The Strawberry Bush

IMG 3374 The Strawberry Bush

This hot pink and orange shocker is a North American native shrub grazed by Bluebirds, Mockingbirds, Deer, Wood Thrush, and Wild Turkey.  It is so startlingly different from what the first Europeans to New England were familiar with, that it was purposely cultivated by colonists for shipment back to their countries of origin.  The colonists nicknamed the shrub “Hearts-a-Bursting,” and naturalists claim that the Native Americans at the time used it’s roots to make a homeopathic tea that treated things like stomach and urinary problems, and a prolapsed uterus.

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Native To Know: Columbine

IMG 2559 1024x1024 Native To Know: Columbine

This native to know is a gorgeous bloomer with unique flowers unlike anything else you’ll find. A few varieties of the Aquilegia family are able to withstand full sun, but they are better known as shade loving plants, and make great additions to those hard to fill spots in low lit areas.

What You’ll Love:

  • Columbine are easy care perennials, and self seeders.
  • They are April and early May bloomers, that can be encouraged into flowering through the summer by plucking off the spent blooms.
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