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Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Common Name: Bluestar, Blue Dogbane

Prefers well-drained soil. Compact, erect clump, with clusters of pale blue flowers.

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Amsonia tabernaemontana v. salicifolia

Amsonia tabernaemontana v. salicifolia

Common Name: Willow leaf Bluestar

A narrow leaf variety of the above. Slightly taller, and a bit happier in the partial shade, this long lived perennial develops lovely 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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Aquilegia canadensis

Aquilegia canadensis

Common Name: Wild columbine

One of the earliest of wildflowers to bloom, attracts hummingbirds, easy to grow. 

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Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'

Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'

Common Name: Wild columbine

Compact, completely yellow version of our native columbine. Comes true from seed. 

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Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

Common Name: Wild columbine

A dwarf selection of the species, perfect for a smaller container. 

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Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp milkweed

Food source for monarch butterfly larvae, does well in any open, moist location.

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Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Common Name: Swamp milkweed

White, more compact selection of the species. Good food source for monarch butterfly larvae.   

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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 lateriflorus

Aster lateriflorus

Common Name: Calico aster

Aster lateriflorus is a shrubby aster with light green foliage.  In late summer plants produce myriads of starry pinkish daisies with rosy centers.  This aster is tough and adaptable prospering in sun or part shade and in moist o…

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Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'

Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'

Common Name: Calico aster

Deep plum foliage with hundreds of small daisy flowers. 

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Aster macrophyllus 'Twilight'

Aster macrophyllus 'Twilight'

Common Name: Twilight big leaf aster

Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’ begins the growing season as a rosette of large heart shaped basal leaves.  For a month or so plants look like an attractive coarse textured groundcover. Upright stems elongate…

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Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae

Common Name: New England aster

Lovely tall aster of wet spaces; for me its blooming means fall is coming. 

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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Common Name: New England aster

A compact form with deep purple flowers, makes a lovely addition to the garden. 

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Aster umbellatus

Aster umbellatus

Common Name: Flat topped white aster

Flat or occasionally dome-shaped white flower clusters. Important host for many butterfly species. 

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Blephilia ciliata

Blephilia ciliata

Common Name: Downy wood mint

Stout central stem has prominent ridges. The top half of the stem is perforated by whorled clusters of white, light pink, or blue flowers. Attracts a wide variety of bees. Most commonly found in open areas. Shared with us by our friend Peter He…

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Boltonia asteroides

Boltonia asteroides

Common Name: Thousand-flowered aster

Explodes into bloom in late summer, lives up to its common name. 

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Caltha palustris

Caltha palustris

Common Name: Marsh marigold

A succulent early blooming species for wet spaces. Glossy heart-shaped leaves accompany shiny large buttercup-like flowers. Great addition to the water garden.

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Carex amphibola

Carex amphibola

Common Name: Creek sedge

A compact and vigorous clump, with shiny semi-evergreen foliage. Excellent choice for the woodland or shade garden. Very adaptable. Host plant for some Skippers, and seeds are eaten by several reptiles.

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Carex blanda

Carex blanda

Common Name: Common Wood Sedge

Carex blanda is a rhizomatous perennial sedge that matures into compact mounded clumps. The shiny deep green foliage is evergreen and up to 8” long.  In late spring interesting green flower spikes are displayed above the leaves.…

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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 flaccosperma

Carex flaccosperma

Common Name: Blue wood sedge

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

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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 muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis

Common Name: Palm sedge

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 muskingumensis 'Oehme'

Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme'

Common Name: Palm sedge

Similar to the species, but with a clear gold border. Named for Wolfgang Oehme, famed landscape architect.

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Carex socialis

Carex socialis

Common Name: Social sedge

Carex socialis is a rhizomatous perennial sedge that forms dense tufts of narrow foliage.

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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name: Buttonbush

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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Chasmanthium latifolium

Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name: Northern seaoates

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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Chelone glabra

Chelone glabra

Common Name: Turtlehead

Chelone glabra is an upright perennial with stout stems and shiny deep green leaves.  In late summer and fall, stems are topped by lovely clusters of white snapdragon like flowers.  The individual blooms are about an inch long and are …

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Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Common Name: Pink turtlehead

Selected for its red stems, beautiful in wet meadows and at pond's edge. 

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Coreopsis lanceolata

Coreopsis lanceolata

Common Name: Lanceleaf tickseed

Thrives in poor, sandy, rocky soils. Tolerant of heat and drought. Hairy lance-shaped leaves remain low. One to two inch yellow ray flowers bloom atop slender, erect stems. 

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Coreopsis tripteris

Coreopsis tripteris

Common Name: Tall coreopsis

Dozens of single yellow flowers, very showy. Will reseed. 

