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PERENNIAL: Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This lovely and adaptable native wildflower grows in deciduous woods and dappled meadows throughout the eastern half of North America.  Its alternative common name, Cranesbill, refers to its distinctive seed capsule, which resembles the bill of a crane. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Palmate

Two common forms of venation that are the starting point for many plant identification systems are palmate and pinnate. A third venation pattern is fan-shaped, as in gingko trees… A fourth form, arcuate, has a strong midrib, but also curved secondary veins in a more heart-shaped arrangement. The parallel venation of a fifth form appears in most monocot plants. Continue reading

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High-Rise Gardening: Nine Native Perennials to Brighten Your Balcony

Soaring above the horizon of Arlington County are thousands of high-rise apartments with balconies that can easily be transformed with Northern Virginia native plants into beautiful little gardens in the sky. Continue reading

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Geranium maculatum, 2020 Wildflower of the Year

Geranium maculatum (wild or spotted geranium), a perennial native to eastern North America, has been chosen as the Wildflower of the Year for 2020 by the Virginia Native Plant Society. This delightful herbaceous plant can be seen in two demonstration gardens maintained by Extension Master Gardeners (Glencarlyn Library Community Garden and the Shade Garden) this month. Continue reading

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