Find unusual plants this week at Great Plant Sale

Great Plant Sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko

The Great Plant Sale will again be on site in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. There is no admission charge.

Your online gardening magazine,, is proud to sponsor the Great Plant Sale! I’ll have a table there, too, so please stop by and say hello!

The Great Plant Sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Go early for better selections.

The very best selection will be available on Members-Only Night from from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12. As the name suggests, it’s only for Botanical Gardens members. Don’t feel left out– You can become a member, too! Find out about all the benefits of becoming a member of the Botanical Gardens and sign up online. And members get 10 percent off their purchases on any day at the Great Plant Sale.

Note: Take your own bag or box to carry home your purchases. It’s an effort to reduce the use of plastic and waste. A limited number of reusable bags will be available for purchase at the sale.

Unusual plants

There will be a wide variety of plants available at the Great Plant Sale, including some unusual plants that you might not find elsewhere.

One is the Egyptian walking onion, said Joe Mannion, director of horticulture at the Botanical Gardens. This cool plant can grow three feet tall. The onion is the root of the plant, but as the plant matures, it develops a bunch of tiny onions at the top as well. The weight of the tiny onions cause the stem to fall down onto the soil. The tiny onions form new plants some distance away from the first plant.

“The plant walks across your garden!” Mannion said. See a photo of Egyptian walking onion here.

Another enticing plant is cat’s whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus). This member of the mint family produces showy white blossoms with long whisker-like stamens.

Growing two feet high and three to four feet wide, it will be a sensation in your garden.

It likes sun to partial sun. Outside, use it as an annual. In the colder months, you can bring it inside to live as a houseplant.

Cat’s whiskers was offered in the pre-sale, but there are still many left, Mannion said. You can see other plants here that didn’t sell out in the pre-sale.

At the Great Plant Sale, also check out the many kinds of begonias that were grown from the Botanical Gardens’ collection.

If you have any questions, there will be knowledgeable staff and volunteers to help you at the sale.

2 Comments on “Find unusual plants this week at Great Plant Sale

  1. Hi Patricia, I don’t know if the Great Plant Sale is carrying milkweed. You can call the Botanical Gardens or stop in to the sale. I do know that Mischler’s in Williamsville carries milkweed, and some of my other sponsors may carry milkweed as well. Click on my ads to go to their websites.

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