Purity Point

Flowers at Purity Point on Rt. 13, Ithaca

Purity Point; Community Beautification
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Yellow Daylilies at the tip of Purity Point

Purity Point
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Yellow Foxtail Lilies and red Canna at the tip of Purity Point

Hancock St Community Beautification
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This small planting on Hancock st is across from Purity Point

Purity Point
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Volunteers plant zinnias at Purity Point

Newly planted Helenium (Sneezeweed) and Aster novae belgii (New York Aster) bloom in front of a water tank.
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Newly planted Helenium (Sneezeweed) and Aster novae belgii (New York Aster) bloom in front of a water tank

Volunteers planting at Purity Point
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Beautification staff and volunteers plant at Purity Point

Preparing to plant
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Preparing to plant

Planting zinnias
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Alliums and zinnias
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Alliums and zinnias

Foxtail lilies
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Foxtail lilies

Iris bloom in June
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Iris bloom along the roadside

Purity Point

State Route 13 is a major thoroughfare, connecting the city of Ithaca to points north, including Cortland and Syracuse, and points south, including Binghamton and New York City. Where the road divides into separate lanes just north of Cascadilla St. is an extended long triangle of land planted with trees, shrubs, bulbs, roses, lilies and annual flowers. In spring, daffodils and tulips pop up in clumps and drifts, brightening the landscape with yellow and red flowers. Special and unusual flowers include Foxtail Lilies and a pink fringed variety of perennial Poppy. Summer annuals provide a riot of color: Benary’s Giant Zinnias in red, golden and orange grow to four feet tall, while sunflowers reach above with bright yellow and orange blooms. Broom Corn with its unusual seed heads are clustered in the center along with a multitude of sunflowers. The edges of the planting are brightened by Zinnias: Dreamland Yellow and Scarlet. At the tip of the point is a cluster of Cannas, with deep bronze and varigated foliage and red, orange and yellow flowers, several tall Foxtail Lilies, yellow Daylilies and more zinnias. Shrubs form the center of the planting with Spirea, Barberry and American Cranberrybush (Viburnum trilobum).

At the south end of the planting is a new assortment of perennials planted in the fall of 2016, along with masses of daffodils, varieties King Alfred and Goblet. The planting includes several colors of Daylily, Little Bluestem grasses, Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed Susan and Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit. 

Fall of 2019 saw an additional planting of native perennials:  Asters, Little Bluestem grasses, Amsonia, Helenium autumnale.

A cluster of irises planted in 2017 along each side bloom of the site in exuberance in June each year.  Volunteers and friends of Beautification donated all the plants from their gardens.

Last updated February 13, 2020