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Dutchman’s breeches, blue staggers (Dicentra cucullaria)

Cultural notes: Sometimes known as blue staggers because of its narcotic and occasionally lethal effects on grazing cattle The species is a spring ephemeral. In summer’s heat, the leaves turn yellow and disappear, to re-emerge the following spring from a bulb-like corm.
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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
  • 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
  • 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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