Plant Catalog Fun

I read the “Occupy Green Street” edition of the Plant Delights Nursery catalog almost cover to cover yesterday. The nursery is located in Raleigh, NC, and sells many plants that are ‘hardy’ only in zones 7-10 (I’m in zone 4b or 5a), and the prices seem quite high — starting at $12 but most priced at $20-24 for one “24 fl oz.” pot, which is only 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 square — but the writing is interesting and there’s a photo for each plant, so I learned something. For instance, I didn’t know that athyriums are lady ferns and dryopteris are male ferns.

There are a few plants I’m thinking about ordering, since I can’t seem to find them locally, like the ‘Cherries Jubilee’ Baptisia, some shade-tolerant Carex (sedge) varieties, the ‘Tiramisu’ Heuchera, ‘Pink Parasol Fairy Wings’ Epimedium, etc.

Incidentally, Lady’s Slippers can be had for $45-90 per plant …

For some amusing reading, check out entries for Arisaema sikokianum [Circumcised Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit – Sold Out], Coniogramme intermedia ‘Rasha’ (Rasha Perennial Bamboo Fern, zone 7b-10), “discovered in Toyama Prefecture, Japan … perhaps on a nuclear waste facility,” Datisca cannabina (False Hemp … “think Janis Joplin’s hair after a week-long inebriated binge”), Phlox paniculata ‘Bartwentynine’, Teucrium marum (Kitty Crack) …


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