NC State Extension

“Pollinator Paradise” Demonstration Garden

What’s in Bloom?

May 8, 2017

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

All plants native to North Carolina unless otherwise noted.

Assassin bug hunting on golden alexander

Assassin bug hunting on golden alexander (Zizia aurea). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spring shot of one of the front beds

Spring shot of one of the front beds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The honey bees were all over the native purple milkweed.

The honey bees were all over the native purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Gray hairstreak nectaring on the lanceleaf blanketflower

Gray hairstreak nectaring on lanceleaf blanketflower (Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Here’s what’s blooming this week:

 Moonshine yarrow

Achillea x ‘Moonshine’


* exotic

Paprika yarrow

Achillea x ‘Paprika’


* exotic

Arkansas bluestar 

Amsonia hubrichtii

Arkansas bluestar

Eastern bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana


Eastern columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Eastern wild columbine

golden columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

Golden columbine

* native to southwestern U.S.

purple milkweed

Asclepias purpurascens

Purple milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

Baptisia minor

Baptisia minor

Dwarf wild indigo

downy wood mint

Blephilia ciliata

Downy wood mint

Calamintha nepeta

Calamintha nepeta

Lesser calamint

* exotic


Callirhoe involucrata

Prairie poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey tea

Lobed tickseed

Coreopsis auriculata

Lobed tickseed


Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf tickseed

Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High'

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

burgundy banketflower

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’

Lanceleaf blanketflower

Geranium 'Dilys'

Geranium ‘Dilys’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf hydrangea

Itea virginica

Itea virginica

Virginia sweetspire

Spanish lavender

Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk’

Spanish lavender

* exotic

 coral honeysuckle

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


Marshallia obovata

Marshallia obovata

Piedmont Barbara’s buttons


Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’


* exotic

cutleaf evening primrose

Oenothera berlandieri 

Evening primrose

* southwest U.S.


Oenothera fruticosa 


Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red'

Penstemon digitalis
‘Husker’s Red’

Beard tongue

small's beardtongue

Penstemon smallii

Small’s beard tongue


Phlox carolina ssp. angusta

Narrowleaf Carolina phlox

Phlox pilosa

Phlox pilosa 

Downy phlox

Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'

Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’

Mealycup sage

* southwest U.S.

Fire pink

Silene virginica

Fire pink

blue-eyed grass

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue-eyed grass

Indian pink

Spigelia marilandica

Indian pink


Symphytum grandiflorum ‘Hidcote Blue’


* exotic


Tephrosia virginiana 



Thermopsis villosa 

Carolina lupine


Thymus vulgaris


* exotic


Tiarella cordifolia



Tradescantia x ‘Purple Profusion’


Valeriana officinalis

Garden heliotrope (Valerian)

* northern U.S.

Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword'

Yucca filamentosa
‘Golden Sword’

Adam’s needle

golden alexander

Zizia aurea

Golden alexander

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Photo of Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduChatham County, North Carolina
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