Native and wildflowers forum: Fall blooms

 
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Sep 8, 2010 1:43 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
It's nice to know there are some fall blooms to look forward to growing in the wild.

Some of them are favorites of mine and many are favorites of the wildlife.

You may have already seen me talk about the Sweet Goldenrod, Solidago odora, an anise/licorice flavored goldenrod that's quite tasty.

Many native solitary bees, wasps, beetles and other pollinators come to visit this plant, along with the other various varieties of goldenrod that grows wild here.

Including this Tall Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis
It's at least 7' tall here
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Here's the sweet goldenrod, Solidago odora
It usually grows to around 3' to 4' tall.
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Sep 8, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
There are several asters that grow in the wild here and they bloom in the fall.

Heath aster, Aster ericoides is a perennial with white flowers that grow along the branches without stems.

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I'm not sure which variety this is
I'll have to find out and get back.
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Sep 9, 2010 8:58 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Not a bloom but I always enjoy seeing this grand Blue Heron come by the pond looking for a meal...

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Sep 9, 2010 9:06 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum seems to prefer boggy areas and often grows along the edges of the pond. It's just now starting to bloom.

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Sep 9, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
American Beautyberry, Callicarpia americana with Hoary Mountain Mint

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Imagechelle
Sep 17, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Here, the entire field behind the horse pasture is ablaze with goldenrod. There are some asters in amongst them too. We had a nice, rainy day yesterday so I'm going to have to head out there soon with the camera. They should be right perky and refreshed now. Smiling

Wish I could do Beautyberry here, it's lovely!

We have lots of Elderberry growing wild around the lake. I've never used any - we just leave those for the birds.
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Sep 17, 2010 10:44 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hi chelle!! I look forward to seeing some pictures of the fall blooms! I didn't touch the elderberry this year either.... I won't say I never do though. lol

I would think the american beautyberry would grow for you, even though it may not be native to your area. It is very hardy here, some think too hardy; it's deciduous and tolerates freezing well from what I can see. I would be very happy to send you a plant or two or some seeds if you would like, to see if they will make it. Smiling

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Imagechelle
Sep 17, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh boy! You have an extra plant? That would be great! I don't know if I could grow one from seed.

Should we wait for spring? Or maybe I could pot it up and keep it in the cold GH over the winter.........hmmm.

Advice?

I think I read somewhere that they are cold hardy only to zone 7 or so, but we surely could try it.
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Sep 17, 2010 4:41 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Yes let's try. I do have extra plants that the birds grow around here. I think why don't we find out how cold hardy they can be... I can send them to you now and you let them overwinter so will know if they will make it or not. In the spring we will know if I should send one for a pot if you want. Smiling cmail me your address. Thumbs up how does that sound?
Imagechelle
Sep 17, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Okay. Sounds good!

Thank you!
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Sep 20, 2010 7:09 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Tall Boneset, Eupatorium altissimum is a native perennial that grows 3-4' tall, with unbranched stems covered in white hairs. The leaves are thinner than those on the Eupatorium perfoliatum. Blooms occur in late summer, early fall and are visited by many native bees, wasps, tachinid flies, syrphid flies, beetles, butterflies and other insects. Found in full sun or partial sun, in dry conditions. Tall boneset is often found growing along with Solidago canadensis.

A visiting Common Buckeye
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Painted Lady
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Sep 21, 2010 5:34 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Marsh fleabane, Sweetscent, Stinkweed, Camphorweed, Pluchea odorata

Found growing in bogs and along the pond edge this perennial wildflower is another that attracts many insects when it blooms pink flower clusters in late summer, early fall. The whole plant has a very pungent aroma.

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This one is only about a foot tall but they grow up to 3' or 4' tall.

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Oct 24, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Rock rose, Pavonia lasiopetala
Grows well in full sun or shade, flowers until freezing, this perennial comes back year after year here but is an annual in colder areas; it reseeds so you can expect to find new plants next summer.
This plant is sitting in a mostly shaded area & still is flowering... just not as many blooms.
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Imagechelle
Oct 24, 2010 4:49 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
The buds remind me of rose of sharon. The flowers too a little bit.

Very pretty plant.
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Oct 25, 2010 6:34 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Then I should really like the Rose of Sharon you sent!! Lovey dubby I need to check what size plant the Roseof Sharon will grow into. I have it in a pot right now.
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Oct 25, 2010 6:50 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
They get about twelve feet tall depending on conditions I think. Our most mature bushes don't get regular trimming and that's about how tall they are. The one I have next to the house gets trimmed at least once a year, sometimes twice depending on rainfall and growth and it's kept a five foot tall stature. I trim that one to keep the branches off of the house and to make a nice full little canopy. Smiling
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Oct 25, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you for that info Chelle, I was thinking it could get to be a pretty big bush Thumbs up

The Rock Rose is a smaller plant, gets to about 3' tall but can have a more sprawling nature, good for slopes or raised beds.

Or..it is perfect for next to the house because it will not block the window view but looks nice from the outside.

Imagechelle
Oct 25, 2010 8:12 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Here's a look at three sprawling white rose of sharon plants at the end of our drive. These could probably use a good hard pruning. Thumb of 2010-10-25/chelle/41de90
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Oct 26, 2010 3:49 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Those are so pretty with all those blooms! and yes, they remind me of the rock rose.

I have lots of things to get out there and trim right now myself...sigh!



Imagechelle
Oct 26, 2010 6:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I never really realize just how many hostas are here until I start chopping and composting them at the end of the season. Lotsa large spaces in my beds and borders now!! I have them about halfway done. Hilarious!

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