Posts Categorized: Natives to Know

Natives to Know: Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

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NATIVES TO KNOW Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis By Linda Shuster, WORC member Wild Columbine is also known as Eastern Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine, Canadian Columbine, and Wild Red Columbine. It is an herbaceous perennial that is a member of the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. The genus name, Aquilegia, is said to be derived from the Latin… Read more »

Natives to Know: Enchanter’s Nightshade

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Enchanter’s Nightshade Circaea lutetiana subsp. canadenis By Linda Shuster, WORC Member Despite its common name, Enchanter’s nightshade is not a member of the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. It is a member of the evening primrose (Onagraceae) family. The genus name, Circaea, is derived from the name of the enchantress of Greek mythology, Circe. It is said… Read more »

Natives to Know: Mayapple

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    NATIVES TO KNOW Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum  Compiled by WORC Secretary Joyce Tuharsky It’s no coincidence that many of our native woodland plants flower in early Spring. They are taking advantage of the sunshine that hits the forest floor before the trees fully leaf out. Many of these plants have flowers that point downwards, beneath… Read more »