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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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Deschampsia caespitosa

Deschampsia caespitosa

Common Name: Tufted hairgrass

Deschampsia cespitosa is a robust clump forming perennial grass.  The tufted foliage is narrow, fine textured and usually evergreen.  Airy panicles of purplish green florets with hair like awns form in summer.  They mature into a …

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Deschampsia caespitosa 'Goldtau'

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Goldtau'

Common Name: gold dew tufted hair grass

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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Equisetum hyemale

Equisetum hyemale

Common Name: Scouring Rush

Equisetum hyemale is a vigorous evergreen perennial with a striking vertical habit.  Plants produce multiple bamboo-like dark green stems arranged in dense clumps. This handsome rush-like plant adapts to a wide variety of growing …

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Eupatorium coelestinum

Eupatorium coelestinum

Common Name: Mistflower

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

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Eupatorium dubium

Eupatorium dubium

Common Name: Three-nerved Joe pye

Think of it as the Joe that never really grew up! Shorter, much friendlier to smaller gardens and spaces. 

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Eupatorium fistulosum

Eupatorium fistulosum

Common Name: Joe pye weed

Huge, founded flower heads. Butterflies love it. 

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Eupatorium maculatum

Eupatorium maculatum

Common Name: Spotted Joe pye weed

Light purple flower heads, many reaching up to 8 inches across. Lightly fragrant, especially attracts the swallowtail butterfly, along with many other pollinators. 

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Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'

Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'

Common Name: Gateway Joe Pye

Big and beautiful, best known Joe pye cultivar, brings the butterflies in drones. 

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Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Common Name: Boneset

Another one for wet spaces found along streams and at woods' edge. 

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Eupatorium purpureum

Eupatorium purpureum

Common Name: Sweet Joe pye weed

Found in thickets and open woods this Joe Pye tolerates some shade, sweet odor when crushed. 

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Gentiana andrewsii

Gentiana andrewsii

Common Name: Closed bottle gentian (No Advance Orders)

Sprawling perennial wildflower with lance shaped lustrous leaves.  In late summer and autumn, foliage is topped by clusters of bottle shaped blue to violet flowers.  The mature blooms look like large flower buds because they remai…

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Helenium autumnale

Helenium autumnale

Common Name: Common sneezeweed

It doesn't make you sneeze. Occurs in wet meadows and moist places. 

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Helenium autumnale 'Helena Red Shades'

Helenium autumnale 'Helena Red Shades'

Common Name: Helena Red Shades common sneezeweed

Upright clumping wildflower cultivar with elongated bright green leaves.  From mid-summer until autumn foliage is crowned by an abundance of coppery red daisy-like flowers. This adaptable plant will grow in any site that has sun or part sun and …

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Helenium flexuosum

Helenium flexuosum

Common Name: purple-headed sneezeweed

Golden yellow reflexed petals encircle a brownish purple center disk from August through October.  Native to eastern and midwestern US. 

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Helianthus angustifolia

Helianthus angustifolia

Common Name: Swamp sunflower

Numerous, bright blooms, narrow shiny deep green leaves. A spectacular show. Should be kept moist for best performance. 

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Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

Common Name: Swamp mallow

The large blossoms grab your attention, found in swamps and wet meadows, this plant is great for ponds. 

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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Pink'

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Pink'

Common Name: Disco Belle Pink Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Disco Bell Pink’ is a perennial with large leaves and many sturdy vertical stems.  In summer, plants are crowned by striking saucer shaped flowers on compact 2 to 2 ½ foot plants.  The sol…

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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Red'

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Red'

Common Name: Disco Belle Red Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Disco Bell Red’ is a perennial with large leaves and many sturdy vertical stems.  In summer, plants are crowned by striking saucer shaped flowers on compact 2 to 2 ½ foot plants.  The solitary …

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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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Iris fulva (Available 2019)

Iris fulva (Available 2019)

Common Name: Copper Iris (No Advance Orders)

If you've got moisture to give, this beauty is for you. Iris fulva has three inch copper-red flowers that appear more flat than a typical iris. This species is attractive to hummingbirds and many bee species. NAO

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Iris versicolor

Iris versicolor

Common Name: Blue flag

Iris versicolor is a vigorous perennial that forms small colonies from a network of underground rhizomes.  Plants produce clumps of distinctive narrow pointed leaves. In spring, foliage is topped by lovely blue irises. This unique wild…

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Liatris pycnostachya

Liatris pycnostachya

Common Name: Prairie Blazing Star

This blazing star is the tallest Liatris species in cultivation.  Pycnostachya in Greek means crowded, and in this case it references the crowded leaves and flowers.  Some consider this plant too tall for the ornamental border, but exc…

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Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Common Name: Dense blazing star

