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Old 04-26-2009, 08:57 AM   #11
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Thanks for the ideas everyone!

Gloria, at a glance I can see some non-natives in your list, I'm afraid.

Please continue to toss around ideas. I'll be back. . .
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:07 PM   #12
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I know you were asking about flowers and not shrubs, but you can't have a thread called, "Native Plants for Disturbed New England Roadsides" without mentioning Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina. Not a true fern but a woody shrub in the family Myricaceae. Wonderful fragrance, looks like an evergreen but it's deciduous. But who would notice under all the snow? Tough as nails, it loves salted sandy roadsides.

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:18 AM   #13
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Stoloniferous, that second posting has a copy and paste from the link of salt tolerant plants. I thought you might want to look at the options and pick the relevant natives out. I did not take the time to edit them out myself. Sorry about that.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:49 AM   #14
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Thanks Gloria, no problem!

Oooh, S.T., I've been looking for an excuse to grow sweet fern! Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:03 PM   #15
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Stoloniferous, you can try the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower site (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin) and search by state to come up with recommended native plants for gardens. I found this invaluable (I live in Maine).

The first thing that popped into my mind was lupines (native lupines in New England have been nearly wiped out by outcrossing with garden hybrids). They like dry, sandy soil, but I don't know if they are salt tolerant.

Butterflyweed (asclepias tuberosa) also likes dry soils, but I have so far planted four or five in my space and have two survivors -- they're difficult to transplant, so you might try purchasing seed and winter-sowing direct to soil.

You might look around for lists of "seaside" plants too -- tolerance of salt spray from the ocean would be a good indicator.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:15 PM   #16
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Looking for seaside plants is a good suggestion.
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