Wood Betony is a valuable native flower that is an indicator of pristine prairies. Its’ roots attach to the roots of nearby plants and uptake nutrients. Thereby, wood betony parasitizes other plants, using them as a water and nutrient source. This parasitism helps reduce the vigor of the tall prairie plants.
The Ironwood makes a great backyard tree as it is resistant to many disease and insect problems. It tends to blend in with other trees and is commonly labelled as inconspicuous. Other names: Hop-hornbeam, Bois dur, Bois de fer
The red maple bears brilliant coloured foliage and nutrition for many types of animals. It is also commonly used to make furniture and flooring. Other names: Swamp Maple, Soft Maple, Water Maple, Plaine, Plaine rouge
Iris versicolor, commonly called northern blue flag, is a clump-forming iris that is native to marshes, swamps, wet meadows, ditches and shorelines from Manitoba to Nova Scotia. It has deep blue to purple flowers, the foliage is sword-like, and the flowers are complex and very showy.
Virginia waterleaf is an upright perennial native to moist and wet woods from Quebec to Manitoba. There are 5 long narrow sepals with feathery edges under the flower head. One plant has 1 or 2 clusters on a stem, and may have multiple stems. Used in shady areas and woodland gardens.
Bluets bloom for 2 or 3 weeks in the spring. Its plant helps filter water runoff. It makes a small contribution to stabilizing soil. They can be planted in meadows. It grows especially well among grasses and a good choice for rock gardens, lawn replacement and on the edge of a path.
Hepaticas are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The flowers close at night time and cloudy days when pollinators are not likely to be flying. They are delicately attractive and have a tendency to blow about on their slender stems in the wind.
There are two species of Blue Cohosh: Caulophyllum thalictroides and Caulophyllum giganteum. Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh) generally has lighter greenish flowers which bloom after the leaves have opened. Caulophyllum giganteum (Giant Blue Cohosh) has dark purple/red flowers which open with or before the leaves.
Starry False Solomon’s Seal has attractive foilage, flowers, and berries that forms a dense groundcover once established. The narrow oval shaped leaves are about 3-12 cm long (2”-5”) and arranged alternately in 2 rows along the stem.
This plant grows from 30 to 75 cm tall. It has a zigzagging stalk at the tip of which is a flower head or cluster of fruit, depending on the season. Best when massed in naturalized plantings, wild gardens, native plant gardens, or woodland gardens. Effective with hostas and ferns. Also may be grown in…
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