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125 YEARS OF WILDFLOWERS

AND OTHER NATIVE PLANTS

My, how time changes many things but one thing hasn’t changed, we are still the fifth
generation of the Robbins Family supplying wildflowers and native plants to our valued
customers across our country and even some overseas where we can ship them. Our last name is Fletcher with the same desire to help you grow and propagate flowers and plants that will come back year after year as a part of God’s plan for all of our enjoyment and pleasure. It is reassuring to see new and even some younger customers ordering wildflowers. So often they tell us their Grandparents and Parents instilled their passion in continuing to grow and
propagate native plants and wildflowers suitable for their part of the country.
Many of us experience the Seasons differently but we plan to help you choose flowers and plants that will grow and flourish in your
environment. For us this has been a somewhat un-usual growing season which began with a mostly warmer winter which started things growing earlier, with a few cold spells interspersed with warmer than normal. It seems our Fall flowers are going to be coming on early, but we know if you get your Bareroot plants in the ground while they are dormant they know when to start growing in the Spring. Our shipping will begin in early September for some places. Just a reminder that potted plants can be shipped any time, the tops may have died back but you should get a mature root of flower you want.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!

GOLDENRODS  

Throughout the world there are 125 species of Goldenrod known and of these around 90 are found in North America. There are up to 50 kinds found in the Northeast and particularly New England.
Many Goldenrods are similar to each other and quite a few kinds may be found in one location.  In late summer and autumn you will see their tall wands or plumes waving in the fields along roads as you travel. They may be considered the dominant ground coloring of the season. 
Goldenrods were not nearly as plentiful in the Old World as here, but have long been recognized as important plants by European herbalists and physicians. The generic name, Solidago, means “to make whole” referring to its medicinal benefits. The Chippewa Indians called it “sun medicine”, using it to calm stomachs, pass stones, and cure wounds as well as to treat diphtheria, bronchitis and tuberculosis. Teas made from several species have been popular and were exported in the nineteenth century to China and commanded high prices.
Bees drink goldenrod products, harvesting its nectar in great quantities in the fall. In fact, goldenrods are considered one of the most important bee plants. The flowers of some species have been used to make yellow dyes for cloth, experimented with as a source of rubber. With so many uses to its credit it is the state flower for Kentucky and Nebraska.
Goldenrod has been inappropriately blamed as a cause of hay fever, probably because it blooms in such great numbers at the height of hayfever season.

Wildflowers for Shade - Plant Now For Spring Blooms

{ Actaea racemosa - Black Cohosh
{ Allium tricoccum - Ramps
{ Arisaema triphyllum - Jack in the Pulpit
{ Astilbe biternata - False Goatsbeard
{ Athyrium asplenioides - Lady Fern
{ Dicentra cucullaria - Dutchman’s Breeches
{ Diphylleia cymosa - Umbrella Leaf
{ Erythronium americanum - Yellow Troutlily
{ Lilium superbum - Turk’s Cap Lily
{ Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells
{ Panax quinquefolius - Ginseng
{ Podophyllum peltatum - May Apple
{ Polygonatum commutatum - Solomon’s Seal
{ Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink
{ Stylophorum diphyllum - Celandine poppy
{ Trilliums - All Variety's
Uvularia

 

Fall Planting

As fall approaches your thoughts turn to the months ahead, soon your wildflowers will fade and it is time to start thinking about what you want to have blooming in the Spring. We are reminded that planting plants in their dormant stage will have the advantage of lessening the shock of transplanting. The soil stays warm even as the temperatures begin to cool and helps promote root growth which helps establish plants for next seasons growth. We describe the plants in their dormant stage as Bareroot plants and the time to order them begins in mid-September. Fall is the best time to plant early Spring bloomers, like Trilliums, Jack-in-the Pulpit, Erythroniums, etc.
When the warm days of Spring come your plants are waiting and eager to spring up from the ground to provide the colorful beauty you are so eagerly waiting for.
We also have many potted plants available.

