Browsing category: Woodland & Meadow Perennials

Hepaticas… 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.


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.


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is an herbaceous perennial and supposedly a common wildflower in New England…


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.


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.


Did My Siberian Squill Survive?

I found this siberian squill last spring when mud season was at its worst and the road past our house was an absolute mess.


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.


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.