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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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PERENNIAL: Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Fluffy deep purple blooms atop 8-foot tall sturdy stalks draw bees and butterflies from mid-summer into fall. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lobelias can be impressive, especially when dozens are growing together.  Great Blue Lobelia typically grows in moist to wet locations along streams, sloughs, swamps, and meadows.  Showy blue flowers are held on long … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Rudbeckia fulgida (Eastern or Orange Coneflower)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This species of coneflower, distinct from Rudbeckia hirta, the annual “Black-Eyed Susan,” features long-lasting and abundant “daisy-like” flowers that attract butterflies mid-summer to fall. Its native habitat is found in scattered pockets in the Mid-Atlantic Region,* … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Liatris spicata (Gayfeather, (Dense) Blazing Star)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Tall and upright, Gayfeather provides nice vertical form in a garden. Its purplish, feathery flower spikes contrast well with yellow-flowered, mound-forming plants. Its widely scattered natural populations in the Mid-Atlantic Region* include those in Arlington, … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Phlox paniculata, (Fall Phlox, Garden Phlox)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Phlox paniculata has large trusses of fragrant, showy flowers that come in a range of purples, pinks, reds, and white atop two-to-five-foot stems in summer. Learn more . . .

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