James H. Schutte
This ancient plant is flowerless and spreads by rhizomes. Commonly called horsetail, it is a hardy evergreen perennial that consists of fine, hollow, green stems divided by black-rimmed joints. It has a broad natural distribution and can be found growing in temperate regions throughout North America and Eurasia.
Horsetail prefers moist to wet organic-rich soil and will tolerate full sun to partial sun. It can become invasive if not properly contained or maintained and looks best in naturalistic...
James H. Schutte
(Dwarf Horsetail, Dwarf Scouringrush)
Dwarf horsetail is a fast growing evergreen perennial native to North America, Europe and eastern Asia. It is grown for its short green rushlike hollow stems with black bands. Rather than flowers, in late summer and autumn, a small light brown reproductive structure (called a strobilus) appears on each stem tip.
Dwarf horsetail loves moisture and is often seen in impressive colonies in bogs, low, wet soils or in shallow water such as lake or streamside. As it is an indefinite spreading plant thicket,...
Forest & Kim Starr
The clump-forming weeping lovegrass has fine, grassy blades that arch and droop and produces many tall stems of feathery flowers in late summer. This warm-season perennial grass hails from East Africa, so it is tough and tolerant of heat and drought.
Though native to a semi-tropical area, weeping lovegrass is usually fully deciduous but can remain semi-evergreen in fully frost-free climates. Its neat clumps of elegant foliage appear in spring. Airy panicles of lavender-gray flowers bloom in...
James H. Schutte
Purple lovegrass, above its classy green leaves, displays pretty reddish to purpled sprays of flowers and seeds in late summer and fall. This lovely perennial, bunching, warm-season grass is native to the eastern two-thirds of the United States, and parts of northern Mexico. The relatively low, clump-forming mass of light green leaves is highlighted with stems of many small flowers in late summer. The red-purple flowers are lovely en masse on the plant, and will yield burgundy-red seeds. The flower...
Sand lovegrass is a tall bunching grass with a pleasing weeping foliage habit, and tall stems of seedheads that often flop in late summer. A perennial native to a large portion of the central United States, it is usually found in sandy, open woodlands or meadows. The green leaves are graceful and slightly arching to upright, and in late spring, tall stems arise and are topped with panicles, or branched clusters of tiny yellow flowers that turn purplish, eventually red-purple when seeds are ripe....
Dappling the ground with sunny blooms very early in the year, this little perennial from southern Europe and Asia Minor is a delightful garden presence in winter and early spring. Arising on short stems from a knobbly tuber, the yellow, saucer-shaped blooms perch atop a ruff-like whorl of three deeply dissected leaves. They bloom with the first hints of spring, opening their flowers wide in sunlight, and attracting bees with their honeyed scent. The tubers also give rise to palmately lobed basal...
Dappling the ground with sunny blooms very early in the year, this little perennial from Asia Minor is a delightful garden presence in winter and early spring. Arising on short stems from a knobbly tuber, the yellow, saucer-shaped blooms perch atop a ruff-like whorl of three deeply dissected, bronze-tinged leaves. They bloom with the first hints of spring, opening their flowers wide in sunlight, and attracting bees with their honeyed scent. The tubers also give rise to palmately lobed basal leaves....
Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.
(Narrow-leaved Foxtail Lily)
When in bloom, foxtail lily is a tall, regal perennial that produces feathery spikes of golden yellow flowers in summer. It is native to Central Asia, in countries such as Pakistan and Iran. In the wild, it inhabits dry, rocky slopes in open, sunny areas. Purchased plants are usually sold as dormant rhizomes with fleshy, slightly brittle, tuberous roots. These should be handled with care and planted upon arrival.
A modest fountain of narrow, gray-green leaves is produced in spring, and the...