Bayard Cutting Arboretum's Native Plant Collection Breezy Island

Breezy Island is the native plant collection at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY. A large number of native and near native plants were installed after invasive bamboo, phragmites, honeysuckles, and ivies were removed from the site in 2017. The collection has continued to expand in scope and diversity since then, including planted as well as non-cultivated native volunteers that were existing prior to the work or have seeded themselves in on their own and been encouraged to flourish in their own niches.

Because of interest in which plants in this space are cultivated and which are not, I'm going to keep an ongoing (but not exhaustive) record here for those who might be interested or who may wish to reference known members of these species. Planted species will be marked casual observations. While some of our original planted species have self seeded into the area, those will also be marked casual as they are simply the regeneration of those planted populations by themselves in the area designated for them. This is a work in progress.

In some cases named varieties of plants have been chosen rather than straight species. These cultivars may have been chosen for a number of different reasons, but all with a specific purpose in mind, whether it was improved durability, improved flowering, availability, or some other feature ultimately deemed useful in the space. Straight species however dominate the plant list.

I will attempt to include high quality photos (also a work in progress) of these species and their key identifying features. An official running of these species as well as their associated fauna is kept, but this is meant to be more casual and accessible to inat users who may be curious which species in this area are planted by the staff and which are not. Wild volunteers are identified to the best of my abilities, but especially with some of the graminoids I could be mistaken! If there is a better ID and features I can look out for I'd be delighted to get better info so please do not hesitate to correct me if you see a mistake.

Cultivated

Herbaceous
Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193388226
Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett' - Red Columbine 'Corbett' - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193387329
Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186769839
Baptisia australis - Tall Blue Indigo - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186770146
Bigelowia nuttalli - Nuttall's Rayless Goldenrod - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/199010837
Chelone glabra - White Turtlehead - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/199011297
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193388230
Erythronium x 'Pagoda' - Trout Lily/Fawn Lily 'Pagoda' - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193388701
Euthamia gramifolia - Flat-topped Goldenrod - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/199023170
Eutrochium dubium - Coastal Joe-Pye Weed - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/199023168
Hepatica acutibola - Sharp-lobed Hepatica - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186769636
Primula meadia - Eastern Shooting Star - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187028653

Ferns
Adiantum pedatum - Northern Maidenhair Fern - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186769186
Athyrium angustum 'Lady in Red' - Lady Fern 'Lady in Red' - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193387331

Graminoids
Carex amphibola - Eastern Narrowleaf Sedge - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783532
Carex vulpinoidia - Fox Sedge - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783694
Deschampsia cespitosa - Tufted Hair Grass - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783418

Woodies
Amelanchier canadense - Canadian Serviceberry - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186769186
Betula nigra 'Heritage' - River Birch 'Heritage' - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193387332
Cephalanthus occidentalis - Buttonbush - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783796
Chionanthus virginicus - White Fringe Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783902
Clethra alnifolia 'Compacta' - Sweet Pepperbush 'Compacta' - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193388227
Comptonia perigrina - Sweetfern - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783330
Diervilla lonicera - Northern Bush Honeysuckle - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193388229

Wild

Herbaceous
Erigeron annuus - Annual Fleabane - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187028914
Impatiens capensis - Common Jewelweed - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187031535
Lysimachia quadrifolia - Whorled Loosestrife - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187033090
Mikania scandens - Climbing Hempvine - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187033365
Nuttallanthus canadensis - Blue Toadflax - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187033458
Oenothera biennis - Common Evening Primrose - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187033541
Persicaria punctara - Dotted Knotweed - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187033762
Pulucea odorata - Marsh Fleabane - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034261 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034164
Ranunculus sceleratus - Cursed Crowfoot - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034347
Salicornia sp - Pickleweeds - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/188289671
Samolus parviflorus - Seaside Brookweed - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034455
Solidago sempervirens - Northern Seaside Goldenrod - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187035656 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187035524 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187035372
Symphyotrichum subulatum - Annual Saltmarsh Aster - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187037479 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187036418
Symphyotrichum tenufolium - Perennial Saltmarsh Aster - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187041866 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187161250
Teucrium canadense - American Germander - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187037762
Verbana hastata - Blue Vervain - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187040090 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/191379214

Graminoids
Carex albicans - White-tinged Sedge - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186770304
Carex sp - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186783158
Dichanthelium sp - Rosette Grasses - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187160915
Schoenoplectus pungens - Three-square Bulrush - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034821
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani - Soft-stemmed Bulrush - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034897
Sporobolus alterniflorus - Saltmarsh Cordgrass - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187035768 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/192932263 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/192931230
Sporobolus pumilus - Marsh Hay Cordgrass - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187005700 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187161431

Woodies
Alnus glutinosa (non native) - Common Alder - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/188287469
Baccharis halimifolia - Groundsel Tree - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186770000
Iva frutescens - Marsh Elder - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186796418 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187161886
Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187032922
Sassafras albidum - Sassafras - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034714 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187034605
Vaccinium Corymbosum - Northern Highbush Blueberry - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187039974

Posted on 08 December, 2023 14:52 by hcoste hcoste

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Thank you for posting and sharing! Enjoyed the details and it was helpful!

Posted by garthbrewster 4 months ago

Thanks @garthbrewster ! I still have a lot to add, I hate doing a huge number of casual obs at one time, and I end up getting caught up in identification instead when I access the site.

Posted by hcoste 4 months ago

I understand, I do the same thing often with books. Identification is important and I often might take the short cut however the big picture is what really makes things fascinating.

Posted by garthbrewster 4 months ago

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