I’m grateful to live near The Arboretum and to be able to observe and learn from the diversity of plants. On a recent walk, I was delighted to find several native perennials with colorful blooms.
I like the soft mauve color of Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), and it was a special treat to see a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on this one.
I also enjoyed finding several clumps of bright-purple Ironweed (Vernonia altissima).
However, my biggest surprise was a large patch of beautiful Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) near the bridge over the wetland area.
The shaded boardwalk surrounded by brilliant red blooms created a very special garden. If you live nearby, it’s worth a visit to see it.