Sunday, September 28, 2014

Purple Gerardia and Bluestems in the Wild Garden

How do all the various plants know when to be ready for the first cool fall days? Isn't it wonderful they're all primed and ready to burst into a new show?

What is truly wonderful is which plants know to plant themselves together, like the Bluestem, Silk Grass and Purple Gerardia above.

Let's take a closer look at Purple Gerardia, Agalinis purpurea.  The tallest plant above was 5 feet tall, unusual for Agalinis. It is just starting to bloom.

Sometimes called False Foxglove, 
Agalinis is one host for Buckeye butterflies.

Buckeye caterpillar.

A closer look at Little Bluestem growing with
Beautyberry and a clump of Eupatorium.

Big Bluestem

It was hard to decide just how many wildflowers you could stand in one blog post. I wanted to present them a little differently than last year. Some posts about the wild garden from last year can be seen by going to Agalinis in the Wild Garden.

In the next post I have two wild flowers that I've never blogged about: one I had never seen here and the other I never knew for sure about its name.


  1. What wonderful wildflowers! You are blessed to have such a diversity of flowering plants there in your gardens.


  2. I planted some Little Bluestem for the first time this year, in the front garden. So far I love it, it's true to its name.

  3. It's fun to see these plants growing on their own in a meadow.


I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.

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