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perennials on the land

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  Siberian Iris (Iris Sibirca) are a most outstanding, maintenance-free species of      plants. These graceful, but rugged plants bloom in late spring and maintain their beautiful grass-like foliage all season. After bloom, the mature seed pod and stem are excellent in dried arrangements. They prefer sun to part shade in evenly moist acidic soil. Not enough good can be said about Siberian Iris. They are rugged, vigorous, smothered with bloom. Not fussy about soil, they take a wide range of conditions, quickly forming large clumps. Resistant to iris bores and drought tolerant once established. Give them plenty of water until established. They love mulch, just like daylilies. This very hardy iris grows in zones 3-9.


         Culvers Root ~ a native plant. 


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Astilbe biternata


Common Names:

American Astilbe







Southeastern United States


Sun/Water Requirements:

Partial sun.

Moderate to wet conditions.


Climate / Hardiness Zones:

Zone 4 to Zone 8



Range: Grows from 3' to 5'.



Colors: White, Yellow

Season(s): Spring


Provider notes: "The yellowish white flowers are held in large drooping panicles which, while they can't compete with the shocking reds and carmines of some of the cultivars, lend a wonderful classical feel to the garden."


Foliage:Provider notes: "The serrated foliage is biternate (blade divided into 3 segments, which are again divided into 3 segments) and is slightly hairy."


You must plant astilbes during the spring or fall. These plants do best in partial to full shade. The soil must be moist, well drained, and rich in organic matter such as humus. Adding peat moss is an excellent way of increasing drainage. When you select a planting spot, leave at least 1 foot distance between the astilbe and other plants. Plant a few astilbes together, to form a group. Add mature compost or humus in the planting spot, and mix thoroughly. This will provide adequate nutrition to the plant and also improve the soil quality. Amending the soil a few weeks before planting is recommended.

Ensure that astilbe roots are kept moist before planting. If you are planting an astilbe from a container, dig out a hole that is large enough to accommodate the root ball. The depth should be such that the plant is at the same level as it was in the container. Dig a hole that is double the size of the root, and place it so that the crown is about 2 inches below the soil surface. Backfill the soil and press down gently. Water thoroughly. Apply about 2 inches of organic mulch around the plant to provide moisture retention and reduce weeds. Mulching helps maintain an even temperature. Winter mulching is beneficial for the plants, especially in colder climates.


Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/caring-for-an-astilbe-flower#ixzz0joOU8UXi

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http://www.easywildflowers.com/quality/ger.macul.htm  below

Wild Geranium maculatum, Spotted Geranium, Spotted Cranesbill, or Wood Geranium  is a woodland perennial wildflower native to Eastern North America .  Wild Geranium maculatum forms large clumps 12 to 24 inches tall covered with delicate 1.5 inch rosy-lavender to soft pink flowers.  Wild Geranium is a favorite in the wild garden due to its attractive foliage and flowers that require little or no maintenance and is spectacular as a mass in an open woodland, perfect for the border of a shade garden, or naturalized in sweeps at the base of large trees.  Wild Geranium prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil and high open shade and accepts sunny conditions with moisture but will go dormant in drought conditions. 



Maya HazenNative to boggy areas of the eastern United States and Canada, the cinnamon fern is one of the earliest ferns to emerge in the spring. Young fronds are covered with white, woolly hair before they unfurl. When full grown, the waxy fronds are yellow-green and grow 24 to 36 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide. There are two distinctly different types of fronds—fertile and sterile.

The fertile frond resembles a cinnamon stick. It emerges first, and after releasing its spores it turns golden brown, withers, and lies on the ground through the summer.

The sterile fronds appear in late spring, stay green all summer, and turn brown with the first fall frost. This fern requires a slightly acid (pH 5.5 to 6.5) soil that is kept evenly moist. It spreads slowly, and because of its height, it is best used as a background plant.





  Day lilly

http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Hemerocallis+fulva   Excellant Website !!!  "Plants for the Future".


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Root.

Leaves and young shoots - cooked[85, 116, 179, 183]. An asparagus or celery substitute. An excellent sweet tasting vegetable[179, K], though some caution is recommended[127, 137]. The leaves need to be eaten whilst still very young since they quickly become fibrous[K]. Flowers - raw or cooked[62, 100]. The petals are thick and crunchy, making very pleasant eating raw, with a nice sweetness at the base because of the nectar[K]. The flowers can also be dried and used as a thickener in soups etc[62, 183]. In this case, they are picked when somewhat withered and closed[85]. A rich source of iron[218]. Flower buds - raw or cooked[62, 100, 105, 116]. A pea-like flavour[85]. Can be dried and used as a relish[178]. The dried flower contains about 9.3% protein. 25% fat!?, 60% carbohydrate (rich in sugar), 0.9% ash. It is rich in vitamin A[179]. Tubers - raw or cooked[183]. A nutty flavour[62]. Young tubers are best, though the central portion of older tubers is also good[85].

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne; Anthelmintic; Antidote; Antiemetic; Antispasmodic; Blood purifier; Cancer; Depurative; Diuretic; Febrifuge; Laxative; Sedative.

Diuretic, febrifuge, laxative (mild)[62, 178, 205]. The flowers are anodyne, antiemetic, antispasmodic, depurative, febrifuge and sedative[218]. In China they are used as an anodyne for women in childbirth[240]. An extract of the flowers is used as a blood purifier[240]. The rhizome has shown antimicrobial acivity, it is also tuberculostatic and has an action against the parasitic worms that cause filariasis[279]. It is used in Korea to treat oppilation, jaundice, constipation and pneumonia[279]. The juice of the roots is an effective antidote in cases of arsenic poisoning[205]. The root also has a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer - extracts from the roots have shown antitumour activity[218]. A tea made from the boiled roots is used as a diuretic[205, 218].

Other Uses

Ground cover; Weaving.

The tough dried foliage is plaited into cord and used for making footwear[205]. Plants form a spreading clump and are suitable for ground cover when spaced about 90cm apart each way[208]. The dead leaves should be left on the ground in the winter to ensure effective cover[208]. The cultivar 'Kwanso Flore Pleno' has been especially mentioned[208].


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