at Digging Dog
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Widely distributed throughout our
Midwestern tall grass prairies and
once considered a life-saver for
lost pioneers, this formidable
sky-high perennial wields
uniquely chiseled, up to
18 in. long basal leaves,
which orient themselves
on a north-south axis.
Historically crafted into
chewing gum by Native Americans, stiff bristly towering stems emit a bitter resin, while
large white-haired foliage is cut nearly
to the midrib, resembling a Pin Oak
leaf. Along the upper reaches of thick stalks, a galaxy of huge,
5 in. wide sunflower-style blooms with yellow rays,
yellow centers and hairy-edged green bracts make an
exuberant summer long appearance.
Employed as a
bold coarse-textured backdrop in cottage gardens, wild
flower plantings or mixed borders, its imposing colorful
stature lures bees, butterflies and many a gardener.
Size: 5'–8' high x 18"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 3.
Silphium laciniatum (P-1820)
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AVAILABLE MAY 2017
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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