Category Archives: Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

GRASS: Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Once the dominant species of the North American tallgrass prairie, this warm-season grass is noted for the open, airy appearance of its seed heads and the multi-season interest of its foliage.  In addition to its use as an ornamental, Switch Grass is also utilized for soil conservation and as a biomass crop. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the male ‘Jim Dandy’ to make fruit. Purchase at least two females and one male for a “berry” good show. Continue reading

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TREE: Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native tree of northeastern and north central North America can be very long-lived; along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment in Canada, specimens could be over 1,000 years old. The common name, which means “tree of life,” refers to the medicinal properties of the bark and foliage, which cured scurvy. Continue reading

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GRASS: Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Common through most of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Little Bluestem gives a brilliant landscape performance. Continue reading

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TREE: Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Found along wet stream banks, swamps, and river bottoms, Bald Cypress has a root system, which often produces irregular structures called “knees” that rise above the ground or water’s surface. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
It is in autumn that the twisted, spider-like, fragrant flowers of the species of Hamamelis illuminate the landscape in pale yellow. Continue reading

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