Aquilegia canadensis – Columbine

    Aquilega candensis, also called Columbine, is a striking native plants with bright intricate red and yellow flowers.  The genus name “Aquilegia” comes from the Latin “aquila” which means “eagle” and refers to the spurred petals that many believe resemble an eagle’s talons.  These spurs also hold nectar which provides amino acids needed by hummingbirds, hawkmoths, and bumble bees. …

Carex sprengelii – long-beak sedge

    Our plant of the week this week is a sedge.  Like all sedges, it has a triangular stem. Long-beaked sedge is one of the best sedges for shade, and makes a wonderful plant for dappled shade or sun.  It is an excellent filler for the landscape with gracefully drooping leaves which make a good backdrop for flowers such …

Astragalus crassicarpus – Ground Plum

  Astragalus crassicarpus, also known as ground plum, is a low-growing perennial legume. It is found on dry prairie hillsides and makes an excellent border edge. It has a taproot that breaks up prairie soils and like other legumes is a nitrogen fixer, making food for other plants and for the soil microbes that are busy storing carbon. In March …