Drought Resistant Perennials - Waterwise

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Drought Resistant Perennials - Waterwise

Our drought resistant perennials (waterwise, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Our drought resistant plants list their water needs; sort by our filters at left to match the amount of annual rainfall typical to your region. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection

    David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection is a combination of woody evergreen shrubs, succulents, and long blooming perennials that have proven their value over time in Chief Hortic...

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    David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection
    $94.39
    Per Collection of 12
    David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection is a combination of woody evergreen shrubs, succulents, and long blooming perennials that have proven their value over time in Chief Horticulturist David Salman's New Mexico garden. Selected for their interesting pollinator-friendly flowers, resilience, and long lifespans, these xeric plants can provide an excellent foundation to a new garden, or beautiful structure to an existing garden. Collection of 12 plants.
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  2. Blue Spruce Stonecrop, Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'

    'Blue Spruce' Creeping Sedum (Sedum reflexum) is a standout among low-maintenance Sedums. This easy-to-grow and eye-catching features succulent blue-green foliage, much like little s...

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    Blue Spruce Sedum Blue Spruce Stonecrop Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Blue Spruce' Creeping Sedum (Sedum reflexum) is a standout among low-maintenance Sedums. This easy-to-grow and eye-catching features succulent blue-green foliage, much like little spruce needles! A pollinator favorite, it is covered with small star-shaped yellow flowers in summer for over a month. A great evergreen groundcover where low maintenance, drought-tolerant, deer-and-rabbit-resistant plantings are desired.
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  3. Angelina Stonecrop, Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'

    Fast-growing, and colorful, 'Angelina' Creeping Sedum (Sedum rupestre) adds a dazzling highlight with colors from chartreuse to golden yellow. Easy to grow, it will spread quickly as...

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    Angelina Sedum Angelina Stonecrop Sedum rupestre Angelina
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Fast-growing, and colorful, 'Angelina' Creeping Sedum (Sedum rupestre) adds a dazzling highlight with colors from chartreuse to golden yellow. Easy to grow, it will spread quickly as a drought-tolerant groundcover. Bright yellow star-like flowers bloom in summer and foliage turns golden-orange in autumn. A great pick for rock gardens, dry borders, and large expanses of ground that need planting.
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  4. Edelweiss French Hybrid Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia 'Edelweiss'

    Edelweiss French Hybrid Lavender (Lavandula intermedia) blooms with a profuse summer display of snowy white flowers and sweetly aromatic foliage. This mid-sized French hybrid is a un...

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    Edelweiss Lavender Edelweiss Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Edelweiss
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Edelweiss French Hybrid Lavender (Lavandula intermedia) blooms with a profuse summer display of snowy white flowers and sweetly aromatic foliage. This mid-sized French hybrid is a unique specimen for any gardener who loves Lavender. Plant in a soothing monochromatic color scheme, or plant with blue flowered cultivars to create a delightful color combination.
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  5. Manzano Mountains Strain Hedgehog Cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus Manzano Mts., growing in rock garden with red flowers

    Our Manzano Mountains Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) has stout stems with fewer spines than are typical for the species, for an unusual appearance that cold hardy cac...

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    Manzano Mountains Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus) Manzano Mountains Strain Hedgehog Cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus Manzano Mts.
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 2" Pot
    Our Manzano Mountains Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) has stout stems with fewer spines than are typical for the species, for an unusual appearance that cold hardy cacti growers will appreciate. Deep red mid-spring flowers are a hummingbird favorite. Tough and very cold hardy, this native cactus is a great rock garden specimen or addition to the xeric landscape. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  6. FlowerKisser Weeping Pink Texas Yucca, Hesperaloe x 'WWG07', bright pink flowers

    FlowerKisser™ Weeping Pink Hesperaloe (Hesperaloe parviflora) is a beautiful, eye-catching form of Hesperaloe, or Texas Yucca, with bright pink flowers held on tall, graceful, weep...

