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Trees

Pin Oak, Quercus palustris

Pin Oak, Quercus palustris

Snapshot Pin Oak Middle-Aged Tree Did You Know? Pin Oak’s common name comes from the many short, pin-like twigs on the main branches! Snapshot Pin Oak Leaves Pin oak (Quercus palustrus) is a medium-sized red oak, deciduous, with an average height of 60 to 70 feet and...

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Shrubs

Summersweet, Clethra alnifolia

Summersweet, Clethra alnifolia

Did You Know? Summersweet is also called sweet pepperbush for its peppercorn-like seeds! Snapshot Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub. It typically grows in a round or oval shape about 3 to 6 feet high and 4 to 6 feet wide. In spring, the...

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Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica

Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica

Did You Know? Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators LOVE Virginia sweetspire! Virginia Sweetspire Flowers    Credit: https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/itea/little-henry-sweetspire-itea-virginica Snapshot Virginia Sweetspire Shrub Virginia...

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Herbs

Plant Profile: Dill

Plant Profile: Dill

Did You Know? Dill is a favorite host plant of black swallowtail caterpillars! Snapshot Caption: Dill Flowers Credit:   https://www.rareseeds.com/media/catalog/product/cache/c47cc5acc2b9ab2a357f100ee4780008/H/e/Herbs-Bouquet-Dill-HB126.jpg  Often mistaken...

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Vegetables

Plant Profile: Broccoli

Plant Profile: Broccoli

Did You Know? When broccoli was first introduced in England, it was called “Italian asparagus!” Snapshot Heading broccoli, also called sprouting or Calabrese broccoli, is a cousin to cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts, and is grown for its edible flower buds and...

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Perennials

Penstemon, Penstemon spp.

Penstemon, Penstemon spp.

Did You Know? Penstemon is called beardtongue for its hairy, sterile stamen, which looks like a hairy tongue protruding between lip-shaped petals! Snapshot Penstemon is a perennial plant native to North America. It grows in large clumps, 3 to 5 feet high and 1½ ...

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Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Did You Know? Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is Maryland’s State Flower! Snapshot Caption: Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ Black-eyed Susan is a perennial flowering plant that grows to 2 to 3 feet in height. Plants have dark green foliage and grow in upright clumps 1 to 2...

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Annuals

Marigold, Tagetes spp.

Marigold, Tagetes spp.

Did You Know? Marigold flowers are grown commercially for lutein and zeaxanthin, used to prevent macular degeneration! Snapshot Caption: African marigold plants Credit: By Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0 us, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71843075 ...

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