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Louisiana native plants perfectly designed for our heat, humidity, high rainfall, and adapted to our soils and pests. From a wide selection of Liatris and truly perennial Rudbeckias to vines like the tame Coral Honeysuckle as well as the rare but beautiful Louisiana Catchfly. These natives attract a host of pollinators from hummingbirds to butterflies as well as native bees and other garden beneficials so be sure to add them to your gardens, landscapes, and wildscapes like meadows and prairies.

 

Clusters of bright golden yellow upward facing daisies are produced atop sturdy stems emerging from the rosettes of rounded low growing deep green foliage in early(8B) to late spring or early summer(3) depending on your cold hardiness zone. Roundleaf Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata, is very similar to the cutleaf Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, but is more tolerant of full sun as well as light shade and drier growing conditions. This stoloniferous native perennial develops into an evergreen to semi-evergreen mat of low rich green foliage and its flowers attract many early season pollinators, especially bees. Use Roundleaf Golden Groundsel as a groundcover in informal and naturalistic garden settings as well as in roadside plantings, meadows, and prairies. It is native to much of the central and eastern US.   Item# 12249

Grows To: 12-18"H at flowering, foliage 4-6"H, space at 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Deciduous shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ruby Red Trumpet Creeper

Campsis radicans 'Ruby Red', Bignonia radicans, Tecoma radicans

Clusters of 4" long deep red trumpets adorn this vigorous native vine throughout summer. Trumpet Creeper is an excellent choice for hummingbirds and we thought it was appropriate to name this naturally occurring Almost Eden selection after the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. Trumpet Creeper's vigor, tolerance of poor soils, and durability lend it to use in difficult sites. Use as an espalier, allow it to climb a sturdy fence, or cover an arbor. Item# 11373

Grows To: 20-40'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

A 2020 Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit selection! A US National Arboretum introduction, Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea is designed to have a compact rounded form but with plenty of flower power producing loads of large, uniform elongated clusters of flowers that start out white, change to pink, and ultimately to a deep rosy pink. The beautiful velvety Oak-leaf like foliage is a rich medium green but deepens to purples and reds in fall. Images courtesy of the US National Arboretum website. Item# 10528.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sweetly fragrant 4-6" high pink candles are borne in summer on this upright to spreading deciduous shrub. Ruby Spice Clethra or Sweet Pepper Bush is an easy grow with few pests or diseases. Withstands wet soils and seaside locations.The Clethras or Sweet Pepper Bushes are naturally suckering deciduous shrubs and are also notoriously slow to leaf out in spring but the fragrant summer flowers make it worth the wait. Item# 363

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade (Full sun in wet soil)
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Sabine Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia scabrifolia

A rare Rudbeckia that is native only to the Pineywoods of west central Louisiana and east Texas. The bright golden yellow 4-5" daisies are born on tall sturdy stems that are held above the rich green rounded foliage. The Sabine Coneflower is native to consistently moist to bog-like conditions and will probably fare best in a moist to average garden soil. Item# 9402.

Grows To: 5-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sanguin Purple Coneflower

Echinacea sanguinea

3-4" wide light pink to purplish pink coneflowers with drooping narrow petals are held high above the foliage on sturdy 18-24" high stems. Flowers begin in May and may continue through August and they attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. The Sanguin Purple Coneflower is a taprooted, clump-forming native with an easy to get-along-with and tough nature. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 9304

Grows To: 12-24''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Selfheal, Heal-All, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris

An easy groundcovering perennial, Selfheal produces dense spikes of contrasting coppery tinged green bracts from which row after row of white tubular flowers with a purple 'hood' emerge. It begins flowering in early to mid spring lasting for several weeks providing nectar to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This member of the mint family is easy to establish and requires little care once established in the garden. Use Selfheal as a groundcover, on roadsides, as a component of the meadow, prairie and other naturalistic settings. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Deer, rabbit, and pest resistant. Mainly a winter and spring growing perennial that moves into dormancy after seeds set in summer. Item# 11176

Grows To: 8-14"H at flowering x 18-24"W, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Slender arching stems that end in spikes of purple flowers emerge from the soft fine textured foliage of this dainty Liatris from late spring through early summer and may even flower into fall. The soft texture and and gently arching flower spikes make this beautiful Blazing Star a perfect candidate for the perennial garden where it sure to attract attention as well as butterflies and pollinators. Plant several together for the best effect. Item# 9865.

