Three chosen wildflowers will be featured for Wildflower Wednesday, the showcase of wildlings sponsored by my dear friend Gail of Clay and Limestone, for April, 2012. These are true wildflowers, One is native, two of them just showed up here at the Fairegarden. The third was purchased from the local nursery Mouse Creek, but was dug from clumps found growing naturally on their acreage.
Golden alexanders, Zizia aurea is found in moist woodlands, prairies and meadows but can also survive in dry areas, such as my garden. Hardy in USDA zones 3-8, the yellow blooms last nearly the whole growing season, occasionally lasting into December.
Seedlings have been planted under the old wheelbarrow planter at the entrance to the back gardens. The mother plant was transported to the all native environs of the Fairegarden/North Carolina garden, divided and planted there behind the mailbox. It is the larval host to the black swallowtail butterfly.
Some people might call this one a weed. It can get large and rangey, so finding the place where it will not harm its neighbors is key. Lucky for us, it just happened to pop up in the wild center island in the front of the house.
Enjoying a very long bloom time, this non-native red clover, Trifolium pratense has naturalized in the United States and has been seen blooming even in December, in a protected area by the back door. Who could pull out such as that?
Many of the Euphorbia clan enjoy life in the conditions here, clay based soil with good drainage due to the slope of the land. Summers are dry and hot, winters are wet and cold. The clay is full of small rocks, the seeds of these chartruese bracts love to lodge themselves right between the rocks and a hard place to germinate. Doing that makes them especially difficult to pull once the clay turns to concrete in the warm months. I am unsure of the species, it might be Euphorbia peplus. Or not. Whatever it is, we are overrun with it. But the blooms are cheering, blooming in the most inhospitable places in spring.