NC State Extension

“Pollinator Paradise” Demonstration Garden

What’s in Bloom?

May 22, 2017

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

All plants native to North Carolina unless otherwise noted.

Unopened coneflower bloom

The coneflowers are starting to bloom. I find the blooms so mesmerizing right before they open! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on purple milkweed.

Bumble bee on purple milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Newly installed herb bed with ground nesting bee habitat. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Solitary bee nest box in one of the beds.

Solitary bee nest box in one of the beds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis).

Ohio spiderwort. Photo by Debbie Roos.

spring combo of downy wood mint and orange butterfly weed.

spring combo of downy wood mint and orange butterfly weed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Here’s what’s blooming this week:

 Moonshine yarrow

Achillea x ‘Moonshine’

Yarrow

* exotic

Paprika yarrow

Achillea x ‘Paprika’

Yarrow

* exotic

Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'

Agastache ‘Acapulco Orange’

Hummingbird mint

* Mexico

Allium cerneum

Allium cerneum

Nodding onion

Eastern bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bluestar

purple milkweed

Asclepias purpurascens

Purple milkweed

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Asclepias rubra

Red milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

Baptisia alba

Baptisia alba

White wild indigo

Baptisia minor

Baptisia minor

Dwarf wild indigo

downy wood mint

Blephilia ciliata

Downy wood mint

Calamintha nepeta

Calamintha nepeta

Lesser calamint

* exotic

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Callirhoe bushii

Bush’s poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Callirhoe digitata

Callirhoe digitata

Fringed poppy mallow (winecup)

* central U.S.

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Callirhoe involucrata

Prairie poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey tea

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Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf tickseed

Coreopsis verticillata

Coreopsis verticillata

Whorled tickseed

Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High'

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

Eryngium yuccifolium

Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake master

burgundy banketflower

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’

Lanceleaf blanketflower

Gaillardia aestivalis 'Grape Sensation'

Gaillardia aestivalis
‘Grape Sensation’

Lanceleaf blanketflower

Geranium 'Dilys'

Geranium ‘Dilys’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Hardy geranium

* exotic

Heliopsis helianthoides

Heliopsis helianthoides
‘Summer Nights’

Oxeye daisy

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’

Honeysuckle

Marshallia obovata

Marshallia obovata

Piedmont Barbara’s buttons

Monarda fruticulosa

Monarda fruticulosa

Spotted beebalm

* native to Texas

 catmint

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

Catmint

* exotic

cutleaf evening primrose

Oenothera berlandieri 
‘Siskiyou’

Evening primrose

* southwest U.S.

sundrops

Oenothera fruticosa 

Sundrops

Passiflora incarnata

Passiflora incarnata

Purple passion flower vine

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red'

Penstemon digitalis
‘Husker’s Red’

Beard tongue

small's beardtongue

Penstemon smallii

Small’s beard tongue

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Phlox carolina ssp. angusta

Narrowleaf Carolina phlox

Phlox pilosa

Phlox pilosa 

Downy phlox

Pycnanthemum virginianum

Pycnanthemum virginianum

Virginia mountain mint

Rudbeckia fulgida

Rudbeckia fulgida

Orange coneflower

Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed susan

Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba

Brown-eyed susan

Ruellia caroliniensis

Ruellia caroliniensis

Carolina wild petunia

Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'

Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’

Mealycup sage

* southwest U.S.

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Scutellaria integrifolia

Large-flowered skullcap

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Sericocarpus linifolius

Whitetop aster

Fire pink

Silene virginica

Fire pink

Indian pink

Spigelia marilandica

Indian pink

Stachys minima

Stachys minima

Dwarf betony

* exotic

Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory'

Stokesia laevis
‘Mary Gregory’

Stokes’ aster

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'

Stokesia laevis
‘Peachie’s Pick’

Stokes’ aster

comfrey

Symphytum grandiflorum ‘Hidcote Blue’

Comfrey

* exotic

goatsrue

Tephrosia virginiana 

Goatsrue

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Thermopsis villosa 

Carolina lupine

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Thyme

* exotic

 foamflower

Tiarella cordifolia

Foamflower

spiderwort

Tradescantia x ‘Purple Profusion’

Spiderwort

Valeriana officinalis

Garden heliotrope (Valerian)

* northern U.S.

Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword'

Yucca filamentosa
‘Golden Sword’

Adam’s needle