What’s in Bloom | Mayapple

What’s in Bloom | Mayapple

May 4, 2021 Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) is a perennial herb that can be recognized by its distinctive peltate, or umbrella-like, leaves. It is found in rich woodlands and will form large colonies by sprouting new plants along its creeping rhizomes. Young plants will only have one leaf, while mature plants will have two leaves borne on a Y-shaped stem.  Mayapples are named for their single, sweet-smelling, apple-blossom-like flowers that bloom from the center of their Y-shaped stems from March through May.  Benefits to Biodiversity | […]

What’s in Bloom | White Trillium

What’s in Bloom | White Trillium

April 23, 2021 Key Facts: Herbaceous, perennial wildflower found primarily in lightly-shaded areas of deciduous forests 12-15 inch stem with a whorl of 3 large, oval-shaped leaves; when mature, a single large, white, 3-petaled flower blooms in spring for around 3 weeks Slow to mature (can take up to 5 years to flower) and often eaten by whitetail deer, White Trillium should be […]

What’s in Bloom | Sassafras

What’s in Bloom | Sassafras

April 12, 2021 Key Facts Deciduous tree between 35-60 feet tall, with yellow-green flower balls during springMany uses for bark and roots including flavoring, medicine, scents, and dyes; Safrole found in oils mildly carcinogenic, thus commercial use has been largely bannedSuitable for planting in disturbed, infertile soilsAttracts fruit-eating birds and hosts various pollinator species Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a perennial1 […]

Webinar: Update on Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

Webinar: Spot. Stomp. Slow the Spread. A Spotted Lanternfly Update for Virginia Presenter: Kyle Rhodes, Spotted Lanternfly Crew Supervisor, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Plant Industry Services Info: Join us to learn about the status of the spotted lanternfly in Virginia. Kyle Rhodes will provide background on how this pest is moving and what we can […]

What’s in Bloom | Bloodroot

What’s in Bloom | Bloodroot

March 22, 2021 Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a perennial wildflower in the poppy family whose blooms are one of the first signs of spring. They grow in rich woodland soils and produce single, showy white flowers with bright yellow stamens and a single, lobed basal leaf that often wraps around the flower’s stem. Each flower only lasts for one to two days.  Bloodroot is named for its rhizomes, which are thick and produce a reddish juice or sap if cut. This juice has traditionally been used as […]

Broomsedge

Broomsedge

March 5, 2021 Broomsedege (Andropogon virginicus), also called broomsedge bluestem, is a warm-season perennial grass that grows on old fields, pastures, and early-successional sites across Virginia. It grows in bunches 2 to 4 feet high, and develops a golden-orange color in the late fall that can make broomsedge an attractive winter ornamental plant. When mature, this golden color and its […]

VWL Annual Meeting 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Virtual Annual Meeting. It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces and to share updates about our latest programs and research projects. For anyone interested in watching again or for those of you who were not able to join us, you can watch the recording at the link […]