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AQUILEGIA An indispensable but sexually promiscuous genus, (only wild collected material is likely to be pure), with ample material for rock gardens and perennial borders alike, the various species will cross and seed, persisting forever in the garden despite being individually rather short lived. Unfortunately unless some new genetic material is introduced on a regular basis they tend to degrade into ugly mongrel looking things fit more for leaf miners and sawflies than anything else, and rest assured if you grow columbines you are virtually certain to have one or both of these nuisances. A problem easily controlled with Marathon or other systemic insecticide applied prior to their appearance. Alternatively, you can do nothing, because even if plants are defoliated they quickly grow new leaves and are seldom killed. Don't let the bugs dissuade you, if you grow a diverse selection and frequently introduce new blood you will be amply rewarded with a fantastic floral display.



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Aristolochia clematis

Aristolochia clematis

Birthwort contains alkaloids that cause uterine contractions (the Druids version of RU422 but not nearly as safe, Don't eat it and don't picket us), curious pipe like flowers, weakly climbing vine, Europe. One of the high points of last summer was sitting around talking ferns with Dr. Storer, only to have him spot a 5th instar Papilio (Battus) philenor larva come crawling by, an event so unlikely that at first I thought it a joke. I've collected for years and never seen it in this part of Michigan; I figured Herb Wagner must have given him a larva or something. When I went to the garden to find it something to munch on there they were, 1.5” purple black, with magnificent fleshy tentacles like something out of the rainforest, devouring my Aristolochia clematis. We reared and released a couple dozen of the most incredible metallic blue green Pipevine swallowtails, they stayed around the nursery for weeks sipping from our mud puddles each morning but vanishing during the day. “If you grow it they will come,” they sensed the only available food for miles and came here to lay eggs.
$19.00

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Artemisia caucasica

Artemisia caucasica

Low silver cushions, reaching 10-15cm (4-6 inches) tall and around. Flowers aren't notable, you grow this one for the dense, silvery leaves. Native to dry, stoney slopes, so good drainage is a must. Full sun, and should be hardy to zone 5, at least.
$8.00

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Aruncus aethusifolius

Aruncus aethusifolius

Native to Japan and Korea, A. aethusifolius is very similar to A. parvulus with wonderful, 1' mounds of finely dissected leaves, topped by short plumes of white flowers. It tolerates everything from pondsides to dry shade and becomes a remarkably tight bun if grown in full sun.___ZONE 4
$8.00

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