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June 23, 2020

So many of us true plant collectors are guilty of buying a plant purely for its name. That is exactly why we are are offering Circaea canadensis, because its name is fun.  An unassuming perennial plant 1 to 2 feet tall, Circaea canadensis is best known by its common na...

May 5, 2020


Though it comes as a surprise to most gardeners, even native plant enthusiasts, there is an Astilbe species native to Eastern United States, Astilbe biternata.  Horticultural guru Alan Armitage considers it “one of the most underutilized plants, native or not, in Amer...

April 22, 2020

A well know native of herbal lore, Hydrastis canadensis, AKA golden seal, typically blooms mid-April in our area.  Because of its medicinal value the plant has been collected from the wild almost to extinction.  From yellow dye to insect repellant to medicines, goldens...

April 10, 2020

Black Cohosh, Actaea (Cimicifuga) racemosa, and Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides are two woodland wildflowers often confused due to similarity of their common names.  Blue Cohosh grows 1 to 2 feet tall with yellow-green blooms in April that develop into dark blu...

April 4, 2020

An delightful early woodland wildflower is Jeffersonia diphylla, commonly known as Twinleaf. Just emerging, and in some locations, currently blooming, this little plant has pairs of leaves that resemble green butterflies. The showy white flowers are similar to Bloodroo...

March 27, 2020

Virginia Bluebells are perhaps the most widely recognized and beloved spring wildflower in our region.  The profuse clusters of soft blue flowers catch the eye wherever they bloom, and when occurring in drifts are one of spring’s most spectacular floral displays.  Plan...

March 21, 2020

Cardamine concatenata, or Cut-leaf Toothwort, formerly known as Dentaria laciniata, is a delicate-looking spring ephemeral of deciduous woodlands.  The terminal clusters of white flowers play against the unique, whorled foliage of deeply divided, toothed leaves.  Growi...

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