What’s in Bloom | False Indigo

What’s in Bloom | False Indigo

June 1, 2020 Blue wild indigo (Baptisia australis) is a bushy perennial herb native to the eastern and central United States. Its asparagus-like shoots, showy racemes of deep blue to purple flowers, and inflated black seed pods give the plant ornamental interest through its growing season. Yellow wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), with its bright yellow flowers and purple seed pods, is similar […]

What’s in Bloom | Black Cherry

What’s in Bloom | Black Cherry

May 27, 2020 Black Cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.) The black cherry tree is native to large areas of North America with populations scattered from Mexico to Canada. This tree belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). There are multiple species variations depending on geographic range. The trees can grow to be about 100 feet tall and flower in late spring. The […]

What’s in Bloom | Philadelphia Fleabane

What’s in Bloom | Philadelphia Fleabane

May 18, 2020 Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) Philadelphia fleabane can be spotted blooming throughout spring along roadsides, clearings, fields and meadows throughout a good portion of the United States. In some parts of Virginia it blooms as early as March. A member of the Aster family, this fleabane is native to Virginia along with a few other fleabanes in the […]

Black Willow

Black Willow

May 13, 2020 Black Willow (Salix nigra)  Black willow is a fast-growing tree that grows 30 to 60 feet tall. It is native to the eastern United States and Canada. It is the most common willow in Virginia, and flowers across the state in early spring. Like many other willow species black willows have narrow, lance-shaped, alternately arranged leaves with […]

What’s in Bloom | Golden Ragwort

What’s in Bloom | Golden Ragwort

May 6, 2020 Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea) Golden ragwort, also known as heartleaf ragwort, golden groundsel, and butterweed, is a member of the aster or sunflower family (Asteraceae). Of the 8 packera species native to Virginia, golden ragwort is one of the more common. Its bright golden flowers begin to bloom in our region of northern Virginia in early April […]

What’s in Bloom | Wild Strawberry

What’s in Bloom | Wild Strawberry

April 24, 2020 Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)* Though most well known for its delicious tiny fruit, this plant is a true delight to find any time of year. Its small red fruits are much more flavorful than cultivated strawberries** (and in fact, cultivated strawberries were created by hybridizing this species and another from South America) and its white flowers are […]

What’s in Bloom | Pawpaw

What’s in Bloom | Pawpaw

April 14, 2020 Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) As we wander through the woods these days, we have spent a lot of time looking down, captivated by the spectacular spring ephemerals popping up on the forest floor. But our native pawpaw trees are a great reminder to look up too!Pawpaws, well-known for their tasty fall fruit, are blooming right now in our […]

What’s in Bloom | Serviceberry

What’s in Bloom | Serviceberry

April 13, 2020 Serviceberry or Shadbush (Amelanchier canadensis)  Serviceberry is a small tree 20 to 30 feet tall that is native to the United States from Maine to New York to Mississippi to Georgia. It is flowering now in southeastern Virginia and usually flowers before its leaves and the leaves of other trees in the forest emerge. It got its […]