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Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa

This summer-blooming beauty is one of the few cacti native to the Piedmont. Its bright yellow blooms appear in late June and give way to sweet purple fruits in early summer.

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White-Leaf Leather-Flower

Clematis glaucophylla

White-leaf leather-flower is a unique choice for its ornamental blue-green foliage and striking pink flowers. The solitary, 1” purple-pink flowers are borne on 6” stems and as they mature, the tips recurve to reveal a pastel yellow throat.

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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed is a colorful, long-lived, drought tolerant perennial. Large clusters of bright orange to yellow-orange flowers top clumps of erect, hairy 1-2’ tall stems with lance-shaped leaves. It is one of many Asclepias species, all of which are required food for monarch butterfly larvae.

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Indian Pink

Spigelia marilandica

Indian pink is a long-lived perennial that brings stunning color to the summer garden. Vivid red tubular flowers borne in terminal clusters open to expose a chartreuse yellow interior, reminiscent of a firecracker exploding.

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Pale Purple Coneflower

Echinacea pallida

This hardy perennial forms masses of tall stemmed, pale purple flowers with delicately drooping petals. It is a native to open grasslands and prairies, and grows well with a variety of grasses. Echinaceas are a favorite of many pollinators.

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Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed is an essential addition to any pollinator garden. Its many fragrant flowers attract a wide variety of bees, butterflies, and moths, while its broad silvery leaves are a staple for monarch caterpillars.

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Fly-Poison

Amianthium muscitoxicum

Fly-poison is so-called because a mixture comprised of its crushed bulb and sugar has long been used to control flies, and all parts of the plant are poisonous. Its handsome racemes of small white flowers are pollinated mostly by beetles. Following pollination, the white flowers turn a pale green before being replaced by showy orange fruit.

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Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf hydrangea is one of the most useful native shrubs for the garden. With its unique deeply lobed, oak-like leaves, large white flower clusters, and attractive exfoliating bark, oakleaf hydrangea is impressive when massed or used as a specimen.

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Purple-Flowering Raspberry

Rubus odoratus

This deciduous shrub bears striking, fragrant rose-like flowers which appear in late spring and enjoy a long summer bloom. Purple-flowering raspberry is showy and low-maintenance, making it an ideal addition to a shade garden or shrub border.

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Florida Hobblebush

Agarista populifolia

Florida hobblebush is a dense-growing broadleaf evergreen. Its arching habit becomes lined with numerous small, fragrant flowers in late spring. Florida hobblebush adds a stabilizing presence to moist stream banks.

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