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Achillea filipendulina 'Coronation Gold'

Achillea filipendulina 'Coronation Gold'

Common Name: Coronation Gold yarrow

Native to Europe & Western Asia

Thrives in hot humid summers and poor soils.  Deer and drought tolerant, will continue to flower for a long period if dead headed.  Excellent cut or dried flower.  Perfect landing pad for pollinators and butterflies.  Keep plants …

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Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium

Common Name: Yarrow

Native to Western North America, Asia, & Europe

Fragrant white flowers that attract native bees and predatory insects. Great plant for a managed meadow. 

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Achillea millifolium 'Terracotta'

Achillea millifolium 'Terracotta'

Common Name: Terracotta Yarrow

Native to Europe and Asia

Among the flowering plants you will find few that are as tough as yarrow. This trouper tolerates drought & commonly appears in inhospitable disturbed sites.  Foliage, however, looks delicate and ferny. Bloom time is long and flowers attract …

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Allium 'Millenium'

Allium 'Millenium'

Common Name: Millenium ornamental onion

unknown parentage

Easily grown dry to medium moisture soils that must be well-drained. Prefers full sun, but will succeed in part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils,  Non-invasive due to low fertility.  Foliage grows 6-8" tall, with flower stems r…

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Allium cernuum

Allium cernuum

Common Name: Nodding onion

Native to North America

Nodding pink flowers. Use in woods' edge, meadows, average garden soil.

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Allium lusitanicum 'Summer Beauty'

Allium lusitanicum 'Summer Beauty'

Common Name: Summer Beauty ornamental onion

Native to Europe (selection)

A sterile cultivar, and long-blooming ornamental onion that produces showy lavender flowers from July to August. The globe-shaped flowers sit above strap-like foliage that remains a shiny deep green throughout the growing season. Leaves grow up to …

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Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum

Common Name: Chives

Native to Asia Minor, Balkans, & Siberia

Plethora of edible purple flowers in April and May, and stems and leaves prized for flavoring.  Nectar is attractive to bees and butterflies, while foliage is unattractive to deer and rabbits. Juglone tolerant. Easy and low mainten…

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Allium stellatum

Allium stellatum

Common Name: Prairie Onion

Native to North America

Allium stellatum is a diminutive bulb with narrow grass-like leaves.  In summer flower scapes tower above the foliage bearing 2-3” umbrella shaped flower clusters.  The white, lavender or pink florets are star shaped and a…

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Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrichtii

Common Name: Thread leafed bluestar

Native to North America

Multiple heads of blue star-like flowers, great glowing yellow fall color. 

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Amsonia illustris

Amsonia illustris

Common Name: Shining bluestar

Native to North America

Light blue star flowers in late spring; excellent choice for a border or naturalized meadow.

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Amsonia tabernaemontani 'Grande'

Amsonia tabernaemontani 'Grande'

Common Name: Bluestar

Native to North America (selection)

Amsonia 'Grande' is a vigorous selection of the species featuring larger blooms and clean, shiny foliage. An excellent selection.

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Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon gerardii

Common Name: Big bluestem

Native to North America

Classic grass of the tall grass prairies, tolerates a wide variety of soils in full sun, good livestock forage. 

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Andropogon virginicus

Andropogon virginicus

Common Name: Broom sedge

Native to North America

Short, warm season bunch grass, with golden fall color. Tolerates drought and poor soils. 

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Antennaria neglecta

Antennaria neglecta

Common Name: Field pussytoes

Native to North America

Prairie species best suited to dry, sunny locations; tough. Attracts bees, butterflies, and other insects.

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Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name: Butterfly weed

Native to North America

Bright orange, butterfly magnet, superbly drought tolerant, a personal favorite. 

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Asclepias verticillata

Asclepias verticillata

Common Name: Eastern whorled milkweed

Native to North America

Fine foliage on un-branched stems. Creamy white flowers. Larval host and nectar source for the monarch butterfly. 

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Aster azureus (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)

Aster azureus (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)

Common Name: skyblue aster

Native to North America

Extremely drought tolerant aster excellent for dry rocky or shallow soil.  Attractive to butterflies and pollinators. Self seeds and spreads by rhizomes making it perfect for erosion control.  

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Aster cordifolius

Aster cordifolius

Common Name: Blue wood aster

Native to North America

Good naturalizer for woods' edge and shade, does well in dry conditions. Lovely arching flower stems brighten up the shade. 

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Aster divaricatus

Aster divaricatus

Common Name: White wood aster

Native to North America

Good native groundcover for woods' edge and shade, does well in dry conditions. Provides a mass of small white flowers to usher in the fall season. 

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Aster laevis

Aster laevis

Common Name: Smooth blue aster

Native to North America

Early blooming, tolerant of a variety of conditions. 

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Aster macrophyllus

Aster macrophyllus

Common Name: Big leaf aster

Native to North America

Vigorously growing aster has large heart shaped basal leaves, can form dense carpets. 

