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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 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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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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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 ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

Common Name: Snow Flurry heath aster

Native to North America (selection)

The fine foliage of Aster ericoides, and the trailing habit of this selection make this essential in the landscape border.  Allow it to flow over a wall, or let it ramble along the ground.  Low maintenance and salt tolerant, this can be…

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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 novi-belgii

Aster novi-belgii

Common Name: New York aster

Native to North America

Rhizomatous species with violet or blue flowers. 

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Aster puniceus

Aster puniceus

Common Name: Purple stemmed aster

Native to North America

Found along creeks, pond's edge. Great naturalizer for moist areas. 

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Bouteloua curtipendula

Bouteloua curtipendula

Common Name: Sideoats grama

Native to North America

Bouteloua curtipendula is a petite clump forming perennial grass.  In late spring arching culms rise above the wiry bluish-green leaves.  The culms are adorned with dangling purple tinted spikes and orange stamens.  The…

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Bouteloua gracilis

Bouteloua gracilis

Common Name: Blue Grama

Native to North America

Bouteloua gracilis is a petite clump forming perennial grass.  In summer upright culms rise above the wiry bluish-green foliage bearing horizontal green and purple tinged spikes.  The unique spikes and seedheads are reminiscent of hovering …

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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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Carex cherokeensis

Carex cherokeensis

Common Name: Cherokee sedge

Evergreen, clumping sedge with wheat-like pendulous seed heads form in spring and mature in autumn. Marginally drought tolerant, may suffer in extended drought conditions. Valuable garden accent, or for low spots, pond and stream edge.

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Carex elata

Carex elata

Common Name: Tufted sedge

Native to Europe & South Africa

A cool season clump forming sedge for water and rain gardens and erosion control.  May be grown in gardens and rock gardens as it is very tolerant of shallow soil, but must be watered and may not be as vigorous. Flowers from May to June, and f…

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Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'

Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'

Common Name: Blue Zinger Sedge

Native to Southern Europe and Northern Africa

Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ is a low clumping European sedge.  Foliage is evergreen or semi-evergreen with fine texture and a lovely steely blue color. This perennial prospers in dry to moist well drained soils in sun …

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Carex flaccosperma

Carex flaccosperma

Common Name: Blue wood sedge

Native to North America

Beautiful glaucus blue foliage, tolerates wide range of conditions, good liriope replacement.

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Carex grayi

Carex grayi

Common Name: Bur sedge, Grays sedge

Native to North America

Carex grayi is a cool season grass with semi-evergreen light green, grass-like foliage. Interesting spiked seed heads develop and remain in the winter. This plant prefers full sun, will tolerate some shade, in moist to wet conditions. It thrive…

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Carex grayi 'New Moon Mighty'

Carex grayi 'New Moon Mighty'

Common Name: New Moon Mighty grays sedge

Native to North America (selection)

Carex grayi ‘New Moon Mighty’  is a cool season grass with semi-evergreen light green, grass-like foliage. Interesting spiked seed heads, which are larger on New Moon Mighty, develop and remain in the winter. This plant prefers …

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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 morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Common Name: Ice Dance Japanese Sedge

Native to Asia

Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ is a low rhizomatous perennial sedge.  Foliage is evergreen or semi-evergreen and arching.  Blades are variegated with an emerald green stripe down the center and crisp white borders al…

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Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis

Common Name: Palm sedge

Native to North America

This distinctive sedge resembles a miniature palm. Slow, creeping.

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Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge'

Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge'

Common Name: Little Midge Palm sedge

Carex muskingumensis ‘Little Midge' is a dense clump forming moisture loving sedge.  Excellent choice for native lawn replacement.

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Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

Common Name: Evergold Sedge

Native to Asia

Carex ‘Evergold’ is a low clumping perennial sedge from Japan.  Foliage is evergreen or semi-evergreen and arching.  Blades are variegated with a creamy yellow stripe that runs…

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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 sprengelii

Carex sprengelii

Common Name: Long Beaked Sedge

Native to North America

Carex sprengelii is a lovely cool season woodland sedge.  Plants form small colonies from short rhizomes.  Foliage is bright green to chartreuse and semi-evergreen with narrow glossy blades.  In early spring greenish-white o…

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Carex stricta

Carex stricta

Common Name: Tussock sedge

Native to North America

This beautiful sedge deserves a spot in the ornamental water garden, great form. 

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Chasmanthium latifolium

Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name: Northern seaoates

Native to North America

Clump forming perennial warm season grass.  In spring several slender unbranched culms rise from the underground rhizomes or elongate from winter rosettes.  The culms bear light green spear shaped leaf blades.  The culms terminat…

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Coreopsis rosea

Coreopsis rosea

Common Name: Pink tickseed

Native to North America

Mauve pink flower, thread leafed, give it space, can be used as groundcover. 

