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White Flowered Perennials
- The pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) produces white-to-maroon flowers in late spring. This 10 to 12 inch tall perennial has fuzzy seedheads and foliage. Pasque flowers prefer full sun to partial shade and rich soil. The bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) blooms in March and April. This plant produces large, single, white flowers that only last for one to two days. Bloodroots thrive in shady sites with moist, well-drained soil. Other white-flowered spring perennials include Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), red baneberry (Actaea rubra) and white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda).
- The obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) blooms with white to pink blossoms in midsummer. This North American native perennial grows up to 2 feet tall. Obedient plants prefer full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soils. Use obedient plant blooms as cut flowers. Larkspur (Delphinium hybrids), a toxic plant, produces whit-and-blue flowers from June through August. This perennial grows up to 4 feet tall and may require support stakes. Larkspur thrives in full sun. Other midsummer bloomers include silver sage (Salvia argenta) and salvia (Salvia nemorosa).
- Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) produces small clusters of white flowers in late summer to fall. Its flower clusters resemble turtle heads, hence the common name. This perennial grows up to 3 feet tall and prefers shade and moist soil. Bonset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) also blooms with white flowers in late summer. These plants grow up to 2 feet tall. Boneset thrives in sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Other late-summer bloomers include garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) and rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos).
- New England asters (Aster novae-angliae) bloom in September and October. This 4 foot tall perennial produces white-to-purple blossoms. New England asters prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Taller plants may need support. Black snakeroot (Cimicifuga racemosa) blooms from August into October. This perennial grows between 3 and 5 feet tall. Black snakeroot thrives in partial to full shade. Other fall bloomers include Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida) and pincushion flower (Scabiosa caucasica).
- Yarrow (Achillea spp.) produces white flowers from June though September. This drought-tolerant perennial grows up to 2-1/2 feet tall. Yarrow thrives in full sun. Jupiter's beard (Centranthus rubber) blooms from May until September. This hardy plant grows up to 3 feet tall and produces white, pink and red blossoms. Jupiter's beard thrives in full sun and dry soils. Baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata) blooms with white-and-pink flowers from June until September. This 3 foot tall plant has delicate blossoms and foliage. Baby's breath prefers sunny sites. Other long-blooming perennials include cluster bellflower (Campanula glomerata) and dianthus (Dianthus hybrid).