Common Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale L.)

Asteraceae/Compositae (Aster/Composit Family) Synonym(s):  Fall Sneezeweed, Autumn Sneezeweed Bloom Color: YellowBloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , OctNotes: The genus is thought to have been named by Linnaeus for Helen of Troy. The legend is that the flowers sprung up from the ground where her tears fell. For more information about this plant, ClickContinue reading “Common Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale L.)”

Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginia)

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family) Synonym(s): Devil’s Darning Needles, Virgin’s Bower, Old Man’s Beard Bloom Color: White , Green , BrownBloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica)

Iridaceae (Iris Family) Synonym(s): Leopard Lily Bloom Time: July to AugustBloom Description: Orange dotted with red For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Spanish Needles (Bidens bipinnata L.)

Asteraceae/Compositae (Aster/Composit Family) Bloom Color: White , YellowBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , OctNotes: The species is used in traditional Chinese medicine, and in that context is called nianshencao (“stick to the body weed”). For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Glade Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis)

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family) Synonym(s): Prairie Petunia, Fringeleaf Wild Petunia, Hairy Ruellia, Low Wild Petunia, Low Ruellia, Fringeleaf Ruellia Bloom Color: Purple, Pink, WhiteBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , SepNotes: This plant has sessile leaves. The other ruellia in TN have petioles. For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Thimble Weed (Anemone virginiana)

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family) Synonym(s):Tall Thimbleweed, Thimbleweed, Tall Anemone Bloom Color: White , Green , BrownBloom Time: May , Jun , JulBloom Notes: The distinctive, thimble-shaped group of pistils accounts for the common name. For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Pale-Spiked Lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family) Bloom Color: White , Blue , PurpleBloom Time: Jun , Jul For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Gattinger’s Lobelia (Lobelia gattingeri A.Gray)

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family) Bloom Color: Blue, WhiteBloom Time: May , Jun For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Narrowleaf Vervain (Verbena simplex)

Verbenaceae (Vervain Family) Synonym(s): Narrowleaf Vervain, Narrow-leaved Vervain Bloom Color: Lavender , PurpleBloom Time: Apr , May , JunLarval Host: Common Buckeye For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Sunnybells (Schoenolirion croceum)

Liliaceae (Lily Family) Synonym(s): Yellow Sunnybell, Yellow Sunny-bell Bloom Color: YellowBloom Time: Mar , AprBloom Notes: Blooms mid-March to mid-April in South and West. Blooms April to Mid-May in North. For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Gattinger’s Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana var. gattingeri)

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family) Synonym(s): Eastern Bluestar, Gattinger’s Bluestar Bloom Color: White , BlueBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , JunBloom Notes: Flowers pale blue, occasionally white. Leaves a lot thinner than Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana. For more information about this plant, Click Here.