Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba) Photo by Donna L. Long

Summer-into-Fall Blooming Native Plants for Philadelphia

Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)
Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)

In late summer, native plant sales are held at environmental centers and nurseries across the country.  After a season of bloom, sometimes I notice that I don’t have enough blooms during particular times. I created several lists a blooming native plants for each season. For those of you who need more plants that bloom in these last days of summer into fall, here is a list of flowering plants indigenous to the eastern and mid-atlantic areas of North America.

Botanical Name – Common name – Flower color – Height – Light – Soil

Shrubs

Actaea racemes or Cimicifuga racemes (Black Cohosh) – height 3′-8′ white flowers; moist

Flowers

Agastache nepetoides (Yellow Giant Hyssop) – pale yellowish-green/white – 2′-5′ – shade – moist

Agastache scrophulariaefolia (Purple Hyssop) – purple flowers -2-5′ – sun/pt.shade – moist soil

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting) – white flowers – 1-3′ – sun/pt.shade – dry

Ascelpias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed) -rose pink – 2-6′ – sun/pt. shade – moist soil

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) – pink flowers – 2-6′- full sun – dry

Asclepias tuberose (Butterflyweed) – orange – 1-2′ – sun – dry

Aster cordifolius (Blue Wood Aster) – blue-violet/rose – 1-5” – pt. shade/full shade

Aster divaricatus (White Wood Aster) – white flowers – 1-3′ – pt. shade/full shade

Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) – bright purple/pink – 2-8′ – full sun/part shade – moist

Aster novi-belgii (New York Aster) – 1-4′ ; violet to blue flowers; full sun; moist soil

Baptistia tinctoria (Wild Indigo) – yellow pea-like flowers – 2-3′ – full sun/part shade – dry soil

Lobelia cardinals (Cardinal flower) – scarlet flowers – 2-5′ – part/full shade – moist

Lobelia syphilitic ( Great Blue Lobelia) – white/blue flowers – 1-3′ – full sun/part shade – moist

Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) – white flowers – 1-3′ – full sun/part shade – moist

Eupatorium fistulossum (Joe Pye-weed) – white – to 10′- sun/shade – moist

Gentiana clause (Closed Gentian) – blue-violet flowers – 1-3′ – full sun/pt. shade – moist

Helenium autumnal (Sneezeweed) – 2-6′; yellow flowers; full sun; moist soil

Helianthus giantess (Thin-leaved Sunflower) – yellow flowers – 2-5′ – full sun – moist

Heliopsis helianthoides (Ox-eye) – pale yellow – 2-5′ – full/part shade – moist/dry

Heuchera americana (Alumroot) – greenish-purple flowers – 1-3′ – shade/full sun – moist/dry

Hibiscus moscheutos (Swamp mallow) – large pink/purplish/white – 3-7′ – sun/pt. shade – moist

Liatris spicata (Spiked Gayfeather) – purple – 4-5′ – full sun – moist

Lillium canadense (Canada Lily) – yellow/orange/red – 2-5′ – full sun/pt. shade – moist

Lillium superb (Turk’s cap-lily) – orange, orange-red flowers 3-8′ – full sun – moist

Monarda didyma (Bee-balm) – red flowers – 2-5′ – full sun – moist

Monarda fistulas (Wild Bergamot) – pink to lavender flowers – 2-4′ – full sun/pt. shade – dry

Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) – yellow flowers – 2-5′ – full sun – dry

Oenothera fruticosa (Sundrops) – yellow – 1-3’ – full sun – moist/dry

Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox) – magenta pink – 2-6′ – sun/pt. shade – moist

Phlox maculata (Wild Sweet William) – deep pink/rose-purple- 1-3′ – sun – moist

Rudbeckia laciniata (Cutleaf coneflower) – yellow flowers 5-10′ – pt. shade – moist

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Stonecrop) – pink flowers – 12″-23″ – full/pt. shade -average/moist/dry

Senna hebecarpa or Cassia hebecarpa  (Wild Senna) yellow – 3-5′ – sun – moist

Solidago flexicaulis (ZIgzag Goldenrod) – 1-3′; yellow flowers; shade; moist soil

Solidago sempervirens (Sea-side Goldenrod) – yellow flowers – 3-5′- sun – dry

Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort) – purple – 1-3′; pt./full shade – dry

Veronia novaborescensis (New York Ironweed) – rose-purple – 3-5′ – full sun – moist

Zizia aura (Golden Alexander) yellow – 1-3′ – full sun/shade – moist

Vines

Campsis radicand (Trumpet Creeper) – red – 40+’ – sun/pt. sun – any soil

Clematis Virginiana (Virgin’s Bower) white – 20’+ – sun/pt. sun – moist

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