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!
Spring (and beyond) Natives for 2012
juhur7 - Your photo is of a Shooting Star, either Dodecatheon meadia or D. amethystinum.
OK, OK, and thank you for clarifying that, I knew something was 'off' when I typed that in last night.
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!).
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!
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!
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! : )
They're really pretty, too! Well, just be glad that they're not commonplace!
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.
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!!!