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Deschampsia caespitosa 'Goldtau'

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Goldtau'

Common Name: gold dew tufted hair grass

Native to North America (selection)

A robust clump forming perennial grass.  The tufted foliage is narrow, fine textured and usually evergreen.  Airy panicles of golden florets with hair like awns form in late summer.  They mature into a buff color and remain until …

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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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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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Elymus hystrix

Elymus hystrix

Common Name: Bottlebrush grass

Native to North America

Elymus hystrix is a clump forming cool season perennial grass.  Plants form loose upright tufts of rough textured bright green blades.  In summer pale green bottlebrush like inflorescences are displayed above the foliage.  …

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Elymus virginicus

Elymus virginicus

Common Name: Virginia wild rye

Native to North America (selection)

Elymus virginicus is a clump forming cool season perennial grass.  The tufted foliage is narrow and evergreen or semi-evergreen.  Blades have a green or silver blue color and a waxy sheen.  Bristly wheat-like spikey flower …

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Eupatorium coelestinum

Eupatorium coelestinum

Common Name: Mistflower, hardy ageratum

Native to North America

Great in a natural meadow, along creek banks, as well as the border. Forms small colonies. 

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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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Helianthus divaricatus

Helianthus divaricatus

Common Name: Woodland sunflower

Native to North America

Found in open rocky woods and thickets. This sunflower brightens up dappled shade. 

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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 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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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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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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Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Edith Dudszus'

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Edith Dudszus'

Common Name: Edith Dudszus purple moor grass

Native to Europe & Asia

A selection of M. caerulea ssp caerulea for its rich purple, almost black, flower stems and dense flower spikes that rise above well mannered green tussocks.  Perfect for the autumn and winter garden in medium to wet soils in full sun to parti…

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Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Heidebraut'

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Heidebraut'

Common Name: Heidebraut moor grass

Native to Europe & Asia

More compact than the other selections we grow and flowering much earlier, with tufts only growing 1 to 1.5' tall, while flower stems arise 3-4' and are golden.  Use them in the foreground allowing the setting sun to back light them.  …

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Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Moorhexe'

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Moorhexe'

Common Name: Moorhexe moor grass

Native to Europe & Asia

A selection of M. caerulea ssp caerulea for its deep purple flower that become purple brown seed heads on top of green stems. Perfect green tufts of foliage.  Excellentthroughtout the growing season but striking for the autumn and winter garden …

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Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma

Common Name: Scarlet Bee Balm

Native to North America

A sturdy perennial wildflower that expands to form upright clumps. Plants bear deep green aromatic leaves on strong square stems.  In summer, they are topped by showy rounded clusters of red to purplish tubular flowers.  Pollinators flock…

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Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Common Name: Jacob Cline Bee Balm

Native to North America (selection)

A sturdy perennial wildflower that expands to form upright clumps. Plants bear deep green aromatic leaves on strong square stems.  In summer, they are topped by large rounded clusters of red tubular flowers.  Pollinators flock to the bloo…

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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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Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Common Name: Switch grass

Native to North America

Panicum virgatum is an elegant vase shaped grass with an abundance of seasonal interest. In spring, a fresh crop of glaucous stems and graceful bluish-green arching leaves rise from the earth.  Mature plants are statuesque and crowned with …

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Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

Common Name: Switch Grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' is a switch grass cultivar that is known for its compact size and upright habit.  In late spring airy yellow-green flower panicles rise above the deep green arching leaves.  The panicles turn bron…

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Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Common Name: Switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’ is a tall handsome selection of our native switch grass.  This cultivar has arching bluish-green leaves topped by large billowing flower panicles.  In late evening, the panicle spikelet…

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Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Common Name: Switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ is a switch grass selection with a dramatically vertical habit.  Foliage and stems are erect with metallic blue blades. In summer airy pinkish flower panicles seem to dance in the evening l…

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Panicum virgatum 'North Wind'

Panicum virgatum 'North Wind'

Common Name: Switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ is an elegant grass with rigid glaucous stems and upright leaves.  Mature plants are statuesque and crowned with airy panicles of summer spikelets.  In late evening, the tiny yellow…

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Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'

Common Name: Switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’ is much admired for its steely blue foliage.  Mature plants are statuesque and crowned with airy summer flower panicles.  In late evening, the tiny silvery spikelets seem to dance…

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Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Common Name: Red switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch' is a compact switch grass variety with striking red fall color.  Foliage and stems are upright and medium silvery green.  In summer airy reddish flower panicles rise above the foliage and seem …

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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Common Name: Switch grass

Native to North America (selection)

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' is a popular switch grass cultivar that is known for its compact habit and striking red-purple fall color.  In summer airy reddish-pink flower panicles rise above burgundy highlighted leaves.  The …

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Patrinia scabiosifolia

Patrinia scabiosifolia

Common Name: Patrina

Native to E Asia

Showy flowers all summer long on low maintenance plants.  Tolerant of hot and humid conditions, they prefer rich soils with adequate moisture.  Tall and dramatic architectural plant for designed meadows and a back of the border plant.…

