Cutting from Aronia arbutifolia - Red Chokeberry
One of the best shrubs for brilliant fall color intense, shiny, raspberry to crimson, with purplish highlights. Can also have some orange mixed in, especially in shady sites.
Native throughout most of the eastern United States and into parts of southern Canada zone 4 found in various conditions from dry hillsides to wet, almost swampy areas may serve as a fine native substitute for the invasive, exotic Euonymus alata (burning bush).
There are now many growers of native plants for the habitat gardener to find those plants which will thrive in our area and feed the local wildlife. Potted or bare-root plants can give an immediate presence that seedlings can not. But growing from seed or taking cuttings can be enjoyable and teach us much about the these exciting plants and their requirements.
Chicago Wilderness magazine
I have 4 home made milk carton containers of prairie dropseed that were wintersown this February. No seed germination until the weather was very warm, if I remember correctly in late may early June. At that time I removed the top half of the milk carton that had kept moisture levels higher inside the container. Next year I'm starting more so will try to keep better records.
The plant grows fine from seed so there is no need to collect the entire plant, just get some seeds!
Habitat - Drier areas of prairies, glades, roadsides, railroads.
This coneflower is very pretty with its droop petals. The leaves are more narrow as well giving the seedling a different look from the other coneflowers we grow. Wintersowing in milk cartons helps protect the seed from seed eater and lets me get a good look at what the seedlings will look like when they begin to self seed.
Native to river banks from Vermont south to the Shenandoah Valley, B. australis is one of the larger species, making a 3' tall x 5-6' wide mound of glaucous blue-green foliage. The flower spikes emerge intact atop the newly emerging foliage in mid-April. By late April, the flowers begin to open, ranging from a good blue to purple color, with each seed grown plant being different.
Plant distribution maps
Notice the recycled red Folgers coffee cans used to make home made containers. I am not too proud to scavenge from neighboring recycling bins.
Since there was Baptisia Alba and 'Prairie Smoke' in the area where these seeds were taken there is no telling what the mature plants will look like for sure. But since bio-diversity is important and the use to wildlife is not hampered it does not matter if all are of a similar shade of blue.
We may have to resort to covering the young plants for the winter to protect until established.
I will be planting ,hopefully this weekend, to give all a chance to spread out their feet while the weather is pleasant.