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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

Achillea x 'Moonshine'

Achillea x ‘Moonshine’

Yarrow

* exotic

Achillea x 'Paprika'

Achillea x ‘Paprika’

Yarrow

* exotic

Amsonia hubrichtii 

Amsonia hubrichtii

Arkansas bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bluestar

Aquilegia canadensis

Aquilegia canadensis

Eastern wild columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

Aquilegia chrysantha

Golden columbine

* native to southwestern U.S.

Asclepias purpurascens

Asclepias purpurascens

Purple milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

Baptisia minor

Baptisia minor

Dwarf wild indigo

Blephilia ciliata

Blephilia ciliata

Downy wood mint

Calamintha nepeta

Calamintha nepeta

Lesser calamint

* exotic

Callirhoe involucrata

Callirhoe involucrata

Prairie poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey tea

Coreopsis auriculata

Coreopsis auriculata

Lobed tickseed

Coreopsis lanceolata

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf tickseed

Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High'

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

Gaillardia 'Burgundy'

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

Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk'

Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk’

Spanish lavender

* exotic

Lonicera sempervirens 'Cedar Lane'

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

Honeysuckle

Marshallia obovata

Marshallia obovata

Piedmont Barbara’s buttons

Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

Catmint

* exotic

Oenothera berlandieri 'Siskiyou'

Oenothera berlandieri 
‘Siskiyou’

Evening primrose

* southwest U.S.

Oenothera fruticosa

Oenothera fruticosa 

Sundrops

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red'

Penstemon digitalis
‘Husker’s Red’

Beard tongue

Penstemon smallii

Penstemon smallii

Small’s beard tongue

Phlox carolina ssp. angusta

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.

Silene virginica

Silene virginica

Fire pink

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue-eyed grass

Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia marilandica

Indian pink

Symphytum grandiflorum 'Hidcote Blue'

Symphytum grandiflorum ‘Hidcote Blue’

Comfrey

* exotic

Tephrosia virginiana

Tephrosia virginiana 

Goatsrue

Thermopsis villosa

Thermopsis villosa 

Carolina lupine

Thymus vulgaris

Thymus vulgaris

Thyme

* exotic

Tiarella cordifolia

Tiarella cordifolia

Foamflower

Tradescantia x 'Purple Profusion'

Tradescantia x ‘Purple Profusion’

Spiderwort

Valeriana officinalis

Valeriana officinalis

Garden heliotrope (Valerian)

* northern U.S.

Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword'

Yucca filamentosa
‘Golden Sword’

Adam’s needle

Zizia aurea

Zizia aurea

Golden alexander