Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Spring 2022

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Quercus chrysolepis SBH 20.0100 [N Fork] canyon live oak
An extremely handsome, evergreen native oak found in western dry country and able to withstand great drought, these particularly vigorous with large leaves smitten with gold indumentum. Wonderfully adapted to dry summer climates and very successful as a street tree. Fast growing when young and slowing in maturity, these can reach 20-30 ft in your liftetime in deep soil with bright sun to part shade. Frost hardy into at least the single digits, F., low USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $18 3" tree

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Quercus chrysolepsis 20.0098 [Bowman]
An extremely handsome, evergreen native oak found in western dry country and able to withstand great drought, these from acorns collected in the wild near lake Bowman, Oregon. Wonderfully adapted to dry summer climates and very successful as a street tree. Fast growing when young and slowing in maturity, these can reach 20-30 ft in your lifteime in deep soil with bright sun to part shade. Frost hardy into at least the single digits, F, low USDA zone 7. Can be shrubby when young so encourage a strong leader.
Fagaceae $18 3" tree

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Quercus dumosa California scrub oak
Shrub oak, native to California, reaching from 5-6 ft tall and as wide with evergreen, spiny leaves. They grow much as manzanitas, in full sun and well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

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Quercus gravesii

Fagaceae $18 3" tree

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Quercus greggii - La Siberica strain La Siberica Mexican oak
This is from our 1991 collection from high valley in Mexico's Nuevo Leon state and named for the town and the cold climate from which it comes. In habitat these form dense 6-8 ft shrubs with undulate and glossy fiddle-shaped leaves, deep green and ever so lightly furry above with a thick woolly coating of cream to light orange fur beneath. OoooH! Our original seed collections have grown in our somewhat more lavish conditions to 15 ft small trees just large enough to show off the reflective undersides of the leaves. OoooH! OooH! From its habitat we suggest this might well be frost hardy into USDA zone 6 but we know zone 7 is a no-brainer. Ohhhhh, ohhh, ohhh!
Fagaceae $18 3" tree

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Quercus ithaburensis

Fagaceae $18 6" tree

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Quercus lobata valley oak
Probably the largest of the oaks, this California native performs outstandingly in the Pacific Northwest. Quick growth upright but as it ages, the branch tips droop ground ward. For the huge garden or open space. Excellent deep rooted street tree, able to withstand temporary inundation. It's spreading weeping habit a gift to future generations. USDA zone 6, if not lower.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

Quercus mexicana

Quercus mexicanamexican live oak
One of our most coveted, evergreen garden trees. To 30 ft tall or more with a pattern of horizontal branches adorned with 2", compact, oval leaves of leathery green all along the silvery bark. Destined to become an important street or garden tree in western Oregon and elsewhere. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions except for sitting in water. Frost hardy to mid to low USDA zone 7. Though evergreen, drops a portion of its leaves in early spring so don't panic.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

Quercus myrsinifolia

Quercus myrsinifoliachinese evergreen oak
One of the more handsome of the evergreen oaks, this one native to Japan and Asia, with bronze new growth maturing to glossy green leaves that end in a curious drip tip. Grows at a medium rate to 30 ft tall as an upright and spreading specimen. Best full to part sun with regular summer water but tolerates summer drought once established. Makes an excellent street tree or container plant. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

Quercus phillyreoides

Quercus phillyreoides

Fagaceae $18 6" tree

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Quercus rotundifolia
From the Extremadura of Southwestern Europe, this a favorite sweet acorn loved by the local iberico pigs, but possibly more important for us, a stunning small tree to about 25', greater in time. With rounded crown, small evergreen very pale beneath blue tinted leaves and silvery bark. Loves summer drought, excellent street or dryland garden tree. Bright light, well drained. USDA Zone 7.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

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Quercus sadleriana - Bear Camp Summit sadler oak
One of the handsomest of the western, evergreen oaks, this native of southwest Oregon to northern California is a shrubby grower, to only 6-10 ft tall x 6 ft wide, with broad, shining leaves, oblong and serrated, dark green above and paler beneath. Best in well-drained soil in understory conditions in light shade or at least afternoon shade at lower elevations. Tolerant of summer drought as well as heavy winter rains. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Fagaceae $18 8" tree

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Quercus sadleriana [Kalmiopsis] deer oak
One of the handsomest of the western, evergreen oaks, this native of southwest Oregon to northern California is a shrubby grower, to only 6-10 ft tall x 6 ft wide, with broad, shining leaves, oblong and serrated, dark green above and paler beneath. Best in well-drained soil in understory conditions in light shade or at least afternoon shade at lower elevations. Tolerant of summer drought as well as heavy winter rains. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Fagaceae $18 8" tree

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Quercus sp. [Lost oak of the Pecos]
First shown the plant about about 30 years ago at the confluence of the Pecos and the Rio Grande rivers. This tree along with Pistacia texana were most exciting to see. Native to only a couple spots in Texas and adjacent Cohuila and clearly allied with Q. canbyi. A most attractive smaller oak to an eventual 30ft. or more with rather glossy, shallowly-lobed leaves about 3" by 1" wide and silvery bark. The trees in our garden planted in 04' are now approaching 30 ft. While evergreen, leaves can turn bronzy or red in winter. Tough, drought-hardy though prefers some summer water when none naturally occurs. Has proven cold hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

