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Gentiana andrewsii, Bottle Gentain

Gentiana andrewsii, or Bottle Gentain, is a 1-2 foot tall perennial preferring part sun and moist to wet rich soils. Bottle Gentain’s deep blue bottle-type flowers bloom in late summer to fall. Just be careful transplanting as it resents root … Continued

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Gentiana flavida, Cream Gentain

Gentiana flavida, or Cream Gentain, is a 2-3 foot tall perennial preferring full to part sun and moist to medium dry soils. Cream-colored blooms of Cream Gentain appear in August to September. Its petals are less fused and more open … Continued

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Geranium maculatum, Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum, or Wild Geranium, is a charming native 1 to 2 foot perennial woodlander. Wild Geranium is a favorite spring bloomer with lavender blooms and attractive foliage. It prefers shade to part sun and rich, moist soils, but it … Continued

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Helenium autumnale, Dog Toothed Daisy

Helenium autumnale, or Dog Toothed Daisy, is a 4-5 foot tall perennial preferring full to part sun and moist to wet rich soils. Bright yellow flowers of Dog Toothed Daisy appear in late summer. It is a great plant for … Continued

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Helianthus divaricatus, Woodland Sunflower

Helianthus divaricatus, or Woodland Sunflower, is a 3-4 foot tall perennial preferring shade to part sun and medium to dry soils. Woodland Sunflower’s large yellow disc and ray flowers appear in summer. It is a spreader via rhizomes and birds … Continued

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Hydrastis canadensis, Goldenseal

Hydrastis canadensis, or Goldenseal, is a 1 foot tall woodland native perennial ground cover preferring shade to part sun and moist to well-drained rich in organic matter. Ornamental maple-like leaves and raspberry-like fruit appear atop its upper leaves in late … Continued

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Hypericum perforatum, Dotted St. John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum, or Dotted St. John’s Wort, is a 1-3 foot tall common perennial preferring medium to well-drained soils and full to part sun. Dotted St. John’s Wort’s yellow flowers with black dots and bushy stamens appear in late June … Continued

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Hypericum pyramidatum, Great St. John’s Wort

Hypericum pyramidatum, or Great St. John’s Wort, is a 2-5 foot tall perennial preferring moist to wet soils and full to part sun. Great St. John’s Wort’s large 2 inch yellow flowers with bushy stamens appear in late June to … Continued

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Iris versicolor, Northern Blue Flag

Iris versicolor, or Northern Blue Flag, is a 2-3 foot wetland perennial, preferring full to part sun in moist to wet soils. Blue flowers with yellow throats arise from sword-shaped leaves in June and July. Northern Blue Flag is a great … Continued

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Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis, or Cardinal Flower, is a 2-5 foot tall showy perennial with luminous scarlet red flower spikes that appear from July through September. Cardinal Flower prefers full to part sun and moist to wet soils. It is an excellent … Continued

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Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris, or Ostrich Fern, is a 2-6 foot tall fern with erect, dark green fronds. Ostrich Ferns prefer moist to wet soils in shade to part sun. The fern generally occurs in forested wetlands or along creeks. It sometimes … Continued

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Mertensia virginicana, Virginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginicana, or Virginia Bluebells, is a 1-2 foot perennial woodlander native to moist, humus-rich soils in part to full shade. Beautiful pink to light blue bell-shaped flowers appear early to late spring. The perennial goes dormant into the summer.

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