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Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens        (Caprifoliaceae)

Plant Type:
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: April - September
Flower color: Red/Orange
Height: 3.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Attracts hummingbirds; our native honeysuckle
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:


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Basil Bee Balm
Monarda clinopodia        (Lamiaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: June - August
Flower color: Pale Pink
Height: 2.0 - 4.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Hummingbirds love this plant
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Bee Balm or Oswego Tea
Monarda didyma        (Lamiaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: July - September
Flower color: Scarlet
Height: 2.0 - 5.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Hummingbird magnet!
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: yes
Attracts:
 


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Brown-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia triloba        (Asteraceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: August - October
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 1.0 - 3.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Drought tolerant
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
  


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Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis        (Campanulaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: July - August
Flower color: Deep Scarlet
Height: 2.0 - 4.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Hummingbirds love this flower; tender perennial; will self sow in a good spot
Deer Resistant: no
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:


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Dense Blazing Star
Liatris spicata        (Asteraceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun,
Blooms: July - August
Flower color: Purple-pink
Height: 3.0 foot
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Beautiful massed or in a mixed meadow
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
  


Photo credit:Kathy McGregor
Great Blue Lobelia
Lobelia siphilitica        (Campanulaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: August - September
Flower color: Blue
Height: 1.0 - 5.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Stunning blue flower
Deer Resistant: no
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:


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Purple Bergamont
Monarda media        (Lamiaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: July - August
Flower color: Magenta
Height: 3.0 - 4.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Hummingbirds love it!
Deer Resistant: no
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Sneezeweed
Helenium autumnale        (Asteraceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: August - September
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 2.0 - 6.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Showy flowers
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
  


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Spikenard
Aralia racemosa        ()

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: June - July
Flower color: Ligth green
Height: 3.0 - 6.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Shrub-like; large heart-shaped leaves; clusters of small green/purple berries in fall
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Tall Coreopsis
Coreopsis tripteris        (Asteraceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: June - September
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 3.0 - 6.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Anise-scented flowers; birds like the seed
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: yes
Attracts:
  


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Tall Sunflower
Helianthus giganteus        (Asteraceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: July - September
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 3.0 - 5.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Good for birds
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: yes
Attracts:
  


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White Beardtongue
Penstemon digitalis        (Scrophulariaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun,
Blooms: June - July
Flower color: White
Height: 2.0 - 5.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Plant develops into a good sized clump
Deer Resistant: no
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:


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Whorled Rosinweed
Silphium trifoliatum        (Asteraceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: July - September
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 3.0 - 7.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Good plant for naturalizing
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
  


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Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa        (Lamiaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: June - September
Flower color: Lilac
Height: 2.0 - 3.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Hummingbirds love it!
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Wild columbine
Aquilegia canadensis        (Ranunculaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: April - June
Flower color: yellow and red
Height: 1.0 - 2.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Will self sow
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:


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Wild Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana        (Rosaceae)

Plant Type: perennial
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun,
Blooms: June
Flower color: White
Height: 6.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Small red edible berries, spreads by sending out runners
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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American Bladdernut
Staphylea trifolia        ()

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May
Flower color: White
Height: 4.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Seed ripens in a 3 chambered pod in Aug-Sept and when ripe you can shake it and hear the seeds rattle inside
Deer Resistant: no
Rain Garden Suitable: yes
Attracts:
 


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Black Haw
Viburnum prunifolium        (Caprifoliaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May
Flower color: White
Height: 8.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Fruit ripens from bluish pink to red to blue-black in Late July-Sept. Burgundy foliage in fall. Edible berries.
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Highbush Cranberry
Viburnum triloba        (Caprifoliaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: May
Flower color: White
Height: 8.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Clusters of lustrous bright red berries Sept-Feb. Berries make good jelly.
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: yes
Attracts:
 


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Low Sweet Blueberry
Vaccinium angustifolium        (Ericaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May
Flower color: White/Pink
Height: 1.0 - 2.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: This is the famous "Maine" bluberry. Sweet blue berries July-Aug.
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Nannyberry
Viburnum lentago        (Caprifoliaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May
Flower color: White
Height: 6.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Sweet edible dark blue berries in. Good wildlife value. Smell of Nannyberry bark wards off deer. Purple/red fall foliage.
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius        (Rosaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May - June
Flower color: Pink
Height: 5.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Papery bark
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Red-panicled Dogwood
Cornus racemosa        (Cornaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms:
Flower color: Creamy-white
Height: 3.0 - 8.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Important for wildlife; white berries on red stems in fall
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: yes
Attracts:
 


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Spicebush
Lindera benzoin        (Lauraceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: April
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 8.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Fragrant bark; brillant foliage and red berries in fall; high wildlife value; larval food of the beautiful spicebush swallowtail butterfly
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Steeplebush
Spiraea tomentosa        (Rosaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: July - September
Flower color: Pink
Height: 2.0 - 5.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments:
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Witch-hazel
Hamamelis virginiana        (Hamamelidaceae)

Plant Type: shrub
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun
Blooms: September - November
Flower color: Orangish
Height: 8.0 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Adaptable plant
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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American Hornbeam or Blue Beech
Carpinus caroliniana        (Betulaceae)

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun
Blooms: May
Flower color:
Height: 9.9 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: One of our favorites because of the beautiful, smooth blueish-gray bark; typically a low-land tree
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus alternifolia        (Cornaceae)

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May
Flower color: White
Height: 9.9 foot
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Horizontal brances create pagoda shape;Blue-black berries in mid summer; width 6'-15'; a partiularly distinctive and beautiful dogwood
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Paw Paw
Asimina triloba        (Annonaceae)

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun
Blooms: May - June
Flower color: Brownish-Purple
Height: 9.9 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
Comments: Fall foliage is yellow and the brownish fruit, shaped like a short, fat bananna is edible -- its pulp mades good pudding; can form colonies hence
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana        (Ebenaceae)

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun,
Blooms: May
Flower color: White-Yellow
Height: 9.9 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Orange fruit is edible after frost in Oct-Nov. Berries make great jelly and provide food for mammals- even bears!
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Red Panicled Dogwood
Cornus racemosa        (Cornaceae)

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil,
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: May
Flower color: Creamy White
Height: 3.0 - 8.0 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: White berries on red stems in fall; very adaptable plant; width 3'-8'; important for wildlife
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis        (Rosaceae)

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms: April
Flower color: White/Yellow
Height: 9.9 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
Comments: Dark red berries in fall and yellow-red foliage. This species is native in southeastern PA. We're working to grow W. PA species of serviceberry
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 


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Tupelo or Black Gum
Nyssa sylvatica        ()

Plant Type: tree
Moisture: Wet Soil, Medium Moist Soil, Dry Soil
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Blooms:
Flower color:
Height: 9.9 - 9.9 feet
General Natural Plant Setting:
   Woodlands and Woodland Edges
   Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
   Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Comments: Brilliant fall foliage in shades of scarlet, orange, apricot, maroon and crimson. One of first trees to turn color. Birds love blue-black berries
Deer Resistant: yes
Rain Garden Suitable: no
Attracts:
 

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Key to Attracts Field:
The following symbols indicate different animals that the cultivation of these animals may attract:
Butterflies   Birds   Hummingbirds

Information about plant habitats
A Woodlands and Woodland Edges
B Low Meadows, Stream Banks, Floodplains or Swampy Places
C Sunny Upland Meadows and Hillsides
Native plants will often grow in gardens in a wider range of conditions than where they are found naturally. Most will thrive best, though, in a setting most similar to its natural environment.

Kathryn McGregor, Proprietor and Grower -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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