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Quercus suber Cork oak
The famed cork oak from the savannas of southwestern Europe, indeed used for repeated harvest of the real thing! Coming from our mirror climate, this makes a most beautiful and useful street or garden tree, reaching an eventual 50 ft, with thickened, orangey bark and rounded, evergreen leaves, somewhat shedding briefly in early spring as the new leaves emerge. (By the way, pigs love the acorns...just saying.) Accepts a fair amount of garden water but most at home with long summer drought. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

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Quercus tomentella [Arroyo Grande]
Quite rare in commerce, this striking tree, to 30 ft tall or so and endemic to the islands just off the coast of southern California, has 4" adult leaves that look very much like Lithocarpus densiflorus -- rather glossy green, rounded ovals with most attractive pleats particularly visible on the silvery undersides. Prefers sun and dry summers but tolerates average garden conditions as long as the drainage is good. These make good street trees or specimens for the mid-sized garden. Frost hardy to the upper end of USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $18 3" tree

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Quercus vaccinioides 20.068 [Fiddler Peak]

$18 6" tree

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Quercus wislizeni 20.0099 [N Fork] interior live oak
Evergreen tree producing crinkled, somewhat spiny, deep green leaves, silvery bark, and attractive missile-shaped acorns in late summer. To about 25 ft tall with a rounded shape, a tough species for the droughty west. Makes a nice contrast with an olive tree of similar size. Best in full sun in very well-drained soil with only occasional water until established. Frost hardy to 0F,USDA zone 7 and possibly lower.
Fagaceae $18 6" tree

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Pintado'

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Pintado'rosy posy
Small plant, to only 5" tall, the grass-like leaves forming small clumps topped in late spring / early summer with the palest pink flowers tipped and centered in red. Said to be the most fragrant of the species. Best grown in full sun with summer moisture and soil that drains very well. These are winter deciduous and happiest if entirely protected from winter rains through movable pots or troughs. Late to emerge in spring, their spot should be well marked for safety. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Hypoxidaceae $12 4in

Rhodophiala bifida

Rhodophiala bifidaoxblood lily
Lovely South American equivalent of the South African amaryllis. Flowers in late summer with deep dusky-red, lily-like blooms on 1 ft stems. Grass-like, strappy leaves follow the flowers. Easy in the garden, in well-drained soil with protection from the very hottest sun. Water in their growing season. Easily grown as a houseplant and encouraged into bloom for the holiday season. Frost hardy with mulch in upper USDA zone 6.
Amaryllidaceae $12 2D

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Rhodophiala bifida - carmine pink oxblood lily

Amaryllidaceae $12 2D

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Rohdea japonica - crested
An old cultivar from Asia that we found in the San Francisco area. Slow growing for full shade outdoors or bright indirect light indoors. Greenish cream flowers followed by long lasting bright red berries in summer. Extremely collectable and often used in traditional pot culture in Japan. Evergreen arching leaves crested with a folded ridge down the center, forming clumps, eventually to 12” tall. Appreciates good drainage and occasional summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7 into 6 in protected areas.
Liliaceae $18 2D

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Rohdea japonica - narrow leaved form Sacred Lily
Slow growing evergreen perennial for full shade. Greenish cream flowers followed by bright red berries in summer. Extremely collectable. Hardy outdoors.
Liliaceae $18

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Rohdea japonica 'Mini'
Indeed, a very small form, from Japan, of this most useful evergreen perennial. To about 6", producing tufts of dark green leaves, edged and sometimes streaked white, with spring flowers, nondescript, unless you are another rohdea, but followed by most attractive bright orange fruit from late summer into winter. Evergreen. For deep shade. Excellent for container culture. Control for root weevils. USDA zone 7, if not 6.
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Rohdea japonica 'Mure-suzume'
Another lovely and variegated, miniature Rohdea with 8-12'' rosettes and diminutive deep green leaves streaked and margined cream and white. Very slow growing. Excellent as a pot specimen or in a small space in the woodland garden. Lovers of deep shade and even moisture for best growth. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $21 4in

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Rohdea japonica 'Striata' [ex. ‘Striata’] Sacred Lily
These seedlings -- true to type from an 18”, evergreen perennial, the narrow leaves streaked with light cream ridges -- behave much like other members of the species, providing interest in the deepest darkest corners of the garden where nothing but Aucuba might survive. Small clusters of pale lavender to white flowers give way to impressive clusters of orange-red berries in autumn. Summer moisture speeds growth. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $18 2D

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Rosa lucieae [wichuraiana]
A curious ground hugging rose species with dark shiny foliage and fragrant white flowers with yellow centers. Easy and carefree in the sunny border or as a ground cover. Excellent growing over a low wall or off the edge of a large container. Sun to part shade with regular summer water where dry. USDA zone 5
Rosaceae $14

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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Mrs. Reeds Dark Blue' mrs reeds dark blue rosemary
A mid-sized (2-3') selection made for its dark dark blue flowers in winter. Our guess is that Mrs. Reed made a exquisite lamb with rosemary cream sauce. Just a guess. Martha: eat your heart out... One of the hardiest of the dark blues, having sailed through USDA zone 7 winters, indeed even zone 6.
Lamiaceae $10 2D

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Ruschia indurata hard ruschia
A South African succulent that is surprising cold hardy. To only 6" tall with fleshy stems and tiny gray-blue leaves forming a prostrate mat to 2 ft wide. Lavender-purple, daisy-like flowers stand out in spring and belong. These need excellent drainage in sun with some summer water. A wonderful bright spot in rock gardens or over walls. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $11 3in

Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheelers Variety'

Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheelers Variety'butcher's broom
A self fertile clone of butcher’s broom with stiff, upright stems and insignificant green flowers in late winter to early spring followed by bright red berries alone or in a crowd along the branches. From the Mediterranean, this is an extremely drought tolerant, evergreen shrub, to approximately 3 ft tall and wide. We've seen it used in place of boxwood very effectively. Fine in sun to part shade with little summer water needed once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $15 4D

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Ruscus hypophyllum - cl. 1
This form from Greece, with handsome rounded leaves, a small evergreen shrub, to 2 ft, is nothing but stems, but seems to survive quite nicely, thank you. Native from Italy to the Czech Republic, it’s often used to do rough cleaning (beating rugs, cleaning butchering blocks, etc.). An indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 3D

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Ruscus hypophyllum - cl. 3
This form from Greece, with handsome rounded leaves, a small evergreen shrub, to 2 ft, is nothing but stems, but seems to survive quite nicely, thank you. Native from Italy to the Czech Republic, it’s often used to do rough cleaning (beating rugs, cleaning butchering blocks, etc.). An indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 3D

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'variegated rue
Already a favorite cooking herb and medicinal plant, this variegated form has handsome splashes of yellow variegation on the bluish foliage that cools the garden. An evergreen shrub to 2 ft tall, excellent shrub for the hot, dry Mediterranean garden in full sun with little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Rutaceae $12 3D

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Sabal sp. tamaulipas Mexican scrub palm

$18 2D

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Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa'
Another beautiful S. greggii cultivar, this selected by Xera Plants in Portland. Lovely, light rose colored flowers on a dense plant to 2ft x 2ft. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Full sun. Provide some summer water where dry. USDA zone 8.
Lamiaceae $14 4in

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Salvia sonomensis 'Blue Canyon'
A Cistus introduction, this lovely western native from the selection-rich American River canyon in California's Sierra Nevada is a particularly high elevation collection from 4100'. Spruce blue leaves smelling about as sage-y as possible. Perfect small scale ground cover for under your favorite Manzanita or Ceanothus and only about 5 inches tall by about 4 feet in a few years. Lean soil, sharp drainage, summer dry. USDA zone 7.
$14

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Salvia sp. - nice red flower

Lamiaceae $14 2D

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Santolina majorica
Lovely compact evergreen shrublet from our friend Olivier Phillipi, this to only 12-18" hight and wide with dense silver foliage and yellow flowers in spring. Great for the dry garden with mineral soil and full sun or in container the lower the nutrients the better. We shear every other year or so to maintain form. USDA zone 7b
Asteraceae $11 4in

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'

Buxaceae $15 3D

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Sarcococca orientalis
Our selection of this exceedingly handsome, 4 ft, rather dense, evergreen shrub with 2" x 1" leaves set amid the layered branches, each festooned with flowers up to 1/3" from mid-fall to through late winter. Wonderfully fragrant. We have found this plant to be one of the most fully evergreen and rewarding of the genus. A great addition under other shrubs in nearly full shade to bright light, but best out of hottest afternoon sun in warm climates. Regular summer water and average fertilizing. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae $16 4in

Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'

Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'dragon gate sweet box
Discovered in 1980 by Roy Lancaster in Yunnan China, and named Dragon Gate for the temple entrance near which it was found. With this prestigious provenance, a 4 ft, arching shrub with staunchly evergreen leaves, looking much like Danae racemosa. Very late autumn to mid winter flowers of creamy white followed by copious quantities of rich red berries. A wonderfully fragrant and handsome addition to the winter garden. Tolerant of deep shade to nearly full sun in all but the hottest climates. Appreciative of some summer water where dry. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae $15 4in

Sarcococca salicifolia

Sarcococca salicifoliasweet box
One of the most unusual and graceful of the sarcococcas, this 4 to 5 ft shrub of equal spread possesses arching branches and long, yes, willow-like leaves of shiny light green, appearing very much like bamboo as well. The particularly fragrant flowers are most abundant in fall into early winter and are a creamy green-yellow melding beautifully with the shiny leaves. Light dappled shade to full shade -- ok in sun in coastal climates -- with reasonable summer water and fertile to average soil. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, though a form exists in the JC Raulston Arboretum in zone 7 in North Carolina suffering only occasional damage.
Buxaceae $15 2D

Saxifraga stolonifera

Saxifraga stoloniferastrawberry begonia
Classic pass along houseplant that is actually hardy outside
Saxifragaceae $11 4D

Saxifraga stolonifera 'Harvest Moon'

Saxifraga stolonifera 'Harvest Moon'strawberry begonia
Just right for a carefree addition to a shaded spot, to only 3-6" tall , spreading slowly into small colonies with golden foliage. Best with just the right amount of light to bring out the brightest of yellows while avoiding any burn. Sprays of tiny white flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Extremely easy in well-drained soil and summer moisture with a little dryness between waterings. Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and 9; root hardy in USDA zone 6.
Saxifragaceae $012

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Saxifraga veitchiana Green Strawberry Begonia
A lovely strawberry begonia shared with us by the Elizabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle. Much like the classic pass-along plant, but possessing smaller leaves, evergreen and deep velvety green adorned with scalloped edges that could only be described as cute. White summer flowers appear in delicate sprays. Spreads gently by runners. Part shade to shade in moist soil with summer water in dry areas. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. A very nice container plant or small scale groundcover.
Saxifragaceae $11 4in