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Aster macrophyllus 'Twilight'

Aster macrophyllus 'Twilight'

Common Name: Twilight big leaf aster

Native to North America (selection)

Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ is a naturally occuring cross between Aster spectabilis and Aster macrophylla and begins the growing season as a rosette of large heart shaped basal leaves.  For a month o…

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Aster oblongifolius

Aster oblongifolius

Common Name: Aromatic aster

Native to North America

This species tolerates drought, poor soils, and the heat. Aromatic foliage. 

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Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Common Name: Aromatic aster

Native to North America (selection)

Compound mound, with bluer flowers than Raydons. 

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Aster oblongifolius 'Raydons Favorite'

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydons Favorite'

Common Name: Aromatic aster

Native to North America (selection)

One of the best aster selections out there, flowers early and long, neatly mounded. 

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Aster spectabilis

Aster spectabilis

Common Name: Showy aster

Native to North America

Bright violet single, graceful blooms encircle a yellow disk near the top of arching stem with grass green foliage. Found along pond's edge, stream banks, and open meadows. Perfectly simple, and simply perfect. Shared with us by our friend Jas…

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Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis

Common Name: Blue false indigo

Native to North America

A long lived perennial with spikes of blue pea-shaped flowers, glossy green trifoliate leaves. 

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Baptisia tinctoria

Baptisia tinctoria

Common Name: Yellow wild indigo

Native to North America

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:  Baptisia tinctoria is an upright shrubby perennial with fine textured gray-green leaves.  In late spring and summer, plants are adorned with many short clusters of bright or creamy yellow pea-shaped flowers.  …

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Calamintha nepeta 'Blue Cloud'

Calamintha nepeta 'Blue Cloud'

Common Name: Blue Cloud lesser calamint

Native to Europe & The Mediterranean (selection)

A plethora of pale blue flowers from June through a hard frost on compact plants.  With some salt tolerance and great drought tolerance, these plants will bring the butterflies and other pollinators to the scene.  Fragrant foliage deters …

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Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud'

Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud'

Common Name: White Cloud lesser calamint

Native to Europe & the Mediterranean

Fragrant tiny white flowers, above minty fragrant foliage, literally flower from mid June to a hard frost. Deer and critter resistant, yet pollinators and butterflies flock to the flowers. Grows well in full sun to partial shade in dry to av…

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Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta

Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta

Common Name: Calamint

Native to Southern Europe to Great Britain

Excellent for for pollinators as it flowers the entire summer into fall.  Masses of flowering stems shade out weeds.  Fragrant foliage.  Tolerant of drought, shallow rocky soil, with medium salt tolerance.  Sheer back fo…

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Callirhoe involucrata

Callirhoe involucrata

Common Name: Wine cups

Native to North America

Mid-west native, good creeping habit, extremely drought tolerant, good filler plant. 

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Campanula carpatica 'Deep Blue Clips'

Campanula carpatica 'Deep Blue Clips'

Common Name: Carpathian bellflower

Native to Carpathian Mountains of Central Europe.

Carpatica is for the region they are native, but these beauties create a carpet of blue upward facing blue flowers for a longer period in summer.  Work well in shallow soil, potted, and the front of the perennial border in full sun to …

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Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia

Common Name: Harebell

Native to North America

Circumboreal. One half to one inch wide, blue, bell-shaped flowers. Needs good drainage. 

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Carex appalachica

Carex appalachica

Common Name: Appalachian sedge

Native to North America

Forms a neat clump of fine foliage. Elegant texture. Limited supply.

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Carex humilis 'Hexe'

Carex humilis 'Hexe'

Common Name: Hexe dwarf sedge

Native to Western Europe

Ornamental yellow flowers appear very early in spring and fade to tan.  Grows in the driest areas and therefore extremely drought tolerant.  Can be grown in a rock garden or shallow soils in partial shade.

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Carex lurida

Carex lurida

Common Name: Lurid sedge

Native to North America

Excellent plant for wetland restoration, interesting seed heads make it a good choice for ornamental ponds. 

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Carex pensylvanica

Carex pensylvanica

Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge

Native to North America

Stoloniferous sod forming species for dry shade, one of the first to green up in the spring.

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Carex rosea

Carex rosea

Common Name: Rosy sedge, Curly wood sedge

Native to North America

Very tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Features softly arching leaves. 

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Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

Common Name: New Jersey tea

Native to North America

Multi-stemmed small shrub, with ornamental flowers, tolerates shade and dryness. 

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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name: Buttonbush

Native to North America

A deciduous shrub commonly found in moist to wet areas in full sun to partial shade.  Long 6" leaves do not emerge until late spring.  In early to mid-summer, very interesting white globed shaped flowers appear that look like pin cushions…

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Coreopsis verticillata

Coreopsis verticillata

Common Name: Thread leaf tickseed

Native to North America

Drought tolerant and carefree, great for combining with grasses. 

