Plant of the Month
Plant of the Month
Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is a resident of bogs.  The cup-shaped leaves catch rain water and are designed to trap small insects which are then 'digested' by the plant.  Pitcher Plants need constantly moist soil and an acidic


"100-Mile" means the plant grows within a 100 mile radius of the nursery
  • We are no longer propagating plants. These pages are for reference

Acorus americanus (Sweet Flag) 100 Mile

Description: Sword-like leaves over 1m; many small flowers on a spadix
Natural Habitat: Wetland edge; spreads by rhizome; moist soils; Sun; Fragrant leaves


   *Actaea rubra (Red Baneberry)    100 Mile
Description: H60cm, W60cm; white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries in summer
Natural Habitat: Part/full shade in woodland soils
Where to Use: Woodland soils, Shade garden, Border with shade

Actaea pachypoda (Doll's Eyes)     100 Mile (Not available Spring 2018)

Description: H60cm, W60cm; white flowers in spring followed by white berries with black dots ("eyes") in late summer
Natural Habitat: Part/full shade in woodland soils
Where to Use: Woodland soils, Shade garden, Border with shade

*Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) 100 Mile

Description: H90cm, W60cm; blue/lavender spikes; late summer
Natural Habitat: Full/part sun; Dry woodland edges, Prairie
Where to Use: Prairie, Meadow, Perennial Border; Drought tolerant; Attracts butterflies/hummingbirds; Licorice-flavoured leaves;  allow to self seed

*Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) 100 Mile

Description: H30-40cm W30cm (clumps); pink nodding umbels; summer
Natural Habitat: Full sun, well-drained rocky areas with average soils; Prairie
Where to Use: Rock garden, Prairie, Meadow, Perennial border, Deep containers; Seed heads are ornamental after blooms

*Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar) EAST N.A.

Description: H90cm, W90cm; light blue; spring
Natural Habitat: Thickets; range of soils
Where to Use: Part shade/sun (with moisture); Woodland edge, Perennial border, Background for later flowers (foliage resembles a shrub and turns yellow in autumn); mulch in summer

*Anemone canadensis (Canada Anemone)     100 Mile 

Description: H40cm, spreading mat; White; spring
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part sun; Meadows, moist clearings, river banks and lake shores; can form large colonies
Where to Use: Ground cover in naturalized sites, stabilizing ditches, woodland edge; can be an aggressive spreader in good soils so avoid in perennial beds (Photo credit:  Stefan Bloodworth)
   Anemone caroliniana (Carolina Anemone)  Midwest USA 
Description: H30cm, White flowers in early spring.  The plants form clumps.  Native to the midwestern prairies in dry/well-drained soils. 
Where to Use: Sun; Rock garden, Prairie garden with well-drained sandy/rocky soil.  Hardy to Zone 4
    Anemone multifida (Cutleaf Anemone) Western N.A.

Description: H50cm, W30cm; pink/white; spring

Where to Use: Sun/Part sun; Rock garden, Meadow garden, Perennial border.  Hardy to Zone 3


*Anemone virginiana (Thimbleweed) 100 Mile    

Description: H80cm, W30cm; greenish white flowers followed by showy seed heads; summer
Natural Habitat: Full/Part sun, Moist meadows, Woodland edges, Clearings
Where to Use: Meadow, Prairie, Naturalized areas
   Antennaria neglecta (Field Pussytoes)     100 Mile (Available summer 2018)
Description: 15-25cm; white blooms spring; fluffy seed heads; gray-green rosette of leaves
Natural Habitat: Forms patches in fields and meadows; adaptable to a wide range of soils
Where to Use: Rock gardens, short-grass meadows, poor soils
   *Apios americana (Groundnut) 100 Mile 
Description: Vigorous perennial vine; dark pink, fragrant; summer
Natural Habitat: Part sun; rich soils
Where to Use: Naturalizing in thickets, can be aggressive formal gardens; produces edible tubers 
   *Aquilegia canadensis (Canada Columbine) 100 Mile 
Description: H30-60cm, W30cm; yellow and red; late spring
Natural Habitat: Part sun; well drained soils, rocky woods and outcrops (often limestone)
Where to Use: Rock gardens, Perennial border, Shade garden; Adaptable to many settings

