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31 Spring Blooming Perennial Flowers to Plant This Fall

31 Spring Blooming Perennial Flowers to Plant This Fall

Are you looking to bump up your spring garden, but are itching to get out in the garden now? I have put together a list of plants that are not only beautiful spring bloomers but that are also able to be planted in the fall.

Planting in the fall is recommended strictly because of the lower temperatures, and the lower risk of drought. If you have the time to give enough attention to your new plantings in the fall, you will have some healthy and well established plants that will be ready to bloom come springtime.

Read on for some great ideas for your garden!

Baby’s Breath

Cluster of tiny white flowers with green centers.
These flowers come in a variety of colors and are known to be very low maintenance.
Scientific Name: Gypsophila sp.
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

You will likely know this plant from the cut flower form that is found in many fresh flower arrangements. But did you know that this plant is absolutely gorgeous when planted in garden beds. Gypsophila is very low maintenance given that it receives enough full sunlight and is planted in well draining soil.

You can find baby’s breath varieties in shades of white as well as pink. Plant the perennial version of this plant as a flowering ground cover, or as more of an upright perennial. Either way this flowering perennial will instantly beautify your garden.

Bearded Iris

Field of dark purple flowers with ruffled petals. Yellow flowers faded in the background.
These flowers will bloom best in their second season of growth.
Scientific Name: Iris germanica
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Bearded irises are gorgeous plants with large flowers that bloom in the spring. You can find irises in many different colors, but are famous for their shades of blue and yellow.

These plants do not like to be planted deeply or mulched, so keep those rhizomes lifted out of the soil a bit. Plant bare root bearded iris plants in the fall, but keep in mind that they may not bloom to their full capacity until their second year.


Tall red stem with a cluster of tiny pink flowers on top.
These flowers are a great choice for gardens with a lot of shade.
Scientific Name: Bergenia cordifolia
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun- Shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

Bergenia is an excellent choice for gardeners who have lots of shady areas. This perennial has large, thick leaves with clusters of flowers on top of sturdy stems that brighten up any springtime garden. Bergenia is pretty used in a border garden, and is relatively resistant to wildlife.

You may need to divide bergenia every few years, keep your eye on the center of the plant. If it looks like it is dying back, dig up the perennial, split it in half, and replant!

Bleeding Heart

Two long horizontal vines with small bright pink flowers hanging from it in a row. Flowers fade from a dark pink to a light pink .
These flowers grow best in moist soil and a mix between some sun and some shade.
Scientific Name: Dicentra spectabilis
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid- Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Bleeding heart is a classic  perennial. This low maintenance plant bears some of the most interesting heart shaped flowers around that come in shades of white or pink. The stems have an upright or an arched habit with pretty fern-like leaves.

Bleeding heart is perfect when planted in a woodland garden, where it will receive dappled light with moist soil. The leaves will die back and leave some empty spaces in the summer once blooming has ended.  Add it to perennial gardens that need a splash of spring color!

Blue False Indigo

A field of tall stems lined up and down with tiny purple, v shaped flowers.
These flowers are easy to maintain and are drought tolerant.
Scientific Name: Baptisia australis
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Blue false indigo, or wild indigo are beautiful vase shaped perennials that come in a variety of colors but are most known for their original color of purple. These plants are easy to grow, and once they have established themselves in your gardens they will be drought tolerant.

I have a few blue false indigos in my gardens and the only trouble I have ever had is bunnies nibbling at the stems, but not actually eating them which is pretty frustrating. The flowers on this plant are long and raceme in nature, looking like sweet peas.


Cluster of six white flowers growing up out of the ground. Each flower has eight pointy white petals and yellow stamen in the center. Big green leaves around the base of each flower.
These flowers are short bloomers but will leave behind beautiful foliage for you to enjoy until the next bloom.
Scientific Name: Sanguinaria canadensis
  • Plant Size: 8-20 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full- Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Bloodroot is a pretty shade loving plant that blooms nice and early in the spring. Plant this perennial in a mass planting for the greatest effect. The flowers of bloodroot will bloom in the early spring and each plant will have one pretty white flower.

The bloom time is very short with bloodroot, but the foliage will remain attractive throughout the growing season. Bloodroot is a very low maintenance plant due to its short bloom time and it is relatively pest free. The only issue you may have would be slugs.


