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Native Plants and Wild Plants: Spring (and beyond) Natives for 2012

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 11, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9079013

Thought I'd start a new thread on natives for spring (and into summer?) Show yours off! Here in the Chicago area, we had a couple of strange weeks of 70's and 80's back in March and that brought a lot of vegetation up a bit early. Here are pics of woodland phlox and woodland poppy with jack in the pulpit. Happy spring!

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
3:20 AM

Post #9087125

Penstemon canescens, eastern gray beardtongue. Makes a fine garden plant though I never see it offered.

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9087261

Viola pedata var. bicolor and Hexastylis virginica

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9092205

If a put dogtooth violet will at get complained at?

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2012
4:54 AM

Post #9092501

juhur7 - Your photo is of a Shooting Star, either Dodecatheon meadia or D. amethystinum.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2012
8:32 AM

Post #9092711

OK, OK, and thank you for clarifying that, I knew something was 'off' when I typed that in last night.
JaneJabbour
Charleston, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2012
6:01 PM

Post #9093398

These have been in full bloom since August here in Charleston, SC! Isn't Blanket Flower a native--Gailliardia aristosa?

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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9093723

Yep - blanket flower is a native wildflower and has many common names. I have one I grew from seed (they start and self-sow easily) G. aristata and one I purchased which has a very low growth habit (and I prefer!).

sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 24, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9096534

Since this species - Husband compliantis - has been around since way before the Europeans brought their exotics to our shores, I thought I'd post this pic. Here is hubby digging planting holes, under my supervision, for three natives - Chionanthus virginicum, Cornus alternifolia, and Prunus americana - last Saturday. Bless him, he's a native of my heart for 32 years!

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9097038

That's sweet. Thanks for the smile Sherri. :)

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9097163

lupinus (lupine) going wild

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carolbtx
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9100714

Sherri, I hope your husband compliantis knows that the fringe tree will have outgrown that space by your 64th anniversary. Earler this year, I bought a much smaller one than yours (which the deer halved in height within days); My husband dormiendus roused himself long enough to make it a hogwire barricade. I'm just hoping to live long enough to see the little tree attain mature height and breadth!
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9101180

Hi, Carol! Well, I was told it grows really, really slowly, so if we reach our 64th (that would be something, seeing as we'd be in our 80s and 90s!!) and it's taken down the fence and everything around it, we'd . . . well, I guess in our addled state, we'd just smile! : )
sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9102682

Baptisia australius "Purple Smoke". It is thought that this is a natural cross between B. australius and B. alba found in large planting of Baptisia species. It has the dark stems of B. alba and a "grayed" violet colored flower. Love it!

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9128168

I grow a number of native Penstemons that are incredibly carefree and vigorous. I don't understand why they are not more widely used in gardens. Below are:
P. calycosus
P. pallidus
P. canescens

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9128453

They're really pretty, too! Well, just be glad that they're not commonplace!
evie_beevie
Essex Junction, VT
(Zone 4a)

June 4, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #9152293

We have a few common areas in our neighborhood where I get to see some natives. Here's what I think is hieracium pilosella aka mouse-ear. You can see in the one photo that it covers a very large area. It is pretty that way, but when you get close up you can see it is barely covering the ground which is practically all sand.

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evie_beevie
Essex Junction, VT
(Zone 4a)

June 4, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9152300

And here is the honesuckle bush native to Vermont. It grows along the woodland edge.

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9152559

Beautiful, Evie!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9152587

I found some Helenium autumnale at a horse farm I was visiting yesterday and pulled up some small plants by the roots - tubers!

Am I going to be sorry? It is in cultivation now and some lovely variations, but these little yellow flowers could be very cheery! Plant can become extremely large - suppose it could be pruned.

Natives blooming now - gaillardias, various agastache, coreopsis, blue mistflower, stokes aster, fleabane, helenium, rudbeckia(s), aster pilosus, showy primrose, oakleaf hydrangea, impatiens/balsam, tradescantia, mountain mint, cardinal flower getting ready to pop, Geranium maculatum 'Samboor,' a couple of salvias . . ..I am enjoying the chaos in the garden!!!

A.,

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