Earthyman shows Ohio Spiderwort – Tradescantia ohioensis blooming at Ion Exchange native seed and plant nursery. Spiderwort blooms in June and may bloom again in the fall.
Slender, erect stems, often with a purple tinge. Flowers are blue to purple, occasionally white and appear in dense clusters at the tops of the stems. Leaves are long and quite like those of an Iris. Found in dry to mesic praires and savannas and along roadsides and railroads. Relatively common to all but the northwest portions of the Tallgrass biome.
Seeds and plants and be purchased our Website Native Wildflowers & Seeds
Posted in Gardening, Live Plant Plugs, Native Grasses, Native Plant and Seed Nursery, Native Plants, Native Prairies, native wildflowers, Perennial Plants, Prairie Plants
Tagged Earthyman, Native Seed, native seeds, native wildflowers, Nursery, Ohio Spiderwort, Plant Nursery, Purple Flowers, Spiderwort, Tallgrass, Tradescantia Ohioensis
ANEMONE PATENS | Pasque Flower
Pasque Flower (Anemone patens) – Found in all prairie regions from the Arctic Circle to the Southern United States. It is the earliest of all prairie flowers blooming in March and April. Grows from 2 inches to 16 inches and sports a single blue, purple or white flower on a long, thin stem. Pasque flowers do not have true petals; instead it is the sepals that give the flower color.
Ranunculaceae Family – From the Greek term anemone, meaning “wind” which probably refers to seed distribution or perhaps because the delicate stems and leaves sometimes appear to tremble in the wind and patens, meaning “spreading”.
Pasque Flower was one of the native prairie species that was included on the official United States pharmacopoeia catalog from 1882 to 1918 because of its diuretic, expectorant and menstrual-inducing qualities. Native Americans used this species for treating the pain of rheumatism and other painful conditions. It was used as a diaphoretic, a diuretic and as a salve or wash to treat boils, burns and sore eyes. Healing of wounds was often accelerated using the entire plant, dried and ground, applied to the wound. Great caution was used when using this species as a medicine because it contains alkaloids that can cause depression, nervousness and intestinal distress
It should be noted that Pasque flower is poisonous. It is extremely irritating both internally and externally and use of this plant should be avoided.
To Purchase This Spring Blooming Plant Please Visit Our Website at Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.
Posted in Flower Photography, Flower Pictures, Gardening, Native Plant and Seed Nursery, Native Prairies, native wildflowers, Perennial Garden, Perennial Plants, Wildflower Garden, Wildflower Photography, Wildflowers and Native Grasses
Tagged Anemone Patens, Medicinal Flowers, native seeds, native wildflowers, Pasque Flower, Plants, Prairie Flowers, Spring Flowers, wildflowers
AMORPHA FRUTICOSA | False Indigo
False Indigo (Amorpha Fruiticosa) is common in moist prairie thickets and along streams and rivers in prairies throughout the Tallgrass Region. Not as common east of Illinois. Large, bushy shrubs can reach 10 feet, generally 5 to 6 feet. Blooms from late spring to midsummer. Also known as Desert False Indigo, Indigobush, and Indigo Bush.
Amorpha from the Greek amorphos meaning “without shape” which refers to the flower having only one petal. Legume.
Plant Family: Fabaceae
Sun Exposure Savanna, Prairie
Soil Moisture Mesic, Wet Mesic, Dry Mesic
Bloom Time Late Spring, Summer
June, July, August
Bloom Color Purple
Max. Height 10 Feet
Wetland Code FACW+
Germ Code C(10), I
Seeds Per Packet 100
Seeds Per Ounce 3,700
Edible Uses: The crushed fruit is used as a condiment.
Medicinal Uses: No known medicinal uses reported.
To Purchase This Spring Blooming Wildflower Visit Us At Our Website Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.
Posted in Gardening, Native Grasses, Native Plant and Seed Nursery, Native Prairies, native wildflowers, Perennial Garden, Perennial Plants, Wildflowers and Native Grasses
Tagged Amorpha fruticosa, Blooming Flowers, False Indigo, Flower, Flowers, Illinois, Ion Exchange, Ion Exchange Inc, Mesic habitat, native seeds, native wildflower, Plant, prairie, Purple Flowers, Seed, Silphium integrifolium, Spring Blooming Flowers, wildflower
President’s Day Special
Get a jump start on your Spring Planting with our President’s Day Special. Contains 84 wildflower, prairie plants that will provide color throughout the seasons.