Grows To: 24-30''H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Showy Goldenrod

Solidago speciosa

Considered by many to be the showiest and most garden friendly of our native Goldenrod species in the US. Showy Goldenrod lives up to its name producing dense, spike-like to pyramidal, clusters of large bright yellow flowers in late summer and early fall on sturdy upright stems. A clump forming perennial unlike many of its cousins which spread aggressively.  An excellent choice for pollinators. Item# 10222.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Spikes of spurred, golden yellow, 1/2-3/4" long tubular flowers are produced in late winter and early to midspring at the tips of the stems attracting smaller bees and other pollinators. Smallflower Fumeflower, Corydalis micrantha subsp. australis, is a fall and winter growing, native, spring flowering annual with finely cut deep blue-green foliage adorning the low growing stems. It is found naturally from near central Texas, throughout Louisiana and Arkansas, eastward along the Gulf Coast, and in the coastal counties of North and South Carolina as well as in a few other inland areas in Illinois and Missourri. Smallflower Fumeflower, we grew up knowing as Scrambled Eggs, is typically found in sandy to loamy soils with excellent drainage. It readily reseeds on exposed soils and in disturbed sites. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site in naturalistic areas like roadsides, meadows, and prairies. It would likely make a good companion for spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils and Jonquils and Spanish Bluebells. Item# 12770

Grows To: 8-14"H x 12-16"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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The summer to fall display of up to 4" wide, upward facing, dark-eyed daisies are composed of a double row of bright yellow ray petals that are brushed with maroon at their base and surround the dark rounded cones of disk flowers. SmileyZ® Giggling Black-Eyed Susan, a selection of Rudbeckia hirta, has an initially upright habit but quickly develops into a dense mound of deep green fuzzy foliage. These long flowering, heat and sunloving plants make easy and low maintainence, traffic-stopping container specimens as well as providing a riot of color when used singly, in small groups, or en masse in the garden and landscape. The central disk flowers of Rudbeckias offer nectar and pollen to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12866

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 - Annual in zones 5,6
Grows To: 15-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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The summer to fall display of up to 4" wide, upward facing, dark-eyed daisies are composed of a semi-double to single row of deep mahogany red ray petals that are tipped in yellow to burnt orange tones that may deepen into solid mahogany with age and surround the dark rounded cones of disk flowers. SmileyZ® Glowing Black-Eyed Susan, a selection of Rudbeckia hirta, has an initially upright habit but quickly develops into a dense mound of deep green fuzzy foliage. These long flowering, heat and sunloving plants make easy and low maintainence, traffic-stopping container specimens as well as providing a riot of color when used singly, in small groups, or en masse in the garden and landscape. The central disk flowers of Rudbeckias offer nectar and pollen to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12867
 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 - Annual in zones 5,6
Grows To: 15-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The summer to fall display of up to 4" wide, upward facing, dark-eyed daisies are composed of deep red to near maroon ray petals that are tipped in brightly contrasting golden yellow that deepens into burnt orange tones with age and surround the dark rounded cones of disk flowers. SmileyZ® Happy Black-Eyed Susan, a selection of Rudbeckia hirta, has an initially upright habit but quickly develops into a dense mound of deep green fuzzy foliage. These long flowering, heat and sunloving plants make easy and low maintainence, traffic-stopping container specimens as well as providing a riot of color when used singly, in small groups, or en masse in the garden and landscape. The central disk flowers of Rudbeckias offer nectar and pollen to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12868

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 - Annual in zones 5,6
Grows To: 15-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of white spring flowers are followed by green berries that slowly change through pink, to blue, and to near black once mature. The glossy, bronze-tinged, medium green, deciduous foliage of the Withe-rod Viburnum produces fall color in red and purple tones. This is an upright to rounded, medium-sized native shrub commonly found near wet areas. Considered by some to have the best tasting fruit of our native Viburnums giving it the name of Wild Raisin. Item# 10382

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Flemygea'

