(Common Wormwood, Mugwort, Oriental Limelight Mugwort)
This variegated form of the weedy common wormwood has pretty enough golden variegated foliage but is profoundly invasive in the garden and beyond. It is next to impossible to get rid of once it takes hold. Plants aggressively spread via underground stems, called rhizomes, which form large matted colonies—even the smallest rhizome left in the ground will result in a new plant.
Common Wormwood is an herbaceous perennial that originates from areas across Europe, Africa, Asia and arguably northwestern...
James H. Schutte
(Arum, Cretan Arum)
At first glance of the Cretan arum in bloom, you'd think it was a lemon-scented calla lily. Native to the rocky mountainous hillsides of the Greek island of Crete, and adjacent western Turkey, it prospers in sunnier conditions, unlike many other arums which prefer shade.
The medium green, satiny leaves look like small arrowheads and appear from fall to spring. They die back in summer during the arid heat of the Mediterranean. Any time in spring, flower stems will rise above the leaves. Each bloom...
Arturo Cuevas, Mexico City
(Arum, Black Calla Lily, Palestine Arum)
One of the most visually dramatic of arums, the Palestine arum's large flowers are purplish burgundy with a curved central black spadix. This herbaceous perennial is native to the woodlands and shrubby steppes across Israel, western Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, including those at higher mountain elevations. It doesn't grow near the Mediterranean coast. An atypical feature of this arum is the flower’s scent. It doesn’t smell rancid, like most arums, but emits a sickeningly sweet rose-like scent.
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Bride's Feathers, Goat's Beard)
A mound of ferny leaves and tall white plumes make goat's beard a lovely accent plant. It is an upright, tall perennial of woodlands in circumboreal regions-- native to eastern North America as well as Europe and across Siberia into eastern Asia.
The mid- to dark green leaves are large, and made up of many small oval leaflets that have teeth on their edges. Collectively they produce a lovely fern-like texture. In early and midsummer, tall stems tower above the leaves and produce creamy white male-gendered...
Mark A. Miller
(Child of Two Worlds Goat's Beard, Goat's Beard)
A shorter, sturdier mound of ferny leaves and tall white plumes make Child of Two Worlds goat's beard a lovely accent plant that doesn't require staking. It is an upright perennial of woodlands from circumboreal regions-- native to eastern North America as well as Europe and across Siberia into eastern Asia.
The mid- to dark green leaves are large, and made up of many small oval leaflets that have teeth on their edges. Collectively they produce a lovely fern-like texture. In early and midsummer,...
James H. Schutte
(Canadian Wild Ginger)
By far one of the best native herbaceous groundcovers for shade, Canadian wild ginger creates a lush, thick mat of heart-shaped leaves that shine from spring to fall. This very hardy woodland wildflower exists in fertile hardwood forests across the whole of eastern North America. As its common name suggests, its long, somewhat fleshy roots have a pungent, ginger-like taste and were valued for food and medicine by both Native Americans and early colonists. In some parts of eastern Canada they still...