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Bay State Perennial Farm is known for its wide selection of perennials. Plants are listed alphabetically by their latin names and can be located by clicking on the first letter of the plant name in the alphabet above.

Ratibida col Red Midget 400

Ratabida columnifera ‘Red Midget’

Ratibida columnifera ‘Red Midget’      Flowers are a whimsical combination of cone and petals with long, prominent cones sitting on a bed of wide, drooping, dark burgundy petals,18”-24” high by 12”-18” wide. Foliage is light green, willowy. Blooms mid to late summer. Drought tolerant and does well in hot, sunny places of average to dry moisture. Nice in borders for late color and especially nice in meadow gardens. Attracts butterflies, dries well for arrangements. Salt tolerant. Zone 3.

Ratibida pinnata New      2½” long, bright golden petals droop gracefully from large central cones atop tall, 4-6’high, sturdy stems, July-September. Foliage is restricted to the lower half of the stem so that the large, distinctive flowers resemble pennants fluttering at the ends of long sticks. Native to prairies and meadows of the upper Midwestern US where it has developed the essential lifesaving skills of drought and cold tolerance. Makes an easy to grow, large, long blooming and beautiful statement at the back of the hot sunny border. Also a must-have in the meadow garden. Native, attracts butterflies, nice for cutting, deer resistant. Zone 4.

Rhuem palmatum var. tanguticum (Ornamental Rhubarb)      Large, beautifully crafted leaves, green on top, flushing bright burgundy on the under sides in spring, burgundy petioles. Clumps may reach 6’ across, with flower stalks rising to 6’ high bearing rosy pink to white panicles. Rich, organic, consistently moist soil is required for plants to reach their full ornamental impact. For sun to light shade. A good choice for pond, and stream side plantings. Also consistently wet, even boggy areas, places where Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ would be happy. Zone 5.

Rodgersia   Native to China and Japan, Rodgersia are large plants with large compound leaves. All are moisture and part, to full shade lovers, and will look their best only when these conditions are met. Ideal sites are bogs, pond or brook sides and water gardens. Flowers are white or light to dark pink and occur in astilbe-like panicles in early summer. 3-4ft. tall and, in time, 5ft. wide. Bold and spectacular when in favored locations. Zone 5. 07-PartialShade-s 06-FullShade-s 03-Drip3 scissors

    pinnata ‘Superba’    Branched panicles of tiny true pink flowers, reminiscent of larger and looser Astilbe blooms, rise on well-branched 40" stems in late spring-early summer. Large , pinnate leaves are often bronzy in spring. Very attractive in a waterside planting. Spreads out quite a bit, so only a few are needed for quite a show. Zone 5.

    Rodgersia pinnata ‘Elegans’    large, bold, compact leaves, bronze-colored as they emerge in spring, greening as the season progresses. Pink to white, astilbe-like flowers in summer. For part shade with consistently moist soil. A large plant with impressive leaf texture and attractive flowers. Makes a dramatic statement in the shady garden, 3’-4’ tall. Zone 4.

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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (Black-eyed Susan)     Gold daisies in late summer, 2', 1999 PPA Perennial Plant of the Year. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Little Goldstar’    A dwarf cultivar,12” high by 20” wide with deep green foliage that remains clean throughout the summer, and golden yellow, brown-eyed daisies that bloom from mid-summer on into autumn. It’s a tidy, well behaved plant suitable for many garden uses such as at the front of mixed borders, in smaller areas, in containers and in prairie style gardens. Looks great in large groups. It’s compact yet vigorous habit, clean foliage and continual flowering make this a choice addition to any garden. Best in full sun, with good drainage, quite drought tolerant once established. Zone 3.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cappuccino’ New     4” wide flowers in a rich blend of amber/organge/red on 18”-20” tall plants. Blooms all season, drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, nice for cutting, deer resistant.

Rubeckia h Cherry Burgundy 175

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’ (Gloriosa Daisy)    Masses of cherry-red flowers bloom all summer on this outstanding performer. Grows 24ins. tall. Shows good heat and drought tolerance and adds an interesting look to mixed containers. In the border it combines nicely with blue grasses such as Schizachyrium ‘The Blues’ and Amsonia hubrichtii.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun’ (Gloriosa Daisy)     Huge, 5in. across flowers with light green central cones and golden yellow petals tipped primrose yellow on 30in. stems, excellent for cutting. Plants put on an unrivaled flower display, sending up wave after wave of large, sunny daisies that laugh at the worst heat and drought that summer throws at them. I especially like their combination of green cones and bright, canary yellow petals that offer a change from the more usual, golden/orange, brown centered types. All R. hirta are essentially self-seeding annuals that bloom non-stop all season, never failing to reseed themselves for a bumper crop the following year. Very drought tolerant. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sonora’ New     6” wide, radiant gold daisies with a broad mahogany central ring. Compact growing, 1’-1½‘ tall. Blooms heavily all season. Drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, nice for cutting, deer resistant. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia 'Herbstonne'

RUDBECKIA laciniata ‘Autumn Sun’ (aka 'Herbstonne')    6-8ft. tall with loads of large, green- centered, yellow daisies. A big, bodacious and well behaved, late summer plant that combines beautifully with taller grasses and larger Asters such as A. ‘Alma Potschke’, and with Eupatorium ‘Gateway’. Zone 5.


Rudbeckia maxima     Large, glaucous, blue-green leaves form a loose rosette out of which soar 6-7' tall flower stalks that bloom in mid to late June through July with flowers that have downward-facing, golden petals and exceptionally large cones, sometime measuring 2” high. The unusual glaucous foliage, tall flower stems and large central cones give this Rudbeckia a distinctive look.  Zone 5.

Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’     A unique Rudbeckia with bright yellow petals rolled into long, narrow tubes radiating around a prominent central brown cone, 4-5’ tall. Blooms August and September. A distinctive late season bloomer that’s easy to satisfy with a place in full sun, with average to rich, well-drained soil. Long-lived and trouble free. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia triloba     R. triloba gets 4’ tall and is a blooming engine easily producing thousands of 2", golden yellow flowers with prominent black cones from mid summer till fall. Easy anywhere in full sun with average soil. Thrives almost everywhere from wet to very dry, with full sun. Short lived but self seeds with a vengence so that once you plant it you'll always have new plants to replace old ones. Thrives in our bone dry, baking hot gravel parking lot. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia triloba Prairie Glow 175

Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’     We've always been fans of R. triloba for its long bloom and indestructible constitution so we're really excited about 'Prairie Glow' which, like R. triloba, blooms profusely from mid summer till fall, but with larger, orange/red flowers with petals tipped yellow, instead of all yellow flowers. 4' tall. Does well in moist or dry, fertile or poor soil. A naturalizing, self seeding biennial or short-lived perennial. Easy in all soils except those that are too wet. This is a blooming engine that knows no restraint, injecting bright daubs of color into the border or meadow in an endless flow of bloom. Zone 4.

Ruellia humilis 175

Ruellia humilis    (Wild Petunia) A neat, mounding habit 1½ft. tall and wide and a display of light lavender, petunia-like flowers for many weeks tin late summer. Plants have a voracious root system that defies drought. Seeds around a bit and unwanted volunteers should be removed when young, before the roots get a purchase on the site. Full sun. Zone 4.

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Whately, MA 01093
(413) 665-3525


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