Merrybells (Uvularia sessilifolia)

Scientific Name: Uvularia sessilifolia Common Name: Merrybells Description of facts and concepts: A small hanging bell distinguishes this bellwort from the greater one. Seed or division information: Seeds should be sown immediately on ripening; do not allow to dry out. The roots may also be divided in fall. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week):…

Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Scientific Name: Asclepias syriaca Common Name: Milkweed Description of facts and concepts: Larval host plant for Monarch butterflies Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Dusty rose Height: 5′ Spread: 6′ Family: Milkweed Soil Type: Base to Acidic Neutral loam or…

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)

   Scientific Name: Pycnanthemum muticum Common Name: Mountain Mint Description of facts and concepts: This clump forming edible perennial flowers from July to September. When crushed, the leaves produce a spearmint aroma and can be used to make tea. Seed or division information: Division of surface stems Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June…

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Scientific Name: Tropaeolum majus Common Name: Nasturtium Description of facts and concepts: Use The leaves and flowers in salads, or pickle the seed pods and used as you would capers Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Orange Height: 12″ Spread:…

Nodding Wild Onion (Allium cernuum)

Scientific Name: Allium cernuum Common Name: Nodding wild onion Description of facts and concepts: Bears pink to purple flowers nodding at the top of a leafless stalk. Bruising any part of the plant produces an onion-like smell. Like all onions, this plant is edible. There are good selected dark pink forms, but the wild species…

Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

Scientific Name: Chasmanthium latifolium Common Name: Northern Sea Oats Description of facts and concepts: A common ornamental grass  that grows 2-5’ in rich woods and rocky slopes. Seed or division information: Prolific from seeds, easy to divide the fibrous roots Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Shady Woodland Garden Color…

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

  Scientific Name: Physostegia virginiana Common Name: Obedient Plant Description of facts and concepts: Snapdragon like flowers Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 2-4′ Spread: 12″ Family: Mint Soil Type: Base to Acidic Moist meadows…

Ohio Goldenrod (Solidago (Oligoneuron) ohioensis)

Scientific Name: Oligoneuron ohioensis Common Name: Ohio goldenrod Description of facts and concepts: Largest and showiest goldenrod flowers 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: 3-4′ Spread: 12″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic Base,…

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare Common Name: Oregano Description of facts and concepts: Indispensable for pizza and all tomato sauces, leaf tea for indigestion. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 12″ Spread: 24″ Family: Mint Soil Type: Base to…

Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis scabra)

  Scientific Name: Heliopsis scabra Common Name: Ox-eye sunflower Description of facts and concepts: Early and long-blooming, and birds love the seeds. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions in spring, and easily rooted as a cutting. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height:…

Ozark Sundrops (Oenothera missouriensis)

Scientific Name: Oenothera missouriensis Common Name: Ozark sundrops Description of facts and concepts: Large flowers bloom a long time followed by curious seeds pods shaped like paddle wheels. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 12″ Spread: 24″ Family:…

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum Common Name: Parsley Description of facts and concepts: Use as a nutritious garnish or add to tabouleh, stuffing, or salad. Food plant of the black swallowtail butterfly. Seed or division information: Biennial; allow seeds to form and scatter them in July Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden…

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)

Scientific Name: Mitchella repens Common Name: Partridge berry Description of facts and concepts: This tiny ground cover has oval evergreen leaves and bright red berries all winter. Seed or division information: Root cuttings in fall at leaf nodes Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Shady Woodland Garden Color of Flower:…

Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Scientific Name: Anaphalis margaritacea Common Name: Pearly everlasting Description of facts and concepts: This everlasting flower is good for drying. It is also the larval host plant of the American Lady butterfly. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower:…

Pickerel Weed (Pontaderia cordata )

Scientific Name: Pontaderia cordata Common Name: Pickerel Weed Description of facts and concepts: An obligate wetland species, pickerel weed is host to many bees and butterflies. This plant won’t tolerate any drought, and must be planted in standing water. The seeds and stalks are edible. A special bee, Dufourea novaeangliae, obtains pollen and nectar from…

Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii)

Scientific Name: Chelone lyonii Common Name: Pink turtlehead Description of facts and concepts: Closed flowers resemble turtles’ heads. Spreads by rhizomes. Seed or division information: Divisions, cuttings, seed Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 1-3′ Spread: 20″ Family: Figwort Soil Type: Base…

Prairie Blazingstar (Liatris pycnostachya)

Scientific Name: Liatris pycnostachya Common Name: Prairie blazingstar Description of facts and concepts: Fluffy rose pink flowers on a tall plant Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 2-5′ Spread: 20″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic Dry…

Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Scientific Name: Silphium terebinthinaceum Common Name: Prairie Dock Description of facts and concepts: Leaves like elephant ears. Birds love the seeds Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 3-10′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base…