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Golden Fleece Autumn Goldenrod

Blooming in late summer, this mat-forming perennial is a source of late-season forage for pollinators. ‘Golden Fleece’ performs best in full sun conditions, and is a Mt. Cuba Center introduction.

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Green Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia oreophila

For gardeners who enjoy the curious or are wild about carnivorous plants, the green pitcher plant is a perfect garden candidate. This rare native plant of the south is easy to grow in acid boggy conditions.

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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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American Lotus

Nelumbo lutea

This striking aquatic plant sends up large, round leaves on sturdy stalks above the water that are towered over by enormous, white, pleasantly fragrant blooms in midsummer. The flowers bloom for about three days, closing each night and opening each morning. Following their bloom, the lotus’ distinctive seed pod develops, then detaches and floats on to disperse seeds.

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Franklinia

Franklinia alatamaha

Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, this tree has garnered attention because it was last seen in nature in 1803 and survives only because of plants originally propagated by John Bartram. In late summer, it produces pure white, 3″ flowers over several weeks, followed by excellent fall foliage ranging from yellow to orange, red, and purple.

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Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida

Black-eyed susan is one of our best known wildflowers, delighting us with long lasting, boldly colored blooms year after year. In mid-summer the first golden yellow to tangerine daisy-like blossoms emerge, continuing for many weeks to attract a wide array of insects.

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Nuttall’s Rayless-Goldenrod

Bigelowia nuttallii

The adorable and virtually unknown Nuttall’s rayless-goldenrod is very much at home in any rock garden. From mid-summer through autumn, soft clusters of bright yellow flowers float over small tufts of soft green, thread-like foliage.

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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower is a sure bet for gardeners anxious to have hummingbirds visit their gardens. Stream banks, water’s edge, meadow margins, and garden soils less prone to drought stress are excellent sites to grow this impressive herbaceous perennial.

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New York Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

New York ironweed is a robust wildflower with saturated-violet and narrow petaled flowers. Normally found in nature in wet swales, Vernonia novaboracensis also grows well in drier sites in the garden without extra care.

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Closed Bottle Gentian

Gentiana clausa

Among the finest perennials to grace the garden in late summer is the dark blue-flowered closed bottle gentian. Densely packed clusters of upright, 1-2” long pleated blooms borne in the axils of upper leaves and terminally swell, but remain closed on multi-stemmed plants with lance-shaped dark green foliage.

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