What’s Blooming August 2018
By: Daniel Murphy, Collections Curator | 08/15/2018
Summer Fruits of Native Trees and Shrubs
The Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden is lousy with fruit. As the fruits of serviceberries and currants fade, a suite of other trees and shrubs have taken their place. When fruit is available in such abundance, it is easy to see how beneficial our native plants can be for wildlife.
Moon carrot (Seseli gummiferum) is one of the more unusual plants in our collection. It produces giant flower heads atop lacy, grey-green foliage. The flower clusters start as a series of pink discs and then explode into white puffballs. This is a plant you can’t help but stand and stare at for minutes at time. First because it is so bizarre-looking, and second because it is swarming with insect life. See it now in the new Tango Border and the Plant Select beds.