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 […]

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-plume

What’s in Bloom | Solomon’s-plume

June 1, 2021 Eastern Solomon’s-plume (Maianthemum racemosum) is a perennial herb native to the continental United States and much of Canada.Spreads via thick rhizomes, from which grow un-branching stems in the spring which die back before winter. Though often mistaken for Solomon’s-seal, it produces a distinctive plume of flowers, very different from the hanging flower clusters made by its lookalike.  Eastern […]

What’s in Bloom | Tulip-poplar

What’s in Bloom | Tulip-poplar

May 17, 2021 Tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is among the tallest deciduous hardwood trees in North America, between 60-150 feet tall.Native to the eastern USA and Canada.Common name was inspired by yellow-orange tulip-like flowers, blooming May-June. However, it belongs to the family magnoliacea. Has a long history of use by people, primarily for its wood.Provides an abundant food source for native pollinators  Tulip-poplar […]