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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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