Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

With its spires of brilliant red flowers, cardinal flower is an unmistakable perennial for moist spots. This American native is found in moist open woods, streambanks and marshy areas throughout the eastern US from Canada through Central America. Learn more about this great plant with flowers that are irresistible to hummingbirds in this article…

Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

Virginia bluebells is an herbaceous perennial that blooms in the spring, then disappears for the rest of the year. With pink buds and true pale blue flowers, this plant combines well with yellow daffodils and pink tulips for a spring show, and with other perennials to hide the spaces left behind when the bluebells go dormant. You can find out a lot more about this native woodland wildflower in this article…

Blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium

The genus Sisyrinchium is a large group of annuals and perennials with narrow leaves that produce a grass-like appearance. Another common feature of many species is the blue to purple flowers with yellow centers – prompting the common name of Blue-eyed Grass. To learn more about this group of plants native to the Americas, read this article…

Bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora

Are you familiar with the wildflower Uvularia grandiflora, one of the first woodland perennials to emerge in the spring? Also planted as an ornamental with understated pendant yellow flowers, this native plant is at home in the informal, shady garden as well as the woods. To learn more about this relatively uncommon plant, read this article on bellwort…

Blue False Indigo, Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis is a great, under-used herbaceous plant. This tough, but beautiful, prairie native has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2010. Purple-blue flowers and foliage that remains attractive throughout the season make this a nice a specimen plant or a good addition to the perennial border. Read more…

Sweet Woodruff, Galium odorata

Sweet woodruff is an attractive groundcover for moist, shady spots, producing tiny white flowers in the spring. This European plant was used as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, and the dried leaves and flowers smell like freshly mown hay. If you want to learn more about this herbaceous perennial, continue reading…

Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum

Celandine poppy or wood poppy will soon be opening its bright yellow flowers in shade and woodland gardens throughout the area. Learn more about this eastern US native perennial in this article…

Queen Anne's Lace, Daucus carota

This time of year the fields and roadsides are filled with airy white flowers. Those are the flowers of an introduced plant that is related to one of our common garden vegetables. Learn more about this nearly-ubiquitous weed by reading this article…

Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum

Geum triflorum is an attractive little prairie plant that easily makes the transition to a perennial border or rock garden to charm you with both its nodding pink flowers and wispy seedheads. Learn more about this interesting native plant in this article…

Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium

Native prairie grasses are well adapted to our region and can be a nice addition to the manicured garden as well as in natural settings. Little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, is one with nice blue summer foliage and reddish fall color. Read more about this pretty grass in this article…

Pasque Flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris

Spring has sprung, and the earliest flowers are finally opening. Pasque flower is one of the first to bloom. Learn more about this pretty herbaceous perennial plant in this article…

Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba

Commonly called Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba is an herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial with typical coneflowers with yellow rays and brown centers. This rangy plant with masses of small flowers works well in cottage gardens or in wildflower plantings. Learn more about this prairie native in this article…

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