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What’s in Bloom?

July 24, 2023

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

All plants native to North Carolina unless otherwise noted.

Hoary skullcap, coneflowers, staghorn sumac, joe-pye weed, obedient plant, eastern ninebark, and bronze fennel.

Hoary skullcap, coneflowers, staghorn sumac, joe-pye weed, obedient plant, eastern ninebark, and bronze fennel. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Lots of bumble bee activity on the obedient plant!

Lots of bumble bee activity on the obedient plant! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cardinal flower, culver's root, whorled tickseed, ironweed, hoary skullcap, blackhaw viburnum.

Cardinal flower, culver’s root, whorled tickseed, ironweed, hoary skullcap, blackhaw viburnum. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole on rattlesnake master.

Carolina anole on rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American lady butterfly on whorled tickseed

American lady butterfly on whorled tickseed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Here’s What’s Blooming This Week

Paprika yarrow

Achillea x ‘Paprika’

Yarrow

* exotic

Bottlebrush buckeye

Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush buckeye

* native to southern U.S.

'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.

Nodding onion
Allium cernuum
Nodding onion
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

Whorled milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

Whorled 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

Fringed poppy mallow

Callirhoe digitata

Fringed poppy mallow (winecup)

* central U.S.

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

Curlyheads

Clematis ochroleuca

Curlyheads

* this photo shows the
seedheads, not the bloom

Sweet pepperbush
  Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’
Sweet pepperbush
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

White prairie clover

Dalea candida

White prairie clover

* central U.S.

Purple prairie clover

Dalea purpurea

Purple prairie clover

* central U.S.

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 but abundant flowers with white rays and yellow disk centers that change to red upon pollination that appear in flat-topped, terminal clusters with 6-10 white petals. Its bracts are whitish with green tips. Flowers are 1/2 to 1 inch across. Blooms earlier than most Asters, from August to October.
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

5-petaled red-purple to magenta-purple flowers just over an inch large. Each petal has dark purple veining. Blooms from late spring through summer. Cut back to encourage late summer to early fall blooming.

Helenium autumnale

Common sneezeweed

Oxeye daisy

Heliopsis helianthoides
‘Summer Nights’

Oxeye daisy

Red rose mallow

Hibiscus coccineus

Red rose mallow

slender blazing star

Liatris cylindracea

Slender blazing star

* mid-west U.S.

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

Gayfeather

Liatris spicata

Gayfeather

Gayfeather

Liatris squarrosa

Scaly 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’
Lemon bee balm

Monarda citriodora

Lemon bee balm

Bee balm

Monarda fistulosa ‘Claire Grace’

Bee balm

Spotted beebalm
Monarda fruticulosa
Spotted beebalm
* native to Texas
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
Narrowleaf Carolina phlox

Phlox carolina ssp. angusta

Narrowleaf Carolina phlox

Clusters of white flowers.

Phlox paniculata ‘David’

Garden phlox

Garden phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Delta Snow’

Garden phlox

'Jeana' phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’

Garden phlox

1 inch pale purple to rose flowers borne in a showy terminal spike. The corolla is swollen at the throat, the upper lip is domed, the lower lip spreading with three lobes. Blooms from July to October.
Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’
Obedient plant
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

Mexican hat

Ratibida columnifera

Mexican hat

Black-eyed susan

Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed susan

Orange coneflower

Rudbeckia fulgida

Orange coneflower

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

Rudbeckia triloba

Brown-eyed susan

Carolina wild petunia

Ruellia caroliniensis

Carolina wild petunia

Small dull yellow flowers in terminal, erect clusters.

Ruta graveolens

Garden rue

* exotic

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

Stokes' aster 'Peachie's Pick'

Stokesia laevis
‘Peachie’s Pick’

Stokes’ aster

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

Stemless ironweed
Vernonia acaulis
Stemless ironweed
Threadleaf ironweed
Vernonia lettermanii
Threadleaf ironweed
New York ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

New York ironweed

Culver's root

Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver’s root