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Word of the Week: Pappus

The word pappus might bring to mind dandelions and the “puff ball” seed heads you may have played with in your youth. However, if the word conjures up the silky “parachutes” of milkweed, think again. Although both appendages aid in the dispersal of their seeds, a pappus is an appendage to cypsela, the fruit of plants in the Asteraceae (aster family). Dandelion is a member of the aster family; milkweed is not.* Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster)

This week’s Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic is the ground cover Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster). This sprawling aster traditionally blooms in late summer to early fall with numerous clusters of small white flowers. Continue reading

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