|Baptisia 'Starlight Prairie Blues' is also in bloom.|
|Phlox pilosa, Aquilegia canadenses, Baptisias, Salvia lyrata, grasses and native friendly exotics|
Wildflowers and native shrubs
|Lyreleaf Sage or Salvia lyrata|
Some folks (and while I am not naming names, you know who you are~xoxo) still insist that this delightful wildflower is a lawn weed! Not in my eyes.
|Blue Eyed Grass is a tiny little iris that grows best in average to poor soil!|
|Western Daisy is a native annual that makes a lawn pop from Spring through the Summer|
Salvia lyrata is native to the wood's edge, thickets, roadsides, tall meadows and lawns of the eastern USA. Give it full sun, deep shade or anything in between: sandy or clay soil; and, occasional moisture! Our summer droughts and humidity don't faze it! It can be walked on, mowed or left alone to create a delightful groundcover.
|It's a mint family member with a square stem and two lipped blossom and it will make a nice groundcover.|
Lyreleaf sage has the square stem and 2-lipped blossom of the mints. Its pale-blue to violet, tubular flowers are arranged in whorls around the stem forming an interrupted, terminal spike. (spaces between whorled flowers) Each blossom is about 1 inch long.
|This lip is the perfect bee landing pad! That makes me smile!|
The exposed lower lip of this and other salvias provides an excellent landing platform for bees. When a bee lands, the two stamens are tipped, and the insect is doused with pollen.
I never tire of saying or feeling this~Isn't nature amazing!
PS More wildflowers to come. Mid week will bring us around to Wildflower Wednesday for any regular participants. Please note that Mr Linky will be on the sidebar all week! Feel free to join anytime.
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