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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 glomeratus

Andropogon glomeratus

Common Name: Bushy bluestem

 Andropogon glomeratus is a perennial grass that grows in narrow upright clumps.  Leaves are an attractive blue green. In late summer and autumn, plants are topped with dense silvery panicles that mature into creamy fl…

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Andropogon gyrans

Andropogon gyrans

Common Name: Elliott's beard grass (No Advance Orders)

Andropogon gyrans is a clump forming perennial grass that grows in narrow upright tufts.  In late summer blue green leaves are topped with silvery panicles.  Foliage turns reddish to a lovely coppery color in fall and winter.  On …

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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 incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp milkweed

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

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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 novi-belgii

Aster novi-belgii

Common Name: New York aster

Rhizomatous species with violet or blue flowers. 

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Aster puniceus

Aster puniceus

Common Name: Purple stemmed aster

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

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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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Carex comosa

Carex comosa

Common Name: Bristly sedge

Erect clumps of triangular stems form from short rhizomes. Drooping spikelets impart a bottlebrush effect. Found along ponds, lakes, in wetlands and wet meadows, providing food and cover for water fowl.

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Carex crinita

Carex crinita

Common Name: Fringed sedge

This sedge is suited for shaded wetlands, it has blue/green foliage and drooping seed heads.

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Carex emoryii

Carex emoryii

Common Name: Emory's sedge

An aquatic emergent, great selection for stormwater projects. 

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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 scoparia

Carex scoparia

Common Name: Broom Sedge

Carex scoparia is a fine textured clumping cool season sedge.  In summer triangular leafy stems rise above the tufts of narrow grass-like foliage.  The culms bear scaly green to tan bullet shaped flower clusters that transition i…

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Carex sprengelii

Carex sprengelii

Common Name: Long Beaked Sedge

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 stipata

Carex stipata

Common Name: Awl-fruited sedge

Carex stipata is a sprawling wetland sedge that expands from short rhizomes.  New leaves are bright green and fountain-like.  In spring culms rise above the foliage bearing prickly flower clusters.  The green inflorescences …

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Carex stricta

Carex stricta

Common Name: Tussock sedge

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

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Carex vulpinoidea

Carex vulpinoidea

Common Name: Fox sedge

Tough and adaptable, should be used in all wetlands restoration projects. 

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Elymus virginicus

Elymus virginicus

Common Name: Virginia wild rye

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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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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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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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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Iris virginica

Iris virginica

Common Name: Southern blue flag

Easy to grow. Will do well in average garden soil, but is more at home in wetter conditions, even shallow water and brackish tidal marshes. The roots provide excellent soil stabilization. 

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Juncus effusus

Juncus effusus

Common Name: Soft rush

Juncus effusus is an evergreen perennial with a striking vertical habit.  Plants produce multiple culms arranged in dense tufts. The narrow stems are rounded and lustrous green with pointed tips and no obvious leaves.  In summer loose …

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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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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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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Common Name: Ostrich fern

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 pinna…

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Mimulus ringens

Mimulus ringens

Common Name: Square stem monkey flower

A multi-stemmed bushy perennial wildflower.  The square light green stems are clothed in pairs of clasping lance shaped leaves.   In summer, blue-purple flowers are displayed in the upper leaf axils.  The blooms are asymmetrical…

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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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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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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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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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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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Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus atrovirens

Common Name: Green bulrush

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

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-squared bulrush

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

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

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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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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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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Verbena hastata

Verbena hastata

Common Name: Blue vervain

A clumping perennial with stiff erect squarish stems.  Leaves are opposite with coarse teeth.  In summer, plants are topped by narrow spikey panicles of small tubular purple flowers.  Plants thrive in full or part sun in moist or wet…

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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 aureu

Zizia aureu

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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