Liatris spicata is a handsome gayfeather with a tall unbranched habit.  The stems are covered in attractive long narrow leaves.  In summer foliage is topped by rosy-purple spiky flowers and surrounded by a bevy of butterflies.  Plants …

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Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'

Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'

Common Name: Floristan White blazing star

‘Floristan White’ is a free flowering gayfeather cultivar.  The stems are covered in attractive long narrow leaves.  In summer foliage is topped by creamy white spiky flowers and surrounded by a bevy of butterfl…

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Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Common Name: Kobold Blazing star

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ is a free flowering compact gayfeather cultivar.  The stems are covered in attractive long narrow leaves.  In summer foliage is topped by rosy-purple spiky flowers and surrounded by a bevy o…

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Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Common Name: Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis is a clump forming perennial wildflower with toothed lance shaped leaves. In late summer stems are topped by spiky racemes of vibrant scarlet florets. The blooms are irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants pros…

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Lobelia siphilitica

Lobelia siphilitica

Common Name: Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica is a clump forming perennial wildflower with toothed lance shaped leaves.  In late summer stems are topped by spiky racemes of intense blue-violet florets.  The blooms entice bees, hummingbirds and butterfli…

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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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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Common Name: Ostrich fern (No Advance Orders)

Matteuccia struthiopteris is a statuesque fern with large deep green arching fronds.  Plants expand by rhizomes to form colonies.  Foliage is compound with each impressive frond consisting of many pairs of deeply lobed pinnae. …

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Monarda bradburiana

Monarda bradburiana

Common Name: Eastern beebalm

A compact clumping perennial wildflower. Plants have gray-green aromatic leaves on strong square stems.  In late spring, stems are topped by showy rounded clusters of pale pink tubular flowers speckled with purple.  Pollinators flock to t…

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Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma

Common Name: Scarlet Bee Balm

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

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 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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Monarda x 'Peter's Fancy Fuchsia'

Monarda x 'Peter's Fancy Fuchsia'

Common Name: Peter's bee balm

A sturdy perennial bee balm cultivar.  Plants have deep green aromatic leaves displayed on strong square stems.  In summer, stems are topped by showy terminal clusters of hot pink tubular flowers.  The blooms are a magnet for insect …

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Monarda x 'Raspberry Wine'

Monarda x 'Raspberry Wine'

Common Name: Raspberry Wine bee balm

A sturdy perennial bee balm cultivar.  Plants have deep green aromatic leaves displayed on strong square stems.  In summer, stems are topped by showy terminal clusters of raspberry-wine tubular flowers.  The blooms are a magnet for i…

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Onoclea sensibilis

Onoclea sensibilis

Common Name: Sensitive Fern (No Advance Orders)

Onoclea sensibilis is a rambling pinnately lobed fern with soft green sterile fronds.  These fronds are deciduous often turning bright yellow before disappearing for the winter.  Spores are enclosed in bead-like coverings and a…

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Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Common Name: Switch grass

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

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

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

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 'Heiliger Hain'

Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Common Name: Heiliger Hain switch grass

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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Panicum virgatum 'North Wind'

Panicum virgatum 'North Wind'

Common Name: Switch grass

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

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 'Rostrahlbusch'

Panicum virgatum 'Rostrahlbusch'

Common Name: Red switch grass

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

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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Penstemon calycosus

Penstemon calycosus

Common Name: Calico penstemon

Penstemon calycosus is a graceful perennial wildflower that expands to form upright clumps.  This beardtongue bears deep green toothed leaves on strong upright stems.  In summer, plants are topped by showy panicles of tubular…

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Penstemon digitalis

Penstemon digitalis

Common Name: Beard tongue

Penstemon digitalis is an elegant perennial wildflower that expands to form upright clumps.  This beardtongue bears deep green leaves on strong upright stems.  In summer, plants are topped by showy panicles of tubular snapdra…

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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Common Name: Beard tongue

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ is an upright clumping beardtongue cultivar.  In spring, strong stems rise bearing deep red sessile leaves.  Foliage is topped by showy summer panicles of tubular snapdragon-like flower…

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Penstemon hirsutus

Penstemon hirsutus

Common Name: Hairy Beardtongue

This is a very easy to grow Penstemon since it is so adaptable.  Grows in Full Sun to Full Shade in moist to dry locations.  Hairy stems give it its name.  Flowers purple from May to June.  

