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  |  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 | 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 […]

What’s in Bloom | Common Elderberry

What’s in Bloom | Common Elderberry

Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a perennial deciduous shrub native to the eastern United States and Canada.Grows numerous long stems directly from the base, and spreads via rhizomes.Berries are a great food source for numerous birds and mammals, and are edible by humans.  Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a perennial deciduous shrub native to the eastern United States and Canada. […]

What’s In Bloom  |  American Fringetree

What’s In Bloom | American Fringetree

June 1, 2021 American Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a small deciduous tree native to the southeastern and south central United States.Grows 15-30 foot tall as a tree or shrub.Blooms with beautiful, feathery white flowers in April-June; forms fruits which provide a great food source for birds and other wildlife.Host species to numerous native moths.  American Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), also known […]