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Dentaria laciniata

That's only two of the complimentary adjectives that spontaneously pop into my mind and best describe our beloved, native Dentaria laciniata, one of the earliest plants to flower in the Spring.

Known to legions of wildflower lovers worldwide as "Cutleaf Toothwort", the bloom can be so prolific that the ground seems carpeted by snowfall when the long lasting white flowers open.

But exquisite flowers alone shouldn't be your only motive for growing the ever perennial Dentaria laciniata, as the fabulous, finely filigreed, fancy, free-flowing, fantastic foliage is variably delightful and the 6"-12" tall plants are a welcome addition to any garden. I've had equal success growing them in full sun and full shade. Actually, there isn't much shade this time of year except for the shadows of large tree trunks. Dentaria laciniata is not very particular of soil type, texture or fertility. In the wild, I've seen it growing in a host of situations, all except for wet, soggy conditions.

Despite the delicate looking foliage and dainty flowers, Dentaria laciniata is one helluva tough plant! This past Winter, temps plummeted to minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit with 45 mile per hour arctic blasts and all of my Dentaria laciniata was outside unprotected by their usual blanket of snow. They survived beautifully and are now ready for a new home in YOUR garden.

The common name of the genus is  "Toothwort". It acquired this moniker and the scientific name, Dentaria (which means teeth in Latin) because of the irregular angular ribs, or "teeth", which are actually leaf scars from the previous season's growth. This effect is more apparent on the related species Dentaria diphylla as Dentaria laciniata grows from a more tuberlike rootstock. As for the other common name of the genus Dentaria, "Pepper Root", it's said that Native Americans enjoyed the peppery taste of the root. They also used the root medicinally although I haven't been able to find the exact medicinal attributes.

This is an extremely effortless plant to grow and before you know it, you'll have a great colony of bright white flowers in early Spring. Propagation is easy by seed. By the way, the brown seed pods are called silique and contain dark brown seeds that mature about 4-5 weeks after flowering. The seeds can be collected and sown in pots or you can just let Mother Nature do her thing.

I've been building a good stock of Dentaria laciniata and Dentaria diphylla to share with you.

What you'll receive are 5 year old bareroot, blooming size plants. They'll arrive on your doorstep wrapped in long fibered, unmilled sphagnum moss. This material is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and a very useful material. incentive for you to try both species of Dentaria in your garden, you can take an extra 10% discount when you buy ANY quantity of both. There's a place on the order form for you to subtract your discount.

The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.

7   for $ 35.00  delivered ($5.00 ea)
10  for $ 45.00  delivered ($4.50 ea)
15  for $ 60.00  delivered ($4.00 ea)
20  for $ 70.00  delivered ($3.50 ea)
50  for $150.00  delivered ($3.00 ea)

Larger quantities at even lower prices upon request.

Ordering couldn't be easier! Just fill out the order form.

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