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Astor - Bushy Astor

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Astor - Purple New England Astor

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Bee Balm - Scarlet Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
 > Red blooms July to August
 > Partial  to Full sun
 > Wetlands, rich soil plant
 > Attracts  butterflies & hummingbirds
 > Part of mint family
 > Colonists used as tea after Boston Tea Party, also known as “Oswego Tea”



Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
 > Blooms June - August
 > Partial to full sun
 > Moist fields but drought tolerant
 > Loved by moths and butterflies
 > Bright yellow flowers produce lots of nectar
 > Maryland state flower



Butterfly Weed, Orange



Cardinal Flower
 > Blooms July to September
 > Partial to full shade
 > Wetlands and stream sides
 > Loved by humming birds
 > Bright red flower clusters 4" - 20 " long
 > Plant can grow up to 6' tall



Columbine - Wild Columbine



Coreopsis - Tall Coreopsis



Daisy - Fleabane Daisy



Daisy - Ox-Eyed Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

> White with yellow centered blooms May to June
> Draught tolerant
> Full to partial sun
> Fragrant, attracts many pollinators
> Flower stems can be 2’ tall



Garden Phlox



Gerardia



Golden Ragwort



Goldenrod - Early Goldenrod



Goldenrod - Tall Goldenrod



Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
 > Purple, green, or yellow striped spathe and spadix
 > Moist woodlands
 > Part sun to shade
 > Bright red berries in fall
 > Traps insects, especially fungus gnats



Lyre Leaved Sage (Salvia lyrata)
 > Purple to blue trumpet shaped blooms in May
 > Full Sun
 > Attracts small native bees and butterflies
 > Draught tolerant
 > Long flower stalks from lower leaves
 > Works well in open meadows



Milkweed, Pink



Milkweed, Purple



Milkweed - Swamp Milkweed




Mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum)
 > Blue to Purple dense clustered blooms July thru Oct.
 > Full sun
 > Wetlands and stream sides
 > Loved by butterflies
 > 1' to 3" tall
 > Also known as Ageratum




Pasture Rose (Rosa carolina)

> Light pink blooms in June
> Full Sun
> Attracts small native bees and butterflies
> Prefers moist to moderate soil
> Also known as Carolina Rose
> Bright red, nutritious berries in fall

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Ruellia (Ruellia caroliniensis)
 > Wrinkled purple to blue blooms June to Sept.
 > Full Sun
 > Attracts small native bees and butterflies
 > Draught tolerant
 > Paired leaves on hairy stalks
 > Works well in open meadows

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Saint Johns Wort - Shrubby
 > Bright, showy blooms June to August
 > Drought tolerant
 > Full sun
 > Fragrant - attracts many pollinators
 > Thin leaves, square stem
 > Grows 4" tall/wide



Slender Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
 > Dense white clustered blooms July to Sept.
 > Draught tolerant
 > Full sun
 > Fragrant, attracts many pollinators
 > Thin leaves, square stem

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Spiderwort



Sundrops



Tickseed
 > Abundant, showy yellow blooms August - October
 > Full sun
 > Moderate to moist soils
 > Attracts native butterflies, bees, and moths
 > Also known as bur marigold



Tickseed - Red Eyed



Tickseed Sunflower (Bidens aristosa)

> Abundant, showy Yellow blooms Aug. to Oct.
> Full Sun
> Moderate to moist soils
> Attracts Native butterflies, bees, and moths
> Also known as bur marigold

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Turtlehead, Pink (Chelone cuthbertii)
 > Pink stalks bloom August - September
 > Partial sun
 > Prefers rich, moist soils
 > Host plant to checkerspot butterfly
 > Flowers emerge in sequence on the stem from bottom to top



Turtlehead, White




White Avens (Geum canadense)

> Small White blooms June to Aug.
> Partial to Full Sun
> Drought tolerant
> Three part serrated leaves typical of Rose Family
> Native alternative to alien, invasive multi-flora rose

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Wood Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

> Rose to violet purple blooms April to June
> Partial Sun to Shade
> Attracts small native bees and butterflies
> Distinctive five to seven deeply cut lobed leaves
> Plant goes dormant by mid summer

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