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NC State Extension

“Pollinator Paradise” Demonstration Garden

What’s in Bloom?

May 18, 2015

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

All plants native to the North Carolina Piedmont unless otherwise noted.

American bumble bee on wild indigo

American bumble bee on wild indigo

wild bergamot bloom

Lovely complex bloom of wild bergamot (Monarda bradburiana)

flower bloom

Here’s What’s Blooming This Week

Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives

* exotic

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.

Baptisia minor

Baptisia minor

Dwarf wild indigo

Blephilia ciliata

Blephilia ciliata

Downy wood mint

Conradina canescens

Conradina canescens

Gray-leaved conradina

* native to the U.S. Gulf coast

Coreopsis auriculata

Coreopsis auriculata

Lobed tickseed

Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High'

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

Gaillardia 'Burgundy'

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’

Lanceleaf blanketflower

Gaillardia 'Oranges and Lemons'

Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons’

Lanceleaf blanketflower

Geranium 'Dilys''

Geranium ‘Dilys’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Houstonia caerulea

Houstonia caerulea

Quaker ladies

Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf hydrangea

Ilex glabra

Ilex glabra

Inkberry

Itea virginica

Itea virginica

Virginia sweetspire

Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk'

Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk’

Spanish lavender

* exotic

Lonicera sempervirens 'Cedar Lane'

Lonicera sempervirens
‘Cedar Lane’ and ‘Major Wheeler’

Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Lonicera sempervirens ‘John Clayton’

Honeysuckle

Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

Catmint

* exotic

Oenothera berlandieri 'Siskiyou'

Oenothera berlandieri 
‘Siskiyou’

Sundrops

* southwest U.S.

Oenothera fruticosa

Oenothera fruticosa

Southern sundrops

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red'

Penstemon digitalis
‘Husker’s Red’

Beard tongue

Penstemon smallii

Penstemon smallii

Small’s beard tongue

Phlox pilosa

Phlox pilosa 

Downy phlox

Silene virginica

Silene virginica

Fire pink

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue-eyed grass

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.

Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple'

Verbena canadensis ‘Homestead Purple’

Verbena

Viburnum nudum

Viburnum nudum

Possumhaw

Zizia aurea

Zizia aurea

Golden alexander