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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Common Name: Caradonna sage

Native to Europe and west-central Asia (selection)

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Salvia nemorosa 'Wesuwe'

Salvia nemorosa 'Wesuwe'

Common Name: Wesuwe meadow sage

Native to Europe and west-central Asia (selection)

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Salvia x sylvestris 'Blue Hill'

Salvia x sylvestris 'Blue Hill'

cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis

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Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night'

Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night'

Common Name: May Night wood sage

cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis

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Salvia x sylvestris 'Snow Hill'

Salvia x sylvestris 'Snow Hill'

Common Name: Snow Hill wood sage

cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis

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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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Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Common Name: Little bluestem

Native to North America (selection)

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’ is a lovely upright blue tinted Little Bluestem cultivar.  Plants have attractive fine textured steely blue foliage and rosy pink stems.  In late summer small flowers a…

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Senecio smalli

Senecio smalli

Common Name: Smalls ragwort

Native to North America

Upland version of the golden ragwort. Semi-evergreen this mounding perennial with long narrow basal leaves. In spring clusters of golden-yellow daisies rise above the foliage on sturdy stems.  Plants form large colonies over time in sunny…

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Silene caroliniana

Silene caroliniana

Common Name: Wild pink

Native to North America

A tufted perennial wildflower with narrow lance-shaped leaves.  In spring loose clusters of rosy pink flowers with dark centers rise above the foliage on slender stems.  The floret bases are tubular and the petals are spreading and wedge …

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Silene virginica

Silene virginica

Common Name: Fire pink

Native to North America

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 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 perfoliatum

Silphium perfoliatum

Common Name: Cup plant

Native to North America

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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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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Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Suwannee'

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Suwannee'

Common Name: Blue-eyed grass

Native to North America (selection)

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 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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Solidago graminifolia

Solidago graminifolia

Common Name: Grass-leaved goldenrod

Native to North America

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 nemoralis

Solidago nemoralis

Common Name: Prairie goldenrod

Native to North America

Rhizomatous. Favors poor soils, sand, clay, or gravel, but will flourish in the fertile soils as well. narrow nodding wands of numerous yellow compound flowers. 

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Solidago rigida

Solidago rigida

Common Name: Stiff goldenrod

Native to North America

An upright unbranched perennial wildflower with sturdy pubescent stems.  Leaves are lance shaped or elliptical with a bluntly rounded tip. In late summer and autumn, attractive golden-yellow flat topped flower clusters appear.  Plants ar…

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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Common Name: Wrinkle-leaf goldenrod

Native to North America (selection)

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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Solidago speciosa

Solidago speciosa

Common Name: Showy goldenrod

Native to North America

Solidago speciosa is an unbranched clumping perennial wildflower with narrowly oval foliage.  From late summer until autumn, plants are topped by attractive pyramidal golden-yellow flower panicles.  This lovely goldenrod prosp…

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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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Spodiopogon sibiricus

Spodiopogon sibiricus

Common Name: Frost grass

Native to Asia

A large dense ball of blue-green foliage that is topped by upright showy flowers beginning in July and do not break apart with the first strong wind or snow fall often persisting into February.  Prefers moist to wet soils in full sun to part s…

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Sporobolus airoides

Sporobolus airoides

Common Name: Alkali Sacaton

Native to North America

A petite warm season bunch grass.  Plants form attractive mounds of slender gray-green arching leaves.  In late spring one or more culms rises above the foliage bearing airy panicles of pinkish spikelets.  The florets mature into sma…

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Sporobolus heterolepis

Sporobolus heterolepis

Common Name: Prairie dropseed

Native to North America

Sporobolis heterolepis is a petite warm season perennial grass.  Plants form attractive mounds of slender deep green arching leaves.  In late spring one or more culms rises above the foliage bearing airy panicles of olive, s…

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Stachys officinalis

Stachys officinalis

Common Name: Bishop's wort

Native to Europe & Asia

Low maintenance tough perennial with showy flowers from July to August. Spreads by stolons to create a dense ground cover in full sun. Deer and juglone tolerant. Used medicinally in ancient Egypt and continues to be to this day.

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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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