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Climbing Monkshood

Aconitum uncinatum

As the growing season comes to a close with the approach of autumn, there’s one more surprise awaiting the gardener. Twining delicately through shrubs, this shade-loving purple-flowering perennial is a great addition to the late-season garden.

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Violet Wood Sorrel

Oxalis violacea

Violet wood sorrel is a spring flowering bulb that goes dormant in summer and then reappears with a surprise second bloom in the fall. This delicate ephemeral plant features attractive clover-like grey-green leaves with purplish mottling and undersides. Violet wood sorrel slowly colonizes in deciduous shade in either loamy or clay soils.

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Tall Tickseed

Coreopsis tripteris

Tall tickseed is a hearty and versatile plant with a handsome presence in the summer garden, towering up to eight feet high with rich yellow blooms. This plant tolerates poor, dry, sandy, rocky, or clay soils, but performs best with consistent, medium moisture and good drainage. In optimal conditions, tall tickseed will form colonies through self-seeding.

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White Snakeroot

Ageratina altissima var. altissima

White snakeroot is a quick-spreading woodland plant that does best with partial shade and rich, moist soil. Its flat-topped panicles of small white flowers attract a wide variety of bees (including leaf-cutter bees), flies, butterflies, and moths, while its bitter foliage is deer-tolerant. This plant can tolerate significant shade and a drier soil.

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American Dittany

Cunila origanoides

This member of the mint family is a strong grower in a wide variety of conditions: American dittany can tolerate drought and dry soils as well as shallow and rocky soil. However, American dittany prefers average soil with a small amount of moisture, and full sun to partial shade. It has historically been brewed as a tea for medicinal purposes.

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Hairy Alumroot

Heuchera villosa

In late summer, hairy alumroot sends up its delightful plumes of minuscule white flowers on slender, fuzzy stems. When massed, bloom time makes for an impressive display. Prior to blooming, this heuchera makes for a hardy and interesting ground cover with its wide, lobed leaves panning out across the shaded ground.

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Alabama Warbonnet

Jamesianthus alabamensis

This incredibly rare late-season bloomer is known from only a handful of Alabama counties—and one in Georgia—where it is generally found along stream banks and in close proximity to limestone, dolomite, or shale. At Mt. Cuba Center this plant grows quite well in the dappled light of a loose forest understory, and tolerates clay soil well.

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Hard-Leaf Flat-Top Goldenrod

Solidago rigida var. glabrata

Hard-leaf flat-top goldenrod flourishes in average soil with medium moisture and full sun. Additional blooms of its tiny, bright yellow flowers can be encouraged by removing spent blooms. var. glabrata differs from the straight species due to its hairless or sparsely haired leaves and stems, as well as its slightly more southerly range.

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Fireworks Wrinkle-Leaf Goldenrod

Solidao rugosa ‘Fireworks’

Fireworks wrinkle-leaf goldenrod is a striking, clump-forming perennial with stiff lateral electric-yellow inflorescences in early to mid-autumn that are reminiscent of exploding fireworks. This tough and robust cultivar of wrinkle-leaf goldenrod performs very well in full sun and seasonally dry soils, and attracts a variety of pollinating insects.

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Common Wingstem

Verbesina alternifolia

Common wingstem is an impressive flowering perennial that can easily reach up to 8′ tall in ideal growing conditions. This plant enjoys rich, medium-moisture soils in full sun to part shade, but will tolerate some clay and drier soils. Its bright yellow blooms attract butterflies while its seed heads attract small birds later in the season.

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