Sunday we visited the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) to check one of my favorite plantings, a wildflower display of Packera aurea (Golden Ragwort) and Phlox divaricata (Eastern Blue Phlox).
Their flower show is just getting underway.
Both Packera aurea (Golden Ragwort) and Phlox divaricata (Eastern Blue Phlox) are eastern North American natives that look lovely blooming together.
The Botanical Garden has many other flowers blooming now also, including Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells), native to eastern North America. Here are several Virginia bluebells tucked in among the phlox and golden ragwort.
Polemonium reptans (Spreading Jacob’s Ladder) is native to eastern United States. I have not been able to establish these in my garden despite three attempts, but plan to try again.
In the woodland gardens I was delighted to find this Hepatica acutiloba (Sharp-lobe Liverleaf). A member of the Buttercup family – ranunculaceae – it is native to eastern North America.
We saw quite a lot of trillium of various kinds. I did not see a sign identifying the yellow one.
Great White Trillium is native to eastern North America.
Trillium cuneatum (Little Sweet Betsy) is native to southeastern United States.
There are two more natives that caught my eye Sunday. The first one, Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye), is an attention grabber at this time of year with its long panicles of coral-red-orange tubular flowers. We saw quite a few of these, growing as shrubs and as trees. They are native to the southern and eastern parts of the United States.
Trillium stamineum (Twisted Trillium) is native to three U.S. states: Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
Native to southeastern United States is this Fothergilla major (Witch-hazel family – Hamamelidaceae). I like its white and yellowish-green coloration, a fresh spring-like combination. It seems to be doing a happy dance.
There were many native ferns emerging and a beautiful but camera shy Halesia carolina (Carolina Silverbell). Mayapples are just beginning to bloom another visitor told us, but we did not see them. We saw many Mayapples though and will have to return to this garden soon.
I love the Eastern Blue Phlox, not just its color but its scent. I wonder how the Botanical garden keeps rabbits and deer from leveling them to the ground.
Haven’t noticed a scent on the phlox but will seek it out. I’ve tried to establish this in my garden but not successfully. NCBG installed a huge deer fence around the grounds a few years ago to protect the display gardens. Not sure about the rabbits.
I’m glad you posted this, we may go to Chapel Hill tomorrow. It’s great to get such a beautiful preview! The twisted trillium is new to me. I love your pictures of the fothergilla.
Hi Sweetbay, that fothergilla was really gorgeous the other day. I have a meeting at NCBG this afternoon so I’ll be checking out the progress of a few of these. Maybe we’ll run into each other one of these days.
Thank you for this post, I really enjoyed it. I am passionate about wild flowers and it is fascinating to see the wild flowers of other counties. Yours are all treasured garden plants here, apart from the golden ragwort. That would never catch on here as a garden plant because we have the invasive Oxford ragwort: Senecio squalidus. This escaped from The Oxford Botanical Gardens and has become a noxious weed all over the countryside. It is poisonous to livestock. Do you know the Latin name for the golden ragwort, I am curious to know which one it is?
Chloris, glad you enjoyed these flowers too. Except for the phlox I never knew about them until lately, even though they’re native here, and I am enjoying learning about them. The golden ragwort is Packera aurea (formerly Senecio aureus).
What an adventure! As you well know, I love natives, especially the spring ephemerals like the mayapple. Have not seen the twisted trillium…very nice!
Marian, I thought of you when I saw the trilliums the other day, remembering your rescue. There is something captivating and exciting about seeing the ephemerals.
Thank you for this fantastic post with your usual great photographs. I feel I have had a stroll through the gardens through your eyes and had a wonderful time.
So happy you enjoyed it Stepheny. It’s only been the last two or three years that I’ve known about the trilliums, but better late than never. Tour meeting this afternoon!
Thank you for sharing this really lovely post, I have tried to grow your Eastern Blue Phlox here on my sandy soil, but it was short-lived, there was a scent though. Its interesting that a lot of your native wildflowers are grown here as cultivated plants. There is so much to learn!
Glad you enjoyed it Julie. I’ve been slow to appreciate the loveliness and importance of our native plants, but am enjoying learning about them.
Thanks for including us on this walk. It is evident how much you treasure these wildflowers. We are fans of the Trillium Genus. Thinking the unidentified is Trillium luteum (Muhlenberg) Harbison found in your neck of the woods. Identified from “Trillium Genus” by Samejima
Thanks for identifying the yellow trillium. I saw one at a local garden center today–Trillium luteum seems correct.
I love wild flowers and have quite a few here, we have lots of your wild flowers over here as garden plants, I especially love the blue phlox. Ragwort over here is fatal to livestock so it is eradicated whenever it pops up, a shame because it is host to some very beautiful moths. Thank you for taking us on your walk with you.
Glad you enjoyed the wild flowers Pauline. Seeing your woodland plants is always such a treat for me. Too bad about the Ragwort affecting livestock–I will look out for moths next time I visit that area of this garden.
What a nice collection, and great pictures. It’s a good reminder of just how many wildflowers we have available, all the ones that used to dot the woodlands before deer and development…. and that they can be brought back!
NCBG is a conservation garden and I’m glad the staff there are interested in protecting the plants and educating us about them.
Beautiful wildflowers…some of mine are showing up already!!
Thanks Donna. And you must be feeling giddy to finally have flowers up.
Really pretty! I’m missing all these plants right now.
I’m enjoying learning about the native flowers. Though I’ve lived in NC all my life I didn’t know most of these when I was growing up.
I grow the Phlox divaritica and enjoy the flowers, though the rabbits enjoy the leaves a little too much. Have never seen the golden ragwort. Trilliums are wonderful of course, I do have some T. cuneatum.
I’ve noticed rabbits getting too friendly with my Phlox divaricata also, but unlike the garden phlox at least the deer don’t bother it. I’m just learning about these other wildflowers.