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Ebony spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Asplenium platyneuron
  • PLANT TYPE: Fern
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: (ass-PLEE-nee-um plat-ee-NOOR-on)
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: drought tolerant and evergreen. Plant Types: Fern.

Partial shade to sun; not particular about soil type; prefers consistently moist soil; can withstand some drought. This small fern is lacy and evergreen so it provides year-round interest.
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Field Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Field Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) is an aggressive, rhizomatous  perennial that has high wildlife value. Not a “garden friendly” plant unless sited in drier conditions or perhaps a pot, but perfectly fine for large spaces where space control is not an issue. Other species of goldenrod (Solidago) are clumpers and do not have aggressive roots. See...
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Fire pink (Silene virginica)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Silene virginica
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: sy-LEE-nee vir-JIN-ih-kuh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: hummingbird and red flower. Plant Types: Perennial.

Fire pink (Silene virginica) grows in full sun to part shade, in dry to medium-wet soil conditions; prefers part shade; needs excellent drainage.
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Fly poison (Amianthium muscitoxicum)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amianthium muscitoxicum
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: (am-ee-AN-thee-um mus-kai-TOKS-ee-kum)
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: deer resistant. Plant Types: Perennial.

Partial shade; average well-drained garden soil; prefers to be kept moist but can tolerate some drought. Flower clusters provide interest over a long period; plant is toxic with the bulb most toxic. Other Scientific Names: Amianthium muscaetoxicum Other Common Names: Stagger grass, crow...
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Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tiarella cordifolia
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: tee-uh-RELL-a kor-di-FOH-lee-uh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: bees, groundcover, and showy. Plant Types: Perennial.

Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia) grows in partial to full shade in a humusy soil that stays fairly moist; not drought tolerant, but makes a good ground cover in moist locations. When planted in masses, the flowering stalks make a nice show; the leaves are interesting, particularly those with markings on them. Several cultivars are sold in the nursery trade and...
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Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

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  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION:
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: groundcover and spring. Plant Types: Perennial.


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Galax (Galax urceolata)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Galax urceolata
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: GAY-laks ur-cee-oh-LA-ta
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: evergreen. Plant Types: Perennial.

Galax (Galax urceolata) grows in shade to partial shade; will gradually form a colony from rhizomes. Evergreen leaves provide year-round interest; unusual leaf shape.   Other Common Names: Beetleweed, Wandflower Other Scientific Names: Galax aphylla
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Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum)

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  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
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  • TAGS: Plant Tags: fall blooming and sun. Plant Types: Perennial.


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Gray Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

Gray Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis) is a garden worthy goldenrod thanks to its clumping nature. Unlike Solidago canadensis, this perennial does not grow by rhizomatous roots and is not aggressive. Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod is not a source of fall allergies because its pollen is not light enough to be transported on the wind. Goldenrods are insect...
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Hairy Skullcap (Scutellaria elliptica)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hairy Skullcap (Scutellaria elliptica)
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: skew-teh-LARE-ee-a ee-LIP-tih-kuh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: bees, butterflies, and summer. Plant Types: Perennial.

Hairy Skullcap (Scutellaria elliptica) grows in sun to partial shade; average, well-drained garden soil; can tolerate drought. Although part of the mint family, there is no minty scent.
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Heartleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hexastylis arifolia
  • PLANT TYPE: Groundcover
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: hex-uh-STY-lus air-ih-FOH-lee-uh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: evergreen. Plant Types: Groundcover.

Heartleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia) has beautiful evergreen foilage frequently decorated with an intricate, mottled pattern of silver or cream; frequently bears only one or two leaves in dry Piedmont woods, but in humus-rich locations it is not uncommon to find spectacular clumps bearing a dozen to two dozen leaves. Plant can survive with very little sun if it...
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Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Spigelia marilandica
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION:
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: hummingbird and shade. Plant Types: Perennial.


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Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Spigelia marilandica
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: spy-GEEL-ee-ah mar-i-LAND-ih-ka
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: hummingbird and showy bloom. Plant Types: Perennial.

Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)  is a clump-forming perennial that does very well in gardens. It blooms from the bottom upward and the flowering season can be prolonged by removing the flowers as they fade. It likes part-shade to full-shade, medium-wet conditions; prefers moist, organically rich soils; good for shaded gardens, woodland gardens, and...
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Indiangrass, (Sorghastrum nutans)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sorghastrum nutans
  • PLANT TYPE: Grass
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION:
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: Indiangrass. Plant Types: Grass.


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Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vernonia gigantea
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: ver-NON-ee-uh jy-GAN-tee-uh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: butterflies and summer. Plant Types: Perennial.

Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) grows easily in average soils with medium to wet moisture content; in the wild it is often seen in spots subjected to periodic flooding; does very nicely under cultivation in typical garden conditions; prefers full sun.   Other Common Names: Tall Ironweed Other Scientific Names: Vernonia...
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