2021 Webinar | From Milkweed to Meadowlarks: How Private Land Stewards can Lead the Way in Biodiversity Conservation

This webinar was held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Led by VWL’s Program Coordinator, Charlotte Lorick, the presentation included an overview of relevant Virginia Working Landscape research findings, highlighted best management practices to support wildlife and biodiversity, and discussed how we can think of our backyards and managed spaces as habitats and ecosystems, no matter the size. A number of […]

What’s in Bloom | White Snakeroot

What’s in Bloom | White Snakeroot

October 6, 2021 White snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) is a perennial plant in the Asteraceae family that fills woodlands, thickets, forest edges and some old fields in Virginia with white blooms in September and October. The plant can range from 1-4 ft in height and features opposite leaves and flat-topped clusters of flowers. It spreads both by rhizome and seed. The […]

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 […]