- Herbaceous Perennials
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Kanzu Leek Amaryllidaceae
Small hardy allium for a vegetable garden or rockery. It forms a tight but spreading clump of edible grassy leaves about 15cm/6” high, with nodding clusters of deep purple flowers in summer. Attracts bees. Good for sandy soils. Edible flowers and leaves.
Japanese Onion Amaryllidaceae
A delightful splash of purple late in the season. Grassy leaved perennial which produces masses of rose-purple flowers in October/November. Edible leaves used in soups. Named '1100' as this was height marker it was found at on Mt. Hallasan, South Korea
Peppermint Ginger Zingiberaceae
An unusually hardy member of this genus from China, Taiwan and Japan. It is mostly evergreen in zone 8b and produces spikes of peppermint-striped red and white flowers in the spring. These occasionally produce small grape-shaped seed capsules which take a year to mature and turn bright red the following year when flowers are emerging. Hardy to -10 C.
Devil’s Tongue Araceae
Spectacular voodoo lily with a tall purple flower spike in April followed by a large spotted leaves. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine. Its tubers can be prepared like potato dishes, and they are also made into cereals and Asian noodles. Hardiest of the Devil’s Tongues.
Arkansas Blue Star Apocynaceae
Delicate, willow-like foliage is topped with pale blue star-shaped flowers in spring. The light green foliage looks good all summer, turns a beautiful golden-yellow in autumn, and can stand through most of the winter, adding interest especially when mixed with grasses.
Blue Star Apocynaceae
Dense clusters of star-like, ice-blue flowers appear from late spring to midsummer on graceful, arching stems above long, dark green leaves. A lovely, clump-forming perennial that looks good in the middle of a sunny border. One of our favorites.