Spiderwort is a spring-blooming native perennial that thrives in the shade under trees and shrubs.
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Spiderwort flowers bloom for weeks at the base of deciduous tree trunks and shrubs, tucked among their roots. Each individual flower lasts only a day but there are several waves of little three-petaled flowers that keep the show going.
Any yard or patio with a bit of shade is a potential home for Native Bluebells. Mertensia virginica is a perennial gardener’s dream plant. They are cold hardy from zones 3 to 8 with pink-turning-blue flowers for two months, avoided by rabbits and deer, require zero care, and spread slowly to form colonies.
Dandelions, Taraxacum officinale or T. vulgare, are a member of the sunflower plant family, and their spring flowers are a source of nutrition for bees as they emerge in the spring.
Dandelion flowers feed our native bees as they emerge in the early spring.