Close up of clustered tiny blue flowers with yellow centers, surrounded by little green leaves.
These little flowers are pest resistant which makes for good companion plants.
Scientific Name: Brunnera macrophylla
  • Plant Size: 12-18 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full or partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone:3-8

Brunnera is a great replacement for hostas because it also has heart shaped leaves, but is much more pest resistant than hosta. These plants have cute blue flowers on slender stems.

Brunnera also makes a great container plant for pots that you are keeping in the shade, perhaps planted among some hydrangeas. These flowers will last you about a month, which will bridge you nicely from your early spring bloomers into the summer.


Tall stems with dark purple leaves and tiny purple flowers growing up and down each stem.
These aggressive flowers are perfect to plant in those shady spots that other vegetation has a harder time growing in.
Scientific Name: Ajuga reptans
  • Plant Size: 6-9 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid- Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

This is a great ground cover! The deep purple foliage, paired with the purple spiked flowers create a beautiful blanket. I actually love to see this perennial creep into lawns. The reasons I love this plant, can actually be a nuisance to some gardeners.

Bugleweed is a pretty aggressive spreader, and spreads by stolons or runners. This plant is great used for erosion control, or in a place where it is too shady for grass, or other plants to take hold.


A flower stem with tiny white flowers clustered in a ball on top. Each tiny white flower has yellow stamen in the center.
These beautiful little flowers come in several different colors to choose from.
Scientific Name: Iberis sempervirens
  • Plant Size: 12-18 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full – Partial Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Candytuft is such a great choice for a spring blooming garden. These plants are low growing and have fern-like leaves. When candytuft blooms the plant will be covered in cotton balls of flowers that could be white, pink or purple.

The flowers will last into the summer, and sometimes may even often rebloom in the fall! After the flowers have pases cut the plant back, this can help the plant to have another bloom in the fall, as well as keeping the stems herbaceous rather than woody.


Tall flower stem with a cluster of small purple flowers clustered around the top of the stem. Leaves have deep veins on the and scalloped edges.
These flowers are easy to care for and love to be in full sun.
Scientific Name: Nepeta spp.
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full- Partial Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

If you are looking for a dependable and foolproof plant, Nepeta, also known as catmint is the plant for you. This perennial is a sun lover and is very easy to care for.  The foliage is a soft silvery green,  and the spiky flowers are a pretty shade of purple.

Plant catmint anywhere in your gardens where you get a lot of sun, and you will be in for a treat. If you cut the plant back after the first bloom you will get a late summer bloom as well. Catmint can grow in some partial shade, but the flowers and overall size of the plant will be much smaller.


Four flowers with five light pink petals that have five darker pink, pointy petals layered behind it. Each flower has a cluster of tall yellow stamen in the center.
Columbine flowers will attract all kind of pollinators to your garden.
Scientific Name: Aquilegia spp.
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full – partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

This is a unique flower that has a place in any garden. The flowers on this plant come in almost every color of the rainbow. These long blooming flowers will attract all pollinators but are especially attractive to hummingbirds. Deadhead these flowers to keep the bloom lasting into the summer.

If you do not deadhead, columbine will self seed and you will have new plants in the spring. Once the full heat of the summer comes into play the flowers will fizzle out, but the foliage will remain a rich green until the fall when it turns to a deep red.

Cushion Spurge

Close up of a green flower with layers of pointy, green shaped leaves and a cluster of tiny yellow flowers in the center.
These flowers are great to plant in rock gardens are areas with less water.
Scientific Name: Euphorbia polychroma
  • Plant Size: 12- 18 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full – partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

Cushion spurge is a gorgeous spring bloomer, blooming twice in spring. The first bloom will be yellow and the second will be a light green. The plant will maintain its mounded  shape all season long and will offer some autumn colored foliage in the fall. Cushion spurge is very low maintenance. Plant this perennial in full sun. Give it a try in a rock garden, or another area with poor soil.

Cushion spurge does not typically struggle with pests which most likely has to do with the fact that every part of this plant is toxic. Take care to plant it in an area where pets and children don’t play, and don’t forget to wear your garden gloves to avoid skin irritation.