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Saxifraga x 'Primuloides'
Deep green and rapidly spreading evergreen groundcover, this "london pride" is a great knitter for the garden under shrubs and between other diminutive or clump forming plants. Attractive rosettes bare cerise 10" stalks that carry cheery pink flowers in early summer. Can tolerate deep shade but flowers best in more sun. Sun to shade and average moisture. USDA zone 7
Saxifragaceae $14 4in

Schefflera delavayi

Schefflera delavayi
In our never ending search for garden hardy evergreen Schefflera relatives, here's one that's actually a Schefflera. This Himalayan species grows eventually to 6 or 8 ft and can have leaves in excess of 2 ft with an exquisite tawny indumentum. So far has proven hardier than even Fatsia to a low USDA zone 7!! Dappled shade is best with even moisture.
Araliaceae $19 2D

Schizostylis coccinea f. alba

Schizostylis coccinea f. albakaffir lily
Cheerful perennial with grassy leaves and, in this form, clear white, star-shaped flowers atop longish stems, appearing mostly in fall and into winter but here and there throughout the summer. To 2 ft tall forming clumps to 12" wide in full to part sun with regular moisture for best performance. Vigorous grower, easily kept in bounds. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Iridaceae $9 4in

Sedum dendroideum

Sedum dendroideumBush Sedum
Tall sedum, earning its common names of bush sedum or tree sedum by reaching to 1-3 ft tall along rooting stems that create a large, ground-covering clump to 3-4 ft wide. Succulent leaves and long and green; flowers are yellow in star-shaped clusters appearing in late winter and early spring. Best in sun to part shade in the well-drained, dry garden preferably in a protected spot. Frost hardy to the mid 20s F, USDA zone 9.
Crassulaceae $8 4in

Sedum nussbaumerianum

Sedum nussbaumerianumcopperstone sedum
Also called copperstone stonecrop, this sedum is low growing, to only 8" tall x 2-3 ft wide, with 1" pointed, succulent leaves, green with rosy bronze tints. Flowers are fragrant, appearing in white umbels in late winter to spring. Likes full sun in well-drained soil with occasional summer water and fertilizer. Does well in coastal areas. Frost hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 9. In colder areas, a good container sedum or houseplant that trails willingly over edges.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

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Sedum palmeri 'Guatemala'
A cheerful trailing evergreen in light sherbet colors, blue-green tinted with orange and pink around the edges, especially in cooler weather. Easy in part to full sun as a groundcover, planted with other succulents in containers, or a sunny windowsill. Flowers bloom in late winter and are bright yellow pushing the color riot over the edge. 2" rosettes of rounded leaves on trailing stems 18-24" across by only 3" tall. Hardy in USDA zone 8a provided sharp drainage.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora'

Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora'pink Pork & Beans
Very nice stonecrop for tucking into pots or for the indoor succulent collection. Grows to 6" tall and spreads to 18-36" wide producing yellowish white flowers in the summer standing above the pink and cream flushed foliage. In the ground needs only sun and little summer water once established. In containers requires more regular moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Crassulaceae $8 4in

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Sedum rupestre 'Aurea' Pine leaved sedum
A vigorous spreading groundcover with golden-yellow foliage for sun to part shade. Great for rock walls, wooded slopes, or containers. A little supplemental summer water will keep this lookng its best in very hot situations. Yellow flowers. Frost hardy to -25F, USDA zone 5b. Said to be deer resistant.
Crassulaceae $6 4in

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Sedum spathulifolium var. purdyi 'Applegate Green' purdy's stonecrop
A Cistus introduction. Another variant of this West Coast native sedum, this Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains growing on north slopes in the shade of evergreen oaks. Rosettes are a jade green under 1/2” and dense with numerous offsets borne on licorice red stems. Easy in cultivation for troughs, rock gardens, or small-scale groundcover. Tolerates sun and shade as well as drought in summer dry places. We expect frost hardiness in USDA zone 5.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

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Selaginella sp.

Selaginellaceae $12 3D

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Sempervivum 'Gizmo'
Leaves are green with purplish tips and held upright in a distinctive rosette on this somewhat slow-growing succulent that offsets and creates mats for the rock wall, outdoor container, hell strip, or random little nooks and/or crannies. Best in sun to half shade where there is sharp drainage. Tolerates drought; grows more quickly with summer water. Plenty hardy in USDA zone 4.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

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Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' pp#28284
A new twist on the classic "hen and chicks" bright spring green rosettes each up to 5" accross form a spreading ground cover. In cooler weather the whole plant takes on a brilliant gold with each leaf tipped in orange which is more pronounced in bright light. Great for adding color in the winter garden. Drought tolerant for well drained soil in full sun or half shade. Excellent in containers as it is cold hardy down into USDA zone 4.
Crassulaceae $12 4in

Sempervivum 'Rita Jane'
Hardy succulent for the rock wall, outdoor container, hellstrip, or random little nooks and/or crannies, this with rosettes of blue-gray leaves tinged red and gold and edged in purple. For sun to half shade in any soil that drains well. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Crassulaceae $11 4in

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Sempervivum heuffelii 'Gold Bug' golden hens and chicks
A decorative, hardy succulent, also known as hens and chicks, (Jovibarba) form rosettes to 3-4" tall and wide, offsetting quickly next to the mother plant, with succulent leaves in many colors -- in this form vivid yellow-green as the primary color, adding red tints in colder weather. Best in sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant but better with occasional summer moisture. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

