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Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

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Our research team evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value, highlighting the ecosystem services native plants provide.

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2013-2023

Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region

This trial performed by Mt. Cuba Center’s horticultural research team evaluates the garden performance and ornamental qualities of Ams...

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2018-2022

Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Carex is a large genus of grass-like perennials that are found in nearly all corners of the planet. Eastern North America alone hosts hundre...

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2017-2021

Wild Hydrangea for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Mt. Cuba Center’s native hydrangea trial evaluated Hydrangea arborescens and its relatives Hydrangea cinerea and Hydrangea radiata. These ...

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(2018-2020)

Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic Region   Echinacea, also known as coneflowers, are immensely popular and iconic native plants that are p...

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2017-2019

Helenium

Although all Helenium are endemic to the Americas, this genus has enjoyed centuries of horticultural popularity in Europe although they are ...

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2015-2017

Phlox for Sun

Phlox were some of the earliest plants discovered by European naturalists in America, and today there are a multitude of species available t...

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2015-2017

Phlox for Shade

Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) and creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) are both shade-loving species prized for their beautiful spring flo...

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2014-2016

Monarda

Monarda, commonly known as bee balm, has been a popular garden perennial for many years. Most of the selections currently available to garde...

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2012-2015

Baptisia

Baptisia, also known as wild indigo or false indigo, is a fantastic group of plants that deserves greater garden use.  Not only does the fl...

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2012-2014

Coreopsis

Coreopsis, commonly known as tickseed, is one of the most popular, best-selling perennials available today. Numerous cultivars are available...

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2012, 2013

Annual Coreopsis

Annual Coreopsis, or tickseed, is undergoing a period of rediscovery by American gardeners. Once a widely cultivated wildflower, annual core...

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2012-2014

Heuchera

Heuchera, also known as coral bells or alumroot, are a favorite of gardeners everywhere. Their popularity is proven by the huge array of cul...

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2007-2009

Echinacea

Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) are some of the most popular native plants used in today’s gardens. Their large, colorful flowers bloom t...

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2003-2005

Aster

Asters, the “stars of autumn,” are invaluable additions to the late season garden. They are suitable for  many sites and styles...

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