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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.

herb bed

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

Solitary bee nest box

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

Achillea x 'Moonshine'

Achillea x ‘Moonshine’

Yarrow

* exotic

Achillea x 'Paprika'

Achillea x ‘Paprika’

Yarrow

* exotic

Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'

Agastache ‘Acapulco Orange’

Hummingbird mint

* Mexico

Allium cerneum

Allium cerneum

Nodding onion

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bluestar

Asclepias purpurascens

Asclepias purpurascens

Purple milkweed

Asclepias rubra

Asclepias rubra

Red milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

Baptisia alba

Baptisia alba

White wild indigo

Baptisia minor

Baptisia minor

Dwarf wild indigo

Blephilia ciliata

Blephilia ciliata

Downy wood mint

Calamintha nepeta

Calamintha nepeta

Lesser calamint

* exotic

Callirhoe bushii

Callirhoe bushii

Bush’s poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Callirhoe digitata

Callirhoe digitata

Fringed poppy mallow (winecup)

* central U.S.

Callirhoe involucrata

Callirhoe involucrata

Prairie poppy mallow

* central U.S.

Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey tea

Coreopsis lanceolata

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

Gaillardia 'Burgundy'

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 'Summer Nights'

Heliopsis helianthoides
‘Summer Nights’

Oxeye daisy

Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf hydrangea

Itea virginica

Itea virginica

Virginia sweetspire

Lavandula stoechas

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

Monarda fruticulosa

Monarda fruticulosa

Spotted beebalm

* native to Texas

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

Passiflora incarnata

Passiflora incarnata

Purple passion flower vine

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

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.

Scutellaria integrifolia

Scutellaria integrifolia

Large-flowered skullcap

Sericocarpus linifolius

Sericocarpus linifolius

Whitetop aster

Silene virginica

Silene virginica

Fire pink

Spigelia marilandica

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

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