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Flowers and Decorative Plants


Flowers are important not only for aesthetics, but to provide a diverse smorgasbord that encourages pollinators in your garden! It is somewhat arbitrary to divide flowers into annuals and perennials as many which are perennials in their native habitats are annuals here as they will not survive our cold winters. We have put biennials with perennials. Many flowers also have edible parts (flowers, leaves, seeds) and others are considered traditional medicinal plants.

Niger Seed

Niger seed is native to Ethiopia and is now grown widely in India and Africa. It is an erect branched annual, around 2’ tall and equally wide, and covered with yellow daisy flowers. It is grown for its very small black seeds, which in North America are used to feed wild finches but can also yield an edible oil. My previous attempt to grow it was unsuccessful but this is an early cultivar and we had good results in 2019. I was unsure when to harvest the seed so I imagine that a lot of seed shelled out and I expect many volunteer plants this spring.

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Locoweed – Yellow

Yellow Locoweed (probably Oxytropis campestris or perhaps Oxytropis sericea) is a grey-green native legume with upright spikes of creamy yellow flowers in early summer. Can cause selenium poisoning if eaten by livestock. For best germination, scarify seed or seed outdoors in fall.

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Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover is a prairie species forming clumps of upright stems 1’—2′ tall. The small purple flowers are tightly bunched on a spike, starting to bloom at the bottom and working their way up. For best germination, scarify seeds or perhaps seed outdoors in fall.

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Fleabane Daisy

This Fleabane (either Erigeron glabellis or Erigeron philadelphicus) grows in large numbers in our ditches. It grows about 1′ tall and has an aster-like flower, pink with a yellow centre, at the end of each stem.

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Milkweed – Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed normally grows in wetlands in Missouri but seems quite happy in Saskatchewan gardens. The much-branched plants grow 3’—4′ tall with narrow leaves and flowers in tight umbels at the ends of the stems. Flowers are usually pink but this is a mix of pink- and white-flowered cultivars. The pods are attractive and split to release seeds which are carried away by the wind. All milkweeds provide food for Monarch butterflies.

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Yarrow – Common

Common Yarrow is an erect clump-forming plant about 1’—2′ tall with feathery leaves and white or pink flowers in flat-topped heads. It is native to the plains of North America and Eurasia.

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Henbane

Henbane is a nightshade family member with attractive yellow flowers with purple spots and deep purple centres. The seed receptacles are also interesting in dried arrangements. The plant is poisonous like many nightshades.

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Sunflower – Music Box

(C) This is a dwarf branched sunflower with a range of colours in bronze, brown, mahogany, and creamy bicolours around dark centers.

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Gaura – Lindheimer’s

Lindheimer’s Gaura is perennial in its native Texas but not in most of Canada. This slender graceful plant, 2’—3′ tall, with a loose spike of tubular rosy-white flowers, blooms all summer and fall.

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Coreopsis – Plains

This seed was gathered from a wildflower mix.

A member of the aster family, it has yellow flowers with deep red centres on a plant to about 3′. This is a Great Plains wildflower, not the domesticated cultivar that we offered previously, which is shorter and with bi-coloured flowers.

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Sunflower – Original Sun

Original Sun (C) is the forebearer to all modern sunflower varieties, preceding domestication 4000 years ago. This ancient variety grows 10′ tall, with multiple branches of small flowers that produce tiny seeds. Needs support, particularly in windy gardens. The abundant, small flowers on long, delicate stems, make good cut flowers.

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Sweet Pea – Matucana

Matucana (C) is an Italian heirloom with highly scented, bi-coloured violet and deep maroon flowers on very tall plants. Said to be one of the first sweet peas introduced to Britain in 1700 by Sicilian Monk, Franciscus Cupani.

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Sweet Pea – Painted Lady

Painted Lady (C) is one of the original cultivars from the Cupani strain in cultivation since the 1730s. Growing 1.5-2m (5-6′) tall, it has exquisite, highly scented pink and white petals on long stems good for cutting.

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Wood Poppy

Wood Poppy has light green foliage and open bright yellow flowers borne over a long season. This short lived self-seeding perennial likes moist ground in semi-shade but will tolerate full sun.

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Physochlania Orientalis

Physochlania Orientalis is a low growing tuberous perennial in the nightshade family. It shows signs of growth in the second half of April and is in full bloom around May 1. For about two weeks the plants are covered with clusters of 1 cm purple-blue trumpet flowers. Used medicinally in Asia much like henbane. Germination takes place over several months.

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Inula Hirta

Inula Hirta is a small (30 cm- 45 cm) inula with golden yellow flowers. As it has a gently creeping rootstock it can be used as a well-behaved ground cover.

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Alumroot

Alumroot has coarse rounded basal leaves with small purplish flowers near the top of 30 cm flowering stalks. Wild gathered.

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Columbine – Western

Looks like Western Columbine. The clumps are robust, topped by bicoloured flowers – red on the outer parts and yellow in the centre. Jim harvested the seed in his son’s yard in Manitoba.

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Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s Mantle has large velvety pleated green leaves that hold drops of dew, and clusters of small chartreuse flowers. Seed is slow to germinate.

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Cleome – Spider Flower

Cleome (C) is also called spider flower because of its narrow petals and long stamens. The 2-3′ plants have loose heads of white to dark pink flowers with a long flowering season. Self sows easily.

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Perennial Yellow Flax

Perennial Yellow Flax is a beautiful clump forming plant with a height between 8-12″. The plants have large leaves for a flax and are covered with 1″ cheerful bright yellow flowers for a long period.

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Four O’Clocks – Marbles Mix

Four O’Clocks are a two foot high wonderfully bushy annual (in our climate anyway, perennial in warmer climates) flower. Plants covered in gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers (that tend to open in the late afternoon, hence the name), and bloom all summer long. This mixture has solid, striped, and spotted blooms in various colour combinations with pinks, whites, yellows, and oranges present. Lovely large black seeds are poisonous if ingested.

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Borage – White Flowered

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This sample is mainly white-flowered but may contain the occasional blue-flowered plant.

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Sweet Rocket

Sweet Rocket is a biennial edible flower that readily self-seeds. Flowers are mostly pinks and whites and are known to give off a lovely scent in the evenings (Hesperis is greek and relates to the evening). Leaves can be used as greens in salads and more (for best flavour, pick leaves before the plant flowers). Other culinary and medicinal uses also possible.

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Lady’s Bedstraw

Lady’s (Yellow) Bedstraw is an English wildflower. On the prairies, our native bedstraws are white-flowered, but this one has many small bright yellow flowers. The plants are mat-forming with weak stems and narrow green leaves. It has been used to curdle milk and colour cheese, especially in Gloucestershire. It is also apparently used as a dye plant, the roots for a red colour, and the flowers for a yellow colour.

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