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    FlowerKisser™ Weeping Pink Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe) FlowerKisser™ Weeping Pink Texas Yucca Hesperaloe x 'WWG07'
    $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    FlowerKisser™ Weeping Pink Hesperaloe (Hesperaloe parviflora) is a beautiful, eye-catching form of Hesperaloe, or Texas Yucca, with bright pink flowers held on tall, graceful, weeping bloom spikes. Nearly seedless, the mature plant blooms all summer, drawing hummingbirds. The non-spiny evergreen foliage is particularly fine-textured, giving the plant a wonderful year-round look. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  7. Li'l Bang Starstruck Tickseed, Coreopsis Li'l Bang Starstruck

    Li'l Bang™ 'Starstruck' Coreopsis hits a home run for easy-to-grow, colorful, pollinator-friendly flowers. Blooming with rosy-red-to-pink cheerful blossoms with bright yellow eyes,...

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    Li'l Bang™ Starstruck Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Starstruck Tickseed Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Starstruck
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Li'l Bang™ 'Starstruck' Coreopsis hits a home run for easy-to-grow, colorful, pollinator-friendly flowers. Blooming with rosy-red-to-pink cheerful blossoms with bright yellow eyes, it will keep you in color from mid-summer to mid-fall. Great for containers too, and deer resistant.
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  8. Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Beard Tongue, Penstemon strictus ‘WWG06’

    Blanca Peak™ White Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is an award-winning white-flowered selection of our native Rocky Mountain Penstemon. Large, tubular flowers are a favorite nectar ...

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    Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Penstemon Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Beardtongue Penstemon strictus 'WWG06'
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Blanca Peak™ White Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is an award-winning white-flowered selection of our native Rocky Mountain Penstemon. Large, tubular flowers are a favorite nectar source for bumblebees. Plant this easy-to-grow beardtongue for a sturdy, long-lived late-spring bloomer in your xeriscape. This beauty thrives in most well-drained soil with full sun exposure. A 2021 Plant Select® Winner. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  9. SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Beard Tongue, Penstemon pinifolius ‘P019S', orange flowers

    A soft orange-flowered selection of pineleaf beardtongue, SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius) is a native cultivar that starts flowering in late spring and attr...

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    SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Penstemon SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius 'P019S'
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    A soft orange-flowered selection of pineleaf beardtongue, SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius) is a native cultivar that starts flowering in late spring and attracts numerous pollinators and hummingbirds. Reminiscent of Colorado summer sunsets, its long-lasting blooms add a warm glow to dry area gardens. Finely textured evergreen foliage forms a compact mound for year-round interest.
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  10. Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata Purple Beauty growing in rock garden as groundcover

    An easy-to-grow groundcover, 'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) carpets the mid-to-late spring garden with starry lavender-purple flowers. Whether you are looking for a ...

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    Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Purple Beauty
    $10.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    An easy-to-grow groundcover, 'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) carpets the mid-to-late spring garden with starry lavender-purple flowers. Whether you are looking for a water-thrifty addition to flow through a rock garden, or a beautiful way to highlight a spring-blooming bulb collection, 'Purple Beauty' will add pollinator-friendly, drought-tolerant spring beauty to your garden.
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  11. SunSparkler® Dazzleberry Stonecrop, Sedum 'Razzleberry'

    Bold and beautiful, SunSparkler® 'Dazzleberry' Sedum sports smoky blue-grey foliage in 6-inch-tall mounds. Come late summer, raspberry flower clusters cover the plant for long-lasti...

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    SunSparkler® Dazzleberry Sedum SunSparkler® Dazzleberry Stonecrop PP#22457 Sedum Dazzleberry PP#22457
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Bold and beautiful, SunSparkler® 'Dazzleberry' Sedum sports smoky blue-grey foliage in 6-inch-tall mounds. Come late summer, raspberry flower clusters cover the plant for long-lasting color. Easy-to-grow and pollinator-friendly, it’s a great low maintenance perennial for groundcovers, rock gardens, borders, and containers in sunny, dry areas. 'Dazzleberry' will naturalize and spread creating a carpet of easy-care color.
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  12. SunSparkler® Lime Twister Stonecrop, Sedum 'Lime Twister', pink flowers

    SunSparkler® 'Lime Twister' Sedum is a two-toned garden knockout with lime green foliage edged in a buttery yellow. This hardy succulent blooms in late summer with rose-pink flowers...