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Sideritus syriaca

Lamiaceae $11 4D

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Sinningia 'Cherrie's Jubilee' Hardy cherry gloxinia
This fantastic hardy gloxinia, when given excellent drainage in winter, its rot, not cold that will harm this beauty. Late Spring through fall, large tubular flowers adorn beautifully fuzzy branches and foliage, hummingbird delight! Enjoys sun, but protect from the hottest afternoon exposure, and keep moist when its warm out. Hardy to Zone 7
Gesneriaceae $16 4in

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Sinningia sellovii 'Purple Rain'

Gesneriaceae $14 4in

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Sisyrinchium 'E.K. Balls' Blue-eyed grass
Though the foliage is grass-like, this is a small, iris relation, to less than 1 ft tall in clumps to 1 ft wide. The late spring flowers are lavender-blue with a yellow eye and completely cover the foliage. A great sterile hybrid, well-behaved in the garden, these tolerate winter water and can dry out in summer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Iridaceae $11 4in

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'chilean potato tree
This handsome and useful vine to 15 ft or so, is the semi-evergreen version of a potato vine. Clusters of dark purple-blue flowers accented with golden-yellow stamens are very showy over a very long time in the summer. Not self clinging, so wrap it around something in full to part sun with not much water. Much hardier than the pure white forms and somewhat more substantial. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 re-sprouting from the ground down into the mid teens.
Solanaceae $14 4in

Solanum jasminoides 'Aureovariegata'

Solanum jasminoides 'Aureovariegata'
Very useful vine for container or garden with its lovely green-centered, yellow-margined leaves -- as if a small, irregular green leaf were surrounded by yellow -- and clusters of white flowers. To not more than 5 to 8 ft in a much more diminutive way than its all-green cousin. Wonderful planted among roses or at the bases of Clematis where things get rather spindly down low, we have used it frequently in containers to contrast with maroons or cool down flowers of tangerine or pink. Loves to be babied with regular fertilizer and moisture but survives about anything. USDA zone 8; has survived zone 7 with a bit of mulch. In containers anywhere.
Solanaceae $15 4in

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Soldanella villosa
A charming alpine primula relative native to the Alps and the Pyrenees Mountains this evergreen perennial thrives in cool bright conditions where its leathery deep green round leaves form low mats to about 10 inches wide. Early spring flowers are pale purple fringes held 8 to 10 inches above the leaves on deep purple branched stalks. They bring to mind garden nymphs at play in the garden. Light shade to sun out of the hottest afternoon sun, moist well drained soil. USDA zone 4
Primulaceae $12 4in

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Sophora davidii
This tough but graceful medium-sized shrub from Western China remains rare in horticulture despite it's hardiness and beauty. Small-textured leaves provide excellent background for the blue-tinted flowers spring through summer. Full sun to part shade, excellent long-term, container plant, often semi-evergreen in our climate. Deciduous, but hardy to USDA zone 5.
Fabaceae $15 3D

Speirantha convallarioides

Speirantha convallarioidesfalse lily of the valley
Charming liliaceous evergreen ground cover, one of the myriad from south and east Asia. With bold leaves, this one forms 12" leafy rosettes of deep green slowly spreading to form small colonies to 3 ft or so at home in the deepest, darkest shade. The flowers are tiny trumpets, white and fragrant, appearing in spring and again in fall. Very good for a tropical effect. Needs summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 4D

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Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida birch leaf spireaea
A fab rose family native well suited to western landscapes. Compact to only about 2 ft tall and 3ft. wide, it works well as a substitute for Japanese spiraea. 3 to 4" flat-topped clusters of flowers are a crisp white over spring green leaves. Glowy fall color in shades of gold, orange and maroon. Warm orange stems maintain a presence in winter. Great forage for native birds and pollinators. Easy in any soil including poorly drained with occasional summer water where especially dry. Sun to part shade. USDA zone 4
rosaceae $012 2D

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Stipa barbata Silver feather grass
A long time, garden-tested needlegrass from southern Europe with long, feathered seedheads that curl sinuously above the foliage, reflecting the low angled sunlight of a fall afternoon. One of the most asked about plants in the Cistus garden when in bloom. A slow growing clumper, the blades grow to 2 ft by 2 ft, and the inflorescence (flowering stalk) to 3 ft. Sun, sharp drainage and not much summer water when established. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Poaceae $10 3D

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Stipa elegantissima

Poaceae $14 2D

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea
Gorgeous and refined ornamental grass, forming clumps of fine, evergreen leaves, 18” tall x 3 ft wide and, in summer, 6 ft spikes of shimmering, golden flowers. Yum! Handsome in winter as well. Full sun and well-drained soil with only occasional summer water once established. Fits well with other plants. USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 2D

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Stipa ichu Peruvian Bunch Grass
Fine-textured bunch grass from Peru and Central America that is similar to Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima) but doesn't reseed as much in low water conditions. Grows to 2-3' tall and 12" wide. Great planted in mass or as an understory planting beneath a small, ornamental tree that does not provide dense shade. Also excellent planted near agaves, rock roses, lavender, and other heat-resistant plants that prefer rocky instead of clay soils. Makes a good container plant. Full sun.
Poaceae $14 4in

