Smooth Red Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke)

(Helianthus tuberosus)

Full Sun to light shade. Native sunflower with large edible tuber, easy to clean variety

Native sunflower species with large nutritious tubers.  Very easy to grow (hard to get rid of!) and productive.  High in inulin, making them an excellent choice for diabetics.  Raw, they are crunchy and juicy with a faint sunflower-seed flavor.  Cooked they are like a watery potato.  A friend once pickled them and they were fabulous!  Can be harvested all winter so long as you can dig a hole.  Herbaceous perennial–dies to the ground each winter but gets going fast and furious in late spring.  Tall, rough stems can get 8′ tall or more with clusters of small yellow sunflower-like blossoms in the fall.  Makes plenty of biomass–might be good for hay, bedding, or mulch.  Will self-seed readily–beware as they have a notorious reputation for being hard to get rid of.  We recommend planting them in an out-of-the-way place you can mow around or you don’t mind them spreading in.  Pigs will root them up to eat the tubers in the fall.

From Oikos Tree Crops in Michigan, this sweet-potato-shaped variety has a stunning red/purple skin and lacks the lumpy side nodules that make most varieties hard to clean.  Not quite as productive as ‘Supernova’ but still plenty to eat each year. . North American native plant.

Quart pots $7, Gallon* pots $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Part Sun to Full Shade. new shoots (fiddleheads) are edible

. North American native plant.

Quart pots $7, Gallon* pots $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Supernova Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke)

(Helianthus tuberosus)

Full Sun to part shade. Native sunflower with edible tubers. Exceptionally productive white variety.

Native sunflower species with large nutritious tubers.  Very easy to grow (hard to get rid of!) and productive.  High in inulin, making them an excellent choice for diabetics.  Raw, they are crunchy and juicy with a faint sunflower-seed flavor.  Cooked they are like a watery potato.  A friend once pickled them and they were fabulous!  Can be harvested all winter so long as you can dig a hole.  Herbaceous perennial–dies to the ground each winter but gets going fast and furious in late spring.  Tall, rough stems can get 8′ tall or more with clusters of small yellow sunflower-like blossoms in the fall.  Makes plenty of biomass–might be good for hay, bedding, or mulch.  Will self-seed readily–beware as they have a notorious reputation for being hard to get rid of.  We recommend planting them in an out-of-the-way place you can mow around or you don’t mind them spreading in.  Pigs will root them up to eat the tubers in the fall.

Also from Oikos, exceptionally productive white-skinned variety that has an interesting “fractal-like” form to the tubers.  They are very lumpy and convoluted, making them much harder to clean than ‘Smooth Red’. . North American native plant.

Quart pots $7, Gallon* pots $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Virginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginica

Part to Full Shade. Very showy flowers, ephemeral native wildflower for the shade garden, edible leaves best when young, LOCAL SEED SOURCE

. North American native plant.

Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Rosemary Hill Hardy

Full to Part Sun. Hardy to zone 6 with protection. Well drained soil.

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Berggarten Sage

Full Sun. Culinary herb. Well drained soil.

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Horseradish

Armoracia rusticana

Full Sun to Part Shade. Culinary Herb (use root) & “Dynamic Accumulator”. Persistant, spreads by root

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Quart pots $7, Gallon* pots $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Aureum Gold Creeping Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Full Sun.

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Compact Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Full Sun.

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Sweet Cicely

Part shade. Ornamental perenial Herb used as a sweetener, or eaten fresh in salads. Good beneficial insect attractor. Spreads aggressively from seed.

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Lovage

Full sun to Part Shade. Ornamental perenial celery or parsely-like herb, good eaten fresh in salads or flavor for soup. Good beneficial insect attractor. Spreads aggressively from seed. Large plant up to 6′ tall

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Oregano Zorba Red

Full to Part Sun. Culinary herb with ornamental red flowers, butterfly and pollinator attractor. Well drained soil.

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Quart pots $7

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Sun to shade. Ornamental, medicinal shrub/small tree 15-20′ tall. Fragrant yellow fall flowers.

. North American native plant.

Gallon pots $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Seed Sterile Comfrey

Symphytum x uplandicum

Full Sun to Part Shade. plant in a circle around the base of fruit trees to help them get established and to add nutrients

Considered a “dynamic accumulator,” comfrey has deep tap roots that mine the subsoil for minerals which it makes available to the tree when its leaves die or are slashed periodically throughout the growing season. Comfrey is a “must-have” for every permaculture garden or orchard. It is useful for herbal salves, a wonderful high-protein animal fodder, and attracts beneficial insects. Its leaves are high in nitrogen, and it is used by many organic gardeners as a compost activator. Planted in a ring around a young fruit tree, comfrey grows vigorously, spreads by clumping out and keeps out weeds when full sun is available under the tree (a living mulch). It will gradually die back as the tree gets bigger and casts more shade. We sometimes keep gallon pots of this on hand, but we prefer to sell it by the shovelful, which is a much better value. A shovelful is the same as the gallon pot price: $12. . .

By the shovelful: $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.

Dwarf Baptisia (Blue False Indigo)

Baptisia australis varr. minor

Full Sun to light shade. Nitrogen fixing flower 18-24″ tall and wide

Very showy blue flowers cover this perenial lugume for about 3 weeks in the spring, followed by ornamental black bean pods. Not edible, but not poisonous like lupines. The foliage is compact and very attractive all season long, reaching 18-24″ tall and wide. Nitrogen Fixer. North American native plant.

3″ pots $3.50, Quart pots $7, Gallon* pots $14

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.