Native Plant of the Month

Native Plant of the Month

This year we are starting a Native Plant of the Month section for our e-newsletters. Every month we will feature a different native plant based on what’s in bloom and what’s valuable for wildlife – and we’ll let you know if we sell it at our native plant nursery!

 

January: Clematis ligusticifolia/ Western VIrgin’s Bower

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Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)

Characteristics: A woody perennial vine with small white flowers that bloom in clusters.Traditionally called Pepper Vine, and rumored to have been used by Native Americans to treat colds and sore throats.

Height: 12-36 feet

Season of bloom: Spring – Summer (April–August)

Bloom color: White/Cream

Light requirement: Full sun to shade

Water requirement: Medium to Less water

Soil requirement: Well-Draining soil

Eco-relationships: Flower heads attract a wide range of pollinators, especially birds; sub species can be poisonous; not deer resistant

Habitat: Riparian Habitats; near running water and lake edges

 

February: Pulsatilla Patens/ Pasqueflower

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)

Characteristics: A wildflower that grows in Early Spring when snow is on the ground; often one of the first wildflowers to bloom; hairy stems leading to a plume seed head; native to Northern Europe, Siberia, & North America.

Height: 3in. – 1 foot

Season of bloom: Early Spring (March-April)

Bloom color: Indigo/ Deep Violet, sometimes Yellow or White

Light requirement: Full sun – partial shade

Water requirement: Dry – Medium

Soil requirement: Well-Draining, rocky soil

Eco-relationships: Blooms in early spring, often some of the first food for pollinators.

Habitat: Prairies, Sub-Alpine Meadows, and Dry & Rocky areas.