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Purple Goose Leaf

Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’

Acaena

Goose Leaf

Our selections of this enchanting, ground-hugging evergreen from New Zealand feature diminutive leaves with a ferny delicacy. Lifting on short stalks above the foliage, globe-shaped seed heads—small thornless “burrs”—are colored a brownish red. Adapted to almost any well drained location, plant it as a cover for your bulb bed, situate it along pathways, perch it on a garden wall or let it creep around paving stones.

<i>Acaena inermis</i> ‘Purpurea’

Colored in a purple-gray shade reminiscent of overripe plums, this enchanting ground-level evergreen from New Zealand sprouts delicate low-lying foliage that sends forth globe-shaped seed heads—small brownish red thornless spheres on short stalks. ‘Purpurea’ warmly interweaves a planting of Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’, Scutellaria ‘Texas Rose’ and Carex glauca above our rock wall.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 6" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Our featured plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

Extraordinary Echinops, Pollinator-friendly Perennials, 2020 T-shirts!

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Donning either frosty white, cobalt blue or steel-blue tones, the stunning floral orbs are perched atop straight sturdy stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. These undemanding European natives prefer sunny well-drained niches, but can tolerate poor, sandy or rock-strewn sites. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and plant connoisseurs alike, Echinops lend a statuesque presence to formal borders, cottage gardens, meadow-style plantings or cut arrangements.

Welcome pollinators into your garden….

with blooms that promise to buoy your spirits plus entice a plethora of pollinators, including moths, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. 

Most of are aware of the alarming decline in our bee and and butterfly populations. Recent studies indicate that planting a garden of any size, whether it's a substantial meadow or even a container, can attract and nourish pollinators. A network of pollinator gardens in neighborhoods, cities and rural areas throughout our country could provide enough habitat to maintain healthy communities of pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

We can make a difference by including numerous plants that benefit pollinators in our landscapes. We hope this selection of pollinator-friendly plants will inspire you to dig some into your garden. 

Happy August and Happy Digging from all of us Digging Dog plant wranglers!

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