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What’s in Bloom?

April 24, 2023

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

All plants native to North Carolina unless otherwise noted.

‘Carolina Moonlight’ wild indigo with yucca in the foreground. Photo by Debbie Roos.

First black swallowtail caterpillar of the year on its native host plant, golden alexander. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Wild geranium. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Buttonbush, wild indigo, narrow-leaf Carolina phlox, and cut leaf evening primrose. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Here’s What’s Blooming This Week

 Moonshine yarrow

Achillea x ‘Moonshine’


* exotic

Paprika yarrow

Achillea x ‘Paprika’


* exotic


Allium schoenoprasum


* exotic

Arkansas bluestar 
Amsonia hubrichtii

Arkansas bluestar

Eastern bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Eastern bluestar

Eastern columbine Aquilegia canadensis

Eastern wild columbine

Golden columbine Aquilegia chrysantha

Golden columbine

* native to southwestern U.S.

Dutchman's pipe

Aristolochia tomentosa

Dutchman’s pipe

White wild indigo

Baptisia alba

White wild indigo

Hybrid wild indigo Baptisia alba x sphaerocarpus

Hybrid wild indigo
'Carolina Moonlight' wild indigo

Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’

Wild indigo

'Purple Smoke' wild indigo

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’

Wild indigo

'Twilite Prairieblues' wild indigo

Baptisia x variicolor
‘Twilite Prairieblues’

Wild indigo

Dwarf wild indigo

Baptisia minor

Dwarf wild indigo


Clematis ochroleuca


Lobed tickseed

Coreopsis auriculata

Lobed tickseed

Lanceleaf tickseed

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf tickseed

Robin's plaintain Erigeron pulchellus

Robin’s plaintain

Burgundy blanketflower

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’

Lanceleaf blanketflower


Gaura lindheimeri ‘Belleza Dark Pink’


* Texas

Geranium 'Dilys'

Geranium ‘Dilys’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Mountain Indian physic

Gillenia trifoliatus

Mountain Indian physic

Dark purple flower spikes topped with four lighter purple bracts that resemble flags or ears.

Lavandula stoechas

Spanish lavender

* exotic

Coral honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens
‘Cedar Lane’, ‘Major Wheeler’,
and ‘John Clayton’


Piedmont Barbara's buttons

Marshallia obovata

Piedmont Barbara’s buttons

Wild bergamot

Monarda bradburiana

Wild bergamot


Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’


* exotic

Cutleaf evening primrose Oenothera berlandieri 

Evening primrose

* southwest U.S.

Small's beardtongue

Penstemon smallii

Small’s beard tongue

Narrowleaf Carolina phlox

Phlox carolina ssp. angusta

Narrowleaf Carolina phlox

Blue phlox has loose clusters of slightly fragrant, tubular, lilac to rose to blue flowers (to 1.5" wide) with five, flat, wedge-shaped, notched, petal-like lobes that appear at the stem tips in spring. Its stamens are recessed. Phlox divaricata ‘Tika’

Woodland phlox

Downy phlox Phlox pilosa 

Downy phlox

Eastern ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’

Eastern ninebark

Tiny pale blue, purple, to white flowers bloom in clusters along the shoots of the prior year’s growth. Rosmarinus officinalis 

Rosemary ‘Tuscan Blue’

Mealycup sage

Salvia farinacea
‘Victoria Blue’

Mealycup sage

* southwest U.S.

 Lyreleaf salvia Salvia lyrata

Lyreleaf salvia

The flowers are loose clusters of rose-pink tubular blooms with five spreading wedged-shaped petals with ten stamens and three styles. Silene caroliniana

Wild pink

Blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue-eyed grass

Thyme Thymus vulgaris


* exotic

Foamflower Tiarella cordifolia


Spiderwort Tradescantia x ‘Purple Profusion’


Ohio spiderwort Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio spiderwort

Society garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

Society garlic

* exotic

Garden heliotrope Valeriana officinalis

Garden heliotrope (Valerian)

* northern U.S.

Blackhaw Viburnum prunifolium


Heartleaf golden alexander Zizia aptera

Heartleaf golden alexander

Golden alexander Zizia aurea

Golden alexander

Written By

Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie Email Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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