Early Spring Shade Plants

Our native plants all winter outside. I put a sign up at our sale table at the Dig In in early March that the plants still had the “Winter Look”. But, all that has changed now. Every day as I move through the nursery and gardens, more and more plants are moving out of their dormant time.

Many of the early spring shade plants are up! The bloodroot is unfurling its exotic leaves and several already have flowers open. Yesterday the black cohosh returned to life, putting up a fresh stalk. Other highlights for right now are the cut leaved toothwort, Dutchman’s Breeches, crested iris, wood poppies, woodland phlox. And then there are the bluebells!

We’ll be taking all these shade plants this Saturday to the Fayetteville Seed Exchange to be held at Trinity United Church (1021 W. Sycamore) in Fayetteville from 10 AM to 1 PM. We’ll have some sun lovers there too: compass plant, prairie blazing star, rattlesnake master, purple coneflower, royal catchfly and more. Hope to see some of you there!

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