Large conical white flower clusters composed of numerous sterile florets are held atop strong sturdy stems with the flower show beginning in late spring to early summer. Flowers take on pink tones as they age. Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea has sturdier stems than Alice with a more compact, denser, naturally rounded habit. This is a selection of our native Hydrangea quercifolia that offers the showy peeling cinnamon colored winter bark and purple, red and burgundy fall foliage typical of the species. Snow Queen has proven to be hardy into zone 5. Provide a well-drained, average moist, fertile, acidic soil and although they are tolerant of full sun they flower well even in fairly dense shade. The Oakleaf Hydrangea will have the most intense fall foliage coloration where the plants receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. An organic mulch, especially important under full sun conditions in areas with hot summer climates, will to help alleviate moisture stress during dry periods among its numerous other benefits. Item# 1182

Grows To: 6'H x 6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Shade

Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Flemygea'

Large conical white flower clusters composed of numerous sterile florets are held atop strong sturdy stems with the flower show beginning in late spring to early summer. Flowers take on pink tones as they age. Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea has sturdier stems than Alice with a more compact, denser, naturally rounded habit. This is a selection of our native Hydrangea quercifolia that offers the showy peeling cinnamon colored winter bark and purple, red and burgundy fall foliage typical of the species. Snow Queen has proven to be hardy into zone 5. Provide a well-drained, average moist, fertile, acidic soil and although they are tolerant of full sun they flower well even in fairly dense shade. The Oakleaf Hydrangea will have the most intense fall foliage coloration where the plants receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. An organic mulch, especially important under full sun conditions in areas with hot summer climates, will to help alleviate moisture stress during dry periods among its numerous other benefits. Item# 12577

Grows To: 6'H x 6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Shade
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Snowcicle Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowcicle' PP33072

Huge 12-14" long panicles composed of numerous double sterile florets open bright white and slowly change as summer progesses adding red, pink, cream, and green tinges and are held on strong sturdy stems beginning in late spring or early summer with flower clusters lasting into winter. Snowcicle Oakleaf Hydrangea boasts some of the largest flower clusters among its peers, excellent vigor, and strong sturdy stems to support its massive flower clusters. In fall, the bluish-green, fuzzy, oak-like foliage changes into shades of red, purple, and orange. The Oakleaf Hydrangea is truly a plant for all seasons as winter shows off the bare stems with peeling bark. Provide a well-drained, average moist, fertile, acidic soil and although they are tolerant of full sun they flower well even in fairly dense shade. The Oakleaf Hydrangea will have the most intense fall foliage coloration where the plants receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. An organic mulch, especially important under full sun conditions in areas with hot summer climates, will to help alleviate moisture stress during dry periods among its numerous other benefits. Images courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12578

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Shade
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2022 Missouri Botanic Garden Plants of Merit selection! Clusters of dangling, 6-8" long, spike-like clusters of small urn-shaped white flowers are produced at the ends of the branches in spring and may be followed by showy yellow seed capsules that remain even into winter. The flowers are highly prized by native bees and by apiarists for producing Sourwood honey. The Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, is a beautiful, deciduous, medium to large tree adorned with glossy green foliage that becomes deep fiery red in fall if grown in sunny conditions. It has a naturally pyramidal habit, especially when younger, and generally grows 20-40' high but may reach 70' under ideal conditions. The Sourwood is commonly found with wild azaleas, rhododendrons, Pawpaws and other acid loving species ranging from central Louisiana to southwestern Pennsylvania. It needs an acidic, loamy, well-drained, moist to average moist soil rich in organic matter and will likely benefit from an organic mulch applied over the root zone. The foliage has an acidic flavor giving the tree its name. Item# 12606

Grows To: 20-40'(-70')H x 10-25'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Light azure blue falls and standards are accented with darker veining and deep golden yellow bee guides. The Southern Blue Flag, Iris virginica tentatively, is a native of Louisiana but is not an actual Louisiana Iris as we had originally thought as the mother plant was shared with us without a name. We previously offered this as Light Blue Louisina Iris but it has kindly been tentatively identified for us by a Louisiana Iris grower and appears to fit the botanical descriptions. The Southern Blue Flage is just as vigorous and hardy as the Louisiana Irises and will do well under similarly moist to wet to average moist soils in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. It can be set in water gardens where the container is just below the water's surface. Item# 11808

