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Old 12-03-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Driving in to work this morning, I spotted some dried curly dock (Rumex crispus) among other seed heads. Although it is a European native that I am removing on our own property, it got me thinking about natives that have attractive seed heads or that provide winter interest.

One that seems obvious to me are milkweed pods--through the years, I'm sure I've seen them featured in artwork through the years, so I'm sure I'm not alone in finding them attractive.

Another that I love is little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium formerly Andropogon scoparius), especially sunlit from behind. It has an amazing color, especially in the rather drab winter landscape.

What plants provide winter interest in your yard, yarden, favorite natural setting, etc.? Please share your ideas (and pictures if you have them) to help us all add more interest to our winter landscapes.
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:07 AM   #2
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I am partial to Lespedeza capitata (Round headed bushclover), Eryngium yuccifolium(Rattlesnake master), & Sorgastrum nutans (Indiangrass). Of course these are favorites of mine through the growing season as well. Indiangrass is gorgeous in every season and turns golden in autumn.

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I am partial to Lespedeza capitata (Round headed bushclover), Eryngium yuccifolium(Rattlesnake master), & Sorgastrum nutans (Indiangrass). Of course these are favorites of mine through the growing season as well. Indiangrass is gorgeous in every season and turns golden in autumn.
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I didn't know that Lespedeza capitata (Round headed bushclover) was native to my region, but after looking it up, I find that it is! Thanks for the suggestion. I did an image search, and although I didn't find any snow covered pictures, I did get a look at the seed heads.

Hopefully, as winter drops a white blanket onto many of our yards, members can add photos of their very own winter interest plants.
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Not many "interesting" seedheads left standing, just the common goldenrods, asters and grasses. Here are three that attract my notice while I'm out and about.
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The sedge is not really that tall; I had to get low to highlight it's silhouette.

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Not many "interesting" seedheads left standing, just the common goldenrods, asters and grasses. Here are three that attract my notice while I'm out and about.
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The sedge is not really that tall; I had to get low to highlight it's silhouette.

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I'm going to look into carex crinita. I'm sure that and many others will look great covered in frost or snow.

Nice that you can find the beauty in poison ivy. (although its glossy leaves are attractive too! ...I liked it a lot better when I didn't seem to get it. Two years ago, I got a fairly bad case while digging up its roots--of course I didn't know what it was as it was dormant.)
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Some winter interest I took today:
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I was surprised to see that the seeds had not all blown away by now.
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I found another shot:
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So were you tempted an helped them along?
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So were you tempted an helped them along?
I did that in the fall (along with other seeds). I've yet to plant them all but plan to this weekend.

Perhaps I can add a few more that hung out there all winter, but I'd like to let nature try to plant a few on her own. If I'd taken them all, I'd never have had the chance to get that shot!
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