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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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Liatris aspera

Liatris aspera

Common Name: Tall, Rough blazing star

Liatris aspera is a showy drought tolerant perennial wildflower.  Plants are up to 5’ tall and unbranched with narrow somewhat grass-like leaves.  In late summer spectacular rosy purple flower spikes are frequented by Mon…

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Liatris ligulistylis

Liatris ligulistylis

Common Name: Rocky Mountain blazing star

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

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Liatris microcephala

Liatris microcephala

Common Name: Appalachian blazing star

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

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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 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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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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Liatris squarrosa

Liatris squarrosa

Common Name: Scaly blazing star

Liatris squarrosa is a showy drought tolerant perennial wildflower.  Plants are up to 2’ tall with upright or arching stems clothed in narrow grass-like leaves.  In late summer tufted rosy purple flower heads are frequented by…

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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 cardinalis 'New Moon Maroon'

Lobelia cardinalis 'New Moon Maroon'

Common Name: Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis ‘New Moon Maroon’ is a clump forming cultivar of a favorite perennial wildflower.  Foliage is lance shaped with a unique red-purple color.  In late summer stems are topped by spiky racemes of…

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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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Lonicera sempervirens

Lonicera sempervirens

Common Name: Trumpet honeysuckle

Tolerates a wide range of conditions, attracts hummingbirds.

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Lonicera sempervirens 'Alabama Crimson'

Lonicera sempervirens 'Alabama Crimson'

Common Name: Trumpet honeysuckle

A strong growing, long blooming, red selection.

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Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Common Name: Trumpet honeysuckle

A selected yellow form with good compact form and repeat bloom.

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Luzula acuminata

Luzula acuminata

Common Name: Hairy woodrush

Luzula acuminata is a diminutive rush relative that grows in loose sod-like clumps.  During early spring, plants in the vegetative state resemble grasses. Leaves are arranged in a rosette and are narrow and shiny with soft silvery ha…

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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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