Plants

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Staghorn Sumac is a Tough-As-Nails Native Shrub

fall foliage staghorn sumac

Virtues: Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) tolerates dry conditions, poor soil and air pollution. Native to the eastern United States, it provides year-round interest in a garden while supporting wild birds with its berries.

Culver’s Root Provides Tall Flowers Through Summer

culvers root veronicastrum virginicum

Virtues: We love culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) for its tall spikes of white or purple flowers that begin in early or midsummer and can continue until autumn. Veronicastrum is a USA-native perennial good at attracting butterflies and bees.