|Friday Five: Southern Wildflowers|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Friday, 14 September 2012|
1. Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata)
Just 6 to 9 inches tall, the pale blue to lavender flowers with golden crests bloom in April. Dwarf crested iris is hardy from USDA zones 3 to 9. Listed as endangered in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Prefers partial shade and moist soil.
2. Savannah Meadow-Beauty ( Rhexia alifanus )
The pale to bright rose to nearly magenta, 1 to 1.5 inch flowers, of the meadow-beauty bloom from spring through summer. Grows from North Carolina south to Florida and across to Louisiana and in Puerto Rico, in coastal areas and pine flatwoods.
3. Bearded Grasspink (Calopogon barbatus)
A member of the Orchid family, bearded grass pink grows from south Carolina south to Florida and across to Louisiana and Texas. The white, pink, and purple flowers bloom February to April. Bearded grasspink is native to the pine savannahs and coastal plain regions of its range.
4. Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)
The tubular red and yellow flowers of Indian pink (pictured above) bloom in June. Growing to a height of 12 to 24 inches, the low maintenance Indian pink prefers full to partial shade and moist soils. Hardy from USDA zones 5 to 9.
5. Carolina Spider Lily (Hymenocallis caroliniana)
Flowering from July to August, the spider lily is a member of the Amaryllis family. A cluster of showy, fragrant large white flowers blooms on a single stem, each flower resembling a spidery daffodil. (H. coronaria), a synonym, is listed as endangered in Georgia.