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  1. Wildflowers for Spring Bloom Keep your order form handy to fill out as you view photos. Number at bottom right-hand side of page indicates plant number.

  2. Wild LeeksAllium tricoccum • Smooth flowering stalk matures as the leaves die back and is topped by a ball of creamy-white flowers. • Edible foliage and bulbs have mild onion taste. • Native Americans treated stings with juice from the crushed bulbs. Growing Requirements & Size: Moist to average soil, shade to part sun, 6-10” tall. 1

  3. Willow-leaf Bluestar Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia • A favorite nectar source for many early butterflies, especially Mourning Cloaks. • Dainty blue star-shaped flowers appear in spring. • Foliage turns a stunning shade of gold in autumn. Growing Requirements & Size: Average to dry soil, sun to part shade, 2-3’ tall and wide. 2

  4. Speckled Wood Lily Clintonia umbellulata • Charming, lightly speckled white flowers are followed by black berries on leafless 6" to 16" stems. • Flowers from mid spring into late spring. • The attractive foliage is extremely broad, lush and glossy. Growing Requirements & Size: Damp, peaty, sandy soil, full shade, 24 - 36" tall. 3

  5. Rock-CressDraba arabisans • Tuck this diminutive cliff-dweller into rock pockets or let mounds of dark green rosettes meander as a groundcover. • Erect stems bear clouds of tiny white flowers in late spring. Growing Requirements & Size: Average to dry soil, sun to part shade, 3-6" tall. 4

  6. Swamp PinkHelonias bullata • Fragrant 12 - 18" tall wands bloom in showy pink clusters in early spring. • Evergreen basal rosettes require evenly moist, saturated soil; not drought tolerant. • Federally-endangered wetland species. Growing Requirements & Size: Average to dry soil, sun to part shade, 3-6" tall. 5

  7. Meehan's MintMeehania cordata • Delicate, trailing stems run across the ground and root along the way. • In late spring hundreds of blue flowers open to reveal spotted throats. • Wonderful groundcover. Growing Requirements & Size: Moist organic soil, shade, 2 - 5" tall. 6

  8. Virginia Bluebells‘Alba’Mertensia Virginiana • The white form of one of our most common spring ephemerals. • As with the blue ones, these slowly spread to form a groundcover, but leaves disappear by midsummer. Growing Requirements & Size: Moist to average soil, part shade, 8-16” tall. 7

  9. Wild PinkSilene caroliniana var. pensylvanica • A bona fide native of Westchester County. • By mid-May, this low spreading plant is covered with medium-sized blossoms in shades of pink. • Self-sows readily when happy. Growing Requirements & Size: Average soil, sun to part shade, 4 -6” tall. 8

  10. Woodland PoppyStylophorum diphyllum 'Little Poppy' • Sports bright yellow blooms in April. • Should be grown in dappled sunlight. • Adapts best to rich loamy soil and moist conditions. • Spreading slowly, the rhizomes form attractive colonies. Growing Requirements & Size: Moist to average soil, shade, 6 - 10" tall. 9

  11. Whippoorwill TrilliumTrillium cuneatum • This southeastern native is one of the earliest trilliums to bloom. • Magnificent maroon blossoms rest on gorgeous gray and green marbled leaves. Growing Requirements & Size: Moist soil, light shade, 6-12” tall. 10

  12. Spreading Globeflower Trollius laxus • Showy buttercups on deeply lobed leaves 3-5" wide are native to our county. • This rare plant forms large clumps over time; could be mistaken for a yellow geranium. Growing Requirements & Size: Moist soil, part shade, 12" - 18" tall. 11