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TREE: Prunus serotina ([Wild] Black Cherry)

2020 Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Black Cherry, the largest of our native cherry trees, grows in a variety of habitats through much of the Mid-Atlantic Region* and is noted for the beauty and profusion of its spring blooms. It is entomologist Doug Tallamy’s #2 choice among woody plants for its exceptional support of wildlife. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Lilium superbum (Turk’s-cap Lily)

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The tallest and showiest of the native lilies, Turk’s-cap frequents wet meadows and moist woods primarily in the Mid-Atlantic Region.* A single plant can bear up to 40 individual flowers, which are noted for their stunning color, reflexed tepals, and prominent stamens. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly-weed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Butterfly Weed is one of the showiest native wildflowers. Summer waves of orange blossoms brighten open fields, woods, and waysides. Later, spindle-shaped seed pods pierce the air in shades of green, yellow, brown. When pods split open, the seeds’ silky threads glisten in the sun. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Spiraea tomentosa (Steeplebush)

2020 Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This lovely resident of wet prairies, meadows, and marshes has multi- season interest with pink blooms, yellow fall foliage, and interesting bark. The tiny flowers on its spire-like flower plumes resemble those of invasive Japanese Spiraea, for which it is a good native substitute. Continue reading

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