 

Send Us Info About Spring Plant Sales Near You

 

Each Spring we travel to a few different plant sales during April bringing our native plants offerings to local areas. We have had great success and response from the shows we have attended. In 2018 we are planning on expanding this by going to more areas and expanding it into May. Here is what we need from you. Would you like us to come to your area? If so send us some information about plant sales that we can attend in your area. We know many of you would like to visit our Nursery but we are so far away it is hard for you to do, this way you can browse through our plant selection and not have to travel, not to mention you will save on shipping! So, send us some ideas on your area now so we can evaluate them this fall and make plans for Spring!  

 

Fall Specials

25%
Discount


 

 

      Bareroot

    3 Inch Pots

   Quart

Pots

Botanical Name

Common Name

Reg $

Sale $

Reg $

Sale $

Reg $

Sale $

Actaea racemosa

Black Cohosh

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

$8.20

$6.15

Astilbe biternata

False Goatsbeard

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

 

 

Athyrium asplenioides

Lady Fern

$9.25

$6.95

 

 

 

 

Carex pennsylvanica

Pennsylvania Sedge

 

 

$7.35

$5.50

$9.35

$7.00

Chelone lyoni

Pink Turtlehead

 

 

 

 

$8.20

$6.15

Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

 

 

Dryopteris marginalis

Leather Woodfern

$9.25

$6.95

 

 

 

 

Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

$8.20

$6.15

Liatris spicata

Spike Gayfeather

 

 

$6.20

$4.65

 

 

Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells

$7.60

$5.70

 

 

 

 

Podophyllum peltatum

May Apple

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

 

 

Polygonatum commutatum

Solomon's Seal

$7.60

$5.70

 

 

 

 

Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

$7.60

$5.70

 

 

 

 

Stylophorum diphyllum

Celandine  Poppy

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

 

 

Thermopsis villosa

Carolina Bush Pea

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

 

 

Trillium cuneatum

Toad Trillium

$10.25

$7.70

 

 

 

 

Trillium grandiflorum

Snow Trillium

$10.25

$7.70

 

 

 

 

Uvularia grandiflora

Merrybells

$6.45

$4.85

 

 

 

 

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Our Christmas Greens

During the holiday season we offer many different items that you can use to decorate with or send as gifts to family, friends, and co-workers. We offer many different ready-made items such as Wreaths, Garlands, Door Charms, Centerpieces, Greenery Arrangements, Candle Rings, Swags, Christmas Balls, and
Mantelpieces. Or perhaps you are the creative type and like DIY projects. If so, we offer Galax Leaves, Princess Pine, Fraser Fir Tips & Sprays, Boxwood Tips, Winterberry Stems, and many other items that you can use to create your own arrangements and decorations. We are sure you will find something that will make your
Holiday Season more pleasurable; there is
nothing like bringing a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains into your home or office. We start shipping these items on Nov. 15th and will continue right up until Christmas. If you need something shipped before then, as many of our customers do, let us know and we will work with you to get it shipped when you need it. We also hope to add a few new items this season so keep your eyes open for them.

 

Christmas Greenery Page

 

Plant Spotlight

 

LILIUM SUPERBUM - TURK’S CAP LILY
Lilium superbum commonly known as Turk’s cap lily is one of many varieties of lilies, perhaps the tallest and most loved native American lily by many people. You can see it growing along roadsides in moist areas, often in colonies where the conditions are right. They grow in full sun to partial shade in medium to wet soil, in fact THEY will tolerate wet soil. 
Plant the bulbs which are stoloniferous and the plants can spread to form colonies. They will spread easily in cultivation if they have optimum growing conditions. They grow as much as 8’ tall or even taller. The lance-shaped leaves are arranged in whorls around the stems. The nodding orange flowers densely spotted with maroon dots have greenish throats. The petals curve backwards to touch at the stem forming a “Turk’s cap”. Flowers appear atop upright stems in early to mid-summer and are often visited by Hummingbirds.
In 1857 Henry David Thoreau and Joseph Polis, his Penobscot Indian counterpart saw these lilies along the Penobscot River in Maine. Joe Polis told Thoreau the roots were good for thickening soup. Thoreau tasted one of the bulbs and said it was similar to raw, green corn.
You can grow Turk’s cap lilies from seed but it takes 5-7 years for them to flower.
THE RESULT IS WORTH THE WAIT!

 

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