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Dalea purpurea

Dalea purpurea

Common Name: Purple Prairie Clover

Native to North America

An unbranched multi-stemmed perennial wildflower that grows from a stout taproot.  Plants have fine textured deep green bean-like foliage.  As mid-summer approaches, stems are crowned by dense cylinder shaped spikes of lovely rosy-purple…

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Deschampsia flexuosa

Deschampsia flexuosa

Common Name: Crinkled hairgrass

Native to North America

Deschampsia flexuosa is a cool season clumping perennial grass.  The tufted evergreen foliage is narrow and finely textured.  In late spring airy panicles of silvery or purplish florets with hair like awns rise above the fo…

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Desmodium canadense

Desmodium canadense

Common Name: Showy tick trefoil

Native to North America

Showy tick trefoil - a nitrogen fixing plant that grows well in moist to dry soils. Leaves have hairs that attach to clothing and fur, thus the name. Flowers bloom from top to bottom for a period of about 3 weeks in mid summer. Long-tonged bees…

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Echinacea palida

Echinacea palida

Common Name: Pale Purple Coneflower

Native to North America

Echinacea pallida is a sturdy unbranched perennial with slender lance-shaped leaves.  In summer plants are crowned by lovely daisy-like flowers with bold reddish central cones and slender drooping pale violet rays.  This low …

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Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea

Common Name: Purple coneflower

Native to North America

Butterfly magnet, goldfinch love the seeds as well. Drought tolerant, tolerates wide range of conditions. 

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Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

Common Name: Purple coneflower

Native to North America (selection)

A violet red selection with horizontal petals. Tolerates a wide range of conditions. 

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Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Common Name: White coneflower

Native to North America (selection)

A white selection of purple coneflower.

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Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top'

Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top'

Common Name: Tennessee coneflower

Native to North America (selection)

Hybrid of the endangered species, flower's petals are held upright instead of drooping, lovely. 

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Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow'

Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow'

Common Name: Blue globe thistle

Native to Southeastern Europe

Striking silver spiney foliage is topped by vivid blue thistle flowers.  Pollinators and butterflies flock to the flowers and seed eating birds enjoy the seeds.  A dramatic upright addition to the garden.  Extremely drought to…

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Eragrostis spectabilis

Eragrostis spectabilis

Common Name: Purple love grass

Native to North America

Eragrostis spectabilis is a warm season perennial grass with a phenomenal range of seasonal color and texture.  In spring, petite plants form a loose open mound of blue-green blades.  In summer, foliage is topped by attractive ne…

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Eupatorium hyssopifolium

Eupatorium hyssopifolium

Common Name: Hyssop leaved boneset

Native to North America

Prefers to be on the dry side, great with grasses, and golden rods. 

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Euphorbia corollata

Euphorbia corollata

Common Name: Flowering spurge (No Advance Orders)

Native to North America

Often refered to as native baby's breath, this plant flowers for a period of about 6 weeks in mid to late summer.  Clusters of white flowers, each with 5 petals with a kiss of green at the base encircling a yellow center.&#…

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Euphorbia polychroma

Euphorbia polychroma

Common Name: Cushion spurge

Native to Central & southeastern Europe

Thrives in dry, well drained poor soils in full sun and becomes a cushion of green foliage topped by unusual yellowish green bracts.  Air pollution tolerant as well.  Sap is toxic to animals.  Trim after flowering as plants sel…

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Euthamia caroliniana

Euthamia caroliniana

Common Name: Slender goldentop

Native to North America

Appears very similar to  Euthamia graminifolia, or but the foliage is more narrow at only 1/8" wide.  The flowers are yellow and are clusted in arrays that can measure 1 foot across.  In the mid-Atlantic it flowers yellow from July to …

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Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura lindheimeri

Common Name: Lindheimer's beeblossom

Native to North America

Growing in sandy or loamy well drained soil in full sun, this taprooted plant thrives in heat and humidity with some drought tolerance.  Pink buds open to whitish pink flowers, on wiry stems with lance shaped green leaves 1 - 3" long whi…

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Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura lindheimeri

Common Name: Lindheimer's beeblossom, white gaura

Native to North America

Gaura lindheimeri is a herbaceous clump-forming perennial.  Native to Texas and Louisiana, it  may grow up to 5' tall on stems clad with spoon-shaped to lanceolate leaves (to 3" long). Pinkish buds along wiry, erect, wand-like st…

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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'

Common Name: Big Root Geranium

Native to S Europe and the SE Alps (selection)

A low maintenance rhizomatous drought tolerant ground cover for full sun to part shade in dry to medium soil.  Flowers pink in May to June and is animal resistant. This selection is more tolerant of hot humid summers.  

