PERENNIAL: Solidago rugosa (Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Golden sprays of flowers brighten the garden from late summer to frost, supporting 115 species of moths, butterflies, native bees, and other insect pollinators. They also brighten natural habitats across the Mid-Atlantic Region. The cultivar ‘Fireworks’ is more compact, easier to contain, and flowers more vigorously than the species.

Find out more about Solidago rugosa and see a great video with pollinators . . .

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Information Night for Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training on Sept. 24

Are you interested in our Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Volunteer Training Program for Arlington and the City of Alexandria?

We will be hosting our Information Night on Thursday, September 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. While we normally hold our Volunteer Training in the Fall, due to the need for additional time to transition to a virtual format, our next round of volunteer training will begin in early Feb 2021. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)

Originally from northern Africa and Australia, this perennial grass is frequently used in ornamental landscaping. Due to its high numbers of wind-blown seeds, it is escaping cultivation and becoming a weed problem in natural areas. It is identified as an emerging threat in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is listed as an invasive species in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia.

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

The Norway Maple, a species native to Europe and Western Asia, was introduced to the United States as an ornamental shade tree. Extensively planted in urban areas and still widely sold in nurseries, it has become invasive along the east coast as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina and also in the Pacific Northwest.

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