Creeping Phlox

A long hedged row of purple flowers. Each flower has five light purple petals with a v shaped cut out of the top of each petal. Flowers have tiny orange center.
These beautiful yet short bloomers come in white, pink or lilac.
Scientific Name: Phlox stolonifera
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full – Partial Sun
  • BloomTime: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

Also known as moss phlox, this is one of my favorite springtime bloomers. The grass-like foliage is covered in star shaped flowers in white, pink, or lilac. The flowers are so beautiful but they only last a short time. Luckily, they leave behind a really nice mat of greeny, mossy foliage.

After the spring bloom is complete, trim back the plant to encourage a second bloom. Cut the plant back again in the early winter for a strong springtime bloom.


Tall green leaves growing out of the ground with tall yellow flowers in the center. Five bright yellow flowers with star shaped petals around the base, and a yellow trumpet shaped flower growing from the center.
Daffodils are low maintenance and easy to plant.
Scientific Name: Narcissus spp.
  • Plant Size: 6-30 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full- partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

Daffodils are famous for their happy yellow flowers, but there are so many different varieties available now. Daffodils come in whites and peaches, single and double flowers. Plant your bulbs in the fall about four inches deep and four inches apart; this size may differ depending on what variety you purchase.

Sit back, relax and wait for the show. Be sure to leave the foliage until it browns in order to give the bulb all the nutrients it needs for a strong bloom the next spring.


Five bright pink flowers with five petals that have spiked edges and white splattered color throughout each petal. Flowers are surrounded by long, pointy, skinny leaves.
These flowers are known to bloom a couple times a year.
Scientific Name: Dianthus spp.
  • Plant Size: 6-36 inches, species and variety dependent
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

These perennials are a member of the carnation family and they actually look like mini carnation plants. The flowers come in a variety of colors, and are always nestled on top of grass like foliage.

This foliage is attractive even without the blossoms. Deadhead these flowers after their spring bloom and you will be blessed with a late summer or fall bloom. There are annual, biennial and perennial versions of dianthus, so be careful when you are purchasing your seeds or plants!


A field of tall light pink flower clusters. Each flower stem has tiny light pink star shaped flowers growing up the stem, with tiny dark pink buds clustered into a point at the top.
Depending on your zone, these flowers can bloom from spring all the way into fall.
Scientific Name: Tiarella spp.
  • Plant Size: 1 foot
  • Sun Exposure: Full to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

If you are looking for a shady ground cover, this is a great option. Foamflower spreads quickly  through runners. The best part about this plant is the plentiful flowers which are white and foamy in appearance.and yes.

These foamy flowers bloom in the late springtime surrounded by mounds of green foliage that will last into or through the fall depending on where you live. In warmer climates the foliage is evergreen and will age into bronze to spruce up your fall gardens.

Lady’s Mantle

Close up of a ball of tiny light yellow flower clusters, on top of a long green stem. Leaves have pointed edges.
These flowers are easy to maintain and make great boarder plants.
Scientific Name: Alchemilla mollis
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-7

Lady’s mantle is primarily grown for its lush green leaves, however in the late spring it will send up some yellow flowers that add a nice pop of color to the plant. Lady’s mantle is great planted as a border plant, and it is tolerant of many different growing conditions.

Plant lady’s mantle as a mass planting for maximum impact. The leaves and flowers can be cut and used in arrangements as well.

Lenten Rose

Close up of a light pink flower with rounded, overlapping petals. Each petal fades from light pink to slightly darker pink in the middle. The center of the flower has green trumpet shaped stamen surrounding taller, light yellow stigma.
These unique flowers will give your garden a beautiful bloom right in the middle of winter.
Scientific Name: Helleborus x hybridus
  • Plant Size: 12-18 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun     
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Lenten rose is a really pretty bloomer for late winter into spring depending on where you live. These interesting flowers come in a variety of colors from white, pink, all the way to a deep purple which is almost black.

The lenten rose isn’t just about the flowers though. Its foliage is an attractive deep green, and sometimes there is a hint of silver to the leaves. Lenten rose is evergreen, so you don’t need to cut these plants back in the fall unless you want to.


Two tall flower stems, with a cluster of purple and pink bell shaped flowers clustered at the top of each stem. Leaves are green, and slightly elongated with white speckled dots on them.
These flowers will provide a nice pop of color in the shady corners of your yard or garden.
Scientific Name: Pulmonaria spp.
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Lungwort is another plant that is primarily grown for its foliage. The leaves on this perennial are green with white speckles. However, every spring these plants will be covered in pink or violet trumpet shaped flowers that grow on stems that reach up to 18 inches in height.

