Silene virginica - Fire Pinks are an unbelievable
true bright red, like our native columbine, it prefers
dry places and poor soils. Some of the articles I
have seen about this beauty says full sun, but mine
always wilted, they do much better in dappled
shade. It grows fairly slowly and takes a couple
of years to make a nice clump. This one was on
my property when I moved there. I have two
others I rescued from a bulldozer.
Aqueligia canadensis - Our native columbine. I grew
this one from a couple of seeds I gathered on a bluff
nearby, almost 11 years ago. It selfseeds like crazy,
just dig up a seedling and transplant. They like it dry
and on slopes or raised beds for perfect drainage.
Sisyrinchium angustifolium - Blue-eyed grass
is a little plant that has nice sky blue blooms
with a yellow center. I have had this plant or
clone of the original for almost 20 years and
two homes. After it blooms in the spring, it
looks just like a foot tall grass, growing in tufts.
Geranium maculatum - Hardy Geraniums are
truly neat woodland plants, they grow in shade
by creeping rhizomes and have nice light pink
blooms. They usually grow on bluffs or hillsides
above creeks. I saved this one about 15 years
ago and have about 10 plants of it in the yard.
Dodecatheon media - Shooting Stars are the stars of my spring garden, everyone wants to know what
they are. In most books about wildflowers the type is given as pink for this part of the south, but every
colony within 50 miles of where I live is white (I have found about 15 colonies). I have had the original
plant for 23 years now, it self seeds and I just pull the seedlings and move them. It takes the plants a
year to recover and start blooming well again. The older the plant gets the more blooms and stalks it will
have, one of my plants on the creek had 63 blooms one year. They are closely related to the primroses in
the family Primula. They are shade lovers and water lovers, if it is to dry they will wither and die. They
form large clumps and colonies, but are so pretty that I usually just leave them where they decide to grow.
Anemonella thalictoides - Rue Anemone is a
breathtakingly beautiful little flower, it has green ferny
foliage with pristine white to light pink flowers. I have
several color varities, vary from white to light pink and
light purple, all saved from destruction of bulldozers.
This little clump is white and about six inches tall and a
foot across in either direction. It came up volunteer in
this long planter and I have let it grow for the last 9
years undisturbed. Like all the plants on this page it
blooms around March or April here.
@copyright Brad Walker Aug. 1, 2005