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Synthyris reniformis ssp. cordata purple figwort
This jewel of southern Oregon's great plant diversity grows to only 2-4 inches in height with shiny evergreen leaves tinted red especially in winter. Late winter through spring, dainty violet flowers. This form growing into small patches up to 2 ft. Perfect in the native or woodland garden under shrubs or between pavers as well as trough or rock garden. Able to withstand extended summer drought but a little water does push it along. USDA zone 7.
Plantaginaceae $12 4in

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Tagetes lemmonii Mexican marigold
Every Thanksgiving we have a bouquet of bright, lemon-yellow flowered Mexican marigolds filling the house with their distinct aroma. Full to part sun and little summer water. An herbaceous shrub in USDA zone 8, resprouting in spring. Height and width to 4-5 ft. Great along a pathway or grown in low pots. Evergreen in USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $014 2D

Tephrocactus articulatus var. strobiliformis

Tephrocactus articulatus var. strobiliformispinewood cactus
Weird and wonderful opuntia relative from northwest Argentina, this form looking for all the world like a stack of conifer cones... or various other things the imagination might conjure. Lovers of heat, drought and sun. Decent drainage, summer water, winter drought with frost hardiness to a little below 20F, USDA zone 9 or so. Otherwise fabo container plant to amuse friends and frighten neighbors.
Cactaceae $16 4in

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Teucrium aroanium creeping gray germander
Creeping silver groundcover, to 4" tall x 1 ft wide, the aromatic foliage fine-textured and the flowers showy, with clusters of dark purple and lavender blooms from early summer through October. Sun to part shade in lean, well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Can be sheared in early spring. Frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae $12 4D

Thalictrum ichangense [seedlings]
A shimmering herbaceous jewel to add to the shady border or woodland garden. Grows to approximately 12" x 12" and performs best in fertile, moisture retentive soil in shade to part shade. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4.
Ranunculaceae $14 4D

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'star jasmine
A pretty and delicate form brought from England in 1997, this cultivar is as vigorous as the species but the leaves, measuring about 1/2" x 2", are margined and streaked creamy white and plants show a great propensity for climbing. Sweetly scented flowers, more white than cream, in great abundance but small. Makes a wonderful contrast with other clinging vines with dark green leaves, e.g., creeping figs (Ficus pumila) or climbing evergreen hydrangeas (Hydrangea seamanii). We have used this in dark courtyards with such plants as variegated forms of Fatsia japonica and variegated aspidistra to great effect. Shade to sun, though not likely to flower in deepest shade. Fertile, well-watered soil preferably. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 2D

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Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Woodlanders Yellow' woodlanders yellow star jasmine
Another star jasmine from Bob McCartney in Aiken, South Carolina, this one very similar to T. jasminoides 'Mandianum' but, in our opinion, with more abundant and darker yellow flowers. An exceptionally durable, hardy star jasmine, to 10-12 ft, with shiny, leathery, dark green leaves and fragrant, creamy flowers at the yellow edge of the species’ variation. Regular summer water in full sun for most fragrant bloom. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $16 4D

Trachelospermum sp. - Cliff Parks

Trachelospermum sp. - Cliff Parksstar jasmine
Purchased years ago from the great nursery, Camellia Forest, this Cliff Parks collection, clearly related to T. jasminoides, has uniquely broad, triangular leaves with a slightly ruffled surface adding a particularly lovely texture in the garden or container. The flowers, creamy white with maybe a drop of yellow, have the typical star jasmine fragrance with a little drop of custard. We’ve enjoyed this plant for many years but have just now propagated it in enough numbers for you to enjoy as well. Drought tolerant, as are the other star jasmine, but prettier with some summer moisture. Sun or shade with best flowers in sun. Has taken USDA zone 7 winters in stride.
Apocynaceae $16 2D

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Tradescantia brevifolia 'Scout'
Our collection of this vigorous perennial with purple tinted leaves and delicate pink flowers. Grown in rather harsh conditions from the mountains of West Texas. Spreads a couple of feet by 6"-12" in 3-5 years. Evergreen to low to mid 20's, re-sprouting vigorously down to well below 0F. Full sun for best color, but dappled shade is just fine. Decent drainage, and a summer thunderstorm or two. USDA zone 6b.
$14 4in

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Tulbaghia violacea 'Oro Verde'
Shared with us by plantsman Blair Haynes, this evergreeen onion grows to about 12-18" in height and spread, with green, gold, or striped leaves. Summer flowers, of the same violet as the species, making for a nice contrast. Excellent container plant for bright light, quite drought tolerant, but will of course grow more quickly with a little additional water. Remains evergreen to the low 20's, turns to snot below that, but resprouts anywhere Zone 8 or south, mulch the crowns just in case.
Amaryllidaceae $14 4D

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Umbellularia californica [Bowman Lake]
An unusual collection of the ubiquitous native of western California and Oregon and possibly the highest elevation collection in the upper most reaches of the Yuba river canyon well known for the Donner party tragedy many years ago. in habitat these are often broken from over 50ft of snow, the tops often shorn from its blowing. in more generous climes to 30 ft with an upright pyramidal shape with upturned narrow dark green leaves attractively blue on the undersides. Summer drought tolerant full sun to dappled shade. possibly the hardiest in cultivation USDA zone 6 or below
Lauraceae $16 4in

