What’s In Bloom | Little Bluestem

What’s In Bloom | Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is a perennial warm-season bunchgrass native to most of Canada and the United States.2-4 feet tall, with blue-green leaves which turn reddish brown during fall and winter. Requires full sun; prefers infertile soils with varying textures, from sand to clay to gravel. Of high value to wildlife, providing food and habitat through its leaves and seeds.  Little Bluestem […]

What’s in Bloom | Joe-Pye Weed

What’s in Bloom | Joe-Pye Weed

Joe-Pye Weeds (Eutrochium spp.) are a genus of tall perennial wildflowers, native to the eastern United States and Canada. Up to 7 feet tall, they produce large clusters of tiny pink flowers in late summer.Beautiful and functional in gardens, due to their high value to native wildlife. Joe-Pye Weeds (Eutrochium spp.) are a genus containing 5 species of tall perennial wildflowers. […]

What’s In Bloom  |  Orange-grass St. John’s Wort

What’s In Bloom | Orange-grass St. John’s Wort

Orange-grass St. John’s Wort (Hypericum gentianoides) is an herbaceous annual species native to eastern North America.6-10” tall with an upright, wiry appearance due to tiny, appressed leaves. Prefers sandy or rocky areas, and requires disturbance to survive.Common name orange-grass was inspired by the citrus smell occurring when leaves are crushed.  Orange-grass St. John’s Wort (Hypericum gentianoides), also known as pineweed or […]

What’s in Bloom |Scaly Blazing Star

What’s in Bloom |Scaly Blazing Star

August 8, 2021 Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa) Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa) is a perennial wildflower in the aster family with purple tuft-like flowers that are popular with botanists and pollinators alike. These flowers grow above large, square, overlapping bracts for which the plant is named. They grow on unbranched stems 1-3 feet tall with small alternate leaves. Scaly blazing star is native to dry, sunny habitats with rocky or sandy soils such as prairies, savannas, limestone and sandstone glades, and open woodlands.  Populations of unplanted scaly blazing star can be indicators of high-quality native grasslands, as they thrive in dry soils […]

What’s In Bloom  |  Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

What’s In Bloom | Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) is an evergreen woodland orchid native to the eastern half of the United States and Canada.Has beautiful, ground-level leaves with unique white veining. Got its common name from its rattlesnake skin-like leaf pattern, its leaf arrangement similar to unrelated plantains, and its down-covered flower stalk. Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) is a woodland orchid native to […]

What’s in Bloom | Groundcherries

What’s in Bloom | Groundcherries

July 15, 2021 Groundcherries (Physalis spp.) are perennial herbs in the nightshade family. There are seven native species of ground cherry in Virginia that can be distinguished by the shapes and textures of their leaves and flowers, but they all can be identified by their drooping, bell-shaped yellow flowers and golden fruits enclosed by papery heart-shaped husks.  They can be found in a variety of habitats and can be weedy in disturbed area such as pastures and agricultural fields. When ripe, […]

What’s In Bloom | Solomon’s Seal

What’s In Bloom | Solomon’s Seal

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) is an herbaceous perennial native to eastern and central United States and Canada.Grows from thick rhizomes as arched, unbranching stems with alternate leaves.Attractive to numerous native pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and birds.Hanging umbels of flowers differentiate it from its lookalike, Eastern Solomon’s Plume, which forms a plume of flowers at the end of each stem. Solomon’s […]