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Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • TAGS: Plant Tags: butterflies, Hummingbirds, and wetland. Plant Types: Perennial.

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) grows in full sun to partial shade; make sure that the basal rosette is not covered with leaves or other debris over the winter, as the plant depends on the winter sun and will decline and die if it cannot get it; not drought tolerant, but will tolerate average garden conditions. The showy red flowers attract and are pollinated...
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Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)

Partial shade to full sun; not particular about soil; will spread by root sprouts if not managed; plant at the base of a tree or fence; vine will climb to find sunlight. Showy blooms attract hummingbirds; semi-evergreen leaves add interest in winter; several cultivars available in nursery trade.
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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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Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vernonia gigantea
  • PLANT TYPE: Perennial
  • 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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