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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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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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Thin-Leaf Coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba is a bushy, free-flowering, 2-3’ (to 5’) tall biennial or short-lived perennial that readily self sows and is very effective for naturalizing. It features masses of 1-2” wide, daisy-like, golden-yellow flowers with flat, purplish-brown centers on hairy stems from late summer to early fall.

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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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Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

This native perennial heralds the end of summer. Its showy, blue flowers, borne on a 1-3’ tall stems, are a must for the naturalized garden. Great blue lobelia flourishes in moist soil with filtered shade but will adapt to drier conditions with more shade. This herbaceous plant is easy to grow from seed and frequently self-sows.

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Virginia Meadow-Beauty

Rhexia virginca

The delicate and distinctive rose-colored blooms of Virginia meadow-beauty peak in late summer. Loose-hanging stamen brightly contrast the more demure four-petaled flower for a unique appearance. Virginia meadow-beauty grows in sandy pond shores and peaty meadows; it needs persistently moist soil to thrive.

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Hot Lips Lyon’s Turtlehead

Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’

A late summer bloomer, Hot Lips Lyon’s turtlehead thrives in moist, nutrient-rich soils with full to partial sun. This variety features a stronger pink color than the straight species. This plant is deer-resistant and attractive to butterflies.

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