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Jelitto Perennial Seed

Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

dwarf wild columbine, Canadian columbine

'Little Lanterns' is short in stature, but free with flowers! Numerous pendant flowers of red and yellow cover the plant in late spring. This selection resolves a few grievances that some have expressed about Aquilegia canadensis by having consistantly shorter stature and more intense color than the species.

Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' dwarf wild columbine, Canadian columbine from North Creek Nurseries

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

swamp milkweed
A marvelous long-blooming, bright white selection of swamp milkweed. Clear white flowers and dark green foliage make the colors of the hundreds of visiting butterflies glisten in the sunlight.
Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' swamp milkweed from North Creek Nurseries

Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister'

coneflower

A new release from Jelitto Perennial Seeds, Echinacea 'Green Twister' is a compact, sturdy plant with horizontal facing petals that change in color from edges of lemon green to a bright carmine red center. Colors vary by flower and give a pleasing range of color pattern. 

Echinacea purpurea 'Green Twister' coneflower from North Creek Nurseries

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

purple coneflower

Named by Klaus Jelitto of Jelitto Staudensamen (perennial seeds) in Germany, for Swedish nurseryman Magnus Nilsson, who carefully selected for ten years, looking for fine form, dark hue, and very horizontal petals. A tall, coarse plant with large, dark green leaves and a large, 3-4" flower with broad hot pink to purple petals that surround a brown/bronze cone. Plants are tough and heat and drought tolerant once established. Their roots have famous medicinal qualities, they make great, long lasting cut flowers and attract numerous butterflies and small birds.

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' purple coneflower from North Creek Nurseries

Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows'

purple coneflower

A beautiful and long-lasting coneflower, Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows' is a seed introduction from Jelitto that ranges from light yellow to the deepest golden with bright orange centers. Flowering in its first season, this sturdy and reliable plant is an excellent cut flower and a great source of nectar and seed to pollinators and wildlife. 

Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows' purple coneflower from North Creek Nurseries

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

purple coneflower

Introduced by Jelitto, who gave us 'Magnus', Echinacea 'Ruby Star' is a slightly shorter plant with large flat topped flowers that are a deeper purple pink, almost ruby red, than most others. Plants are easy to grow, tough, and heat and drought tolerant once established. Their roots have famous medicinal qualities, they make great, long lasting, cut flowers and attract numerous butterflies and small birds.

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' purple coneflower from North Creek Nurseries

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts'

Smooth ox-eye

Another Heliopsis seed selection by Jelitto Perennial Seeds, Heliopsis helianthoides 'Bleeding Hearts' stands 4' tall with dark purple foliage and black stems providing a perfect foil for the blooms beginning at a fire red then orange-red turning to bronze colored as they fade. 'Bleeding Hearts' begins blooming in its first year and blooms from June to mid-October. 

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts' Smooth ox-eye from North Creek Nurseries

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts'

smooth oxeye

A seed selection by Jelitto Perennial Seeds, Heliopsis helianthoides 'Burning Hearts' stands 4' tall with dark red purple foliage and abundant contrasting yellow daisy-like flowers with orange centers. Plant begins blooming in its first year and blooms from June to mid-October. 

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts' smooth oxeye from North Creek Nurseries

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

lyre-leaf sage

Grown mainly for the foliage, 'Purple Knockout' has compact basal rosettes of shiny burgundy leaves that turn to deep purple in summer, then to red in the fall. Spikes of pale lilac-blue flowers appear in spring and summer, but sometimes the flowers have only calyces and no petals. We have not been able to determine the cause of this, but a cut back of the stems promotes new blooms that often have petals the second time around. Petals or no, the flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Very easy to grow in just about any soil, it will self sow to spread and become a dense groundcover that makes a great native substitute for Ajuga.

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout' lyre-leaf sage from North Creek Nurseries