Perennial Flower Information
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Aruncus sylvester (Goat’s
Beard) grows 5 feet to 7 feet tall and has feathery
white flowers produced in small spikes, forming large
heads of bloom. They bloom from June to July. This sort
is especially useful for the borders of streams in half-shaded
Astilbe. The Astilbe
resembles the Aruncus superficially in the nature of
their feathery flower spikes, but generally, as seen
in the garden, they are not as tall. Perhaps the most
popular group for outdoor planting is known as A.
Arendsii, this being an improved race derived from
hybridizing many other species. The varieties found
in catalogs bear rose, lilac, salmon-pink and white
flowers. Some of the names are: Ceres, Juno, Kriemhilde,
and Vesta. The names such as japonica, Davidii and
,grandis are the species of Astilbe which are
the parents of the named varieties. Large quantities
of A. japonica were formerly imported to the
United States for florist use at Easter time. A federal
quarantine prohibits these plants now. The plants in
the garden bloom in June, July or August.
Sweet. Uhnaria. The commoner species known as the Queen
of the Meadows, Filpendula Ulmaria, is a tufted,
fern-leaved plant. In late June and during July the
plants send up flower stalks 18 inches tall, bearing
masses of white flowers. The double sort, flore pleno,
is more showy than the single. F. purpurea (palmata)
and its variety elegans have red and pink
flowers produced in large clusters, the crimson flower
stems growing 3 feet tall. They bloom from June to August.
USE AND GENERAL. These plants
are exquisite for the border. where they lend a misty
charm to almost any combination of perennials. They
are superb pot plants. Filipendula Ulmaria, because
of its dwarf growth, is useful as an edging plant. Cut
sprays of all sorts add much to a bouquet in the home.
They prefer a rich soil and an abundance of water while
in bloom; for this reason they are well planted at the
waterside. They are at home in half shade.
PROPAGATION. The habit of
growth by forming dense clumps suggests the easiest
method of increasing the plants; that is, by dividing
them with a strong knife.