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Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Biokova'

Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Biokova'

Common Name: Hardy geranium

Sterile hybrid of G. macrorrhizum & G. dalmaticum

Delicate pink sterile flowers, tinged with white from May to June in full sun to part shade in moist to average soil.  A groundcover that requires very little maintenance.  Even deadheading is not necessary.  Butterflies and p…

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Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Karmina'

Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Karmina'

Common Name: Hardy geranium

Sterile hybrid of G. macrorrhizum & G. dalmaticum

Lavender flowers from May to June in full sun to part shade on rabbit and deer resistant plants.  Pollinators and butterflies love these.  Foliage may yellow in hot summers, and can be sheered back for a fresh flush of growth. …

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Geum triflorum

Geum triflorum

Common Name: prairie smoke, old man's whiskers

Native to North America

Geum triflorum forms low leafy rosettes of evergreen fern-like foliage.  In spring, flower stalks rise to about 1’ and are topped by umbels with 3 nodding pinkish-red florets. Clusters of achenes with showy pink feathery tails follow …

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Helenium autumnale 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium autumnale 'Moerheim Beauty'

Common Name: Moerheim Beauty sneezeweed

Native to North America (selection)

More compact than the species this is a great landscape, prairie or container plant.  Bronzy red petals surround an brown almost black center, and burst forth in late summer often all the way until the first frost   Deer resistant…

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Helianthus microcephalus

Helianthus microcephalus

Common Name: small woodland sunflower

Native to North America

Upright rhizomatous perennial wildflower.  The attractive leaves are lance shaped and deep green with entire or serrated edges.  From mid-summer until autumn, golden 1” daisies grace the plant and entice bees, butterflies and …

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Heliopsis helianthoides

Heliopsis helianthoides

Common Name: Ox-eye sunflower

Native to North America

Blooms early and for a long period of time, birds love the seeds. 

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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts'

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts'

Common Name: Burning Hearts false sunflower

Native to North America (selections)

A selection with purple stems and foliage and flowers that are yellow with a red eye.  Thrives with minimal care in full sun in rich or poor soils, from sand to clay.  Deer and rabbit resistant with high salt tolerance.  Butterflies …

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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Summer Sun'

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Summer Sun'

Common Name: Summer Sun ox eye

Native to North America (selection)

Upright, clump-forming, nearly glabrous, sunflower-like daisies 2-3” in diameter with yellow-orange rays surrounding brownish-yellow center cones.  Landing pads for butterflies and other pollinators.  High salt tolerance.

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Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia 'Palace Purple'

Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia 'Palace Purple'

Common Name: Coral bells

Native to Western North America (selection)

Grown for its lush resilliant deep purple foliage.  Thrives best full sun in its northern range, and partial shade in its most southern range in rich soil with good moisture.  Blush white flowers appear on stalks rising well above the…

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Hypericum calycinum

Hypericum calycinum

Common Name: St. John's wort

Native to Southern Europe, southwestern Asia

Allan Armitage calls the species "one of the finest ground covers available" for good reason.  Excellent on slopes, in mass, or individually.  Drought, dry soil tolerant, it spreads quickly via underground stems to be a perfect erosio…

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Hypericum prolificum

Hypericum prolificum

Common Name: shrubby St John's wort

Native to North America

A densely branched native shrub with an attractive shaggy rounded form.  Older woody stems have attractive mahogany colored peeling bark.  In summer the narrow foliage is adorned by clusters of small bright yellow flowers.  This shru…

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Juncus tenuis

Juncus tenuis

Common Name: Path rush

Native to North America

Juncus tenuis is a diminutive rush that grows in dense clumps of upright cylindrical stems.  Inconspicuous leaves are initiated near the ground at the stem base.  In late spring, greenish brown inflorescences are borne on the stems in …

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Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star'

Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star'

Common Name: Kalimeris

Native to northeast Asia

Perfect for dry and clay soils.  Light blue flowers with yellow centers abound throughout summer.  A simple trim and a flush after spent flowers can encourage a fall bloom.  This low maintenance perennial is easy in any sun to …

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Kniphofia uvaria 'Flamenco Mixture'

Kniphofia uvaria 'Flamenco Mixture'

Common Name: Red hot poker

Native to South Africa (selection)

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Koeleria macrantha

Koeleria macrantha

Common Name: Prairie junegrass

Native to North America

Short, cool season bunch grass, with golden fall color. Thrives in poor soils and is drought tolerant.

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Leucanthemum × superbum 'Alaska'

Leucanthemum × superbum 'Alaska'

Common Name: Alaska shasta daisy

Cross between L. vulgare & L. maximum

Easy to grow in full sun to part shade in medium to dry soils.  Deer and rabbit resistant.  Terrific cut flower.  Remove spent flowers to prolong bloom.  Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.  

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Liatris elegans

Liatris elegans

Common Name: pink-scale gayfeather

Native to North America

This elegant Liatris, native to the southern United States, bears beautiful bracts of light pink flowers in late summer through autumn.  

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Liatris ligulistylis

Liatris ligulistylis

Common Name: Rocky Mountain blazing star

Native to North America

Liatris ligulistylis is a showy drought tolerant perennial wildflower.  Plants are generally 1-3’ tall and unbranched with narrow somewhat grass-like leaves.  In late summer spectacular rosy purple flower spikes are frequ…

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Liatris microcephala

Liatris microcephala

Common Name: Appalachian blazing star

Native to North America

A dwarf blazing star, grass-like leaves, many flowering spikes, needs good drainage. Cute.

