American Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis): Thomas Mann Randolph, Jefferson’s horticulturally astute son-in-law, observed the native or American columbine blooming at Monticello on April 30, 1791, and the species can still be found growing wild at Monticello. The flowers of the Native Columbine attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and the seeds provide food for some birds, including finches and buntings.
[Strawberry Spinach is one of the best-kept secrets of the herb world. A native American plant, this annual sets tiny, deliciously tender leaves that can be cooked like spinach or used fresh in salads. It also sets small red fruits in late summer and fall that taste a bit like mulberries and are lovely fresh or canned. Genus: Chenopodium Species: capitatum ]