(Water Betony, Water Figwort)
Water figwort seems like an exotic mint because it has square stems that release an objectionable scent when touched, but this moisture-loving herbaceous perennial is actually a member of the snapdragon family. The upright water plant is native to the moist meadows and shorelines of western Europe and is only marginally attractive as a water garden plant aside from 'Variegata' which has leaves edged in ivory.
The tapering, tongue-like leaves are medium green with a wrinkly texture and small...
(Variegated Water Figwort, Water Betony, Water Figwort)
This is the prettiest water figwort due to its lovely showy leaves irregularly edged in ivory. Water figwort seems like an exotic mint because it has square stems that release an objectionable scent when touched, but this moisture-loving herbaceous perennial is actually a member of the snapdragon family. The upright water plant is native to the moist meadows and shorelines of western Europe.
The tapering, tongue-like leaves are medium green with a wrinkly texture and small teeth along the edges....
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
An herbaceous wildflower or weed, depending on your point of view, California figwort thrives in moist sunny spots along the coasts and inland wetlands from British Columbia south all the way to southern California. Although small, the tiny brownish red flowers it produces are interesting. Each stout tubular flower has a whitish center and reddish lips on the top. The foxglove-like flowers arise on thin delicate stems that branch and are lined with medium green lance-shaped leaves arranged in pairs....
(Idaho Blue-eyed Grass)
Though it resembles a grass, Idaho blue-eyed grass is a member of lily family, a link visible in its flowers. A semi-evergreen perennial that forms a clump, it is native to the northwestern United States from California into extreme southern British Columbia. It grows in the moist meadows of the mountains.
The strap-like, thin leaves are green to blue-green, vary in length, and are held somewhat upright. In midsummer, tall flattened stems reach above the leaves, bearing six-petalled blue-violet...
(Alpine Blue-eyed Grass)
Though it resembles a grass with its clump of strappy leaves, alpine blue-eyed grass is actually related to irises, a link visible in its flowers. An unassuming herbaceous perennial, it is native to the cool-summer meadows and moist soils of northern North America from the Canadian and American Rocky Mountains eastward to the Great Lakes and Newfoundland.
The strap-like, thin leaves are green and rather short, held in a small cluster. In midsummer, slightly taller stems reach above the leaves...
Growing as a luxurious, fine-textured carpet of green, baby’s tears is an impressive groundcover. Originating from the islands of the western Mediterranean, this evergreen perennial has tiny, oval, bright green leaves that are glossy and fleshy. Repeated frosts and freezes kill foliage back, but it rejuvenates in spring. In summer, tiny white flowers appear on short stems among the leaves. Low growing and ground-hugging, it aggressively spreads with creeping stems.
Grow baby’s tears in practically...
(Clumpfoot Cabbage, Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Skunk Cabbage, Swamp Cabbage)
The bold, impressive looks of this spring wetland wildflower match the bold, noxious smell that emanates from its carrion-colored aroid flowers. Native to northeastern North America, from Quebec down to the Carolinas and as far west as Minnesota, this hardy perennial thrives in bogs, swamps and moist meadows. It's flowers appear before the foliage in earliest spring and are unique on that they generate heat, up to 60 to 95°F (15 to 35°C) even on the coldest days. Huge, bold rosettes of bright green...
A mature bald cypress is a wonderfully regal tree. This tall, upright, deciduous conifer has exquisitely soft, delicate needles that look feathery along its tiered branches. It is naturally distributed in low, moist locations across much of the central and eastern United States. Mature specimens develop a broad pyramidal habit and become very large.
In spring, its bare branches become covered with soft, compound needles that are bright spring green. These darken by summer and turn a gorgeous...
Mark A. Miller
(Cascade Falls Bald Cypress, Weeping Bald Cypress)
A compact, weeping form of the normally tall and upright bald cypress, 'Cascade Falls' makes a unique specimen because of it foliage and stature. This cultivar boasts exquisitely soft, delicate needles that look feathery along its cascading branches. The bald cypress is naturally distributed in low, moist locations across much of the central and eastern United States. 'Cascade Falls' was discovered growing in a lakeside garden in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It does not produce cones or seeds,...