Allegheny Spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)

  Scientific Name: Pachysandra procumbens Common Name: Allegheny Spurge Description of facts and concepts: A groundcover that blooms with fragrant, white bottlebrush shaped flowers in the spring. Seed or division information: Division or cuttings Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): April W4 Garden Name: Shady Woodland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 10″ Spread:…

Beebalm (Monarda didyma)

Scientific Name: Monarda didyma Common Name: Beebalm Description of facts and concepts: With white, pink, lavender, or bright red flowers, beebalm attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds with its long, tubular flowers. In full sun and moist soil, it blooms in July and August, growing to  3-5’. Seed or division information: Divide the surface runners in…

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga (Actaea) racemosa)

AR & VR 3D Plant Model Scientific Name: Actaea racemosa Common Name: Black cohosh Description of facts and concepts: Tall bottlebrush flowers in summer Seed or division information: Move small plants in early spring, or start from seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W1 Garden Name: Shady Woodland Garden Color of Flower:…

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

  Scientific Name: Gaillardia aristata Common Name: Blanket flower Description of facts and concepts: Short lived low perennials bloom most of the summer with bright petals of red, yellow and orange. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Red,…

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Scientific Name: Liatris spicata Common Name: Blazing Star Description of facts and concepts: Upright flower spikes of pale purple and white bloom in July and August and are highly attractive to butterflies. Surviving in very dry sites, this plant grows 2’4 tall. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds  or offsets Date of flower’s bloom…

Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor )

AR & VR 3D Plant Model   Scientific Name: Iris versicolor Common Name: Blue flag iris Description of facts and concepts: “Versicolor” means “variously colored” and that’s why another common name is “harlequin flower.” The yellow flag iris is from Europe and is an invasive species, pushing out the native flag iris. Do not plant…

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Scientific Name: Verbena hastata Common Name: Blue vervain Description of facts and concepts: Candelabra spikes on tall stems Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Purple Height: 2-6′ Spread: 24″ Family: Vervain Soil Type: Base to Acidic Basic,…

Border Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Scientific Name: Phlox paniculata Common Name: Border Phlox Description of facts and concepts: Usually described as the “backbone of the herbaceous border”, its flowers come in a wide variety of colors except yellow and blooms throughout July and August. At 3-4’, border phlox is sweetly scented and survives in moist to well-drained rich soil. Seed…

Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia fulgida Common Name: Brown-Eyed Susan Description of facts and concepts: Many yellow ray flowers, attracts bees and butterflies Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow with black center Height: 2-3′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil…

Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia triloba Common Name: Brown-eyed susan Description of facts and concepts: A densly branched, hairy, short-lived perennial or biennial, with coarse leaves. Seed or division information: Self-seeds readily Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 20″ Spread: 18″ Family: Aster Soil Type:…

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

   Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa Common Name: Butterfly Weed Description of facts and concepts: Blooming in June and July, the bright orange clustered flowers attract bees as well as butterflies. Monarch butterfly caterpillars particularly feed on the leaves of this 1-3’ plant and accumulate toxins from its sap as a defense strategy. Seed or division…

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis Common Name: Cardinal flower Description of facts and concepts: A hummingbird magnet, these short-lived perennials make lots of seeds and thus continue where happy for many years Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Red Height:…

Chives (Allium schenoprasum)

Scientific Name: Allium schenoprasum Common Name: Chives Description of facts and concepts: Leaves and flowers in salads, vegetables, poultry, fish, eggs, and butters, Lavender flowers in June. Seed or division information: Seeds. Divisions of the small bulbs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Purple Height:…

Crooked Stem Aster (Aster (Symphiotrichum) prenanthoides)

Scientific Name: Symphiotrichum prenanthoidium Common Name: Crooked Stem Aster Description of facts and concepts: With narrow leaves, the zig-zag stems produce many small rayed flowers in late summer Seed or division information: Divisions of the roots Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pale blue-violet…

Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

Scientific Name: Veronicastrum virginicum Common Name: Culver’s root Description of facts and concepts: Tall white candelabra blooms above whorled foliage Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 4-8′ Spread: 24′ Family: Figwort Soil Type: Base to…

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Scientific Name: Silphium perfoliatum Common Name: Cup plant Description of facts and concepts: Cupped leaves provide food and drink Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 4-10′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic…

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Scientific Name: Goodyera pubescens Common Name: Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Description of facts and concepts: A small orchid named for the snake-skin pattern of white veins over the dark green background of the leaf. An erect floral stalk bears many small, white flowers. The tiny flowers on tall spikes resemble the commercially grown orchids of the…

Dwarf Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutis pygmaeus)

Scientific Name: Penstemon hirsutis pygmaeus Common Name: Dwarf hairy beardtongue Description of facts and concepts: This short plant is great for rock gardens and borders. Seed or division information: Seeds and stem cuttings Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Lavender Height: 6-8″ Spread: 10″ Family:…