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Callicarpa americana, beautyberry
This easy-to-grow shrub has pale pink flowers in mid-summer, followed by bright magenta berries in the fall. It may get to be about 8’ tall and wide.
Chamaecrista fasciculata, partridge pea
This is one of only a few annual plants I have for sale. It's a neat one, growing up to 4-5' tall. Being in the pea family, it produces little pea-pod-like fruits about 2" long that turn black when the seeds have matured.
Chrysogonum virginianum, green-and-gold
This is a very low-growing, spreading, evergreen perennial. It makes a great groundcover in dry shade, and can tolerate about a half-day's sun. It produces quarter-sized yellow flowers in the spring. This plant can flourish in places that would typically be overtaken by "weeds". It would be a great replacement in the landscape for invasive plants such as English ivy, vinca (periwinkle), or liriope.
Chrysopsis mariana, golden aster
This late summer to fall-blooming plant does well in full sun to light shade, as long as it's in well-drained soil-- it does not like "wet feet"! It gets to be 1-2' tall and wide. This picture is from the NC extension website https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/chrysopsis-mariana/
Conoclinium coelinastrum, mistflower
I look forward every fall to the blooms of this beauty. It was on my wish list for a few years until I finally found some to purchase. The lavender flowers are so bright that they must be reflecting light in the UV range that we can't see! It will spread into a large clump if given ample water.
Coreopsis auriculata, mouse-eared coreopsis
This coreopsis species blooms in cool weather. Here in the N.C. piedmont, that means in the early spring, and then sporadically through the fall and winter when it's not too cold. This species stays shorter than one foot and is tolerant of drought, though it's much happier when it gets an average amount of water. It does well in part-shade conditions.
Coreopsis lanceolata, lance-leaf coreopsis
This coreopsis gets to be about 2' tall and wide. Its sunshiny flowers bloom in the mid to late spring.
Coreopsis major, whorled tickseed
This summer-blooming plant is named for the way the leaved are arranged in whorls around the stem. It gets to be 3-4’ tall. It does well in poor soil. Like many of our native plants, if the soil is too rich, it will become floppy.
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Coreopsis pubescens, downy tickseed
I got seeds of this species from a friend last year and they have germinated wonderfully. I don't have experience with this plant yet, but it is said to do well in poor, dry soil in sunny areas and get to be 4' tall. This picture is from the NC extension website https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/coreopsis-pubescens/
Coreopsis verticillata, thread-leaf coreopsis
This summer-blooming coreopsis likes poor, well-drained soil and forms a nice rounded form 1-2' tall and 2' across.
Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower
This pinkish-purplesummer-bloomer is on many peoples' list of favorites. It gets to be 3-4' tall. There are many cultivars of this species for sale in the horticultural trade, but extensive studies at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware have shown that pollinators vastly prefer the original 'wild type' Echinacea purpurea to the many cultivars available.
Eupatorium serotinum, late boneset
This plant arrived to my property by itself and I am so glad that it did! It can get to be 5-6' tall and is covered with clusters of tiny white flowers in the fall. The pollinators congregate on this plant like it's the best thing they've ever encountered. Well, next to the mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incanum), but that plant has finished blooming by the time this one gets going.
Eurybia divaricata, white wood aster
This is a wonderful plant for dry, shady areas. It has vaguely heart-shaped leaves and will spread slowly to form a clump of plants 1-2' tall. It typicallyflowers in the late summer, once many of the other summer blooms have past, but before the fall bloomers get going.