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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough [caption id="attachment_3277" align="alignleft" width="293"] Liatris spicata 'Kobold'[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3276" align="alignright" width="165"] Liatris spicata 'Kobold'[/caption] The prairie blazing star, Liatrisspicata, is a densely flowering, native perennial growing to 4’ in bloom.  Spikes of tufted, brilliant magenta flowers appear in mid-summer and last into August.  The flowers are…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough [caption id="attachment_3255" align="alignright" width="255"] Hydrangea arborescens[/caption] This week is all about hydrangeas. Hydrangeaarborescens, or smooth hydrangea is a lovely native, colonizing shrub that prefers shaded conditions with average soil moisture.  Typically growing along stream banks and bluff bases, the smooth hydrangea develops woody stems with attractive…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough   [caption id="attachment_3217" align="alignleft" width="169"] Hypericum prolificum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3216" align="alignright" width="300"] Hypericum prolificum[/caption] First up is shrubby St. John’s wort, Hypericum prolificum, a shrub-like perennial reaching 3’ in height, with numerous branches, a woody base, and shredded bark.  In summer, lemon-yellow blooms open to reveal pom-pom…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough [caption id="attachment_3155" align="alignleft" width="230"] Callirhoe involucrata[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3154" align="alignright" width="230"] Callirhoe involucrata[/caption] Purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrate), is a creeping, spreading Missouri native perennial.  The brilliant magenta blooms appear beginning in late spring and persist through the summer, becoming sporadic into the fall.  Purple poppy mallow…...

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