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Regional Picks : Water-Wise Plants – South

Fine Gardening – Issue 170

 

1. ‘Big Blue’ Sea Holly

 

Name: Eryngium × zabelii ‘Big Blue’

Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; various soil conditions from sandy to clay

‘Big Blue’ has great color and texture with distinctive violet-blue bracts, flowers, and upper stems. It makes a bold statement when massed and will hold its own as a small specimen. This spiky perennial is a wonderful cut flower, either fresh or dried. It will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions including poor and dry soil, but it has a taproot and, therefore, does not like to be transplanted once established.

 

2. Pinnate Prairie Coneflower

 

Name: Ratibida pinnata

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; loam, clay loam, or sandy soil

From May through September, this member of the aster family is lush with yellow blooms. It is…

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