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Uncinia rubra red hook sedge
Ever-red, clumping sedge. Slow growing, to 12" tall x 15" wide and best used in the garden in combination with yellow or light green foliaged plants. For full sun to part shade with regular water in summer. Seed heads can get caught in fur -- both animal and people -- and are best removed. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cyperaceae $12 2D

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Vancouveria hexandra 'Winchuck' inside out flower
A 2020 Cistus Nursery introduction. This low drama western ground cover to only about 8-10" in height and slowly spreading into generous clumps. The semi-evergreen leaves emerge a bright spring green, slowly darkening giving a nice velvet effect. The flowers, white in mid to late spring, nodding in the slightest breeze and looking very much like an inverted parasol from which the common name comes. This attractive selection from redwood forest in Curry Co. Oregon is hardy into USDA zone 7. Able to withstand summer drought, useful at the base of shrubs or (giant trees) in dappled shade.
Berberidaceae $16 4in

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Viburnum farreri 'Candidissimum' fragrant viburnum
A winter blooming deciduous shrub to 8 ft or so with an upright fountain shape to abot 6ft wide. Begins blooming as early as November and continues with clusters of sweetly fragrant white flowers often into April. 3 to 4 inch leaves are deeply veined and about half as wide. Attractive in a mixed planting for winter interest or backed by deep greens where the white winter flowers shine. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions notably poor drainage, provided moderate summer irrigation. Sun to dappled shade. Cold hardy USDA zone 6
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 2D

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Viburnum utile
Evergreen shrub to 5' with profuse and dense white fragrant spring flowers. Handsome foliage throughout the year. Full to half sun. USDA Zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 3D

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Viola sempervirens
One of the most charming of western natives, this redwood violet makes a very nice small scale groundcover, spreading to about 18" in a couple years, the evergreen leaves are round, shiny, and only about 1/2", with johnny jump up yellow spring flowers. Excellent in the native garden, dappled or full shade. We grow ours between native iris. Decent drainage, ok with a little summer water. USDA Zone 6.
Violaceae $12 4in

X Mangave 'Macho Mocha'
Possibly a hybrid between Manfreda jaliscana and Agave scabra, this nearly 2 ft plant, from the semi-desert canyons just over the mountains from Monterey, Mexico, boasts deep purple leaves with, indeed, coffee-colored polka dots over the entire plant. For sun, good drainage, and average summer water. Evergreen to 20F and root hardy into the low teens, USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae $14 2in

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x Mangave 'Moonglow' pp29195
Another otherworldly hybrid from plant breeder Hans Hansen. This stunning succulent 2' wide rosette 6" tall of narrow silvery-blue leaves splotched with large deep purple spots, reminiscent of Pandoran flora. Tolerates part sun but more sun = more intense color. Tolerates drought but better with occasional summer water. Newly introduced so guessing cold hardiness in zone 9 possibly lower. Great fast growing patio plant where not hardy.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

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x Mangave 'Navajo Princess'
Pleasing pastel blue-green leaves perfectly edged in creamy white. Long narrow leaves with soft rubbery teeth quickly form a tidy looking 12-16"x 2ft. rosette. Best color in full sun but can grow in light shade. Allow to dry between watering in summer, occasional fertilizer. Gritty well-drained soil and winter protection when temps below 20 threaten. USDA zone 9 Excellent in a container. Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
Asparagaceae $18 plugs

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x Mangave 'Purple People Eater' PP29949
An intergenaric cross, eye popping lavender leaves are mottled with deeper purple and edged in colorful rusty brown teeth. Grows to a tidy looking 12-16"x 2ft. rosette. Best color in full sun but can grow in light shade. Gritty well drained soil and winter protection when temps below 20 threaten. USDA zone 9 Excellent in a container. Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

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Xyris capensis

Xyridaceae $14 3D

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Yucca 'Bright Star' PPAF/COPF
This mutant, an offspring of Y. gloriosa 'Variegata', has olive green and delightful, warm cream leaves, their variegation covering most of the leaf. Not as fast growing as its parent, but vigorous nonetheless. To about 18”, enjoying partial shade to full sun ... mostly shade in extremely hot summer climates. A definite bright spot in the garden or in container, it has been unfazed by temperatures of 14F and will probably go to about 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8. Drought tolerant as with most yuccas but would enjoy occasional summer water to speed growth.
Agavaceae $16 3D

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Yucca angustissima [San Juan Co, UT]
A diminutive relative of Y. elata. Tim Hannis' collection, from San Juan Co. Utah, is a small “tree” to about 3 ft with compact, symmetric heads of leaves adorned with silver filifers. Eventually offsets forming a small colony. Good for repetition or container specimen. Easier than its larger cousin. Beautiful with the foliage backlit. Drought tolerant but summer water can speed growth. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Agavaceae $18 3D

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Yucca angustissima [Tim Hannis]
A diminutive relative of Y. elata. Tim Hannis' collection, from San Juan Co. Utah, is a small “tree” to about 3 ft with compact, symmetric heads of leaves adorned with silver filifers. Eventually offsets forming a small colony. Good for repetition or container specimen. Easier than its larger cousin. Beautiful with the foliage backlit. Drought tolerant but summer water can speed growth. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Agavaceae $18 4in

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Yucca baccata [from T. Hannis. San Juan Co, UT]
This trunk-forming yucca is a knockout in the landscape with curving trunks -- up to 10 per plant -- that snake out and stand up to 8 ft tall. Green leaves are stiff and decorated with longish filifers. Very architectural! In early summer, short flower stalks carry abundant white flowers. Full sun with excellent drainage, and, for best appearance, occasional summer water. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5 and possibly colder.
Agavaceae $16 4in