Grows To: 16-24"H, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Southern Catalpa, Indian Bean Tree

Catalpa bignonioides

Large pyramidal clusters that are composed of showy, 1" wide, trumpet shaped, white flowers that have yellow to orange stripes and purple dots for bee guides are borne over a few weeks in mid spring. The nectar and pollen rich flowers of the Southern Catalpa are excellent for honey production as well as for native bees and other pollinators. Fast growing and pyramidal when young, the Catalpa can quickly reach flowering size at 15-25' under good conditions with ample moisture and moderate fertility. Item# 3057.

Grows To: 20-40'H x 20-30'W to 60'H x 60'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
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Southern Fall Obedient Plant, False Dragonshead

Physostegia virginiana ssp. praemorsa

Dense spikes of rosy pink tubular flowers are produced in late summer and fall atop sturdy stems attracting butterflies, larger bees, and hummingbirds. The Southern Fall Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana ssp. praemorsa, is a clump forming species of Physostegia, whereas most species spread via long rhizomes, this one is a much more mannerly native perennial better suited to garden culture. It will slowly multiply developing into a dense clump of foliage and flowering stems. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a wet to moist to average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12752

Grows To: 2-3'H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

The huge white fruitily fragrant flowers of the Southern Magnolia can reach up to 12" across and are set against a backdrop of deep green glossy foliage in mid to late spring. Pollinated flowers are followed by cones whose fruit ripens to bright red and are often used as additions to fall and early winter bouquets, wreaths, and other types of floral arrangements. The ripe red fruit attract songbirds and small mammals. The Southern Magnolia is a moderately fast growing tree when young and typically develops into a naturally pyramidal form when young and typically develops a rounded crown at maturity. In a full to mostly sunny position limbs will often reach to ground even on mature trees and the dense thick foliage makes a nearly impenetrable mulch beneath them. Seedling trees, which these are, are somewhat variable and flowering may not begin flowering until the trees are 10-25 years of age. Item# 12030

Grows To: 50-75'H x 30-50'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
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Southern Prairie Aster, Showy Aster

Eurybia hemispherica, Aster gattingeri, A. hemisphericus

A low growing, clump forming to slowly spreading perennial the Southern Prairie Aster produces 1" wide, medium purple to lighter pinkish purple daisies with a yellow eye atop sturdy upright to arching stems beginning in late summer and lasting into fall. This is another Aster that is native to sandy dryer upland soils and so is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Excellent for native pollinators. Item# 10694.

Grows To: 18-30"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Spanish Moss (live plants)

Tillandsia usneoides

One of the most recognizable features of Southeastern swamps, the Gulf Coast, and historic southern homes are the long gray masses of Spanish Moss trailing from Bald Cypress, Live Oaks, and anywhere else these dense chains of tiny bromeliads are allowed to make a home. Our native birds use them as nesting materials and tiny wind born seeds spread this pineapple cousin throughout the Southeast from Texas to Virginia. Our Spanish Moss is not wild collected but is grown in our greenhouses hanging below our tables where it is happy to receive any nutrients and moisture while we water our plants. We ship generous clusters of 14-18" long masses of living moss. Item# 11107

Grows To: 2-4'L+
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Shade
14-18 inch long clusters
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Clusters of bright golden yellow upward facing daisies are produced atop sturdy stems emerging from the rosettes of rounded low growing deep green foliage in early(8B) to late spring or early summer(3) depending on your cold hardiness zone. Roundleaf Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata, is very similar to the cutleaf Golden Groundsel, Packera aurea, but is more tolerant of full sun as well as light shade and drier growing conditions. This stoloniferous native perennial develops into an evergreen to semi-evergreen mat of low rich green foliage and its flowers attract many early season pollinators, especially bees. Use Roundleaf Golden Groundsel as a groundcover in informal and naturalistic garden settings as well as in roadside plantings, meadows, and prairies. It is native to much of the central and eastern US.   Item# 12249

Grows To: 12-18"H at flowering, foliage 4-6"H, space at 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Deciduous shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 34
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