The Missouri Botanical Garden has added 18 selections to its Plants of Merit program.
To be nominated as a Plant of Merit, selections must be non-invasive in our area, be easy to grow and maintain and grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois and the Kansas City metro area. Plants of Merit must also be resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects, have outstanding ornamental value and be reasonably available to purchase.
Four of the 2011 selections are:
Dawn redwood ‘Raven’ Shaw’s Legacy (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). This deciduous redwood typically grows 70 to 100 feet tall in a conical form and features soft, flattened bright green needles and orange-brown bark. Trunks broaden at the base with age, developing elaborate fluting.
Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a Missouri native spring wildflower which occurs in rich woods and wooded slopes throughout the state. The stemless plant features two downy, heart-shaped, handsomely-veined, dark green leaves.
Burkwood viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii) is a densely-branched, multi-stemmed shrub which typically grows eight to 10 feet tall and five to seven feet wide. It features fragrant white flowers arranged in flat-topped clusters which are two to four inches wide in April. Flowers are followed by clusters of red berry-like fruit which ripen black. Glossy dark green leaves are four inches long and turn maroon in fall, but remain evergreen in warm southern climates (USDA Zones 7 and 8).
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun') typically grows three feet tall on stiff, upright, leafy stems. It produces a long summer-to-fall bloom of large, daisy-like flowers featuring yellow rays tipped with lemon yellow and greenish center disks. Single flowers bloom atop strong, sometimes-branching stems.
To see all 18 selections, go here