Eryngium
Eryngium sp. 'La Canada' (La Canada Eryngium)

Eryngium sp. 'La Canada' (La Canada Eryngium)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-10, possibly colder 24" tall Origin: Mexico
Open House/Web-Only! This Yucca Do collection T73-87 hails from the pine-oak forested mountains around the Queretaro town of La Canada at 8,120' elevation. Since we planted our first plants in 2000, this still unidentified eryngium has become one of our favorites in the genus. Each 1' tall x 2' wide clump is composed of flat, glaucous, heavily-armed leaves with a striped silver underside...we peeked. In late June, the architectural clump is topped by 2' tall branched spikes of small spiny green flowers. This has been one of the best performing and longest lived eryngiums we have grown. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08033
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Eryngium venustrum (Eryngium From Hell)

Eryngium venustrum (Eryngium From Hell)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-10 12" tall Origin: Mexico
Open House/Web-Only! This is still a rarely offered species, collected in the Mexican mountains (coll #50-18) by our friends at Yucca Do Nursery and Peckerwood Gardens. This SPECTACULAR eryngium is armed to the "teeth" with silver spines on the sides of each waxy green leaf, and a double row of spines down the top...heck, it probably has spines on the roots! The 18" flower stalks top the clumps...great in the anti-social part of your garden. Architecturally stunning! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04936
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Eryngium yuccifolium 'Kershaw Blue' (Kershaw Blue Rattlesnake Master)

Eryngium yuccifolium 'Kershaw Blue' (Kershaw Blue Rattlesnake Master)

Sun to Part SunZone: 4-8 30" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-2-2010 (syn: Eryngium yuccifolium A1SC-002) This great drought-tolerant garden perennial is native from Connecticut south to Florida, where it is found in thickets and open prairies...a similar habitat of junked cars. This offering is from a small population I spotted in 2002, along the road in Kershaw Co., South Carolina. Eryngiums aren't usually plants that stop your eye at 55 mph, but this small cluster of four plants was so amazing that we came to a screeching halt thinking we had discovered a new species. The 2" wide, powder-blue leaves were certainly the most dramatic I'd ever seen on this species. In the garden, Eryngium 'Kershaw Blue' forms an 18" tall x 18" wide clump, topped with 30" tall flower spikes of tan, alien-like flowers in late summer. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06588
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Erythrina
Erythrina herbacea (Coral Bean)

Erythrina herbacea (Coral Bean)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-9, at least 48" tall Origin: USA
If you need a good pea in a dry climate, then Erythrina herbacea is just what the plant doctor ordered....just don't take it orally. Calling home from NC west to Texas, Erythrina can be found in dry, desolate roadsides and fields. To survive these conditions, E. herbacea makes a huge underground storage root, so plant it where you want it to stay. In late spring, the 3' tall green spikes of three-lobed leaves emerge upward. Soon after the leaves unfurl, the terminal 4' long floral spikes, adorned with bright red "fingers," strut their stuff. If your town is too small for traffic lights, hang the flowers upside down in each intersection...voila, redneck stop lights. Hot and dry and you've got the growing conditions figured out. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08840
$14.00  


Erythrina herbacea Pink Flowered Form (Pink Coral Bean)

Erythrina herbacea Pink Flowered Form (Pink Coral Bean)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-10 36" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This southeast US sandy woods native was left here by extraterrestrials...it's just too weird for any other explanation. In mid-May as the leaves emerge, the flower stalks grow rapidly from the woody underground base to 3' in length. The top half of each flowering stem is lined with dozens of pink, lipstick-like flowers. After flowering, the slightly prickly branches emerge, clothed with trifoliate (three leaflets), pea-like foliage. For best hardiness in marginal zones, do not cut the branches back until late spring. These are from a rare pink-flowered form...may take several years to mature enough to flower well. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03065
$14.00  


Erythrina x bidwillii (Hybrid Coral Bean)

Erythrina x bidwillii (Hybrid Coral Bean)

