I’m starting to pack for our native plant sale this Saturday, April 13th. We will have our booth set up in front of Ozark Natural Foods from 9 til 4 (1554 N. College, Evelyn Hills Shopping Ctr., Fayetteville, Arkansas). We hope to be able to take credit and debit cards that day, but we have been having some technical difficulties, so please try and bring cash or check.
Early spring is such an amazing time. It seems like we have a new plant breaking out of dormancy every day. The plants all look so good this time of year with their fresh new shoots. I’m constantly looking at the milkweed pots from the beginning of April on and this week I was rewarded with the emergence of the rose milkweed. I will have a bunch of small (3 1/2 inch) pots at Ozark Natural Foods Saturday. These are second year plants, so they have good strong roots, though the plants themselves are quite small since they just now appeared.
For shady areas we’ll have plenty of wood poppies (celandine poppies) and some of them are blooming. We’ll have at least a few small pots of goldenseal and bloodroot, plenty of wild ginger and southern fragile fern, one or two small Virginia bluebells, and some really nice small pots of woodland stonecrop. I almost forgot to mention the woodland phlox – some of them are blooming too! And then there are all the plants that I still can’t remember right now, but they will be there too to surprise you.
For your backyard prairie – just kidding – I mean your sunnier spots we’ll be bringing blue false indigo, white indigo, pale purple coneflower, rattlesnake master, rigid goldenrod, yellow (gray-headed) coneflower, compass plant, one or two purple beardtongue, wild strawberries, blue sage, culver’s root, button blazing star, prairie blazing star, Ozark bluestar, Ohio spiderwort…
And for those half and half, sun and shade spots we’ll have great blue lobelia, black cohosh, purple coneflower, cardinal flower, golden alexanders, New England Aster and many more.
We have some nice Elderberries and Missouri Gooseberries. And one golden currant! We have a few second year Wahoo, a small tree related to strawberry bush. We grew these Wahoos from seed we collected from trees growing near to the White River. There are several non-native trees that resemble Wahoo, but I went and checked both the flowers and the berries to make sure we have the native version. Like strawberry bush, wahoo is gorgeous when it blooms and becomes covered in red berries. We should have a strawberry bush too. Also some dutchman’s pipe vine that have the tiniest little leaves coming on right now.
A truly underappreciated small shrub that we’ll be bringing is the New Jersey Tea. This plant is also called wild lilac because its flower clusters are so spectacular. The blooms are white. This is a very versatile shrub because it is small. It gets its name because it is rumored to have been used instead of English tea at the time of the Boston tea party. I haven’t tried making tea from our plants, but the tea is reputed to be excellent. New Jersey tea has another name, red root, and is considered a native medicinal.
Hope to see you on Saturday!
Jeanne for Ozark Native Plants