So far I have the following growing:
Tree collards, Appalachian bee balm, Sea orache, Musk mallow, Pondberry (southern spicebush), Clementines, Persimmons (Saijo, Hachiya, Prok), Blue Giant Hyssop, Pitcher Sage (remains to be seen about edibility), Schisandra, Muscadine, Black raspberry, Red Raspberry, Black Currant, Chicory, Asparagus, Walking onion, Rose of Sharon, and Yarrow.
I might have Scootberry, Stingless nettle, and Udo if I'm lucky.
Other plants on my "to grow" list I HAVE sources for: Yampah, Banana Yucca, Chilean Guava, Good-King-Henry, Japanese Honewort, King's Spear, Turkish Rocket, Sea Kale, French Scorzonera, Winter Savory, Black Salsify, Shiso, Hercules' Club, Shepherd's Purse, Daylily, and Camas.
I only have 1/3 an acre. Would you guys recommend crossing any of the listed items off my list as unpalatable? Are there some on my "to grow" list you would put as "preferred?"
I am not familiar with the plants you mention, but you have certainly given me some great ideas of plants to consider! I have been meaning to get serious about perennials. Really looking forward to hearing about your experiences with these and your impressions.
Of the perennials you already have, any clear favorites?
“All good things are wild, and free.” Henry David Thoreau
I'm in my first growing season, so it remains to be seen about the perennialness of the plants.
Chicory. I broadcast seeded a mulched area in winter (did nothing else) and I have about 5,000 12 inch long 4 inch wide leaves. I'll probably have to thin it.
Rose of Sharon. Was pre established, but my kids love eating the leaves and buds off the salad tree.
Black currant (Consort from Burpee). Has about 100 berries per plant.
Pondberry. I'm surprised how well this plant is doing based on the flooding we got this winter and where it's planted. Leaves like sassafras (no flowers or berries yet).
Musk mallow. Growing very well, not taste testing until next year.
Blue giant hyssop. Pretty sure it's growing well, could also be volunteers of perilla. Leaf shape very similar.
Appalachian bee balm. Kind of fragile and I sampled early to see how it smelled. It's basically a flowering large leaved oregano.
Muscadine. A volunteer from one part of my yard transplanted to another. Growing well.
Asparagus. About a 50% growth rate from the huge box of crowns I got from Burpee planted in subpar soil.
Yarrow. Pre established. Doing fine.
Sea orache. Planted lots of seeds in different growing conditions (potting soil mix next to Musk mallows, a wetter area with partial sun on clay, sandy area in shade) only 1 verified plant so far out of hundreds of seeds.
Schisandra. (Eastern Prince from Burpee). Very slow growth from a potted plant, hopefully that means it's putting down good roots, but I'm not hopeful.
Udo. Attempted from seed, and a seedling. Both seem to have failed.
Black raspberry. This was transplanted from the wild. It put out berries and new growth then yellowed and died. We'll see if it comes back next year.
Walking onion. Planted several bulbs in an area, only two have survived and only one is looking like it may survive to year two.
Scootberry. First planting failed, attempting again.
Chilean guava. First planting failed, attempting again.
Yampah. First planting failed, hopefully will attempt again.
Persimmons. The Hachiya was from Home Depot and needs some training away from its significant lean. The Prok is doing the best. The Saijo's leaves are looking awfully wilty on day three of the transplant.
Red raspberry. Biennial growth pattern, primocanes this year are doing fine, very bushy.
Clementines. These went in the ground last winter, we'll see if they survive this winter (Alabama).
Stingless nettle. Looks to have failed, but too early to decide.
Highest priority items I don't have: Various-colored Bellflower, Banana yucca, Yampah, Price's potatobean, French scorzonera.
Michelle Heath wrote:I may have missed it, but didn't see elderberry on your list. Also I know there are a few here who grow apios Americana and might be familiar with or direct you to a source of apios priceana
I'm also an active forager. If I had the inclination, 50 lbs of elderberry would not be out of the question. I still have a quart of tincture and 2 quarts of elderberry syrup from last year. I also have ready access to Beautyberry, Oregon grape, Sumac, Mayapple, Maypop, and Woodsorrel. Thanks for the tip on Apios. I know B&T World Seeds sometimes gets it, hopefully one of the americana growers will see this post.