What’s In Bloom?
By Matthew Lobdell
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
An orange flowering native milkweed littered throughout the Wharf District Parks. The scientific name for milkweed, Asclepias, is derived from Asklepios, the Greek god of healing.
White Swan Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’)
A white flowered cultivar of Purple Coneflower, White Swan is often used in flower arrangements. It can be seen blooming in the Fort Point Channel Parks.
Goldenrain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
Native to China, Japan, and Korea, the Goldenrain tree was first introduced to this country in 1763. It is one of only a few yellow-flowering trees hardy to this region. The Goldenrain tree can currently be seen flowering in Chinatown Park.
Also in Bloom:
- North End Parks: Daylilies (Hemerocallis), Magnus Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia)
- Wharf District Parks: Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), Pink Tickseed (Coreopsis rosea), Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa).
- Urban Arboretum: Mountain Stewartia (Stewartia ovata), Karl Foerster Feather Reedgrass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’)
- Fort Point Channel Parks: Pink Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Roseum’), Tri-color Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii), Miss Manners Obiedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’)
- Dewey Square Park: Flying Saucers Largeflower Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Flying Saucers’), English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Kim’s Knee High Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’)