The Native Plant Center Announces the
2010 Perennial Plant of the Year
Common name: Wild Bleeding Heart
Hardiness: Zones 3 - 9
Light: Shade to Part Sun
Soil: Average to Moist
Size: 12"–18" tall x 12"–18" wide
Foliage: Medium green, deeply cut, fern-like foliage
Flowers: Heart shaped pink flowers
Bloom Time: Late spring through fall
Wildlife Value: Long season of nectar for native bees.
Dicentra eximia is one of our longest blooming native wildflowers in the Eastern United States. It is easy to grow, rarely damaged by deer, and will gently re-seed itself.
2010 Woody Plant of the Year
Common name: Mountain Laurel
Hardiness: Zones 4 - 9
Light: Sun to Light Shade
Soil: Average to Moist; prefers acidic soil with good drainage
Size: 4’ – 10’ tall x 4’– 10’ wide (variable)
Foliage: Evergreen, dark green leaves
Flowers: White to pink (variable)
Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
Wildlife Value: Good winter cover for wildlife
Kalmia latifolia is one of our most loved native shrubs with 4 season interest highlighted by a beautiful flower show starting in late spring. Happiest with good drainage, good air circulation, and acidic soil.