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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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GROUND COVER: Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Native to rich, deciduous forests in the eastern half of North America, Wild Ginger is common in much of the Mid-Atlantic Region although infrequent-to-rare in the Coastal Plain. It naturalizes to create a lush ground cover with velvety, heart-shaped leaves. Continue reading

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TREE: Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

New Fact Sheet! The Virginia Native Plant Society honored Flowering Dogwood as Wildflower of the Year in 2018. Commonly found in the forest understory or as a landscape ornamental, Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) has high wildlife value native with four-season interest that is far from ordinary. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Native to southeastern coastal areas, Dwarf Fothergilla shines three seasons of the year. Spring brings sweetly-scented, white bottlebrush flowers that welcome pollinators. Its summer dress is a pretty green. Fall leaf color is spectacular, turning exquisite shades of yellow, orange or red that brighten up the woodland garden. 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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TREE: Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Common in woodlands throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, this native provides seasonal interest from early spring blossoms through vivid fall color. Edible fruit is ready for picking early summer, but there will be fierce competition with the 58 wildlife and 35 bird species that use this tree.
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