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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
Tuesday by appointment only
at Digging Dog
Including Silphium integrifolium, and Silphium laciniatum
Bursting with optimism, this grandiose Midwestern native and Sunflower relative pushes a colony of stout and singular, erect stalks skyward. Coarse textured, rough-hewn lanceolate leaves march up purple-tinged stems, which branch out near their tops to deliver vivacious, 3 in. wide yellow daisies late in the season.
Beloved by songbirds and butterflies, long blooming and undaunted by heavy clay, Silphium integrifolium is undeniably tough and well suited for natural areas or borders alongside tall perennials such as Phlox ‘David’ or Salvia ‘Blue Ensign’.
Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Silphium integrifolium (P-1403)
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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' 0"–8' 0" high x 18"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 3.
Silphium laciniatum (P-1820)
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AVAILABLE WINTER 2017
Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Our featured plant: Selinum wallichianum
Ornamental Grasses: Autumnal Garden Stars, Plant for Outstanding October Oomph!
Celebrated headliners of the late show!
Offering superb versatility, ornamental grasses become poetry in motion on gusty days. They are best situated so their fluid shimmering inflorescences, bathed in amber, sable or smoky rose and purple shades, are backlit and set aglow by the afternoon sunlight. Most look fantastic in fresh or dried arrangements, while others produce welcome seed heads that birds adore. Be sure to browse our online selections of ornamental grasses.
Plant for Outstanding October Oomph!
You may wish to include one or more of these easily grown herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs or trees that wield plenty of October flair.Digging Dog's Mid October 2017 Newsletter Link
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