Lepidote rhododendron

Rhododendron ‘Bowie’

Lepidote rhododendron

‘Bowie’, pronounced like “buoy”, is an intraspecific hybrid, scaly-leaved rhododendron, meaning it is the result of crossing the Appalachian native Rhododendron minus with the Florida Panhandle endemic Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii. Flip the leaves over and you’ll see tiny scales across the surface. A good...more

Deciduous azalea

Rhododendron austrinum

Deciduous azalea

Rhododendron austrinum, the Florida flame azalea, is a deciduous azalea that produces clusters of yellow to orange, sweetly fragrant flowers in May. Though native to the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama, and southeastern Mississippi, Rhododendron austrinum has proven...more

Deciduous azalea ‘Camp’s Red’ Cross

Rhododendron arborescens x cumberlandense ‘Camp’s Red’ Cross #13-185

Deciduous azalea ‘Camp’s Red’ Cross

Most of David Leach’s azalea hybrids have the same pedigree: Rhododendron arborescens x cumberlandense. These are some of our favorite azaleas at the David G. Leach Research Station. In 2013 Dr. Stephen Krebs remade this cross and grew out...more

Great Solomon’s seal

Polygonatum biflorum

Great Solomon’s seal

Great Solomon’s Seal has long, arching stems that dangle cream-colored flowers in early spring. It spreads slowly by rhizomes in optimal conditions. Large purple seeds and golden leaves add interest in fall.  Great Solomon’s seal can grow in full sun if provided adequate...more

Garden phlox

Phlox paniculata 'Laura'

Garden phlox

This garden phlox cultivar is easy to grow and purportedly mildew resistant, preferring full sun and moist, humus-rich soil. The dense flowers of phlox ‘Laura’ are deep lavender purple with a white eye and appear in later summer and will last until early fall.   ...more

Green dragon

Arisaema dracontium

Green dragon

Arisaema dracontium is similar to Jack-in-the pulpit, except green dragon usually has only one large, compound leaf divided into 7-15 lance-shaped leaflets.  In addition, the spadix is green and lacks the distinctive purple striping of Jack. ...more

Canada anemone

Anemone canadensis

Canada anemone

This is a strong growing plant that needs room to move.  White single flowers bloom from mid spring to early summer.  This competitive plant is great for naturalizing a large area and will brighten up woodland edges...more

Heath and Heather

Erica and Calluna

Heath and Heather

Erica and Calluna are charming shrubs in the heath family (Ericaceae). They are native to the moors, mountains and woods of Europe, Africa and western Asia. Heaths (Erica) contain more...more

Evergreen azalea

Evergreen azalea

Rhododendron ‘Hino-Red’ is named after a city near Tokyo. It is classified in the Kurume group of evergreen azaleas, which in Northeast Ohio are semi-evergreen. These azaleas perform best in...more

Oakleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf hydrangea

This outstanding shrub is native to the southeastern U.S. where it inhabits moist wooded slopes, ravines, and the banks of streams. Hydrangea quercifolia is one of two hydrangeas native to...more

Great coneflower

Rudbeckia maxima

Great coneflower

Peganum from Henfield, England, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Staghorn sumac

Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’

Staghorn sumac

Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Location credit to the Chanticleer Garden., CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

Meadow beauty

Rhexia virginica

Meadow beauty

Peganum from Henfield, England, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata

Passionflower

This species is one of 300+ within the genus and most are tropical, luckily this one is native to Ohio.  Passionflower prefer sun and average garden soil.  Although they are late to emerge in...more

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