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Liatris scariosa

Liatris scariosa

Common Name: Savanna blazing star

Native to North America

An upright clumping perennial wildflower.  Plants are up to 5’ tall and unbranched with long narrow leaves.  From late summer to early fall, rosy purple spikey flowers arise.  Plants are tough and drought tolerant prospering i…

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Limonium latifolium

Limonium latifolium

Common Name: Sea lavender

Native to Europe

Sun loving non-invasive perennial with lavender to blue flowers, is an excellent cut or dried.  Salt and deer tolerant, it thrives in full sun and well drained soils.  Flower stalks arise from the semi-evergreen basal rosettes from mid …

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Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea

Common Name: Lance-leaved loostrife

Native to North America

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea is a slender upright perennial wildflower.  Plants are less than 2’ tall with lance shaped opposite leaves.  In summer cheerful yellow flower appear in the upper…

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Monarda fistulosa

Monarda fistulosa

Common Name: Wild bergamot

Native to North America

A sturdy perennial wildflower that expands to form upright clumps.  This beebalm bears deep green aromatic leaves on strong square stems.  In summer, plants are topped by showy rounded clusters of fragrant lavender tubular flowers.  …

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Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

Common Name: Claire Grace Bee Balm

Native to North America (selection)

Claire Grace is a better selection for dryer locations.  Mildew resistant. Pinkish Purpler flowers from early summer to early autumn.  Is Deer resistant, salt tolerant, and butterfly magnet.

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Monarda punctata

Monarda punctata

Common Name: Horsemint

Native to North America

Monarda punctata is a multi-stemmed unbranched perennial wildflower.  This beebalm bears narrow aromatic leaves on purplish stems.  In summer, plants are topped by showy rounded clusters of creamy purple-spotted tubular flowers.  …

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Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Common Name: Pink hair grass

Native to North America

Muhlenbergia capillaris is a warm season perennial grass with striking seasonal color and texture.  Plants form a dense mound of attractive needle-like olive-green blades.  In late summer, foliage is topped by nebulous clo…

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Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Common Name: Catmint

Native to Caucusus and northern Iran

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ is a mounding aromatic perennial.  This mint relative is clothed in soft gray-green oval leaves.  From late spring to autumn, plants provide a generous offe…

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Nepeta subsessilis

Nepeta subsessilis

Common Name: nepeta

Native to Japan

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Oenothera fruiticosa 'Fireworks (No Advance Orders)'

Oenothera fruiticosa 'Fireworks (No Advance Orders)'

Common Name: Fireworks Evening Primrose

Native to North America (selection)

Deep bronze foliage and red stems and buds opening to canary yellow blooms in late Spring and early Summer. Striking! Deep red foliage in fall and winter. 

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Oenothera fruticosa

Oenothera fruticosa

Common Name: Sundrops

Native to North America

Oenothera fruticosa is a spreading perennial wildflower with attractive reddish-purple evergreen winter rosettes. In spring slender reddish stems rise bearing lanceolate leaves.  In summer, attractive red flower buds open to revea…

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Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Common Name: Atlantic coastal panic grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum amarum ‘Dewey Blue’ is a rhizomatous warm season grass cultivar.  This lovely perennial has a fountain like habit and frosty blue green linear leaves.  In fall fertile culms are topped by airy straw col…

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Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Common Name: Heiliger Hain switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Bluish green foliage on more compact plants that grow 28 inches tall, with pinkish beige flowers that rise to 48” in summer.   Foliage turns a vibrant burgundy red in autumn.  Excellent size for the landscape as well as fo…

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian'

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian'

Common Name: Cassian dwarf fountain grass

Native to Asia (selection)

Similar to Hameln, but about a foot taller and greater range of hardiness.  Perfect for use as a groundcover or in a rain garden as it prefers moist to wet soils.  Flowers white with a pink tinge from late summer into fall. Seeds at…

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Perovskia atriplicifolia

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Common Name: Russian sage

Native to Himalayas & W China

Fragrant silver leaves keep the animals at bay, while lavender blue flowers put on a show from mid summer into fall.  Thrives in full sun and dryer soils and are salt spray and air polution tolerant. Should be cut down in late winter to…

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Phlox stolonifera

Phlox stolonifera

Common Name: Creeping phlox

Native to North America

Low growing, tolerant of heavy shade, and tolerant of more sun in cooler climates. Shared with us by our friend Peter Heus, Enchanger's Garden. 

