Category Archives: Piece of the Park

Zizia aurea, “Golden Alexanders”

A native member of the carrot family, Zizia aurea reaches a height of 1.5 to 3 feet with a similar spread. The leaves are finely toothed and lance shaped; the flowers grow in clusters of compound umbels in late spring, …
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Virginia Blue Bells

Mertensia virginica is in the Boraginacea family alongside Forget-me-nots and Lungwort. Commonly referred to as Virginia Bluebells, this erect, clump-forming perennial grows 1-2 feet tall and features loose clusters of pendulous, trumpet-shaped blue flowers (up to 1” long), which bloom in early spring. Flower buds are pink, and flowers emerge with a pinkish cast before turning blue and fading to purple. All of these sultry colors are visible at once on the same plant and are quite frankly swoon-inducing. April and May is the time to find them in the Park.
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