What’s In Bloom 1st Week in June 2019

The glorious bloom in process is Coreopsis lanceolata or sand coreopsis was both seeded and plugged in 2006.  It has since naturalized and produces the most spectacular bloom every June.  This plant is available commercially and+ does well in the native garden.  Thirty three species of bees visit these flowers, plus flies, bugs, ants, insects and wasps.  All of the above are food for the birds that are increasingly present, as well as pollinate other plants.

Trandescania ohiensis Spiderwort is the purple flower you see.  It is also commercially available and does well in the home garden although it will move around. Twenty three bee species will feed on them of which five have to be on sandy soil. This was planted in 2011 and has naturalized.

Houstonia caerulea Bluets is a tiny white flower (even though you would think, from the common name that it was blue) that we discovered at Loyola this year.  Two species of bees visit this plant.

Penstemon hirsutus Hairy penstemon we found for the first time in 2018.  It has returned this year and is in bloom.

Koeleria cristata or Koeleria macrantha. June grass we seeded this in 2006 and then again, quite heavily, in 2008.  It is just coming into its own and you can see it everywhere, although it is quite subtle. It is blooming now hence its common name June grass.

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