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Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge'

Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge'

Common Name: Creeping phlox

Native to North America (selection)

Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ is a lovely mat forming perennial wildflower.  Plants have evergreen oval or oblong deep green leaves.  In late spring or early summer, foliage is crowned by loose clusters of showy…

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Phlox stolonifera 'Bruce's White'

Phlox stolonifera 'Bruce's White'

Common Name: Creeping phlox

Native to North America (selection)

Phlox stolonifera ‘Bruce’s White’ is a lovely mat forming perennial wildflower.  Plants have evergreen deep green leaves.  From mid-spring to early summer, foliage is crowned by loose clusters of showy whit…

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Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Common Name: Creeping phlox

Native to North America (selection)

Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ is a vigorous mat forming perennial wildflower.  Plants have evergreen lance-shaped deep green leaves.  In late spring or early summer, foliage is crowned by loose clusters of …

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Phlox subulata

Phlox subulata

Common Name: Moss phlox

Native to North America

Phlox subulata is a mat forming perennial wildflower with evergreen needle-like leaves.  In spring foliage is covered by masses of starry violet, pinkish or white flowers.  Creeping phlox is a fine groundcover for sunny gardens w…

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Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'

Common Name: Moss phlox

Native to North America (selection)

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’ is a mat forming perennial wildflower cultivar.  Plants have evergreen needle-like leaves.  In spring foliage is crowned by masses of starry blue-violet flowers.  Creeping phlox is a …

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Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

Common Name: Moss phlox

Native to North America (selection)

A mat forming perennial wildflower.  Plants have evergreen needle-like leaves.  In spring foliage is crowned by masses of starry hot pink flowers.  Creeping phlox is a fine groundcover for sunny gardens with moist well drained soil.&…

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Pycnanthemum flexuosum

Pycnanthemum flexuosum

Common Name: Appalachian Mountain Mint

Native to North America

This mint is nothing to fear!  Clump forming, and slow to spread, it has aromatic foliage, and flowers fuzzy white flowers in late summer into Autumn.  Deer & critter resistant, but a host to Gray Hairstreak Butterfly larva.  …

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Pycnanthemum incanum

Pycnanthemum incanum

Common Name: Hoary mountain mint

Native to North America

An aromatic perennial wildflower.  This mint relative bears oval toothed leaves on strong square stems.  In summer, plants are topped by dense rounded clusters of tiny white to lavender tubular flowers.  The leaves surrounding the f…

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Pycnanthemum muticum

Pycnanthemum muticum

Common Name: Short-toothed mountain mint

Native to North America

An aromatic perennial wildflower.  This mint relative bears oval toothed leaves on strong square stems.  In summer, plants are topped by dense rounded clusters of tiny white to lavender tubular flowers.  The leaves surrounding the f…

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Pycnanthemum virginianum

Pycnanthemum virginianum

Common Name: American mountain mint

Native to North America

 An unusual common name, since this plant would prefer to be in full sun to part shade, in wet to moist soil - no shady mountains for this plant. White flowers, sometimes with a lavender hue,  appear in July into early September at…

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Ratibida pinnata

Ratibida pinnata

Common Name: Grey-Headed Coneflower

Native to North America

Long blooming and showy plant for the sunny border, native plant garden, meadow or prairie. Best massed because individual plants are narrow and somewhat sparsely leafed. Prefers clay or sandy soils.  

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Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia hirta

Common Name: Sweet black-eyed Susan

Native to North America

Probably the most drought tolerant of the susans, re-seeds with abandon. Rudbeckia hirta is an adaptable wildflower with flexible lance shaped leaves.  Plants are topped by showy terminal daisy-like flowers in summer.  The blooms …

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Rudbeckia maxima

Rudbeckia maxima

Common Name: Giant coneflower

Native to North America

Super-sized black-eyed Susan with sturdy upright stems and a strong architectural presence.  The bold attractive basal leaves average 2’ long with a lovely bluish waxy patina.  Stalks rise from the foliage and are terminated in early …

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Ruellia humilis

Ruellia humilis

Common Name: Wild petunia

Native to North America

A low mounding perennial wildflower.  Multiple stems rise from the earth clad in oblong pubescent leaves.  During summer plants are graced with lavender funnel shaped blooms for about two months. This adaptable species thrives in sunny si…

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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Common Name: Caradonna sage

Native to Europe and west-central Asia (selection)

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Salvia nemorosa 'East Freisland'

Salvia nemorosa 'East Freisland'

Common Name: East Freisland sage

Native to Europe and west-central Asia (selection)

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Salvia nemorosa 'Wesuwe'

Salvia nemorosa 'Wesuwe'

Common Name: Wesuwe meadow sage

Native to Europe and west-central Asia (selection)

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Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night'

Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night'

Common Name: May Night wood sage

cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis

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Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium

Common Name: Little bluestem

Native to North America

Schizachyrium scoparium is a mounding grass with narrow green or blue-green foliage.   In late summer inconspicuous flowers are held on branched stems above the leaves. Fluffy light catching seed clusters follow.  Fo…

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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation PP 25202'

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation PP 25202'

Common Name: Little bluestem

Native to North America (selection)

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:  Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ is a sturdy upright Little Bluestem cultivar.  Plants have attractive fine textured blue-green foliage.  In late summer small flowers are h…

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Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Common Name: Little bluestem

Native to North America (selection)

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’ is a lovely upright blue tinted Little Bluestem cultivar.  Plants have attractive fine textured steely blue foliage and rosy pink stems.  In late summer small flowers a…

