Every year in June I sneak into a secret stand of cedars in the cool woods of Piscataquis County to peek at a magic carpet of wild bunchberries. The dark woods are cast alight with the creamy-white miniature dogwood flowers held above olive-green whorls of six pointy oval leaves.
In late summer clusters of edible scarlet berries form and attract songbirds, chipmunks, mice, squirrels and all the other foraging beasts in our great North woods.
Also called Dwarf Cornel. Best planted en masse in cool damp acidic woodland soil. Nursery propagated. Z2. (2¾" plug stock)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be planted or potted up soon, wet the roots. If you do not plant or pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Pot up rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.