Flowering Plants of the Northeast

The Northeast has nine states----Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The states have a wide range of topography and climates, but they also have flowering plants that can be grown in all of the states. Gardeners can choose from shrubs, flowers and ground covers, with a choice for any light or soil condition.

Bunchberry Dogwood

Bunchberry Dogwood (Cornus canadensis) is also known as Canadian bunchberry. The plant is a ground cover that grows from 3 to 6 inches high and produces dark-green oval leaves that turn a wine-red in the fall and flowers with a green center and white or pink petals growing in clusters from May through September. The flowers give way to clusters of edible, bright-red berries. In the northeast, the plant is found in the mountains of all of the states in the Northeast. Plant bunchberry dogwood in full sun, partial shade or full shade and in a soil that is consistently moist.


Pearly-everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) is also known as western pearly everlasting and is a member of the aster family. The plant grows from 1 to 3 feet tall, producing narrow gray-green leaves and flowers with white petals and yellow center growing at the top of the stems from June through October. The plant is found in all of the state of the Northeast and is a favorite food source for butterflies. Plant pearly-everlasting in full sun or partial shade and in a soil that is dry.

American Bellflower

American bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum) is also known as Tall bellflower and grows from 3 to 4 feet tall, producing green leaves and lavender-blue, blue or violet flowers that grow as singles or in clusters in June, July and August. In the Northeast, the plant is found in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Hummingbirds drink its nectar. Plant American bellflower in partial shade and in a moist soil.

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is also known as lanceleaf tickseed, lance-leaved coreopsis and sand coreopsis. The plant grows from 1 to 2-1/2 feet tall with evergreen leaves 3 to 4 inches long. The yellow daisy-like flowers are 1 to 1-1/2 inches across, blooming in April, May and June. The plant is found in all nine of the states in the Northeast. The plant is a good choice for a butterfly garden and is found in all states in the Northeast. Plant lanceleaf coreopsis in full sun, partial shade or full shade and in a dry soil.

Keywords: bunchberry dogwood, pearly-everlasting, American bellflower, lanceleaf coreopsis

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