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Blooming throughout the summer, the tiny white flowers mix beautifully with other wildflowers. Sometimes referred to as the prairies "Baby's Breath". It grows 2'-4' and blooms summer into fall. Does best in moist to dry, sandy soil, in full sun but can tolerate some shade. Companion plants could be, Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), Purple Prairie Clover (Petalostemum purpureum), and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi).
This small plant blooms very early in the Spring, sometimes even when the snow is still on the ground. It prefers well drained, less acid soils. Blooms range from bluish to pink or white. There are two distinct species of the Hepatica. The Round-Lobed Hepatica is pictured here. Another variety called the Sharp-Lobed Hepatica has sharpened points at the end of each of the three leaves. Blooms March thru April, and reaches a height of 6".
It is sometimes called "umbrella plant" because the first sign of it in early spring is a shoot looking like a closed umbrella. This native perennial plant will spread and can sometimes crowd out other native plants. A plant that likes rich, slightly moist woods, reaches a height of 18". The plant produces a white flower, and the fruit produced afterwards is eatable when ripe but all other parts of the plant are toxic.
These plants have single unbranched, thread-like leaves and delicate bunched cream colored flowers. Whorled Milkweed is poisonous to livestock if consumed in large quantities. It reaches a height of about 2'. Plant in moist to dry soils, full sun to light shade. It blooms late summer to fall and is a must for attracting Monarch Butterflies.
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