SunZone: 7b-10, at least 72" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! In the early 1840s at Australia's Camden Park, under the watchful eye of William Macarthur, our US coral bean, Erythrina herbacea, had some unsafe sex with the South American Erythrina crista-galli. What they were doing there together is still an untold story, but what resulted from the impregnation is one helluva offspring. Erythrina x bidwillii emerges from the ground in late spring to form a 6' tall x 8' wide mound of arching stalks adorned in giant pea-like foliage. From June until October, the stalks are topped with 20" long arching spires of bright red, lipstick-like flowers...so incredible it's hard to describe...likes it hot and sunny...an AWESOME specimen! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00487
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Erythronium
Erythronium 'Pagoda' (Pagoda Trout Lily)

Erythronium 'Pagoda' (Pagoda Trout Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-7, at least 8" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
NEW! We have been thrilled at the performance of Erythronium 'Pagoda' in our trials. This wonderful hybrid of the West Coast native E. tuolumnense and E. revolutum emerges in mid-March (NC) with glossy green basal leaves. By early April, the flower spikes reach 8" tall, each carrying 3-5 large, pendent yellow flowers. By late May, the plants have gone dormant for the summer, opening up space for summer growers. E. 'Pagoda' prefers rich, slightly moist soils, although they have been fairly drought tolerant in our trials. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08900
$11.00  


Erythronium umbilicatum (Trout Lily)

Erythronium umbilicatum (Trout Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-9, at least 4" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This southeast US (West Virginia south to Florida) native spring ephemeral is a prized woodland wildflower. The 2" long ground-hugging, light green, freeze-resistant leaves are heavily covered with chocolate blotching. In early March, the clumps are topped with 4" stalks, each ending with large downward-facing, bright yellow flowers with a chocolate back. Although they go dormant by late spring, trout lilies continue to grow underground, and in a few years you should expect a 10" wide patch. Evenly moist woodland soils are best, although some drought in the dormant season isn't deleterious. If you purchase these for delivery after late March, you will only find the tiny (a flowering-sized tuber is only .25" long) dormant tubers...two to three per pot. These are seed grown nursery plants. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07656
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Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus neglecta (Omeo Gum)

Eucalyptus neglecta (Omeo Gum)

SunZone: 7-10 360" tall Origin: New Zealand    alternate image
This fast-growing eucalyptus (to 30' in 10 years) is also among the most hardy in our extensive trials. In our garden, it has survived 0 degrees F with only tip burn...I have heard reports of root survival in Zone 5. The Omeo gum has lovely brown peeling bark and oval blue-green eucalyptus foliage. The adult foliage later changes to an elongated leaf. Eucalyptus neglecta is a striking conversation piece for any garden with enough growth for years of flower arranging. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01001
$16.00  


Eucomis
Eucomis 'Can Can' (Can Can Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Can Can' (Can Can Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 7-10, at least 28" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! From eucomis breeder Eddie Welsh comes this new Eucomis comosa hybrid, emerging with flushed purple leaves that are darker towards the edge. The leaves unfurl to form a green leaf rosette, topped in summer with 28" tall purple spikes of lavender-pink buds that open white for a wonderful contrast. After flowering, the purple seed pods add a longer season of interest. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08609
$14.00  


Eucomis comosa 'Toffee' (Toffee Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis comosa 'Toffee' (Toffee Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 6b-9, at least 20" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! This Eddie Welsh cut flower hybrid makes an 18" wide, deciduous rosette of fleshy green foliage that emerges bronze. The clumps are topped in summer with 20" tall flower spikes that in bud are light chocolate, but open pure white. When the flowers are finished, the seed pods turn purple. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06181
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Eucomis 'Katie' (Katie Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Katie' (Katie Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 6b-9 24" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! This Eddie Welsh Eucomis comosa hybrid forms a green-leaved rosette, topped in August with 2' tall dark purple spikes of purple buds, opening to light pink. Eucomis 'Katie' is one of the best selections for fall re-flowering, while the old stalks are adorned with dark purple seed pods. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08610
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Eucomis 'Kilimanjaro' (Kilimanjaro Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Kilimanjaro' (Kilimanjaro Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 7-10, at least 36" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! This new Eucomis comosa hybrid was bred by the Dutch company, A. Langedijk. In midsummer, the rosettes of 2' long strap-shaped green leaves are adorned by 3' tall spikes of creamy white flowers, highlighted by pink centers...worthy of its name. Although Eucomis 'Kilimanjaro' is often listed as a selection of Eucomis comosa, its height indicates a more probable hybrid of Eucomis comosa and Eucomis pallidiflora (pole-evansii). Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08709
$14.00  


