Specimen: Viburnum ‘Nantucket’
Genus/Species: Vibrurnum macrocephalum
Collected by: Dolores Raynor (from her garden)
Traits: Slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub. Showy white flowers appear in spring on 4-5 inch wide clusters. Individual flowers are both sterile and fertile with 5 petals.
Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil Texture: Clay, loam (silt), sand
NC Region: Coastal , mountains , piedmont
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
Attracts: Pollinators , songbirds
Resistance To Challenges: Deer, drought,heat
Height: 6 ft. 0 in. – 12 ft. 0 in.
Width: 5 ft. 0 in. – 7 ft. 0 in.
Reference: NC State Extension
Plains Coreopsis, Golden Tickseed, Goldenwave, Calliopsis Coreopsis tinctorial: Asteraceae (Aster Family) Native to: North America
Duration: Though considered an annual, it may bloom two to three years before dying.
Size Class: 1-3 ft. Bloom Color: Yellow, Brown
Water Use: High Light Requirement: Sun, Part Shade Soil Description: Prefers moist, sandy soil. Conditions Comments: Coreopsis tinctoria produces showy masses of red-highlighted yellow flowers. It does well in wildflower meadows and predominates in wet years.
Wildlife: Nectar-Bees Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects, Seeds-Granivorous birds Medicinal: Amerindians used root tea for diarrhea and as an emetic. Dried tops in a tea to strengthen blood. Boiled plant to make a drink for internal pains and bleeding. Was used for a source of yellow and red dyes. Deer Resistance: High
Propagation Material: Clump Division, Seeds Description: Seeds may be sown outside in late fall or the following spring without any cold treatment. Seedlings grow rapidly. This plant can be increased by separating outer rosettes from the clump in the fall.
Collected by Maureen Loomer (from her garden). Reference: wildflower.org
Horticulture Specimen for May: Japanese Spirea “Neon Flash” Order: Rosales Family: Rosaceae Genus: Spiraea Species: S. japonica Spireas are native to most of the northern hemisphere including North America where they are called meadowsweets. The cultivar in my yard is an Asian variety popularly grown in eastern North Carolina gardens where a deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, easy-keeping shrub is desired. Mine grows beautifully in my back garden (northern exposure) bordering the patio. It gets a good 6+ hours of full sun in summer. I water only if there is extended hot dry weather. I watered it twice last summer. Benefits: In addition to tolerating our weather and being ignored by deer, this shrub is a butterfly/hummingbird magnet that rivals lantana. It typically starts blooming in late April and is in full bloom by late May. If I shear off the dead flowers, it will rebloom again in June and has, in some years, even bloomed a third time. I feed it once a year. It grows up to 4X4 feet if left alone, but I keep it trimmed to encourage bloom and then cut it down to between 2 and 3 feet in October. This photo is from May 2019.
March 2020 Horticulture Specimen Purchased from: Pinecone Garden Center by Maureen Loomer Researched by Maureen Loomer (via NC Extension Gardener Toolbox website) Common: Lenten Rose Species: Helleborus x hybridus (hybridized from Helleborus orientalis) Features: Evergreen perennial. Nodding blooms last up to two months from late winter through midspring, good for cut flowers. Flower colors come in shades of rose, magenta, white, pale yellow, or green. Can be propagated by division. Roots and leaves are poisonous. Deer resistant. Light: prefers partial over full shade Soil: above-average to rich, neutral-alkaline, with plenty of added compost Water: Needs good drainage. Drought tolerant once established, but best with consistent moisture. Fungal diseases are main problem.
Horticulture specimen for February 2020 Genus: Salvia Family: Lamiaceae Species: S. apiana (common: White Sage) Cultivated and Collected by Maureen Loomer (walled herb garden) Evergreen. Native to American Southwest. Flowers attract varied pollinators including bumblebees, carpenter bees, Bombyliidae, and hummingbirds. Used in native American cuisine, medicine and religious ceremonies.
January 2020 Horticulture Share by Dolores Raynor
December 2019 Gail McLamb brought in some examples from her garden including: roses, sky rocket juniper and a snapdragon. Marcia Sproul brought in a mystery plant with berries that is possibly Liqustrum or possibly possumhaw viburnum
Jane Ferree showed our members the Hardy Decorative Orange Plant, Poncirus trifoliat. She also brought in some of the (inedible) fruit to share the seeds. This plant will grown from seed, can be planted out of doors here in ENC and is very fragrant.
Horticulture specimen from October meeting Nephrolepsis bisennta also called Mach or Sword fern
Asterceae also called Dahlia Pinnata October 2019
Malvauiscus Arboreus Var: drummondii October 2019
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On September 12, 2019 TWGC members and guests were treated to this little horticultural gem by Maureen Loomer
Common Name: Sea Holly, Family: Apiaceae, Genus: Eryngium, Species: Aquaticum. This perennial herb has various strains and is deer and rabbit resistant. Pollinator attractant may be a host for Black Swallowtails. Possible culinary and medicinal applications as an anti-inflammatory. Prefers full sun, well drained soil and is a tap root plant.