Monthly Archives: April 2018

PERENNIAL: Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon’s Seal)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native understory plant of moist woods is noted for its graceful arching stems, its dainty bell-like flowers, and the conspicuous veins of its leaves.  Its name may come either from the scars on the leaf stalk that are said to resemble the ancient Hebrew seal of King Solomon or from its wound sealing properties. Continue reading

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Upcoming MGNV Spring Special Events

Spring is a busy time for Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. In addition to many gardening activities, there are a number of special events. We hope you will join us! Simpson Gardens Spring Open House  Sunday, April 29 1-3 p.m. … Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Indigenous mostly to southern Virginia, this diminutive iris is also native to Fairfax and Prince William counties as well as seven counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Its colorful blooms and easy culture make it a valuable addition to a woodland garden. Spring flowers in various shades of purple form a lovely carpet. Continue reading

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