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PERENNIAL: Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar)

New Fact Sheet! Amsonia tabernaemontana, (Bluestar) ,a native perennial of floodplain and mesic slope forests, open woodlands, and stream banks, has much to recommend it. It is easy to maintain and has showy blue blooms in the spring and attractive foliage color in the fall. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Uvularia grandiflora (Large-Flowered Bellwort)

When planted en masse, the graceful, nodding flowers of Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort) create a lovely visage when they peek from under foliage, which also is attractive, especially to white-tailed deer. Even if deer are not a bother, foliage may disappear as temperatures heat up. Depending on where it grows, this native perennial may act like an ephemeral and enter early dormancy. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebell, Virginia Cowslip )

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Spring has finally sprung when the pink buds of Mertensia virginica show themselves in late winter and early spring, evolving from being coiled up like a scorpion’s tail to opening to deep pink or blue … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Coreopsis)

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Threadleaf Coreopsis, with its showy flower clusters and airy foliage, is as popular in the garden today as it was in the 19th century. Its natural habitat,* though, is mostly in Virginia and central North Carolina. If you are fond of its appearance but wary of self seeding plants, then try the sterile, compact cultivar ‘Moonbeam’ that spreads by rhizomes.
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PERENNIAL: Iris virginica (Virginia Blue Flag)

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This native iris, also known as Southern Blue Flag, is a wetland species growing in marshes and meadows from Virginia to Louisiana. Its showy flowers would make a lovely addition to a pond or rain garden. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm, Oswego Tea) 

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This member of the Mint family, native to eastern North America, grows in dense clusters along creeks and banks, as well as in thickets and woods.  Prized by humans as an aromatic herb, its distinctive ragged red flowers are attractive to a variety of garden pollinators, especially when massed. Continue reading

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