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Scutellaria incana

Scutellaria incana

Common Name: hoary skull cap

Native to North America

Prefering light shade and drier soils,  this plant is adaptable to sun and more moist soils. In mid summer its strong square stems branch to produce an abundance of deep blue flowers 1 inch long, similar in appearance to  snap dragons, and …

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Sedum cauticola 'Lidakense'

Sedum cauticola 'Lidakense'

Common Name: Lidakense stonecrop

Native to Japan

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Sedum sieboldii

Sedum sieboldii

Common Name: October stonecrop, October daphne

Native to Japan

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Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'

Common Name: Autumn Joy stonecrop

Native to China & Korea

A late summer/fall beauty that grows up to 2 feet tall and wide.  Extremely adaptable in full sun with great drought tolerance.  Flowers open pink and are very attractive to butterflies and bees.  The flowers fade to a coppery red and …

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Senecio smalli

Senecio smalli

Common Name: Smalls ragwort

Native to North America

Upland version of the golden ragwort. Semi-evergreen this mounding perennial with long narrow basal leaves. In spring clusters of golden-yellow daisies rise above the foliage on sturdy stems.  Plants form large colonies over time in sunny…

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Sesleria autumnalis

Sesleria autumnalis

Common Name: Autumn Moor Grass

Native to Southeastern Europe

Sesleria autumnalis is a low mounding cool season non-native perennial grass.  Foliage is evergreen and arching.  Blades have a striking yellow-green color that sometimes develops a soothing golden autumn tint.  Spike-lik…

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Sesleria x 'Greenlee Hybrid'

Sesleria x 'Greenlee Hybrid'

Common Name: Greenlee's Hybrid Moor Grass

species cross (S. autumnalis x S. caerulea)

Sesleria x ‘Greenlee Hybrid’ is a low mounding cool season perennial grass.  Foliage is evergreen with an attractive blue-green hue.  Silvery purple tinged spikey flowers rise above the leaves and mature into purplish …

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Silene caroliniana

Silene caroliniana

Common Name: Wild pink

Native to North America

A tufted perennial wildflower with narrow lance-shaped leaves.  In spring loose clusters of rosy pink flowers with dark centers rise above the foliage on slender stems.  The floret bases are tubular and the petals are spreading and wedge …

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Silphium laciniatum

Silphium laciniatum

Common Name: Compass plant

Native to North America

Growing up to 9 feet tall with leaves similar to pin oaks.  Sunflower like flowers from mid to late summer.  Tolerant of poor soils.  Native to central United States.  Attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. …

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Silphium perfoliatum

Silphium perfoliatum

Common Name: Cup plant

Native to North America

This quirky individual has sturdy square stems and large opposite leaves that are joined at the base.  The tall stately plants are crowned with yellow daisies in summer for 4-6 weeks.  This imposing long-lived perennial thrives in mois…

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Silphium terebinthinaceum

Silphium terebinthinaceum

Common Name: Prairie dock

Native to North America

A tall, rough plant, which occurs in limestone prairies and glades. From a basal clump of huge oval to heart-shaped, dark green leaves 1 to 2' long rise smooth, almost leafless stems branching at the top  with sunflower-like flowers  up to …

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Solidago bicolor

Solidago bicolor

Common Name: silverrod

Native to North America

Flowers are atteactive to butterflies, native and non-native bees, and songbirds eat the seeds.  Extremely dry soil tolerant, growing well in sandy or rocky soils, but does well in average and clay soils.  Sap is poisonous to deer a…

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Solidago caesia

Solidago caesia

Common Name: Blue-stem goldenrod

Native to North America

From late summer into fall plants are graced with yellow axillary flower racemes.  Plants are tough and adaptable prospering in part sun or part shade with mesic or average soil.

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Solidago flexicaulis

Solidago flexicaulis

Common Name: Zig-zag goldenrod

Native to North America

A great choice for dry shade, brightens up the woodlands in the fall.  From late summer into fall plants are topped with elongated yellow flower clusters. Smaller axillary flower racemes develop lower on the stem.

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Solidago nemoralis

Solidago nemoralis

Common Name: Prairie goldenrod

Native to North America

Rhizomatous. Favors poor soils, sand, clay, or gravel, but will flourish in the fertile soils as well. narrow nodding wands of numerous yellow compound flowers. 