A special price for a special person.
The Package contains 7 each of the following species:
New England Aster
Sweet Black-eyed Susan
Pale Purple Coneflower
To Purchase This Package Please Visit Our Website At Native Wildflowers & Seeds From Ion Exchange, Inc.
Posted in Gardening, Live Plant Plugs, Native Grasses, Native Plant and Seed Nursery, Native Prairies, native wildflowers, Perennial Garden, Perennial Plants, Prairie Plants, Spring Planting, Wildflower Garden
Tagged Ion Exchange, Ion Exchange Inc, native seeds, native wildflowers, Prairie Plants, Presidents Day Sale, Seasonal Wildflowers, Seasons, Spring Planting, Wildflower Package, Wildflower Sale
Swamp Purplestem (Bidens Connata) consists of flowers with ray florets absent. Base of flower with a circle of leaflike, elongate bracts. Seeds (achenes) with two barbs. Leaves undivided, elongate, heavily toothed, occurring in opposite pairs along the stem. Plant 1 to 6 feet in height.
Sun Exposure: Prairie
Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic
Bloom Time: Summer, Fall – August, September, October
Bloom Color: Yellow
Max Height: 4 Feet
To Purchase This Native Wildflower Visit Our Website At
Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.
Posted in Gardening, Ion Exchange Inc, Native Plant and Seed Nursery, Native Prairies, native wildflowers, Perennial Garden, Perennial Plants, Prairie Plants, Wildflower Garden, Wildflowers and Native Grasses
Tagged Beggartick, Bidens Connata, Blooming Flowers, Flowers, Ion Exchange Inc, native seeds, native wildflowers, Plant Seeds, Prairie Plants, Seeds, Swamp Purplestem, wildflowers
Polygonatum Canaliculatum | Solomon’s Seal
“Solomon’s Seal, Conquer John, Sealwort”
Polygonatum comes from the Greek word meaning “with many knees”. This is most likely in reference to the bulbous, jointed rhizomes. Canaliculatum comes from the Latin for “channeled” or “with a long groove”. Some botanists and taxonomists divide this particular plant into three different species – P. canaliculatum, P. biflora and P. communtatum. The differences are difficult to tell without magnification..
The common name, Solomon’s seal derives from its rootstock that bears flat round scars which resemble the impression of a seal. Biblical King Solomon’s famous seal was a magical signet ring. A transverse cut on the root was once believed to reveal Hebrew characters left by King Solomon’s seal.
Since each year of growth leaves a new “seal” on the rhizome, you can estimate the age of a Solomon’s seal plant by counting the scars.
Even though the stems can easily reach 6 feet in length, the plant itself is generally 3 feet or less in height with the stems making long, sweeping arches. It’s found on rich woodland soils and occasionally in the open areas of cleared woodlands. It prefers cool moist soil but tolerates dry or damp once established. Green-white to white flowers bloom beneath the leaves from May through June. It is a rugged, deer resistant plant largely unbothered by disease.
The roots, berries and young shoots were once used a sources for food. The Iroquois actually cultivated Solomon’s Seal to use the roots for a dietary staple. The Chippewa believed ingesting the roots would aid in curing back pain and/or kidney problems. In order to achieve its full effect, they believed the medicinal rootstock needed to be saved in a pouch made of bear’s paws. The Meskwaki and Potawatami would place a small piece of root on burning coals to create fumes that could revive one from an unconcsious state. Early settlers used preparations of the root to treat hemorrhoids, arthritis, poison ivy, skin rashes and eczema. They also beleived that an extract from the root of P. canaliculatum would make freckles disappear or diminish.
Edible Uses: Unknown
Medicinal Uses: Unknown
Herbal Uses: Unknown
To Purchase Polygonatum Canaliculatum | Solomans Seal Click Here
To Purchase All Your Native Wildflowers & Prairie Plants Visit Us At Our Website Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.
Posted in Gardening, Native Plant and Seed Nursery, Native Prairies, native wildflowers, Perennial Plants, Prairie Plants, Wildflowers and Native Grasses
Tagged Indestructible Plants, native wildflowers, Perennial, Perennial plant, Plant of the Year, Polygonatum Canaliculatum, prairie, Prairie Plants, Seeds, Solomans Seal, Sweet Flowers, White Flowers, wildflowers, Yellow Flowers