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MI Morsels of Summer
Before it Falls Away

Anemone Anemone
- Latin Name: Anemone

Anemones have a large assortment of symbolism tied to them. They are thought to represent anticipation and unfading love, good luck and protection against evil. As a gift, these flowers may be meaningful in a number of ways, from presenting them to someone stepping into a new stage of life, to telling the recipient that you will always love them.


Stonecrop Sedum Stonecrop Sedum-Autumn Joy
- Latin Name: Hylotelephium telephium

This hardy perennial is absolutely fascinating to observe through every stage of its life. In early spring a patch of small, green clusters of leaves emerge from the soil. Then green florets that resemble broccoli appear, gradually changing color to become a rich, deep red-pink hue. Toward the end of summer, the flowers eventually fade to a russet brown… so beautiful in a winter garden.


Bluebell Flowers Bluebell flowers
- Latin Name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta

The majority of bluebells in Michigan are found in Kent and Ottawa counties. While bluebell plants are poisonous, the chemical that makes them poisonous was used in alchemy and is being researched by modern day scientists for medical use.


Chinese Lantern PlantChinese Lantern Plant
- Latin Name: Physalis alkekengi

Chinese Lanterns are especially nice for Fall with their beautiful orange color.  They have a unique shape and can be dried and enjoyed for years.


New England Aster

New England Aster or Michaelmas Daisy
- Latin Name: Symphyotrichumnovae-angliae

This native Michigan wildflower can grow up to 6’ tall. It has vibrant purple and pale violet blossoms that bloom during September. Bees and butterflies frequent this wildflower and it is a source of nectar for Monarch butterflies.


- Latin Name: Tropaeolum majus

Originating in South America, nasturtium plants can now be found across many states in the US. One of the unique qualities of the nasturtium is that the leaves, flowers, and seeds are edible and contain plenty of vitamin C and lutein (which promotes eye health). Consider growing nasturtium in your garden for a beautiful sight and a peppery bite!


Black Eyed Susan

- Latin Name: Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed-susan is a North American species of flowering plants in the sunflower family, native to the Eastern and Central North America and naturalized in the Western part of the continent as well as in China. The plant also is a traditional Native American medicinal herb in several tribal nations; believed in those cultures to be a remedy, among other things, for colds, flu, infection, swelling and (topically, by poultice) for snake bite (although not all parts of the plant are edible) Parts of the plant have nutritional value. Other parts are not edible.

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