Plant lungwort in a shady area of your garden where it does not have to compete with trees too much. The flowers on lungwort will bloom when there isn’t much else blooming in your garden, but they are not long lasting and this plant should be chosen for its attractive foliage.

Marsh Marigold

Close up of a bunch of yellow flowers surrounded by waxy green leaves. Each flower has five, rounded yellow petals and a bushy, round, yellow center of stamen.
These bright little flowers are not only fast growing but they will attract all kind of pollinators to your garden
Scientific Name: Caltha palustris
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun- Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-7

If you have a wet spot in your yard, or a stream this is a great perennial choice for you. Marsh marigold is not actually a marigold, and it does not technically have flower petals either.

The yellow flowers that you see are made up of sepals which are leaves that resemble petals. These sepals surround stamens and pistils creating a buttercup type flower. The leaves are heart shaped and waxy. Marsh marigold is a very fast growing perennial that also attracts pollinators of all kinds.

Oriental Poppy

Seven pink flowers lining the edge of a grass lawn. Each flower has large, pink paper thin, layered petals that have a large round cluster of purple stamen in the center.
These delicate flowers love full sun and don’t require fancy soil.
Scientific Name: Papaver orientale
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Poppies are known for their large bright beautiful flowers that  come in shades of red, orange, pink, purple and more. Poppies will begin to bloom in mid spring and the flowers will last through the summer. The foliage of the poppy is frilly and just as pretty as the flowers.

Poppies will grow well in poor to average soil, and love the full and direct sun. Poppies are low maintenance plants once they get established. They only need to be watered minimally, and deadheaded.


Two large bright pink flowers growing in a green leafy bush. Each flower has rounded, bright pink, layered petals with a large bushy cluster of lighter pink petals in the center.
These gorgeous flowers are very fragrant and come in a variety of different colors.
Scientific Name: Paeonia lactiflora
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full- Partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Late spring- Early Summer
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Peonies have been well loved for a very long time. These clump forming perennials have very pretty cut leaves, and large, gorgeous flowers. These flowers are fragrant and are available in a rainbow of colors.

Don’t forget to use a plant ring to support the weight of the flowers and keep the blooms fresh for longer periods of time. Add peonies to cutting gardens, or sunny perennial gardens for a big springtime impact.


Cluster of small pink flowers in a bush. Each flower  has five overlapping heart shaped petals with a yellow, star shaped center. The hole in the center is round and deep, with a tiny white stamen inside.
These little flowers are easy to care for and do great in the shade.
Scientific Name: Primula spp.
  • Plant Size: 6-20 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Primrose are very low maintenance perennials that I think are underused in landscapes.You can find a primrose in just about any color that you wish. It can be helpful to purchase these plants while they are in bloom to ensure you have purchased the color you want, or just wing it and see what you end up with!

Plant these pretty plants in swaths in the shade amongst your hostas and water them regularly to reap the benefits of primrose.

Russian Sage

Field of tall light green stems. Each stem has small little purple flowers growing up the stem. Flowers look fuzzy and oval shaped at the base with a purple flower growing out of the top.
Russian sage is fast growing and will thrive best in full sun.
Scientific Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Plant Size: 3-5 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Late spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Russian sage is a dependable perennial that produces tons of flowers. These purple spiked flowers have a very long bloom period that will last from late spring through the fall. This fast grower produces purple flowers that are almost blue.

The foliage of Russian sage is a beautiful silver green that reminds me a lot of catmint. Use this plant in  areas of your garden that receive full sun, it is drought tolerant after establishment in your garden. In the fall of the spring prune these plants back to about one foot.

Sea Pink

Field of tall skinny flower stems. At the top of each stem is a little ball of tiny pink flowers with tiny green centers. One flower has a black bee perched on top of it.
These perennials are slow growing and love to be planted in sandy soil.
Scientific Name: Armeria maritima
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full- partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

You may know Sea Pink by the name Sea Thrift. Either way, this slow growing perennial is a must add to a spring time garden. The foliage is mounded and looks like grass, and it will last all summer.

In the spring the plant will have pink,red, purple or white ball-like flowers that sit well above the foliage. Sea pink is very tolerant of sandy soils and salty air making it a great coastal plant. It is equally happy living in a rock garden or on the edge of a perennial garden that gets lots of sun.

