Some Early Blooming Native Plants

Our native bees have spent the last few million years evolving with our native plants. Not only do we have over 400 species of native bees, Georgia has 4000 native plant species to go with them! There is no lack of beautiful native plants that bloom from March through November! Here is a short list of some native species that bloom in early spring:

Perennials:

  • Blue Star, Amsonia tabernaemontana, Apr summer blue 3-4′
  • Hepatica, Anemone americana, Mar-Apr, lavender blue 0.5′
  • Windflower, Anemone quinquefolia, Apr white – pink 0.5′
  • Thimbleweed, Anemone virginiana, Apr white 2′
  • Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum, Apr-May green /maroon 2-3′
  • Wild Ginger, Asarum arifolium, Apr-May pink-green with maroon spots 0.5′
  • Green and Gold, Chrysogonum virginianum, Apr-May yellow 0.5′
  • Toothwort, Cardamine diphylla, White Mar-Apr .75′
  • Woodland Phlox, Phlox divaricata, Apr-May blue to pink 2′
  • Thrift, Phlox subulata or nivea, Apr-May blue to pink 2′
  • Crested Iris, Iris cristata, April lavender 0.5′
  • Vernal iris, Iris verna, April purple 1′
  • Jacobs Ladder, Polemonium reptans, April blue 1′
  • Woodland Anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides, Apr-May white 1′
  • Bird’s foot Violet, Viola pedata, April April lavender 0.5′
  • Barren Strawberry, Waldsteinia lobata, April yellow 0.5′

Vines:

  • Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens, Feb yellow
  • Coral honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens, Apr-May red

Early blooming shrubs:

  • Red buckeye, Aesculus pavia, Apr red with orange 15’
  • Painted buckeye, Aesculus sylvatica, Apr yellow-green & orange 15’
  • Shining False Indigo, Amorpha nitens, Apr deep purple 12’
  • Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa, Apr white to pink 12’
  • Red Chokeberry, Aronia pyrifolia, Apr white to pink 12’
  • Small flowered pawpaw, Asimina parviflora, Apr maroon 5’
  • Paw paw, Asimina triloba, Apr maroon 12’
  • Redbud, Cercis canadensis, Apr pink 10’
  • Parsley hawthorn, Crataegus marshallii, Apr white 12’
  • Spicebush, Lindera benzoin, Apr yellow-green 15’
  • Mock orange, Philadelphus inodorus , Apr white 7’
  • Chickasaw Plum, Prunus angustifolius, Apr white – pink 15’
  • Piedmont azalea, Rhododendron canescens, Apr pink 7’
  • Oconee azalea, Rhododendron flammeum, Apr-May orange 7’
  • Elderberry Sambucus canadensis , Apr white 12’
  • Vaccinium elliottii, Elliott’s blueberry, Apr white 5’