Plant of the Month

Have you seen any of these plants on the Greenway? Please let us know where.


August 2022

Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

Native perennial

Prefers moist rich soils and full sun

Deer resistant

Bird and pollinator attractor

Specialist pollinator:

The long-horned bee (Melissodes denticulatus)



July 2022

Pickerel Weed

Pontederia cordata

Native aquatic plant

Full sun

Fresh water up to 12” deep

Pollinator attractor

Blooms late summer all the way through early fall



June 2022


Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis

Native perennial shrub

Forgiving of soil conditions but prefers moist areas

Full sun to part shade

Amazing bird, insect, and wildlife attractor

White flowers in early summer with purple berries in late summer

Excellent for erosion control



April 2022


Spice Bush

Lindera benzoin

Native perennial understory shrub

Dioecious: need a male and female for good fruit set

Full sun all the way to full shade

Beautiful yellow flowers are a first sign of spring and an early butterfly nectar source!

Aromatic foliage and berries that attract wildlife

 



February 2022


Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana

Native evergreen tree

Prefers dry soils, but at least needs good drainage

Sunny to part shade

Bird attractor, cedar wax wings love this one!

Lovely blue berries are edible to humans as well

Height and shape greatly affected by pruning choices



December 2021

Possumhaw Holly

Ilex decidua

Native perennial understory tree

Handles a variety of soil conditions

Sun to part shade

Bird and mammal attractor

Reliable green foliage and gorgeous red berries in winter

For best berry production you must plant a male and female tree



November 2021

Common Witchhazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Native perennial understory tree; sometimes written as Witch Hazel

Forgiving of poor soil conditions but doesn’t like extremely dry soil

Part shade to shade

Bird attractor

Beautiful fall foliage and thread-like winter blooms make this a tree worth having!

The unusual blossoms appear in late fall and continue into winter



October 2021

Red Chokeberry

Aronia arbutifolia

Native perennial shrub

Can handle damp or dry soils as long as they are well drained

Full sun to part shade

Deer resistant

Bird and pollinator attractor

Particularly good for winter interest and as a food source for migrating birds!

Fruits appear in late summer and can persist through winter



September 2021

Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

Native perennial

Prefers moist rich soils, full sun

Deer resistant

Bird and pollinator attractor

Specialist pollinator: The long-horned bee (Melissodes denticulatus)

Blooms here August into Fall