Category Archives: Piece of the Park

Yucca filamentosa,
“Adam’s Needle”

“Adam’s Needle” is the common moniker for this native southern plant that has been naturalized in the northeast by gardeners. Yucca filamentosa scratches a lot of horticultural itches (almost literally). This trunk-less evergreen shrub produces a rosette of blue-green leaves that form…Read More

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,…Read More

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.Read More