A unique feature of Balduina flowers is that the central cone consists of a cluster of small bracts that give it a honeycomb-like appearance. Balduina lives in wetland environments and in the landscape it prefers a bog.
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The genus Balduina is a rare endemic genus native only to the southeast United States. There are just 3 species of Balduina, the perennials B. atropurpurea and B. uniflora, and the annual species B. angustifolia. The name Balduina commemorates one of the Baldwin family....no not Alec, definitely not Stephen, but Billy Baldwin. Not the current Billy Baldwin though, but an American botanist by the name of William Baldwin who lived in the late 1700s.
Balduina is an aster relative with the typical ray-like flower head of the group (think Echinacea, Aster, Zexmenia, etc.). Like so many other asteraceae, Balduina produces small yellow flowers (DYC's or "damn yellow composites" as they are sometimes known) in the fall. The unique feature of Balduina flowers is that the central cone consists of a cluster of small bracts that give it a honeycomb-like appearance...very cute! In the wild, Balduina lives in wetland environments and in the landscape prefers a bog or consistently moist soil. The yellow flowers and fine, loose texture of Balduina make it a great companion for Sarracenia, Bog sage (Salvia uliginosa), Dichromena, Eupatorium, or Lobelia. When you are ready to buy Balduina for your bog garden, check out our online list of Balduina for sale.