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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 divaricata

Phlox divaricata

Common Name: Woodland Phlox

Native to North America

Phlox divaricata is a lovely spring ephemeral wildflower that forms foot tall clumps.  Plants have semi-evergreen oval or lance shaped deep green leaves.  In early spring, foliage is crowned by loose clusters of showy pinkish-lavender …

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Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon'

Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon'

Common Name: Woodland phlox

Native to North America (selection)

Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ is a handsome compact cultivar of our native woodland phlox.  Plants have semi-evergreen lance shaped deep green leaves.  In early spring, foliage is topped by loose clusters of large show…

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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 '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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Physostegia virginiana

Physostegia virginiana

Common Name: Obedient plant

Native to North America

A robust perennial wildflower with bold lance shaped leaves.  In late summer and early fall, foliage is topped by graceful lavender, pinkish or white spikey inflorescences.  The individual florets are tubular and similar to snapdragons.&#…

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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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Rudbeckia grandiflora 'Sundance'

Rudbeckia grandiflora 'Sundance'

Common Name: Sundance rough coneflower

Native to North America (selection)

Sundance rough coneflower - bushy and upright with interesting parasol-shaped blooms that have droopy yellow petals surrounding a brown cone.  Great cut flower.  Attracts butterflies and polinators. High salt tolerance.

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Sagina subulata

Sagina subulata

Common Name: Irish Moss, Pearlwort

Native to Europe

Evergreen groundcover for lawn replacements and filling between stones and cracks in full sun to partial shade in average to moist soil.  Tiny white flowers begin to appear in late spring and sporadically throughout its growing season.…

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Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

Common Name: Purple Knockout lyre-leaf sage

Native to North America (selection)

Mainly grown for its rosettes of glossy burgundy leaves that transform to a deep purple in summer followed by red in the autumn, this native selection is the perfect substitution for non-native Ajuga.  Blue flowers appear in late spring a…

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Sanguisorba officinalis

Sanguisorba officinalis

Common Name: Greater burnet

Native to Asia, Europe & North America

Showy dark red to purple-red flowers appear from May to June on these clump forming, rhizomatous low maintenance plants in full sun and average soils with medium moisture.  Interesting compound odd-pinate leaves remain clean throughout the…

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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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Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus atrovirens

Common Name: Green bulrush

Native to North America

Scirpus atrovirens is a rhizomatous warm season perennial sedge relative. Plants produce multiple culms with arching or drooping olive green leaves. In summer, fertile culms bear rounded yellow-green compound inflorescences followed by d…

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Scirpus cyperinus

Scirpus cyperinus

Common Name: Wool grass

Native to North America

Scirpus cyperinus is a rhizomatous perennial that grows in dense tussocks of arching basal leaves.  Plants produce upright unbranched culms with ascending or spreading medium green leaves.  In summer, the culms are topped with rounded …

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Scirpus pungens

Scirpus pungens

Common Name: Common three-square bulrush

Native to North America

Scirpus pungens is a rhizomatous warm season perennial sedge relative. Plants produce upright sharply triangular pithy 4’ culms.  Leaves are lower growing, basal and similar to the culms in appearance.  In summer, culms b…

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Scirpus validus (tabernaemontani)

Scirpus validus (tabernaemontani)

Common Name: Soft stemmed bulrush

Native to North America

Scirpus validus is a rhizomatous cool season perennial with tall dark green triangular culms.  Leaf sheaths wrap the culm but blades are insignificant or absent.  From summer until fall, the stems are topped by pendulous reddish brown …

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Sedum ternatum

Sedum ternatum

Common Name: three-leaved stone crop

Native to North America

A mat forming evergreen wildflower.   Leaves are small and blue-green.  In early summer, sprays of starry white flowers tower to 6”.  In the wild, this lovely sedum grows in close proximity to calcareous rocks.

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Senecio aureus

Senecio aureus

Common Name: Golden ragwort

Native to North America

A mounding perennial with shiny heart shaped basal leaves. In spring clusters of golden-yellow daisies rise above the foliage on sturdy stems.  Plants form large colonies over time in wet or moist woodlands. 

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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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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 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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Sorghastrum nutans

Sorghastrum nutans

Common Name: Indian grass

Native to North America

Sorghastrum nutans is an elegant clump forming warm season grass. In spring and early summer, plants form low growing tufts of graceful bluish-green arching leaves.  As summer progresses, the culms rise and are topped by attract…

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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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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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Waldsteinia fragarioides

Waldsteinia fragarioides

Common Name: Barren strawberry

Native to North America

Waldsteinia fragarioides is an evergreen mat forming wildflower that can form large colonies from underground rhizomes.  Leaves are compound with three glossy toothed fan shaped leaflets.   In spring plants are graced …

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