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Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Uvularia perfoliata
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: oo-voo-LAR-ee-a per-foh-lee-AY-tuh
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: bees. Plant Types: Perennial.

Merrybells (Uvularia perfoliata) grows in sun to part shade; average to organic soil; moderate to moist conditions; acid soils. Most likely to be confused with Uvularia grandiflora which has hairy leaves underneath and larger flowers, up to 2 inches long. According to the “doctrine of signatures” it was thought that the blossoms look like the uvula, or...
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Blue-stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Blue-stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: bees, clumper, fall, and part shade. Plant Types: Perennial.

Blue-stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) is distinguished by a smooth, purplish-blue stem (more so with age) and flowers that are found in clusters along the top half of the stalk, creating small, graceful, arching sprays. This goldenrod is perfect for part shade areas and pairs well with Southern harebell (Campanula divaricata) which blooms around the same time. A...
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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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Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tiarella cordifolia
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • 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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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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