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Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripetala)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Magnolia tripetala
  • PLANT TYPE: Tree
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: mag-NO-lee-uh try-PET-ah-luh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: deciduous and specimen tree. Plant Types: Tree.

Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) should be used in a habitat and soil as close as possible to the original; partial shade to fairly deep shade, edge of woods for more flowers; avoid planting close to where people congregate (patios, decks) due to flower scent some say is objectionable; avoid areas subject to strong winds, which can tear the large leaves. Like...
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Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)


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Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera)


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White milkweed (Asclepias variegata)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Asclepias variegata
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: (ass-KLE-pee-us var-ee-GAY-tuh)
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: milkweed and monarch. Plant Types: Perennial.

Partial shade to sun; average, well-drained soil; requires no care once established. Has thick, white sap which can be irritating to some people and is toxic if ingested. Other Common Names: Redring milkweed, white woods milkweed
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White Oak (Quercus alba)

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  • PLANT TYPE: Tree
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION:
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: butterfly host. Plant Types: Tree.


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White turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chelone glabra
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: kel-OH-nee GLAY-bruh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: bees. Plant Types: Perennial.

White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) grows in sun to partial shade; soil should be consistently moist; best in wet, rich, humusy soil in partial shade; likes composted leaf mulch in sunny areas. It is the host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly; tall, upright stems with showy flowers on the ends.
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Whorled Coreopsis (Coreopsis major)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Coreopsis major
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: kor-ee-OP-sis MAY-jor
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: pollinators. Plant Types: Perennial.

Whorled Coreopsis (Coreopsis major) grows in sun to part shade with plant blooming heaviest in sun; dry to average soil.   Other Common Names: Whorled Leaf Coreopsis, Greater Tickseed, Wood Tickseed, Whorled Tickseed
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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ilex verticillata
  • PLANT TYPE: Shrub
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: EYE-lecks VER-tis-il-lot-uh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: deciduous, dioecious, holly, and wetland. Plant Types: Shrub.

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) tolerates poor drainage and wet areas and is very showy in fruit. You must have both a male and female plant to have berries. The male must be the same species as the female and bloom at the same time. The plant may sucker a bit in ideal conditions or when damaged. Cultivars are available but must be carefully selected: ‘Jim...
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Wrinkle-leaf Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)

Wrinkle-leaf Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) is a handsome perennial with a spreading habit. It is not as aggressive as Solidago canadensis, but the clump will increase over time. A popular cultivar of this species is known as ‘Fireworks.’ Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod is not a source of fall allergies because its pollen is not light enough to be...
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Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Trillium luteum
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: TRIL-ee-um LOOT-ee-um
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: fragrant and spring ephemeral. Plant Types: Perennial.

Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum) has a pleasant lemony fragrance.   Other Common Names: Yellow Wakerobin Other Scientific Names: Trillium cuneatum var. luteum, Trillium viride var. luteum
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Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Xanthorhiza simplicissima
  • PLANT TYPE: Shrub
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: zan-tho-RISE-uh sim-plih-KISS-ee-muh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: early spring, erosion control, and streambanks. Plant Types: Shrub.

Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) grows in partial shade to sun; needs moist, well-drained soil; spreads via suckers forming a ground cover. The feathery foliage provides interest at water’s edge; it has distinctively yellow roots.
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