Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Southern Native Plants That Grow Without A Lot of Trouble

Gardeners like to toil the soil and tend to their plants, but there are some that would like some easier growing plants that tend to them. These native plants are all easy growing ones that will grow without a lot of trouble and maintenance. They are also all southern native plants.

Allium canadense L. (Wild Garlic, Meadow Garlic)

A member of the lily family, wild garlic has grass-like foliage and grows eight to 12 inches tall. Basal leaves adorn a flowering stalk of pink or white star-like clusters. It has an onion-like aroma. Blooms appear May through July. Grow a wild garlic plant in sunny spots and rich moist soils. Propagate by seed.  It can be a folk remedy for insect bites, coughing, ear infections, and scurvy. The brown bulb is edible and it will taste like an onion. Wild garlic is generally pest and disease free but some plants may have issues with slugs.

Linum virginianum L. (Woodland Flax)

The woodland flax is a perennial that grows one to two feet high. Stemless leaves are oval and small with star-like gold flowers. Flowers bloom June and July. It prefers sun or partial shade conditions and a moist slightly acidic soil. It is a generally care-free plant. Woodland flax makes for a good under-tree shade garden or woodland garden plant.

Scutellaria incana Biehler (Downy Skullcap, Hoary Skullcap)

This flower gets up to six to 18 inches high and has a spread of six to 12 inches. It loves full sun to partial shade and dry to wet well-drained soil. It does best on dry sandy or clay soils. It is a low maintenence plant with showy blue, violet, or white flowers from June to September. Interesting velvety foliage and no disease problems make this a great choice for your southern garden. You can propagate this by softwood cuttings.


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