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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough 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 peeling bark and will slowly fill…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough   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 like anthers, covered in pollen.  Bumble bees find shrubby St. John’s wort…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough 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 is very drought tolerant and does well in dry garden plots once…...

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Bellefontaine in Bloom

Horticulture Supervisor, Kyle Cheesborough Veronicastrum, or Culver’s root, is an outstanding summer bloomer, with tall, branching spikes of white-lavender flowers.  The name ‘Culver’s root’ refers to Dr. Culver, who prescribed the plant as a laxative, the roots in fact being a powerful emetic and cathartic.  Veronicastrum is a native Missouri…...

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