Aralia nudicaulis (Wild Sarsaparilla) 100 Mile    

Description: H40cm, W30cm; white umbels followed by a cluster of purple/black berries; late spring
Natural Habitat: Part/full shade, woodland soils (moist to dry)
Where to Use: Woodland, shade garden, under trees ? will tolerate dry shade and can form a tall ground cover

Aralia racemosa (Spikenard) 100 Mile      

Description: H90-180cm, W90cm; long, white clusters producing purple/red berries; summer
Natural Habitat: Shade; Moist woodland soil
Where to Use: Shrub border, Woodland, Perennial border (with some shade); Large leaves and coloured fruit create a bold, dramatic effect.



*Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) 100 Mile  

Description: H30-90cm, W40cm; green/purple striped hoods followed by red cluster of berries; spring
Natural Habitat: Shade; Moist woodland soil
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade/Part shade garden, Specimen plant

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger) 100 Mile    

Description: H20cm, W40cm; purplish brown; early spring
Natural Habitat: Shade; Moist, woodland soils
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade gardens, Ground cover; Very attractive heart-shaped foliage

*Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) 100 Mile  

Description: H60-120cm. W60cm; fuchsia pink; summer

Natural Habitat: Full/part sun; Wet meadows, edges of streams, marshes
Where to Use: Wet meadows, Beside water gardens, Perennial border (if not too dry); Very showy in bloom; Clumps and not invasive  - may self sow on wet soil); larval plant for Monarch butterflies

Asclepius tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) 100 Mile    (Seedlings available starting mid-June)

Description: H30-60cm, W60cm; bright orange; summer
Natural Habitat: Sun; Well drained soils; Dry meadows, Woodland edges, Prairie
Where to Use: Meadows, Prairie, Perennial Border; Sandy but well drained soils; Attracts butterflies (larval plant for Monarch butterflies)    

Aster cordifolius =Syphyotrichum cordifolium (Heart-leaved Aster) 100 Mile             

Description: H60-090cm, W40cm; blue violet, late summer
Natural Habitat: Part shade; Range of soils with moisture; Meadow edges, Woodland
Where to Use: Woodland edge, Perennial border; Good background for late summer; Deadhead to avoid excessive seeding

Aster laevis =Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth Aster)  100 Mile    

Description: H60-80cm, W30cm), smooth leaves, violet flowers, late summer
Natural Habitat:   Sun/Part shade; Edge of woods, dry fields, meadows in average soils
Where to Use:  Borders, Meadows, Woodland edge.  Drought resistant.  Attracts butterflies.

Aster lanceolatus =Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (White Panicled Aster)  100 Mile    

Description: H80-150cm, W90cm), sprays of white flowers, late summer
Natural Habitat:   Sun/Part shade; moist fields, meadows in average soils
Where to Use:  Borders, Meadows.  Attracts butterflies
"Panicled Aster DSC 0053" by Daniel Gross - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons -

*Aster novae-angliae  =Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster) 100 Mile    

Description: H90-150cm, W40cm; purple (pink, white); late summer/autumn
Natural Habitat: Full sun; Fields, Moist Meadows, Wetland and Woodland edges
Where to Use: Meadows, Prairies, Perennial border, Naturalized areas

*Aster ptarmicoides  =Oligoneuron album (Upland White Aster)  100 Mile   

Description: H30-40cm, W30cm; white; summer
Natural Habitat:  Sun, Rocky, sandy slopes and hillsides in dry soils
Where to Use:   Rock garden, hillsides, rocky naturalized areas

*Aster umbellatus  =Doellingeria umbellata (Flat-topped Aster)        100 Mile   

Description: H90-180cm, W90cm; white, flat clusters; summer/autumn
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part sun; Moist meadows, Wetland edges
Where to Use: Meadows, Wetland edges; Grows well with other tall plants

*Aster x amethystinum =Symphyotrichum x amethystinum (Amethyst Aster) 100 Mile     

Description: H90cm, W90cm; mauve flowers in thick clusters along the stem. A natural hybrid between New England Aster and Heath Aster (seed produces variable plants - propagate favorites by division)
Natural Habitat: Sun; Fields, moist meadows, Woodland edge; autumn
Where to Use: Perennial border (back), Meadows, Naturalized areas