Browsing category: Woodland & Meadow Perennials

Hepatica americana… Our First Sign of Spring

Hepatica americana is part of the buttercup family and the flowers can be any shades of lilac, bluish, pink, or white. Some of the flowers are scented, others aren’t, and supposedly no two groups of hepaticas will ever look exactly the same.

How To Grow Jack-in-the-Pulpit From Seeds

Fall is the perfect time of year for harvesting jack-in-the-pulpit seeds. The berries will be a bright red and have a very soft and fragile skin. Inside each berry is a large amount of juicy pulp and one or more seeds.

Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Indian Pipe’s Latin name, (Monotropa uniflora), means “once turned single flower”… it refers to the way each stem holds a single flower that starts out pointed straight down towards the ground and then gradually turns upward as it starts to produce seeds.

Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)

The common red trillium (Trillium erectum) grows in moist, wooded areas and can grow to any height between seven and twenty-four inches. The leaves are located underneath the flower and can vary greatly in size from plant to plant…

Bluets (Houstonia caerulea)

Bluets (Houstonia caerulea), or Quaker Ladies as they are sometimes called, are one of the smallest and daintiest wildflowers that we have in New England. It is easy to overlook bluets because they are so small…

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

Joe Pye Weed is a native perennial that grows readily in moist areas and forms clumps of tall sturdy plants that can grow up to six feet tall.

Is It Common Fleabane… Eastern Daisy Fleabane… or Robin’s Plantain Fleabane?

The native wildflower fleabane (the Latin name is Erigeron) is very common in this part of New England.

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are probably one of the best known coneflowers because they grow so abundantly in open and sunny areas in almost any kind of soil.

Starflower (Trientalis borealis)

The starflower is a beautiful little New England wildflower that thrives in our cool woods and peat-rich soil. We often see them growing next to large trees or rocks in shaded areas. The entire plant measures from four to eight inches tall.

Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

There are four varieties of foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia)… the variety that is most common here has the characteristic leaves that look like maple leaves, but with more rounded edges.