Our native wildflowers - page 19

Indian pink
(Spigelia marilandica)
 ©Janet Allen Spigelia

We just bought this at the Millersville Native Plant conference. When it was actually flowering, it was beautiful. We'll see how it does next year.

Wildlife: Hummingbirds
More info from Wildflower Center

Woodland poppy
(Stylophorum diphyllum)
 ©Janet Allen Woodland poppy

This is a pretty plant (also known as celandine poppy) with bright yellow flowers. Its only fault is that it spreads incredibly, evidently by ants. Cullina recommends removing the seed pods before they're dispersed,. This is a task that would be well worth the effort, but I haven't managed to do it yet. I like them, but I have enough.

Wildlife: Seeds for chipmunks
More info from Wildflower Center

Woodland poppy
(Stylophorum diphyllum)
 ©Janet Allen Woodland poppy

This close-up shows the flower. I'm hoping that I've identified this correctly since it was purchased at a plant sale, not at a nursery (although they have been known to make mistakes, too).

Early meadow rue
(Thalictrum dioicum)
 ©Janet Allen Meadow rue

I love the foliage, but we really got it for the little flowers that hang down. We always called this the Earring Plant when we were hiking in national parks.

More info from Wildflower Center

Tall meadow rue
(Thalictrum pubescens)
 ©Janet Allen Meadow rue

This is the rue we have in the front yard under the Kentucky coffee tree. It has a nice foamy appearance and is easy to grow. It doesn't seem to spread at all unfortunately.

Wildlife: Butterflies, bees
More info from Wildflower Center

Tall meadow rue
(Thalictrum pubescens)
 ©Janet Allen Meadow rue

Rue has a beautiful foamy flower.

It's also known as "King of the Meadow."

Running foamflower
(Tiarella cordifolia)
 ©Janet Allen Foamflower

The difference between running foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) and clumping foamflower (T. wherryi) is that running foamflower has runners. Depending on where you plant it, this may be the best thing or the worst. In the front yard where I've planted it, I'm glad it spreads. Besides that, though, one or two plants might be interesting, but to really appreciate this plant, it's nice to see it in a larger grouping.

More info from Wildflower Center

Clumping foamflower
(Tiarella wherryi)
 ©Janet Allen Foamflower

Clumping foamflower (Tiarella wherryi) doesn't spread by runners. I love the foamy-looking flowers in the spring. The leaves are a bit different from the running foamflower.

More info from Wildflower Center (aka Tiarella cordifolia var. collina)

Spiderwort
(Tradescantia virginiana)
 ©Janet Allen Spiderwort

When I first planted this, it became one of my favorite plants. I bought several cultivars with different colored flowers. Then I noticed it spreading everywhere, and I tried to eradicate it.

I've now come full circle. I love the plant too much to eradicate it, but I do try to keep it under control by pulling up all the extra plants I see.

One of my favorite morning experiences is visiting the patches of spiderwort to hear all the pleasant buzzing of all the bees enjoying its nectar.

Wildlife: Bees
** SPECIAL VALUE TO NATIVE BEES **
** SPECIAL VALUE TO BUMBLE BEES **
More info from Wildflower Center