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What’s in Bloom?

August 21, 2023

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

All plants native to North Carolina unless otherwise noted.

Hummingbird moth on native field thistle.

Hummingbird moth on native field thistle. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Boneset with orange coneflower.

Boneset with orange coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Crab spider on great blue lobelia

Crab spider on great blue lobelia. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Golden reined digger wasps on mountain mint.

Golden reined digger wasps on mountain mint. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Here’s What’s Blooming This Week

'Blue Fortune' anise hyssop

Agastache x ‘Blue Fortune’

Anise hyssop

* hybrid of U.S. native

Licorice hyssop

Agastache rupestris

Licorice hyssop

* native to southwest U.S.

Maroon or reddish-brown pea-like flowers with 5 petals in compact racemes arising from leaf axils. Blooms from June to Aug.
Apios americana
Groundnut
Swamp milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp milkweed

Tiny tubular 5-petaled flowers in clusters in the upper leaf axils and stem tips from May to September. Flowers are white to greenish-white

Boltonia asteroides

White doll’s daisy

Lesser calamint

Calamintha nepeta

Lesser calamint

* exotic

American beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

American beautyberry

Prairie poppy mallow

Callirhoe involucrata

Prairie poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Spurred butterfly-pea

Centrosema virginianum

Spurred butterfly-pea

Buttonbush
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Buttonbush
Field thistle

Cirsium discolor

Field thistle

Wild ageratum

Conoclinium coelestinum

Wild ageratum/mistflower

Palmleaf thoroughwort
Conoclinium greggii
Gregg’s mistflower/ palmleaf thoroughwort
* native to southwestern U.S.
Lanceleaf tickseed

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf tickseed

Tall tickseed
Coreopsis tripteris
Tall tickseed
Whorled tickseed

Coreopsis verticillata

Whorled tickseed

Purple coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

Rattlesnake master

Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake master

Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Boneset

Roundleaf thoroughwort

Eupatorium rotundifolium

Roundleaf thoroughwort

Flowering spurge

Euphorbia corollata

Flowering spurge

small white flowers
Eurybia divaricatus
White wood aster
Coastal plain joe-pye weed
Eutrochium dubium
Coastal plain joe-pye weed
Bronze fennel

Foeniculum rubrum

Bronze fennel

*exotic

Burgundy blanketflower

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’

Lanceleaf blanketflower

Beeblossom

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Belleza Dark Pink’

Beeblossom

* Texas

Geranium 'Dilys'

Geranium ‘Dilys’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Red rose mallow

Hibiscus coccineus

Red rose mallow

Velvet mallow

Hibiscus grandiflorus

Velvet mallow

Seashore mallow

Kosteletzkya virginica

Seashore mallow

The inflorescence is made up of rose-purple fluffy disc flowers in small groups on terminal spikes. Blooms late summer into fall.

Liatris microcephala

Dwarf gayfeather

Blazing star

Liatris scariosa

Devil’s bite

Pink purple flowers

Liatris scariosa var. nieuwlandii

Nieuwland’s blazing star

* northeastern U.S.
Appalachian blazing star

Liatris squarrulosa

Appalachian blazing star

Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower

Great blue lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

Great blue lobelia

Coral honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens
‘Cedar Lane’ and ‘Major Wheeler’
Spotted beebalm
Monarda fruticulosa
Spotted beebalm
* native to Texas
Spotted horsemint

Monarda punctata

Spotted horsemint

Catmint

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

Catmint

* exotic

Prairie goldenrod

Oligoneuron album

Prairie goldenrod

Ornamental oregano

Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’

Ornamental oregano

* exotic

Wild quinine

Parthenium integrifolium 

Wild quinine

Purple passionflower vine

Passiflora incarnata

Purple passionflower vine

Yellow passion flower vine
Passiflora lutea
Yellow passion flower vine
Clusters of white flowers.

Phlox paniculata ‘David’

Garden phlox

Garden phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Delta Snow’

Garden phlox

'Jeana' phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’

Garden phlox

Obedient plant
Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’
Obedient plant
Narrowleaf silkgrass

Pityopsis graminifolia

Narrowleaf silkgrass

Loomis' mountain mint

Pycnanthemum loomisii

Loomis’ mountain mint

Short-toothed mountain mint

Pycnanthemum muticum

Short-toothed mountain mint

Narrow-leaf mountain mint

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

Narrow-leaf mountain mint

Virginia mountain mint

Pycnanthemum virginianum

Virginia mountain mint

Orange coneflower

Rudbeckia fulgida

Orange coneflower

Green-headed coneflower
Rudbeckia laciniata
Green-headed coneflower
Brown-eyed susan

Rudbeckia triloba

Brown-eyed susan

Late figwort

Scrophularia marilandica

Late figwort

Hoary skullcap

Scutellaria incana

Hoary skullcap

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Stonecrop

* exotic

Cup plant
Silphium perfoliatum
Cup plant
Early goldenrod

Solidago juncea

Early goldenrod

Sweet goldenrod

Solidago odora

Sweet goldenrod

Small’s goldenrod

Solidago pinetorum

Small’s goldenrod

'Fireworks' rough-leaf goldenrod

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’

Rough-leaf goldenrod

Solar Cascade goldenrod

Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’

Goldenrod

Blue wood aster

Symphyotrichum cordifolium

Blue wood aster

Heath aster

Symphyotrichum ericoides
‘Snowflurry’

Heath aster

New England aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

New England aster

New England aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
‘September Ruby’

New England aster

Frost aster

Symphyotrichum pilosum

Frost aster

Society garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

Society garlic

* exotic

Hoary vervain

Verbena hastata

Blue vervain

Yellow crownbeard

Verbesina occidentalis

Yellow crownbeard

Stemless ironweed
Vernonia acaulis
Stemless ironweed
Giant ironweed
Vernonia gigantea ‘Purple Pillar’
Giant ironweed
Threadleaf ironweed
Vernonia lettermanii
Threadleaf ironweed
New York ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

New York ironweed