Siberian Iris

Field of purple flowers. Each flower sits on top of long green stems. Flowers have long, oval shaped, purple petals the fan out. At the center of each flower it fades to white to brown. Veining throughout each petal.
It’s best to plant Irises in the spring to get the most out of their blooms.
Scientific Name: Iris sibirica
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full- partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

If you are a bearded iris lover, but have not planted siberian iris I urge you to do so. This species of iris has the same attractive leaves as the rest of the iris group, but the siberian iris has smaller flowers.

This iris keeps its attractive leaves a bit longer than the rest, and it is also more resistant to root borers that can fatally damage your irises. Planting irises is usually recommended in the springtime, however you can plant in the fall as well. The fall is also the time to divide and replant your older irises.

Spotted Dead Nettle

Tall green stems with big heart shaped leaves growing up stems. Leaves fade from green to a dark purple, with tiny pink flowers growing in between each cluster of leaves.
These flowers are fast spreaders and will thrive in the shade.
Scientific Name: Lamium maculatum
  • Plant Size: 6-9 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Shade-Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

Spotted dead nettle is a classic perennial for a good reason. This plant will grow in deep shade where little else can take hold. The leaves are a soft green with white spots all over them, and their flowers are reminiscent of a light purple snapdragon.

This perennial is a creeper and will spread easily, making it a great choice for those large unmanageable shady areas. Plant with hostas or other shade loving plants.


Close up of a small white flower. Flower has three long, oval shaped petals, with tiny yellow stamen stems in the center and three pointy green leaves behind the petals. Flower is surrounded by larger green, long heart shaped leaves.
Trillium are typically found in wooded areas.
Scientific Name: Trillium spp.
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial- Full Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Trillium is a gorgeous spring blooming perennial that really loves to be divided and planted in the fall. This plant comes in groups of threes: three leaves, three petals, and three sepals.

These plants can be found growing in masses in woodland areas, and would be pretty planted in this same way at your home. You will typically find trillium with white or deep red flowers.


Close up of four white flowers growing low to the ground, with dark purple stems and leaves. Each flower have eight white, oval shaped petals that slightly overlap. In the center of the flower there are  eight tall, thick yellow stamen growing straight up.
These flowers make great ground cover for all the shady areas in your garden.
Scientific Name: Jeffersonia diphylla
  • Plant Size: 8-36 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Early March
  • Plant Zone: 5-7

Twinleaf is a plant that is native to the United States. It is known as a woodland plant that grows with a wildflower’s habit.

Twinleaf has clumps of heart shaped leaves that are low to the ground, with white star shaped flowers.This plant is very similar in appearance to bloodroot. Plant this amongst your shade perennials for an unexpected pop of early spring flowers.


Close up of a purple flower with other purple flowers faded in the background. Flowers have three rounded purple petals, with two taller, darker purple petals behind the top two front petals. The three front petals have black veins in them with a bight yellow center.
These delicate looking flowers love partial shade and will bloom at least twice a year.
Scientific Name: Viola spp.
  • Plant Size: 4-10 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time:Spring, Fall
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Many of us know and love pansies in the spring, but did you know that pansies or viola are actually perennials? Viola is a relative of the well known annual pansy, but it looks identical and only a bit smaller.

If you plant these pretty violas in partial shade, and deadhead them you will be blessed with a fall bloom when the temperatures begin to drop. Viola are perennials, but they are short lived only lasting a few years, so be prepared to add more to your garden!

Yellow Corydalis

A tall green stem with about eight trumpet shaped, yellow flowers clustered at the top of the stem. Small green, long, heart shaped leaves surrounding the flowers.
These beautiful flowers will bloom from spring all the way to the first frost in some areas.
Scientific Name: Corydalis lutea
  • Plant Size: 15 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring through fall
  • Plant Zone: 5-7

This pretty perennial is a perfect fit for your shady garden borders. Yellow corydalis has clumps of yellow trumpeted flowers on top of fern like leaves. This perennial will spread nicely and fill out your gardens very nicely. The best part of this plant is the very lengthy bloom time.

These flowers will appear in the spring and will continue blooming through the fall, lasting until the first frost in some areas.

Wrap Up

If you decide to add any of these plants to your garden this fall, they will beautify your garden come springtime. Make sure to follow best planting practices in order to keep them healthy and maximize their bloom times. Give them plenty of water, and be ready to care for them when they emerge in the spring!

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