(Blue Water Hyssop, Lemon Bacopa)
This low-growing, spreading aquatic perennial is a water weed found along brackish water edges and wet sands of the southeastern United States from Maryland down to Florida and across to Texas. Its small, succulent, lemon scented leaves create a mat of foliage that becomes dotted with small, violet blue flowers. It creates attractive cover for waterway margins and is commonly half submerged making it an ideal aquarium or pondside plant.
The small leaves of lemon hyssop are oval, lustrous, fleshy...
James H. Schutte
(Brahmi, Herb-of-Grace, Water Hyssop)
This low-growing, spreading aquatic perennial is a common water weed found along stream margins, pond edges and wet sands of the southern United States and adjacent Mexico. Its small, succulent leaves create a mat of foliage that becomes dotted with small, pale flowers. It creates attractive cover for waterway margins and makes a fine container specimen.
The small leaves of water hyssop are oval, lustrous and fleshy. From spring to fall, lots of small, single flowers are produced along the...
With fine deep green foliage, buttonbush has woolly button-like flowers from winter to late spring and then decorative tan seedheads that remain on the plant for up to two years. An upright, clumping shrub from South Africa, it is associated with sunny bogs. Its overall shape can also be rounded with a spreading tendency.
The small and narrow leaves are rich green and arranged in whorls all along the upright stems. from midwinter to late spring the stem tips bear small clusters of small, rounded...
James H. Schutte
(Heritage™ River Birch, River Birch)
Heritage river birch is a handsome single or multi-stemmed, fast growing tree that is native to the central United States. Its most notable ornamental feature is its beautiful peeling bark that appears in mixed shades of rust-orange and brown. It has elongated catkins (pendant flower stalks) which appear in spring. Small cones with winged seeds follow in the late summer and fall. The larger-than-usual, glossy, medium-green leaves are diamond-shaped and have a double-toothed margin. The foliage turns...
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(European White Birch, Filigree Lace White Birch)
Filigree lace white birch is a dwarf tree with graceful pendulous branches and attractive, peeling bark. Its bright green leaves are deeply cut into thin leaf segments and turn a brilliant yellow in fall. No or few flowers form on this tree.
An introduction from Terra Nova Nurseries, this small tree prefers sun and moist, but well drained soil. 'Filigree Lace' is a great substitute for lace leaf maple in the mixed border or as a specimen plant.
Gerald L. Klingaman
Pretty foliage and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers in summer and fall makes every gardener covet the bearded beggarticks. However, a copious production of two-pronged seeds that resemble ticks, readily snag in a pet's coat or on your pant legs. For this reason, this species warrants control to prevent rampant colonization across a landscape. Even though attractive in bloom, some people will always regard this wildflower as a weed.
Bearded beggarticks is a fast-growing annual native to the...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Candelaria, Pinepink, Purple Bletia Orchid, Sharp-petaled Bletia Orchid)
Forming massive clumps over time, pinepink bears triangular, rosy pink flowers from winter to spring. This semi-evergreen terrestrial orchid is moderately hardy. In the wild, it grows on tree trunk flares in swamps or on fallen logs across southernmost Florida, the Caribbean, and Central and tropical South America. It can also grow in coarse humus piled atop rocky limestone or along moist rocky cliffs. The pinepink flowers mainly from midwinter to late spring, but it is not uncommon for sporadic...
(Bearded Grasspink, Grasspink)
Bearded grasspink produces a loose cluster of white, pink or rosy-violet blossoms in late winter to spring. The orchid blooms lack fragrance but are delicate and beautiful. Native to wetlands and bogs across the American southeastern coastal plain, from eastern North Carolina to Louisiana and central Florida, this hardy terrestrial orchid grows from an elongated corm (bulb-like root).
The slender, grass-like leaves of bearded grasspink are bright medium green. Unlike other grasspinks, the leaves...
(Grasspink, Pale Grasspink)
Blooming in spring or summer, depending on geography, pale grasspink is late-flowering compared to most other grasspinks. Its widely spaced, pale pink to white flowers are produced on a larger spike than most other grasspinks. This orchid is native to the southeastern coastal plain, from North Carolina to Louisiana, where it thrives in moist, acid soils. Like other grasspinks, it grows from an elongated corm (bulb-like root).
The slender, grass-like leaves of this orchid are parallel-veined...
(Grasspink, Tuberous Grasspink)
A dainty, diminutive orchid, the grasspink is an overlooked wildflower until it blooms in spring when it produces a show of fragrant pink blossoms. Native to North America, from Manitoba to Newfoundland and south to Texas and Florida, it grows from an elongated corm (bulb-like root) in open, often piney bogs. Those found in the warmer climes grow taller and produce larger flowers and the naturally occurring variety, simpsonii, grows in the seasonally wet alkaline soils of Cuba, the Bahamas...