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Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium

Common Name: Yarrow

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

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Allium cernuum

Allium cernuum

Common Name: Nodding onion

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

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Allium stellatum

Allium stellatum

Common Name: Prairie Onion

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

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

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Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon gerardii

Common Name: Big bluestem

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

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

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Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name: Butterfly weed

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

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Asclepias verticillata

Asclepias verticillata

Common Name: Eastern whorled milkweed

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

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Aster cordifolius

Aster cordifolius

Common Name: Blue wood aster

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

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

Early blooming, tolerant of a variety of conditions. 

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Aster macrophyllus

Aster macrophyllus

Common Name: Big leaf aster

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

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Aster oblongifolius

Aster oblongifolius

Common Name: Aromatic aster

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

Compound mound, with bluer flowers than Raydons. 

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Aster oblongifolius 'Raydons Favorite'

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydons Favorite'

Common Name: Aromatic aster

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

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Aster pilosus

Aster pilosus

Common Name: Frost aster

Aster pilosus is a shrubby native wildflower with erect or arching stems. It is often described as a weedy species and if all humans were environmental stewards it might have no merit.  In reality though, disturbance happens and this troup…

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Aster spectabilis

Aster spectabilis

Common Name: Showy aster

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

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

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Callirhoe involucrata

Callirhoe involucrata

Common Name: Wine cups

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

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Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia

Common Name: Harebell

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

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

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Carex lurida

Carex lurida

Common Name: Lurid sedge

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

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

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Ceanothus americanus

Ceanothus americanus

Common Name: New Jersey tea

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

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Coreopsis verticillata

Coreopsis verticillata

Common Name: Thread leaf tickseed

Drought tolerant and carefree, great for combining with grasses. 

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Dalea purpurea

Dalea purpurea

Common Name: Purple Prairie Clover

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

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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Echinacea palida

Echinacea palida

Common Name: Pale Purple Coneflower

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

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

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

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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

Common Name: Purple coneflower

An introduction from Jellito Seed, 'Ruby Star' (Rubinstern) has the horizontal qualities of 'Magnus' with a deeper, richer magenta hue. Performs best with good drainage. 

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Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Common Name: White coneflower

A white selection of purple coneflower.

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Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top'

Echinacea tennesseensis 'Rocky Top'

Common Name: Tennessee coneflower

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

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Eragrostis spectabilis

Eragrostis spectabilis

Common Name: Purple love grass

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

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

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Geum triflorum

Geum triflorum

Common Name: Prairie Smoke

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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Helianthus microcephalus

Helianthus microcephalus

Common Name: small woodland sunflower

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

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

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Hypericum prolificum

Hypericum prolificum

Common Name: shrubby St John's wort

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

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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Liatris microcephala

Liatris microcephala

Common Name: Appalachian blazing star

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

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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Lysimachia lanceolata

Lysimachia lanceolata

Common Name: Lance-leaved loostrife

Lysimachia lanceolata 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 leaf axils.  The attractive b…

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Monarda fistulosa

Monarda fistulosa

Common Name: Wild bergamot

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

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

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

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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Oenothera fruticosa

Oenothera fruticosa

Common Name: Sundrops

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

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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Phlox stolonifera

Phlox stolonifera

Common Name: Creeping phlox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 muticum

Pycnanthemum muticum

Common Name: Short-toothed mountain mint

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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Ratibida pinnata

Ratibida pinnata

Common Name: Grey-Headed Coneflower

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

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

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

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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Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium

Common Name: Little bluestem

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

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

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

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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Senecio smalli

Senecio smalli

Common Name: Smalls ragwort

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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Silene caroliniana

Silene caroliniana

Common Name: Wild pink

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 perfoliatum

Silphium perfoliatum

Common Name: Cup plant

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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Solidago caesia

Solidago caesia

Common Name: Blue-stem goldenrod

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 canadensis 'Crown of Rays'

Solidago canadensis 'Crown of Rays'

Common Name: Canadian goldenrod

Solidago canadensis ‘Crown of Rays’ is a compact clumping perennial wildflower. This cultivar is robust but less vigorous than the parent species.  Plants have sturdy stems and lance shaped leaves. From late summer unti…

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Solidago flexicaulis

Solidago flexicaulis

Common Name: Zig-zag goldenrod

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

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

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

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

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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Stylophorum diphyllum

Stylophorum diphyllum

Common Name: Celandine poppy (No Advance Orders)

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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Thermopsis villosa

Thermopsis villosa

Common Name: Carolina lupine

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

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

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

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

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

‘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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Vernonia glauca

Vernonia glauca

Common Name: Upland ironweed

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

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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