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Monarch on Milkweed

All About Milkweed

August 9, 2022

August 8, 2022 BY LEAH MCFARLAND There are 72 species of milkweed (Asclepias spp.) native to North America. Here, in New England, we have only 7 species native to our area, while in places like Arizona and Texas have 29 and 37 species, respectively! With all this diversity, it comes to no surprise that milkweed…

Wood Betony

August 2, 2022

Stachys officinalis Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial  Habit: Herb Size class: 1-2ft Native Habitat:  Bloom time: July-September Growing Conditions  Light: Full Sun Soil: Moisture: medium   Description: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun

Wild Geranium

August 2, 2022

Geranium carolinianum  Plant Characteristics: Duration: annual   Habit: Herb Size class: 1-3 ft Native Habitat: dry, hard fields; rocky woods Bloom time: Mar-Jul Growing Conditions  Light: Partial Shade Soil: Moisture: Gravely to clay soils Description: can become weedy Benefits:  Attractant to pollinators  Resistant to deer and rabbit browse

Virginia Rose

August 2, 2022

Rosa virginiana Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial  Habit: Shrub Size class:  Native Habitat: Clearings, Thickets, Shores Bloom time: June, July, August Growing Conditions  Light: Part Shade, Shade Soil: Moisture: Moist CaCO3 Tol: low Benefits: Fruit (Hips) is know to contain high amounts of vitamin C and can be made into tea or jelly  Attractant for native…

Vervain

August 2, 2022

Verbena hastata (Blue Verbena), Verbena Offinalis (Common Verbena) Plant Characteristics: Duration: Biennial  Habit: Herb  Size class: 3-6 ft.  Native Habitat: Moist Prairies; damp thickets   Bloom time: June-September Growing Conditions  Light: Sunny, Partial Shade  Soil:  Moisture: Moist, wet  Soil Description: moist soils  Acidity not available  Benefits Wildlife Attracts bees (Special value to native bees), birds, butterflies …

Showy Goldenrod

August 2, 2022

Solidago speciosa Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size class: 1-3ft Native Habitat: Open woods; prairies Bloom time: August-september Growing Conditions  Light: Partial Shade Soil: Moisture: Moist Description: Rocky or clay soils. Condition comments: This very showy goldenrod can become aggressive in moist soils. Benefits: Attract butterflies Conspicuous flower  Attract birds  Specific value to native…

Serviceberry

August 2, 2022

Amelanchier canadensis Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial  Habit: Tree Size class: 36-72ft Native Habitat: Wood borders; moist, upland woods Bloom time: April-May Growing Conditions  Light: Sun, partial shade, shade Soil: Moisture: moist, wet CaCO3 Tol: High Description: Moist, but well-drained, soils. Water Use:  Medium Condition comments: subject to many disease and insect problems.  Damage from these…

Rough Goldenrod

August 2, 2022

Solidago rugosa  Plant Characteristics: Duration: perennial  Habit: herb Size class: 3-6ft  Native Habitat: Low woods; meadows; old fields; pine barrens; bogs  Bloom time: September-October Growing Conditions  Light: Sun Soil: Moisture: Wet CaCO3 Tol: Medium  Description: Moist well-drained soil Water Use:  Medium Condition comments: This is a variable species and is divided into two subspecies, the…

Pussy Willow

August 2, 2022

Salix discolor Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial  Habit: Shrub Size class: 12-36ft Native Habitat: Marshy, low ground; stream banks; ditches Bloom time: February-March Growing Conditions  Light: Sun Soil: Moisture: Moist Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) CaCO3 Tol: Medium Description: Damp soils Water Use: High Condition comments: Short-lived and fast-growing should by cut back heavily every few…