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What’s Blooming October 2018

By: Daniel Murphy, Collections Curator | 10/11/2018

Fall Flowers

Summer may have officially come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we are left without flowers. Many plants flower throughout the summer and into the fall. Other plants don’t flower at all until summer fades and fall is here. This is great news for pollinating insects who need a late-season source of pollen or nectar to prepare themselves for the winter. Below are a few fall flowering plants that can be found throughout the Garden.

Fall Flowering Buckwheats

Wild buckwheats in the genus Eriogonum are a highly diverse group of tough and beautiful plants. They bloom profusely and are adapted to hot, dry environments, making them an excellent choice for water-efficient gardens. Insects from several orders are drawn to their blooms, making them an ecological powerhouse. Most species flower in the summer months, but a few wait until fall to put forward their best selves. The following buckwheats are blooming now along with other excellent fall flowers.