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    SunSparkler® Lime Twister Sedum SunSparkler® Lime Twister Stonecrop PP#26895 Sedum Lime Twister PP#26895
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    SunSparkler® 'Lime Twister' Sedum is a two-toned garden knockout with lime green foliage edged in a buttery yellow. This hardy succulent blooms in late summer with rose-pink flowers that last for well over a month, supporting pollinators and brightening the late summer to fall garden. An easy-to-grow choice that will spread to fill containers, borders, and water-thrifty gardens. Deer and rabbit resistant.
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  13. SunSparkler® Wildfire Stonecrop, Sedum 'Wildfire'

    SunSparkler® 'Wildfire' Sedum blazes with ruby red petals edged in hot pink. Late summer brings clusters of long-blooming pink flowers. It’s an attention-worthy groundcover that w...

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    SunSparkler® Wildfire Sedum SunSparkler® Wildfire Stonecrop PP#28621 Sedum Wildfire PP#28621
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    SunSparkler® 'Wildfire' Sedum blazes with ruby red petals edged in hot pink. Late summer brings clusters of long-blooming pink flowers. It’s an attention-worthy groundcover that will naturalize to fill a sunny, dry area. In fact, the more sun, the brighter the color. A perfect easy-to-grow addition to a rock garden, container, or any sunny spot that needs a water-thrifty color boost. Deer and rabbit resistant.
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  14. Buzz® Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush , Buddleia davidii 'Hot Raspberry', raspberry-pink flowers

    Buzz® 'Hot Raspberry' Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) wakes up summer’s doldrums with splendid raspberry-pink flowers. Blooming from early summer to late fall, the sweetly scent...

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    Buzz® Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Buzz® Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii Hot Raspberry
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Buzz® 'Hot Raspberry' Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) wakes up summer’s doldrums with splendid raspberry-pink flowers. Blooming from early summer to late fall, the sweetly scented shrub is a magnet for many pollinators, especially butterflies. This compact habit is perfect for smaller spaces, a lovely addition to a perennial bed or large container planting. The flowers and foliage make lovely bouquets.
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  15. Buzz® Midnight Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii 'Midnight' with two visiting  pollinators

    Buzz® 'Midnight' Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) is an exciting compact butterfly bush with magnificent jewel-tones of rich purple and blue flowers that shower the garden with col...

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    Buzz® Midnight Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Buzz® Midnight Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii Midnight
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Buzz® 'Midnight' Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) is an exciting compact butterfly bush with magnificent jewel-tones of rich purple and blue flowers that shower the garden with color and a sweet honey scent from early summer to late fall. A powerful attractor of butterflies and hummingbirds, it’s also deer and rabbit resistant. A perfect easy-to-grow upgrade for the perennial bed, container, hedge, or border.
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  16. Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus intricatus

    A native shrub from the southwestern US, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus intricatus) features attractive silvery evergreen foliage for year-round interest and bird habitat....

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    Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus) Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus intricatus
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A native shrub from the southwestern US, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus intricatus) features attractive silvery evergreen foliage for year-round interest and bird habitat. Its compact size and outstanding durability make it an excellent choice for hedging and xeric landscaping. In mid-spring, the shrub is covered in plumes of tiny pale flowers, which are pollinated by small native bees to create feathery seed tails that catch the afternoon light.
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  17. FlowerKisser Everpink Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis 'WWG08'

    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a seedless desert willow with large, fragrant pink flowers that cover the plant all summer long. This wide-growing nati...

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    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'WWG08'
    $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a seedless desert willow with large, fragrant pink flowers that cover the plant all summer long. This wide-growing native tree loves heat and full sun, making it a versatile addition to hot, dry gardens. Nectar-rich blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  18. Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat, Eriogonum allenii 'Little Rascal'

    Huge, flat-topped flower clusters create a dome of bright yellow color over the large attractive gray-green leaves of 'Little Rascal' Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii). Blooming througho...

