Michigan Backyard Paradise



white panicle aster

White Panicle Aster Aster Lanceolatus

This native plant likes moist thickets, meadows and swamp edges and blooms August to September.



Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger Asarum Canadense

This plant is native to Michigan and likes shade and moist soil or rocky hillsides. The leaves grow from an underground rhizome. Wild ginger has often been used as a substitute for the ginger you buy in the store, but is not related.



Wild Rose

Wild Rose Rosa Acicularis

When I first encountered this native plant, I was overtaken by the strong fragrant smell it gave off. I stood there at 10 feet away and could still smell this rose. Rosa Acicularis can be found throughout the great lakes region, spans from Alaska to New Mexico, West Virginia to New Brunswick and as mentioned in "Coastal Plants by Ellen Elliot-Weatherbee" is the only native rose to be found also in Europe and Asia.



wild bergamot

Wild Bergamot Monarda Fistulosa

Wild Bergamot is a native plant belonging to the mint family, grows throughout the United States. The leaves can be used for making tea. Because of this and its showy blossoms, it is cultivated in many gardens.



wild geranium

Wild Geranium Geranium Maculatum

Wild Geranium is native to Michigan, growing in wooded areas. This perennial spreads by rhizomes. Many enjoy this plant in cultivation and use it for medicinal purposes.



wood sorrel

Wood Sorrel Oxalis Stricta

This plant is a native to North America and grows in a wide variety of soil. Many gardeners hate it because it persistently comes up in many unwanted places. It can be eaten and has a citrusy taste. Many sorrels contain oxalic acid, which can bind up with the body’s supply of calcium if too much is eaten. For centuries, the plant has been safely used in small quantities as a salad green and in salads and soups.



White Campion

White Sweet Clover Melilotus Alba

This form of clover and the yellow one, Melilotus Officinalis were brought over from Europe in the late 1600s as a crop for providing nitrogen for the soil, used for grazing and pollen for bees. Some characteristics are that it is in the legume family and a biannual. At times it can be invasive, crowding out native grasses.



White Campion

White Campion Silene Alba

This is a plant that was introduced in the 1800s possibly by accident in some grain that was brought over from Europe. Since then it has proven to be a real nuisance due to the high seed production, which makes it hard to control.



wood sunflower

Wood Sunflower Helianthus Strumosus

Michigan has more than 20 species of native sunflower growing. This one reaches up to 6 feet.



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