Friday, February 3, 2012

Native Plants That Bloom in February

Having a nice blooming garden in the middle of winter is a nice benefit to gardening. These are good to have in front of windows or next to patios, so that their blooms can be seen even when there is snow out. I like having a few winter blooming natives in the landscape so that the yard doesn't look as barren. Adding a few into any landscape can have its advantages. These natives are all able to bloom in February, according to the Native Plant Information Network.

Small-leaf Arrowwood (Viburnum obovatum)

Also known as Walter's viburnum, this native plant is a member of the honeysuckle family. It grows up to 18 feet high with wedge-shaped leaves and white flowers. Flowers appear after leaf development. Fruits are red in the beginning but age to black. It prefers partial shade and a moist soil. Propagate by seed. Seed should be sown fresh or, if planting in the spring, will need stratification.

Fuchsia Flowering Currant (Ribes speciosum)

Also known as the fuchsia-flowered gooseberry, this native is from the currant family of plants. It grows four feet high with dark green leaves and red flowers. Leaves are small and glossy. Branches are long and spiny. Fruits are prickly berries. It is semi-evergreen. Fuchsia flowering currant prefers partial shade and a well-drained soil. Propagate by seed.

Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)

Also known as blood sage or tropical sage, this is a member of the mint family of plant. It grows one to three feet high with a loose growth. They have a square stem like all mint plants and flowers are whorls of red blooms. It grows well in any lighting or soil type. Propagate by seed. It has good deer resistance.

Four-nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa)

Also known as bitterweed, hymenoxys, or stemmy four-nerve daisy, this native is a member of the aster family of plants. It grows in an upright form, up to one foot high. There is a woody base, solitary flowers, and long silver-green leaves. Flowers are on leafless stalks, with yellow rays. Leaves are narrow and crowded. There is a bad odor when the flowers are picked. Four-nerve daisy prefers to grow in full sun with a dry soil. Propagate by seed. It has moderate deer resistance.