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    Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum allenii Little Rascal
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Huge, flat-topped flower clusters create a dome of bright yellow color over the large attractive gray-green leaves of 'Little Rascal' Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii). Blooming throughout the summer and into fall, it is highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. This low-care buckwheat is more moisture tolerant than most and can be grown across much of the US when planted in full sun and well drained soils.
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  19. Magic Mars Single Hollyhock, Alcea rosea Magic Mars, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Mars Magic' Single Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) brings classic style and architectural form to the summer garden. The tall stems are covered with scarlet-red single flowers with lemon th...

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    Mars Magic Single Hollyhock Magic Mars Single Hollyhock Alcea rosea Magic Mars
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    'Mars Magic' Single Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) brings classic style and architectural form to the summer garden. The tall stems are covered with scarlet-red single flowers with lemon throats. Flowers rise above the garden from mid-to-late summer, casting a colorful red sunset glow over the garden. Hummingbirds love these bright red flowers, as do butterflies. This cultivar is a true cold-hardy perennial, blooming every year.
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  20. Claremont Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum v. glutinosum 'Claremont', clusters of pink flowers

    A stunning early spring-blooming shrub with pendulous clusters of pink flowers, 'Claremont' Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) is an essential nectar source for bees and migrating ...

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    Claremont Flowering Currant (Ribes) Claremont Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum Claremont
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A stunning early spring-blooming shrub with pendulous clusters of pink flowers, 'Claremont' Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) is an essential nectar source for bees and migrating hummingbirds. In fall, foliage shifts to a warm apricot hue. Also known as Winter Currant, this California native displays edible inky black berries that attract birds. This fragrant, showy shrub is a great choice for small yards and patio gardens.
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  21. Golden Candles, Thermopsis lupinoides

    A super cold hardy Old World native, Golden Candles (Thermopsis lupinoides) blooms with stunning bright yellow lupine-like flower spikes in mid-spring. It pairs beautifully with mid-...

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    Golden Candles (Thermopsis) Golden Candles Thermopsis lupinoides
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A super cold hardy Old World native, Golden Candles (Thermopsis lupinoides) blooms with stunning bright yellow lupine-like flower spikes in mid-spring. It pairs beautifully with mid-spring daffodils and tulips, and after flowers fade, attractive foliage mounds will enhance your garden through summer. Easily grown and long-lived, Golden Candles delivers welcome early-season color after a long, cold winter. A 2020 Plant Select® Winner.
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  22. Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus)

    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, ...

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    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus) Southwestern Black Cherry Prunus serotina var. virens
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, fragrant white flower clusters that attract butterflies and bees. Following small black cherries are eagerly eaten by songbirds. With a handsome trunk and branches, attractive foliage, and ornamental flowers and fruit, is an excellent choice for gardens small and large.
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  23. Dwarf Leadplant, Amorpha nana

    Dwarf Leadplant (Amorpha nana) is a wonderfully compact native shrub that covers itself with purple flower clusters in late spring. Sweet honey-scented flowers attract bees, butterfl...

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    Dwarf Leadplant (Amorpha) Dwarf Leadplant Amorpha nana
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Dwarf Leadplant (Amorpha nana) is a wonderfully compact native shrub that covers itself with purple flower clusters in late spring. Sweet honey-scented flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. A member of the legume family, Leadplant adds nitrogen to the soil, helping it thrive in poor soils and benefiting of all the plants surrounding it. Suitable for the most challenging sunny sites. A 2020 Plant Select® Winner
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  24. Northern Jacob's Ladder, Polemonium boreale 'Heavenly Habit', close up of purple flowers

    'Heavenly Habit' Northern Jacob’s Ladder is a compact perennial that is covered with a profusion of delicate flowers and fuzzy foliage. The pale violet-blue, lightly scented flower...

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    Heavenly Habit Jacob's Ladder Heavenly Habit Jacob's Ladder Polemonium boreale Heavenly Habit
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    'Heavenly Habit' Northern Jacob’s Ladder is a compact perennial that is covered with a profusion of delicate flowers and fuzzy foliage. The pale violet-blue, lightly scented flowers bloom from early-to-late summer with yellow halos and white eyes. Native to high arctic land, these hardy plants will add a delicate beauty to a sunny or part-shade garden. Attractive fern-like foliage adds even more texture. Deer resistant.
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