South Africa forms an architectural mound to 3' or so with many stems clad in short, stiff and persistent green leaves.  Terminal clusters of small cheery and sweetly scented yellow flowers.

Price: $16.00
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Meconopsis - Golden Group Meconopsis - Golden Group

One gold leafed seedling among thousands from seed sown of our Blue Poppies. Fortunately fertile, we are at last able to offer a few of this first gold-leafed form of this type of Meconopsis. The leaves are most intense in spring and the flowers are a lovely amethyst. Like most, some are perennial and some are not.  Save seed!

Price: $38.00
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Myriopteris myriophylla Myriopteris myriophylla

Formerly in the genus Cheilanthes, this dryland fern is found in Mexico, Central America and Argentina and just recently, one site in Brazil.  Evergraygreen fronds of fine texture are densely vertical on this smaller fern.  Perfect candidate for the rock garden or container for milder gardens - doing well at Berkeley Botanic Garden

Price: $20.00
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Melica uniflora f. albida Melica uniflora f. albida

At garden cocktail parties where the design elite and the grass cognoscenti compare notes over a cool Negroni perfectly mixed with Punt e Mes vermouth, this is often alluded to as their favorite grass. Thin green supple leaves are imbued with a simple timeless grace and the delicate seed-like white flowers are the perfect contrast.

Price: $18.00
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Allium sacculiferum DJH 272 Allium sacculiferum DJH 272

A Dan Hinkley collection from Japan of this fine mid to late summer blooming Allium species. Good richly colored purple flowers are freely produced on this densely clumping little dude. Good in containers and great in the rock garden or special little niche.  This was originally misidentified as Allium thunbergii.

Price: $15.00
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Mahonia eurybracteata "Soft Caress Seedlings" Mahonia eurybracteata "Soft Caress Seedlings"

Seed-grown from the clone 'Soft Caress' which is good parentage to say the least.  This will be similar and expressing to varying degrees the qualities of its parent which are good non-spiny foliage with upright yellow candles of flowers on a narrowly vertical evergreen shrub.  It will be good and also a unique one of a kind.

Price: $20.00
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Armeria maritima 'Little Penny' Armeria maritima 'Little Penny'

Marvelous little Thrift  that is the lazy gardener's cushion plant.  The English alpine gardeners in particular pride themselves in growing these difficult plants that forms cushions or 'buns'.  Well this makes a perfect tight round dome on its own with pink flowers right in the foliage.  Easy.

Price: $12.00
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Leptospermum rupestre Leptospermum rupestre

One of the hardiest Leptospermums, this creeping form is from the alpine areas of Tasmania and has grown for many years at the Arboretum in Seattle. Evergreen leaves with small white flowers, this would be a shame not to have it in the rock garden and a greater shame not to have it spilling over a wall.

Price: $16.00
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Kunzea muelleri Kunzea muelleri

Cuttings received from our friend Maurits in Holland who is obsessed with cold hardy Mediterranean style plantings.  This is essentially a low evergreen groundcover - to 8" tall - and hails from a frost pocket in Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria.  Has profuse creamy flowers with an exuberance of stamens.  Rare, choice, and a first-time offering.

Price: $18.00
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Arctostaphylos franciscana Arctostaphylos franciscana

A Bay Area species thought to be extinct until a single plant was discovered in 2009 during a botanical survey prior to a freeway expansion.  This one plant was dug and lifted by crane for transplanting to San Francisco Botanical Garden and one of the first propagations was given to us by the curator.

Price: $25.00
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Epimedium wushanense - Spiny Leaf Form Epimedium wushanense - Spiny Leaf Form

An Epimedium species of great merit and the Spiny Leaf Form from Darrell Probst puts this into the first rank of the evergreen species.  Gorgeous big leaves richly bronze and captivating when young.  This doesn't need to bloom to make us happy but the soft yellow flowers are welcome.

Price: $35.00
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Pteris nipponica Pteris nipponica

We're looking at a houseplant here for everyone except those with that San Francisco microclimate and if you are lucky enough to have such a thing, just for the record - we pretty much hate you.  But we'll set aside the envy and sell you one of these astoundingly lovely ferns with long white ghostly fingered fronds.

Price: $16.00
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Prostanthera 'Badja Peak' Prostanthera 'Badja Peak'

Mint Bush.  Brought to the UK from Australia by Jeffrey Irons and sent to us from a friend in Holland.  A Welsh nuseryman describes it as "a cracking plant tolerant of heavy frost and sells on sight".  We love the genus with the aromatic deer proof evergreen foiage and in this case, white flowers tinged lavender.

Price: $16.00
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Carex scaposa KWJ 12304 Carex scaposa KWJ 12304

This collection by Crug Farm from Fansipan in Vietnam of this very distinctive clumping grass is especially yummy with showy pink flowers in this form. The evergreen leaves are bold, broad and lightly pleated with the flower heads mingling among the upper reaches of the leaves.  Solidly dramatic!

Price: $24.00
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Leptospermum riparium Leptospermum riparium

Riverine Tea Tree.  This uncommon to cultivation Tasmania endemic is often found along stream banks in its native setting so can take moister conditions than some other species.  White flowers on an evergreen shrub with good flaking bark and getting to 8'-10'.  Deer proof as well.

Price: $18.00
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Senecio pulcher Senecio pulcher

Rare and choice goody that Jim Fox brought to us from England.  Surprisingly hardy with screaming hot bright fuchsia pink daisies in summer.  Don't plant it with Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' like we did - a memorable combo for its garish bad taste.  Winter dormant.

Price: $16.00
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Kniphofia ichopensis Kniphofia ichopensis

Our first offering of this uncommon South African 'Poker. Light butterscotch well-spaced buds open to pale cream, yellowish tones or a tawny orange.  It is a somewhat variable species in color and these are from wild-collected seed.  Elegant flowers and compact form are a constant.

Price: $12.00
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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion' Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion'

A fine selection of this deciduous Japanese species which was introduced by We-Du Nursery. Sizable flowers of rich purple are the hallmark of this plant and it more than holds it own against more recent hybrids. All Epimediums can't be painted with the same drought tolerant brush and this one appreciates more water than the real drought tolerant species.

Price: $16.00
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Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue' Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'

A lovely cultivar introduced to this area by the enigmatic Pete Ray of Vashon and no relation to our local Kingston.  Tastefully narrow deciduous leaves with medium small flower heads of a good clear mid-blue.  Hardy and a good performer in the garden.  Sun and deer resistant.

Price: $18.00
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Arisaema consanguineum Arisaema consanguineum

Neat species widely distributed from Thailand to China and into the Himalaya to Bhutan. This has stout stems that can reach 4' on old large bulbs with many leaflets arrayed like the spokes of an umbrella. Large green flowers often tinged with purple followed by red fruit. With such a broad range, there is variation in the species

Price: $18.00
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Epimedium 'Sunshowers' Epimedium 'Sunshowers'

Our own hybrid introduction, this is a tasteful presentation of refined restraint.  Small leaves well-speckled and clouded in quiet maroon when young are gently echoed in the sepals of the flowers which back the soft yellow spurs and cup.   A tight grower making mannerly small clumps, this gets 8"-10" tall.

Price: $25.00
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Dierama Hybrids Dierama Hybrids

So notoriously promiscuous as to make a rabbit blush, these evergreen bulbous Iris family members are all about the summer of love. Embracing any bee that taps on its window bringing pollen from any nearby floozy flower, this exhibits a Bacchanalian moral turpitude that is either damned or extolled.  These are young seed-grown plants from one of our darkest Dierama so at worst, this will still be pretty good.

Price: $16.00
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