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Lady Beetle

Scientific Name: Coccinellids

Time of Year Active: spring to early winter

Where to See Them: trees, herbaceous plants

Benefits: Lady beetles are predators. Both adults and larvae feed on aphids. Some species will also feed on mites.

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Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum biflorum

Solomon’s Seal is a native Virginia wildflower that can be found in shady areas. The plant grows 2-3’ tall and forms clumps. White flowers appear in spring and may be followed by blue-black berries, which are mildly toxic. Dwarf and variegated cultivars are available. The plant is perennial in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9.

Garden uses: shade perennial, groundcover, shady borders, woodland gardens.

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