November 2021: Gentians

Ellen Honeycutt Dwarf gentian (Gentianella quinquefolia). Photo by Bruce Roberts. Just when I think the woods are done and the leaves crunch beneath my feet, a flash of blue might catch my eye near the stream. In my area, that blue likely belongs to soapwort gentian... read more

October 2021: Turtlehead (Chelone)

Ellen Honeycutt White turtlehead (Chelone glabra), showing the pink tips which sometimes occur. Turtlehead (Chelone sp.) plants are fairly modest looking perennials most of the year, often overlooked in their preferred moist habitats. The simple, oppositely arranged... read more

September 2021: Wingstem (Verbesina)

Ellen Honeycutt Left: Verbesina occidentalis. Right: Summer azure on V. alternifolia. Verbesina is a genus that includes eight species in Georgia, most of them tall and robust plants that thrive in damp areas throughout Georgia. The common name wingstem comes from... read more

August 2021: Angelica

Ellen Honeycutt Hairy Angelica (Angelica venenosa) blooms and foliage. As a native plant advocate, I love to tell people about the relationships between native plants and native insects. Butterfly gardening advice is a perfect time to bring home the message about... read more

July 2021: Monarda didyma

Ellen Honeycutt My seasonal choice for this month’s newsletter always reminds me of fireworks, which I think is appropriate for early July. Scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma) or Oswego tea is a perennial native plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) blooming now. In... read more

June 2021: Rhododendron minus

Ellen Honeycutt The genus Rhododendron consists of native azaleas (which are deciduous) and the plants commonly referred to as rhododendrons (which are evergreen). The smallest of the evergreen rhododendrons is one called Rhododendron minus. It looks a bit like a... read more

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