Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) is one of the most beautiful of the native spring ephemerals that has been introduced into our area. Although it does not grow naturally in the Northern Neck, it is found throughout much of the rest of Virginia, including the Middle Peninsula.
Virginia Dwarf Trillium (Trillium pusillum var.virginiana), the only native trillium in the Northern Neck, is an exceptionally attractive small wildflower that grows naturally in Lancaster County. There are many different kinds of trillium but this one is unique because of its small size of only about 7 or 8 inches in height at maturity.
Yucca are usually associated with arid regions and many different kinds are found there. Common Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) is native to the southeastern U.S., especially in sandy coastal soils, dry woods and other open, sunny areas.
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is a familiar native tree, distinguished by its unusual, exfoliating red to gray bark exposing lighter colored white or cream inner layers. It is unique in the drama of its winter presence, especially when found in groves along waterways.