Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Iris sibirica, Siberian iris

Iris sibirica, Siberian iris Iris sibirica is relatively maintenance free, growing from 2-3 feet happily in a wide variety of conditions preferring mildly acidic and moist soils. It will tolerate some shade, but blooms best in full sun with its handsome buds and beautiful blossoms app .. Read More

Iris pumila, dwarf bearded iris, white

Iris pumila, dwarf bearded iris, white Iris pumila is a lovely early blooming dwarf iris that spreads and continues to thrive in the same spot for years. It should be grown in an open, sunny site, in fertile, loamy soil with sharp drainage. Plant so that the rhizomes are at the  .. Read More

Iris Germanica 'Queen of May'

Iris Germanica ‘Queen of May’ This rare iris was listed on Beatrix Farrand’s planting plans for the “pink and crimson” border. It is an early and prolific bloomer and a vigorous grower. It was first introduced in 1859 and was a favorite of the Victorians who considered it the first “p .. Read More

Iris germanica 'Madame Chereau'

Iris germanica ‘Madame Chereau’ This iris was suggested to us at Bellefield by the Historic Iris Preservation Society to use as a substitution for one of the lost iris on Farrand’s planting plan. It stands majestically tall with a fringed purple on its luxurious white peta .. Read More

Gladiolus callianthus, Abyssinian sword lily

Gladiolus callianthus, Abyssinian sword lily This fragrant gladiola blooms on tall stalks late in the season but will continue flowering until frost. In order to keep it going for years to come, it needs to be dug and stored indoors for the winter. (The bulbs will wait happily in paper .. Read More

Filipendula rubra, queen of the prairie

Filipendula rubra, queen of the prairie A tall (6’-8’), upright, clump forming native perennial ranging from Georgia to Pennsylvania along the east coast and west to Iowa and Missouri. It features branched, astilbe-like panicles of tiny, fragrant, pale pink flowers in early to mid-summ .. Read More


Eupatorium perfoliatum, Boneset or white Joe Pye This native of the northeast is happy in wet areas and grows up to 4 feet tall. Native Americans used this plant to break fevers and heal bones. Its white blooms come in mid-summer and last for at least a month. Cut the bloo .. Read More

Camassia leichtlinii

Camassia leichtlinii, quamash Camassia leichtlinii grows 2-4 feet tall, occasionally even up to five feet including the flower spike. It blooms in May at Bellefield and has a pyramidal raceme of small bright star-like flowers atop a tall stem rising above a narrow grassy clump.Th .. Read More

Anemone sylvestris, snowdrop windflower

Anemone sylvestris, snowdrop windflower Delicate nodding white flowers appear in late spring and early summer, over a low mound of ferny foliage. Plants will form a dense patch, suitable for a ground cover. Makes a useful over-planting for small bulbs with its thick leaves helpin .. Read More

Anemone canadensis, windflower

Anemone canadensis, windflower This native of the northeast is a low ground cover with sharply divided green foliage and a simple white flower with yellow stamens appearing in May to early June. It spreads readily through its underground rhizomes in sun or part shade. In the wild .. Read More