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Phlox glaberrima 'Morris Berd'

Phlox glaberrima 'Morris Berd'

Common Name: Morris Berd smooth phlox

Phlox glaberrima ‘Morris Berd’ is a compact phlox cultivar with dark green leaves and maroon winter foliage.  In summer, foliage is topped by loose clusters of large showy rosy pink flowers.  ‘Morris Berd’…

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Phlox maculata

Phlox maculata

Common Name: Wild sweet William

Phlox maculata is an upright perennial wildflower with bright green lance shaped leathery leaves.  In summer, the glossy foliage is topped by large conical clusters of fragrant pinkish-purple flowers.  Meadow phlox forms colonies…

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Phlox paniculata

Phlox paniculata

Common Name: Summer phlox

Phlox paniculata is an upright perennial wildflower with oval or oblong leaves.  In summer, the deep green foliage is topped by large flat headed or slightly rounded clusters of fragrant magenta or lavender-pink flowers.  Summer phlox …

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Phlox paniculata 'David'

Phlox paniculata 'David'

Common Name: David garden phlox

The best pure white available, fragrant, mildew resistant. 

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Phlox paniculata 'Jeana'

Phlox paniculata 'Jeana'

Common Name: Jeana garden phlox

Fragrant pink flowers are very attractive to pollinators, very large, and lasts longer than other paniculata cultivars. Disease resistant, one of the best Phlox paniculata you can choose. 

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Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore'

Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore'

Common Name: Robert Poore garden phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’ is a tall lovely summer phlox cultivar.  The deep green foliage is topped by large rounded clusters of fragrant magenta pink flowers from summer into early autumn.  Plants form rob…

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Physostegia virginiana

Physostegia virginiana

Common Name: Obedient plant

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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Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid'

Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid'

Common Name: Obedient plant

A compact perennial wildflower cultivar.  Like the parent species, plants have bold lance shaped leaves.  In late summer and early fall, foliage is topped by bright lavender-pink spikey inflorescences.  The individual florets are tub…

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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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Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata

Common Name: Green-headed coneflower

Deeply cut leaves, with drooping yellow ray flowers on 4-foot stems, likes wet feet. A native clump forming perennial with multiple upright stems.  The leaves are large, dark green and deeply lobed.  From summer until fall folia…

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Rudbeckia laciniata 'Autumn Sun'

Rudbeckia laciniata 'Autumn Sun'

Common Name: Autumn Sun cut-leaf coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata Autumn Sun is a selection of a native clump forming perennial with multiple upright stems.  The leaves are large, dark green and deeply lobed.  From summer until fall foliage is topped with clusters o…

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Sedum ternatum

Sedum ternatum

Common Name: three-leaved stone crop

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

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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Silene virginica

Silene virginica

Common Name: Fire pink

Tufted perennial wildflower with narrow lance-shaped leaves.  In spring loose clusters of scarlet red flowers similar to Phlox spp. rise above the foliage on slender stems.  The floret bases are tubular and the petals are s…

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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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Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Suwannee'

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Suwannee'

Common Name: Blue-eyed grass

Low rhizomatous wildflower that forms tufted clumps of narrow sword shaped leaves.  Starry bright blue flowers rise above the leaves to a height of about 1’.  This diminutive beauty prospers in sunny or lightly shaded gardens with…

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Solidago graminifolia

Solidago graminifolia

Common Name: Grass-leaved goldenrod

Upright perennial wildflower.  Leaves are alternate, linear and grass-like.  From late summer into fall stems are terminated with flat topped yellow flower clusters. Plants are tough, vigorous and adaptable, prospering in sunny or p…

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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Common Name: Wrinkle-leaf goldenrod

Selected for its superior bloom, really looks like exploding fireworks when in bloom. ‘Fireworks’ is an upright perennial wildflower with sturdy pubescent stems.  Leaves are narrow and lance shaped with a wrinkled surfa…

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Sorghastrum nutans

Sorghastrum nutans

Common Name: Indian grass

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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Tradescantia virginiana

Tradescantia virginiana

Common Name: Spider lily

Robust perennial with multiple stems bearing narrow pointed olive green leaves. In late spring, foliage is topped by small clusters of violet florets. This charming wildflower thrives in open woods or in partly sunny gardens with average soil.

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Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly'

Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly'

Common Name: Iron Butterfly ironweed

Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’ is a low mounding perennial wildflower with narrow fine textured foliage.  In late summer plants are covered by small clusters of royal purple disc florets.  Butterflies …

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Vernonia noveborecensis

Vernonia noveborecensis

Common Name: New York ironweed

Vernonia noveborecensis is a tall robust perennial wildflower with numerous lance shaped leaves.  In late summer plants are crowned by large corymbs of royal purple disc florets.  Butterflies and other pollinators flock to the blooms. …

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Veronicastrum virginicum

Veronicastrum virginicum

Common Name: Culver root

Veronicastrum virginicum is a tall robust perennial wildflower with attractive whorled leaves.  In early and mid-summer plants are crowned by spiky racemes densely packed with tiny tubular white florets. The inflorescences bra…

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Zizia aureus

Zizia aureus

Common Name: Golden Alexander's

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

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