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Native Plants

Botanical Name     Common Name
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Talinum calycinum
Common Name: Fame Flower
Small, succulent plant produces fleshy, pointed leaves. A thin stalk supports several showy, bright pink, five-petalled flowers. The flowers do not open until late afternoon. A great plant for dry sites....

Taxodium distichum
Common Name: Baldcypress
A deciduous conifer, with medium-fine, needle-like leave that are soft green in summer but turn rusty brown in winter before they drop. The bark of this conifer is brown and fibrous. In poorly drained soil and shallow water older trees form charact...

Teucrium canadense
Common Name: Germander
The unusual flowers of this species are quite showy and make the plant a garden-worthy native. A terminal spike, or corolla, of light pink to lavender tubular flowers are held on stiff stems up to 30 inches in height. Flying insects are attracted to ...

Thalia dealbata
Common Name: Wild Canna
Grows canna-like leaves larger than any other North American plant except palms. In late summer, purple flowers are borne on long wand-like stalks. A fine white powder dusts the plant. Spectacular in water gardens!...

Thalictrum dioicum
Common Name: Early Meadowrue
Stately plant with foliage like Columbine and airy plumes of white flowers on fluted, rod-thick stems. Tiny, threadlike stamens, less than ΒΌ" long, dangle like tassels from the sepals on male flowers. Female flower has purplish pistils. Shade-toleran...

Thalictrum thalictroides
Common Name: Rue Anemone
Rue Anemone is one of the earliest blooming spring wildflowers. This delicate little perennial plant has conspicuous white to pinkish petal-like sepals. There are no petals. The stamens are numerous, and there are five to fifteen separate pistils, ...

Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme
The plant prefers sandy or loamy soils and requires excellent drainage. The plant can tolerates full or partial sun, but not full shade. It can also tolerate strong winds but not maritime exposure....

Tiarella cordifolia
Common Name: Foam Flower
This woodland favorite puts on an impressive show of dense white spires in midspring. The boldly textured foliage is attractive all summer long, and turns red in autumn. The white flowers are often accented with a tinge of pink....

Tilia americana
Common Name: American Basswood
This tall stately tree has dark green leaves. In late spring, fragrant yellow flowers with fine, high-quality nectar attract bees and other pollinators. In the fall, color may be a deep yellow. This tree's fine-grained wood is prized for carving....

Tradescantia ernestina
Common Name: Woodland Spiderwort
For shady areas, this tough spiderwort sports long and narrow green leaves with no whitish coating like other spiderworts. From late spring into early summer, bright clusters of flowers are produced prolifically above slender stems. Color varies fr...

Tradescantia ohiensis
Common Name: Ohio Spiderwort
Grass-like, dark blue-green leaves grow in clumps and can be invasive in ideal growing conditions as it self seeds. From late May to early July, clusters of blue, one-inch flowers appear on graceful stems. A lovely addition to the woodland garden....

Tradescantia subaspera
Common Name: Zigzag Spiderwort
This clump-forming native has distinctive zigzag stems (hence the common name). Its broad leaves distinguish this plant from the very similar Tradescantia virginiana. Violet-blue to purple, three-petaled flowers are accented by contrasting yellow sta...

Tradescantia virginiana
Common Name: Virginia Spiderwort
A scrambling, herbaceous perennial with very attractive, long, narrow, slightly fleshy leaves and twinned, coiled flower heads which unfurl as the flowers open, rather in the manner of an uncoiling fern frond. The many flowers are deep violet, and th...

Tridens flavus
Common Name: Purple Top
Purple Top is a warm season bunchgrass that grows from two feet to five feet tall. From August to September, its characteristic purple spikelets are formed. This grass is well-adapted to sandy, wooded areas and to shallow soils. It prefer droughty, i...

Trillium catesbaei
Common Name: Pink Trillium
This spring wildflower is found in moist, deciduous woods. Blooms begin white and turn pink with age....

Trillium erectum
Common Name: Red Trillium
Though normally deep red, this spring-flowering trillium offers variable flower colors of red, white, maroon, pink, greenish yellow and purplish red. The flower stalk may be erect, inclined or bent downward; petals do not overlap. The foliage is bro...

Trillium grandiflora
Common Name: Grand Flower Trillium
This trillium produces the largest blooms of the species, three to four inch wide white blooms turn rose with age. Deciduous plants grow in shade or semi-shade. Found in woodlands in early spring....

Trillium luteum
Common Name: Yellow Wake Robin
This species, sometimes commonly called yellow trillium, has an unbranched, naked stem topped by three, evenly-spaced, lance-shaped to rounded, dark green, hosta-like leaves that are often mottled. The flower features three erect, yellow petals and t...

Trillium pusillum
Common Name: Dwarf Trillium
In early spring, white flowers bloom atop leafless stems with petals inclined upwards. White blooms age to cherry red, Bronze-green leaves die back in summer. Grow in part shade to full shade in humus-rich soil....

Trillium recurvatum
Common Name: Purple Trillium
This trillium species, sometimes commonly called bloody butcher, has unbranched, naked stems topped by three, evenly-spaced, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. Leaves are mottled with purple. The flower features purple to brownish-purple, erect petals ...

Trillium sessile
Common Name: Toadshade Trillium
This species, sometimes commonly called toad trillium, has unbranched, naked stems topped by three, evenly-spaced, sessile, ovate, dark green leaves that are mottled with purple or white. The flower features three erect petals of variable color (maro...

Triodanis perfoliata
Common Name: Venus Looking Glass
This native annual plant is unbranched. The central stem is light green and deeply grooved with lines of small white hairs along the ridges. The alternate leaves are also light green and strongly clasp the stem....

Tripsacum dactyloides
Common Name: Eastern Gama Grass
A warm season, clump-forming grass with leaf blades that are gray-green, arching and narrow. May through September, 10 inch long purple and orange flower spikes arch above the blades. It naturalizes though self-seeding and creeping rhizomes. This g...