The garden in Fern Hollow’s parking lot is very unique. Many of the plants are deer and drought resistant. The species marked with * are rarely damaged by deer and those that are marked by ** are rarely severely damaged.

Common Name: Butterfly Weed, Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Type of Plant: Perennial*, Fun Fact: The flowers are hosts to the monarch butterfly

 

Common Name: Common Milkweed, Latin Name: Asclepias syriaca

Type of Plant: Perennial*, Fun Fact: Milkweed seeds can travel as far as 100 feet away from its original plant!

 

Common Name: Willow Amsonia or Blue Star, Latin Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana

Type of Plant: Perennial*, Fun Fact: The Latin name is in honor of Dr. Charles Amson who was an 18th century physician.

 

Common Name: Blue False Indigo, Latin Name: Baptisia australis

Type of Plant: Perennial*, Fun Fact: Parts of this plant, if eaten, are poisonous to humans.

 

Common Name: Magnus Coneflower, Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

Type of Plant: Perennial**, Fun Fact: This plant produces and secrets chemicals to prevent the growth of competing flowers.

 

Common Name: White Swan Cone Flower, Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Type of Plant: Perennial, Fun Fact: The Latin name comes from the word “sea urchin.”

 

Common Name: Joe Pye Weed, Latin Name: Eutrochium purpureum

Type of Plant: Perennial, Fun Fact: This flower is named after a Native American who used it as medicine.

 

Common Name: Golden Laced Sunflower, Latin Name: Helianthus angustifolius 'Gold Lace'

Type of Plant: Perennial**, Fun Fact: Sunflowers can be used to remove toxins like lead, arsenic and uranium from soil.

 

Common Name: Summer Nights False Sunflower, Latin Name: Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights'

Type of Plant: Perennial, Fun Fact: While birds and bees use the flower to pollinate, insects use the stems to use as shelter in the winter months.

 

Common Name: Blazing Star, Latin Name: Liatris spicata

Type of Plant: Perennial**, Fun Fact: This flower is commonly used to restore parries.

 

Common Name: Bee Balm, Latin Name: Monarda didyma

Type of Plant: Perennial**, Fun Fact: Native Americans used this plant to make tea.

 

Common Name: Great Coneflower, Latin Name: Rudbeckia maxima

Type of Plant: Perennial, Fun Fact: This flower is a staple a goldfinch’s diet!

 

Common Name: Ironweed, Latin Name: Vernonia noveboracensis

Type of Plant: Perennial, Fun Fact: In a single year, a plant can produce as many as 19,000 seeds!

 

Common Name: Switchgrass, Latin Name: Panicum virgatum

Type of Plant: Grass*, Fun Fact: This plant is used to provide a high quality hay for livestock.

 

Common Name: Big Bluestem, Latin Name: Andropogon gerardii

Type of Plant: Grass*, Fun Fact: This plant is used to help with controlling erosion.

 

Common Name: Jefferson Elm, Latin Name: Ulmus americana “Jefferson”

Type of Plant: Tree, Fun Fact: Much of the Jefferson Elm population was struck with Dutch elm disease, a disease caused by an Asian fungus that is spread from tree to tree through elm bark beetles.

 

Common Name: Late Flowering Boneset, Latin Name: Eupatorium serotinum

Type of Plant: Perennial , Fun Fact: This plant is found in every coastal state from Massachusetts to Texas!

 
 
If you’re interested in adding native plants to your yard and increasing habitat and food for wildlife, check out this website to find out more information.

http://www.iconservepa.org/plantsmart/plantsdatabase/index.htm

source for deer resistant nature: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/