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Solidago rigida

Solidago rigida

Common Name: Stiff goldenrod

Native to North America

An upright unbranched perennial wildflower with sturdy pubescent stems.  Leaves are lance shaped or elliptical with a bluntly rounded tip. In late summer and autumn, attractive golden-yellow flat topped flower clusters appear.  Plants ar…

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Sporobolus airoides

Sporobolus airoides

Common Name: Alkali Sacaton

Native to North America

A petite warm season bunch grass.  Plants form attractive mounds of slender gray-green arching leaves.  In late spring one or more culms rises above the foliage bearing airy panicles of pinkish spikelets.  The florets mature into sma…

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Sporobolus heterolepis

Sporobolus heterolepis

Common Name: Prairie dropseed

Native to North America

Sporobolis heterolepis is a petite warm season perennial grass.  Plants form attractive mounds of slender deep green arching leaves.  In late spring one or more culms rises above the foliage bearing airy panicles of olive, s…

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Stachys officinalis 'Hummello'

Stachys officinalis 'Hummello'

Common Name: Hummello betony

Native to Europe & Asia (selection)

2019 Perennial Plant of the Year as chosen by The Perennial Plant Association. Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ is a rhizomatous perennial the produces basal rosettes of dark green glossy ovate basal leaves. Tiny two-lipped rose-la…

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Stipa tenuissima

Stipa tenuissima

Common Name: Mexican Feather Grass

Native to SW United States and Northern Mexico

Stipa tenuissima is a swaying fine textured clump forming grass.  The crisp green blades are arching and extremely narrow.  Foliage can be semi-evergreen or deciduous depending on the climate.  In summer narrow panicles of creamy …

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Stylophorum diphyllum

Stylophorum diphyllum

Common Name: Celandine poppy (No Advance Orders)

Native to North America

Stylophorum diphyllum is a low mounding wildflower with bold lobed leaves.  In spring, stems are terminated by clusters of bright yellow poppy-like blooms.  This unique NAO perennial thrives in rich open woods or shade gard…

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Teucrium chamaedrys

Teucrium chamaedrys

Common Name: Wall germander

Native to Northern Africa, western Asia & Europe

Excellent edging plant or low hedge, but also as a mounding perennial.  Fragrant evergreen foliage keeps the deer and rabbits at bay.  Lavender pink flowers are profuse on spikes in July and attract butterflies and pollinators.  

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Thermopsis villosa

Thermopsis villosa

Common Name: Carolina lupine

Native to North America

Thermopsis villosa is an upright clumping perennial with bright green clover-like foliage.  In early summer, plants are topped by spires of buttery yellow pea-shaped flowers.  Plants thrive in sunny gardens with average well…

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Tiarella 'New Moon Motley'

Tiarella 'New Moon Motley'

Common Name: New Moon Motley foam flower

Native to North America (selections)

New Moon Motley is a selections of red variegated leaved foam flowers.  Some are runners and while others are clumpers, and include leaf shapes of oak, maple, skeleton key, and heart shapes, all having red coloration in the foliage.  

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Tiarella cordifolia

Tiarella cordifolia

Common Name: Creeping foam flower

Native to North America

Tiarella cordifolia is a low mounding wildflower that forms foot tall clumps.  Plants have heart shaped lobed leaves that may have reddish or purplish veins.  In spring, foliage is crowned by spikey racemes of starry pinkish w…

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Tiarella cordifolia wherryi

Tiarella cordifolia wherryi

Common Name: Foam flower

Native to North America

Tiarella wherryi is a low mounding or clumping wildflower with heart shaped lobed leaves.  The blades are adorned with reddish or purplish veins.  In spring, foliage is crowned by spikey racemes of starry white florets.  …

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Tradescantia ohiensis

Tradescantia ohiensis

Common Name: Ohio spiderwort

Native to North America

Tradescantia ohiensis a robust perennial with multiple stems bearing narrow pointed blue-green leaves. In late spring, foliage is topped by small clusters of violet florets. This unique wildflower thrives in prairies, on sunny roadsides …

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Tradescantia ohiensis 'Mrs. Loewer'

Tradescantia ohiensis 'Mrs. Loewer'

Common Name: Ohio Spiderwort

Native to North America (selection)

‘Mrs. Loewer’ is a perennial wildflower cultivar.  Plants produce multi-stemmed clumps with narrow pointed blue-green leaves. In late spring, foliage is topped by small clusters of light blue florets. This unique wildflow…

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Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Common Name: Tall verbena

Native to South America

Flowers profusely on near leafless stems lavender, reaching up to 4 feet tall from early summer to frost. Low maintenance and excellent for the cutting garden in full sun to partial shade.  Can be grown as an annual outside of its hardin…

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Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple'

Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple'

Common Name: Homestead purple verbena

Native to North America (selection)

A vigorous low growing perennial.  Leaves have scalloped edges and are arranged on opposite sides of trailing stems.  From spring until autumn, plants are clothed in elongated spikey clusters of tubular deep purple flowers.  Pollinat…

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Vernonia glauca

Vernonia glauca

Common Name: Upland ironweed

Native to North America

Vernonia glauca is an upright perennial wildflower with numerous lance shaped leaves.  Foliage is toothed, dark green above and usually glaucous beneath.  In late summer plants are crowned by compact corymbs of royal purple di…

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Zizia aptera

Zizia aptera

Common Name: Heartleaf Alexander's

Native to North America

Zizia aptera is a 1-3’ tall upright perennial wildflower with glossy heart shaped basal leaves. From late spring to early summer flowering stems elongate bearing showy flat topped clusters of small yellow florets. Scads of beneficial…

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