Native Plants of Spring

Start Date
04/11/2019
End Date
05/16/2019
Description
As Earth awakens from her winter slumber, experience the colors, fragrances, and rapid progression of spring. Learn to identify 60 beautiful and ecologically functional spring flowering native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Through lectures and outdoor labs, examine the identifying characteristics of each plant, its preferred site conditions, and its environmental value. With this knowledge, make informed plant selections for your spring garden.

AGENDA: Each week a PowerPoint presentation talks about the key identification features of 10 plants that are noteworthy in spring. Cuttings of the plants are in the front of the room for students to get an up-close look and students receive a handout describing the plants. After the 1 hour presentation, students are given a tour of the garden to see the 10 plants covered in class. Students are invited to study in the garden.

9 – 10 am: PowerPoint presentation
10 – 11 am: Garden tour

Day 1: 2 PDHs
Day 2: 2 PDHs
Day 3: 2 PDHs
Day 4: 2 PDHs
Day 5: 2 PDHs
Day 6: 2 PDHs

Total: 12 PDHs

Native Plants of Spring
Sample Plant List
1 Aesculus pavia
2 Amelanchier laevis
3 Amsonia tabernaemontana
4 Anemone acutiloba
5 Aquilegia canadensis
6 Arisaema triphyllum
7 Asarum canadense
8 Baptisia alba
9 Calycanthus floridus
10 Camassia scilloides
11 Cercis canadensis
12 Chamaelirium luteum fairy
13 Chionanthus virginicus
14 Chrysogonum virginianum
15 Cladrastis kentukea
16 Claytonia virginica
17 Cornus florida
18 Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens
19 Delphinium tricorne
20 Dicentra eximia
21 Dodecatheon meadia
22 Enemion biternatum
23 Erythronium americanum
24 Fothergilla gardenii
25 Geranium maculatum
26 Geum fragarioides
27 Halesia diptera var. magniflora
28 Houstonia caerulea
29 Illicium floridanum
30 Iris cristata
31 Jeffersonia diphylla
32 Leucothoe fontanesiana
33 Liriodendron tulipifera
34 Maianthemum racemosum
35 Mertensia virginica
36 Mitella diphylla
37 Neviusia alabamensis
38 Oxalis violacea
39 Pachysandra procumbens
40 Packera aurea
41 Phacelia bipinnatifida
42 Phlox divaricata
43 Podophyllum peltatum
44 Polemonium reptans
45 Polygonatum biflorum
46 Rhododendron periclymenoides
47 Rhododendron vaseyi
48 Sanguinaria canadensis
49 Scutellaria serrata
50 Sedum ternatum
51 Shortia galacifolia
52 Stylophorum diphyllum
53 Thalictrum thalictroides
54 Tiarella cordifolia
55 Trillium grandiflorum
56 Trillium luteum
57 Uvularia grandiflora
58 Viola walteri 'Silver Gem'
59 Wisteria frutescens
60 Zenobia pulverulenta
Location
Hockessin, DE
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
12.0
Learning Outcomes
1. Identify 60 noteworthy plants of spring.
2. Know both the Latin and common names of these 60 plants.
3. Understand the landscape use for these 60 plants.
4. Recognize ecological services provided by these plants.
Instructors
Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturists
Website Registration
Course Codes
GAR312B
Provider
Mt. Cuba Center


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