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Yucca carnerosana tree yucca
Large single-trunk forming yucca often up to 10 feet tall with 3-5 ft diameter ring of stiff leaves. Flowering stalk short holding numerous greenish white fragrant flowers. Full sun. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, or less.
Agavaceae $18 2D

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Yucca constricta

Agavaceae $18 4in

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Yucca elata var. utahensis [Wa. Co, UT]
As close to ‘It’ from the Adams Family as you can find in nature, a single-trunked and multi-branched yucca, to 10 ft tall and more, with long, hanging leaves and "gobs" of white flowers on tall stalks in summer. What's not to love? Sun, well-drained soil, and occasional summer water for best growth and appearance. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, or lower.
Agavaceae $18 4in

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Yucca linearifolia 'Dusky Blue'
One of the most beautiful yucca species, related to Y. rostrata. The 3 ft rosettes atop an eventual 3-8' trunk resemble the Australian grass trees, Xanthorrhoea, or a dim version of Dasylirion quadrangularis. Flattened somewhat triangular leaves of spring green to nearly turquoise and white flowers to 3' or so above the rosette. From only a few scattered localities, these from north of Galleana, NL, Mexico, in a most diverse habitat. This form is particularly blue and quite vigorous adding 6-8" of trunk each year. Our plant often elicits comments from garden visitors. The southern habitat of the species would indicate lack of frost tolerance but plants have so far withstood 5F, mid USDA zone 7. Full sun to partial shade and summer water with, as always, well-drained soil.
Agavaceae $018

Yucca pallida

Yucca pallidablue soapwort
Native from Waco, Texas south, this clay-tolerant yucca has no trunk, but offsets rather nicely forming an evenly spaced ‘grove’. Translucent leaf edges on glaucous blue, long leaves are an excellent late afternoon cheap thrill. Each clump 2 ft tall and wide. Best where it receives a bit of water in the summer. Blooms best after a fire. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae $16 2D

Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies'

Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies'
A Cistus introduction. Although Yucca rostrata is one of the most gorgeous species available, and definitely one of our top 500 favorite plants, it is exceedingly slow to reproduce from offsets, seed is difficult to come by, and seedlings vary as to their...blue-osity. Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies' is a selection from one of our collections in the early 90s in northern Mexico, out of a seed batch of stunning blue-leaved plants. Through the magic of tissue culture, we now have a reliable source. These vigorous young plants quickly form a 3 ft, multi-leaved rosette of nearly jade-blue, forming 3 to 4 ft plants in 7 or 8 years under good conditions, eventually to 10 ft or more. Excellent container plants, providing fine architecture, or repeated in the dry garden and looking of dusty blue fireworks from a distance. Particularly beautiful reflected in late afternoon/evening light. Full sun to dappled shade. Not particular about soil, excepting standing water. Some supplemental irrigation in dry summer places. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6 and has been successful in zone 5 including the Denver Botanic Garden (Really!).
Agavaceae $18

Yucca rupicola

Yucca rupicolatwist leaf yucca
This large textured species from the Texas hill country consists of slowly clumping, undulant leaves, 1 to 2" wide, of deepest green. Particularly striking when planted with silver-blues such as festuccas or other blue tinted, rosette-forming plants. An easy care creature if provided well-drained soil, supplemental summer water in exceedingly dry places, and bright light, though at home in dappled shade if leaves do not collect in its crown. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Agavaceae $016 4D

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Yucca torreyi [Black Gap]
Picturesque, very large yucca with leaves in excess of 4 ft, eventually forming a large shrub or small tree, usually single trunked, to 10 ft and taller with great age. Mature plants produce white bell flowers on 4 ft spikes, usually in spring but not every spring. Native from southwestern Texas to the mountains of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, this represents a form from Black Gap, Texas. Best with lean soil and good drainage in full sun or very light shade. Drought tolerant but faster growing with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae $16 2D

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Zantedeschia aethiopica - super dwarf form
A very cute calla lily, given to us many years ago by Western Hills Nursery's Marshall Olbrich, and a very small, indeed, as the name suggests. To only about 20" tall and quickly clumping, with shiny green leaves that are only 4-5" across as are the typical white flowers. Easy among other perennials. Enjoying sun and well-drained soil, these are drought or standing water in the summer (only the summer!) tolerant. Evergreen to 20F or so, USDA zone 9; root hardy to below 0F, into zone 6 if well mulched.
Araceae $015 2D

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'big green calla lily
Tired of those cliché, pure white calla lilies? These beautiful, green-tipped callas grow bigger and more robustly than your average ‘I don’t know where they came from; they were here when we bought the house’ plants. Striking flowers are truly green with white centers, appearing in mid to late summer on plant to 2-3 ft tall. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Araceae $12 4in

Zingiber 'White Feather'

Zingiber 'White Feather'
Dense clumps of long, handsome, green leaves edged in creamy white. This is the reverse variegation pattern of Z. mioga 'Dancing Crane.' This variegated form reaches 3ft tall and multiplies quickly to form a clump to 5 ft wide. Small, creamy white flowers appear at the base of the stalks in late summer and early fall. Best to avoid the hot afternoon sun and provide plentiful summer water. Easy and frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly colder.
Zingiberaceae $15

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