Eucomis montana (Montane Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis montana (Montane Pineapple Lily)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-9, possibly colder 15" tall Origin: S. Africa
This threatened (not by me) pineapple lily hails from the northern end of South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains (Mpumalanga, Free State, and Swaziland) where it can be found growing in grasslands on rocky hillsides. E. montana forms an attractive rosette of thick, upright, heavily-spotted dorsal (on the bottom) leaves which are often edged in purple. The flower spikes, which reach 15" tall, are stunning with pure white flowers highlighted with a brown/black central ovary. This has become one of my favorite eucomis species. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05085
$15.00  


Eucomis 'Reuben' (Reuben Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Reuben' (Reuben Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 6b-9, at least 18" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! From New Zealand eucomis breeder, Eddie Welsh, comes a new pineapple lily hybrid that was bred for the cut flower trade. The fleshy green-leaved rosettes are topped in August with 18" tall spikes of dark purple buds that open to cranberry-pink flowers...very attractive. Eucomis 'Reuben' (Hebrew for "first born") is named after both Eddie's son and his dog...no relation to Paul Reubens who also had a pink head. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07079
$14.00  


Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' (Purple Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' (Purple Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 6b-9, at least 20" tall Origin: S. Africa    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! We selected this dramatic, purple-foliaged pineapple lily in 1983, and it has now become one of the most talked-about plants in our garden. This dramatic accent plant produces strap-like foliage of dark burgundy forming a rosette to 24" wide. In late summer, the clump produces a 20" tall bloom stalk resembling a miniature purple pineapple...very cool! E. 'Sparkling Burgundy' is very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden abuses. In cooler climates, it makes a great color-bowl combo plant! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01796
$15.00  


Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' (Tugela Jade Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' (Tugela Jade Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 6b-9 18" tall Origin: Hybrid
This Eddie Welsh hybrid of the South African pineapple lily forms a rosette of fleshy green leaves, topped in August with 18" tall flower spikes that are chartreuse in bud and then open to pure white...simply stunning. Although E. 'Tugela Jade' was bred for the cut flower trade, it makes a superb garden specimen. E. 'Tugela Jade' is named after the Tugela River that runs through South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains where E. comosa is native. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07080
$14.00  


Eucomis 'Tugela Ruby' (Tugela Ruby Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis 'Tugela Ruby' (Tugela Ruby Pineapple Lily)

SunZone: 6b-9 24" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! This Eddie Welsh Eucomis comosa hybrid emerges with green leaves, heavily flushed with purple. The rosette is topped, starting in August, with 2' tall maroon spikes that open with ivory flowers, each highlighted with a purple center. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08608
$14.00  


Eucomis vandermerwei 'Octopus' (Octopus Dwarf Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis vandermerwei 'Octopus' (Octopus Dwarf Pineapple Lily)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-8, guessing 6" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! The rare Eucomis vandermerwei is native only to the small, high rainfall region in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains (Steenkampsberg range) just east of Pretoria, South Africa. In the wild, they are found in well-drained rocky crevices, free from winter moisture. In the garden, the dwarf Eucomis vandermerwei makes a wonderful 1' wide rock garden plant. Eucomis 'Octopus' is a vigorous selection with narrow, ground-hugging green leaves, heavily specked with dark purple. The dark purple, mini pineapple-looking flowers top the foliage starting in July...just darling. If kept dry when dormant, these should prove to be quite winter hardy. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07708
$15.00  


Eucomis zambesiaca (Pineapple Lily)

Eucomis zambesiaca (Pineapple Lily)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-10, at least 12" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-9-2010 This little-known South African species of pineapple lily has proven to be one of our garden favorites. Making a 20" wide rosette of fleshy green leaves, Eucomis zambesiaca is topped in July with 12" tall pineapple-like flower stalks of brilliant white stars. In flower, this is certainly the most stunning of the eucomis species. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04287
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