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ASARUM caudatum, Wild ginger ASARUM caudatum
Wild ginger

Perennial: Deer resistant. Clay tolerant. Rhizomatous evergreen, prostrate ground cover. Has heart-shaped leaves with small pitcher-shaped reddish-brown flowers in summer. Attracts butterflies. Height: 3-8 inches. Width: 10 inches (eventually will spread to form a nice clump). Exposure: shade. Water: moist. USDA Z7.

ASCLEPIAS curassavica 'Red Butterfly', Bloodflower ASCLEPIAS curassavica 'Red Butterfly'
Bloodflower

Perennial Subshrub: Deer resistant. Native of South America. Deciduous bedding, container, border and cut flower plant. Flowering time: summer-fall. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds & bees. Bloom color: corolla red, corona orange. Height: 3-3.5 feet. Expsoure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z7.

Photo unavailable ASCLEPIAS fascicularis
Narrow Leaf Milkweed, Mexican Whorled Milkweed

Perennial Herb: Deciduous. CA native. Deer resistant. Drought, clay & heat tolerant. Sends up many thin, erect stems while bearing distinctive long pointed lvs which are narrow, often whorled about the stem. Produces clusters of 2" lav. or lav.-tinted wht flowers summer-fall. Important host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars & nectar source for other butterflies as well. 3' x 3'. Exp: sun/pt shade. Water: mod./dry. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable ASCLEPIAS speciosa
Showy Milkweed

Perennial Herb: Deciduous. Deer, drought & clay tolerant. Native to California & western half of the US. Popular with butterflies & birds & is a Monarch host plant. Large, pointed blue-green leaves are coarse & hairy. The flowers are unusual & showy 3-5 in globes of pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. The nectar-filled late summer flowers have a nice scent & magnificent seed pods. Upright growth. Ht: 4-6 ft, often just 2-3 ft. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3-9.

ASTER 'Purple Dome' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM 'Purple Dome'), New England Aster ASTER 'Purple Dome' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM 'Purple Dome')
New England Aster

Perennial: Evergreen. Deer resistant. Drought and heat tolerant. Purple Dome will burst with color in the late summer, providing a spectacular show when much of the garden has finished for the season. A compact heavy blooming variety which displays excellent resistance to mildew. Attracts butterflies and bees. Bloom time: fall. Bloom color: pruple. Height: 18". Width: 3'. Exposure: sun. Water: dry. USDA Z3.

ASTER ageratoides 'Starshine', Japanese Aster ASTER ageratoides 'Starshine'
Japanese Aster

Perennial: Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies and bees. Forms a midsized mound of green leaves, bearing loads of small, white yellow-eyed daisies from summer-fall. High resistance to powdery mildew. Good for border or container plantings. Nice cut flower. Bloom color: white. Height: 20-24". Width: 24-28". Exposure: sun-part shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z8. PP#19403.

ASTER ageratoides 'Starshine', Japanese Aster ASTER ageratoides 'Starshine'
Japanese Aster

Perennial: Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies and bees. Forms a midsized mound of green leaves, bearing loads of small, white yellow-eyed daisies from summer-fall. High resistance to powdery mildew. Good for border or container plantings. Nice cut flower. Bloom color: white. Height: 20-24". Width: 24-28". Exposure: sun-part shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z8. PP#19403.

ASTER dumosus 'Alert' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM dumosum 'Alert'), Aster ASTER dumosus 'Alert' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM dumosum 'Alert')
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Good rock garden, border and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies & bees. Pinch one-half of plant height before mid-July to allow plant to bush out. Bloom time: summer-fall. Bloom color: deep crimson red. Height: 1-1.5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3.

ASTER dumosus 'Alert' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM dumosum 'Alert'), Aster ASTER dumosus 'Alert' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM dumosum 'Alert')
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Good rock garden, border and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies & bees. Pinch one-half of plant height before mid-July to allow plant to bush out. Bloom time: summer-fall. Bloom color: deep crimson red. Height: 1-1.5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3.

Photo unavailable ASTER dumosus Kickin' 'Lavender' (syn. SYMPHYTOTRICHUM dum. Kickin' 'Lavender')
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. A new series that is very low maintenance, abundantly blooms & has a long bloom season. Pretty daisy-like flowers with golden centers. Good rock garden, border, and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies & bees. Bloom time: spring-fall. Bloom color: light purple. Compact, bushy growth habit. Height: 24-36 in. Width: 24-36 in. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z4. PPAF

Photo unavailable ASTER dumosus Kickin' 'Pink Chiffon' (syn. SYMPHYTOTRICHUM)
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. A new series that is very low maintenance, abundantly blooms & has a long bloom season. Pretty daisy-like flowers with golden centers. Good rock garden, border, and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies & bees. Bloom time: spring-fall. Bloom color: pastel pink. Compact, bushy growth habit. Height: 24-36 in. Width: 24-36 in. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z4. PPAF

ASTER lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' (SYMPHYOTRICHUM lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'), Aster ASTER lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' (SYMPHYOTRICHUM lateriflorus 'Lady in Black')
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Border, cut flower and rock garden plant with rich burgundy foliage that contrasts nicely to the tiny white daisies that contain round raspberry cones borne along the leaf axils. Very strong grower. Blooms: summer-fall. Size: 3-4' x 2'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3.

ASTER lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' (SYMPHYOTRICHUM lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'), Aster ASTER lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' (SYMPHYOTRICHUM lateriflorus 'Lady in Black')
Aster

Perennial: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous. Border, cut flower and rock garden plant with rich burgundy foliage that contrasts nicely to the tiny white daisies that contain round raspberry cones borne along the leaf axils. Very strong grower. Blooms: summer-fall. Size: 3-4' x 2'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3.

Photo unavailable ASTER novae-angliae 'Pink Crush' (SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae 'Pink Crush')
New England Aster

Perennial: Semi-evergreen. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. An end of the season showstopper! Produces a large, very round mound with densely packed flowers. Attracts bees & butterflies. Nice cut flower, border, pot & rock garden plant. Bloom color: deep rose-pink. Bloom time: late summer-fall. Height: 20-24”. Width: 36”. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z3. PPAF

Photo unavailable ASTER novi-belgii 'Bahamas' (syn. SYMPHYOTRICHUM 'Bahamas')
Island Series Aster, Dwarf Michaelmas Daisy

Perennial: Semi-evergreen. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Part of the Island series, a group of asters designed for their compact habit and flower power. Attracts bees & butterflies. Nice cut flower, border, pot & rock garden plant. Blooms: summer-fall. Bloom color: vibrant cerise pink. Size: 12-18" x 12-18". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z4.

ASTILBE x arendsii 'Fanal', False Spiraea, Meadow Sweet ASTILBE x arendsii 'Fanal'
False Spiraea, Meadow Sweet

Perennial: Deciduous. Deer resistant. Fern-like leaves carry clusters of tiny flowers in spring-summer. Good cut flower, border and woodland plant. Waterside is okay-tolerates bog. Attracts butterflies. Bloom color: red. Size: 2 feet x 3 feet. Exposure: light sun to shade. Water: moist. USDA Z6.

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