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Missouri Botanic Gardens Plants of Merit

From the Missouri Botanic Gardens website: "Plants of Merit are plants selected for their outstanding quality and dependable performance for the lower Midwest. They grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois, and the Kansas City Metro area." Minimum requirements to earn the Plants of Merit award are: "Easy to grow and maintain; Not known to be invasive in our area; Resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects; Has outstanding ornamental value; Reasonably available to purchase". To learn more about the MBG Plants of Merit visit the Missouri Botanic Gardens website. Not only does their website offer these award winning selections it also has an enormous and detailed plant database with excellent information for both gardeners and professionals alike!

The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year! Arkansas Blue Star provides three seasons of interest with starry light-blue to nearly white flowers in spring, soft-textured narrow medium green foliage in summer, and wonderful golden yellow, orange, and chartreuse fall color. A sun loving and heat tolerant reliable perennial that is mannerly enough to grace any garden. Item# 9715.

Grows To: 30-40"H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 50
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Black and Blue Salvia, Anise Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', S. caerulea, S. concolor 'Black and Blue'

Beautiful, deep blue flowers emerge from black calyxes on this exquisite perennial Salvia all summer and fall. Glossy rich green foliage. It is well suited for beds or containers. Black and Blue Salvia, an Anise Sage, is a highly sought after nectar plant for hummingbirds, larger butterflies, and other pollinators. Item# 808

Grows To: 36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Black Coral Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Black Coral' PPAF

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive? Guess what? This one is not! From the Royal Hawaiian series of Colocasias comes Black Coral, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great "Tropical" effect in the garden or in containers. The large three foot plus, almost heart-shaped, tropical foliage of Black Coral Elephant Ears is a glossy dark black that sits atop black stems and is sure to make a statement! Item# 11272
 
 

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Spikes of deep blue to near purple pea-shaped flowers are produced in spring atop the gray-green foliage in mid to late spring. Blue Wild Indigo is a long-lived easy to grow native that develops and extensive taproot and so it prefers not to be moved once it begins to get established. Baptisias are durable pest and disease resistant perennials that should be considered the Lupine of the South. Provide a sunny position for optimum flowering. Like a fine wine these natives only get better with age. Item# 11593

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The rounded white to greenish-white, rounded, flower clusters sit atop thick sturdy stems that emerge from the rosette of soft yucca-like foliage. This is a tough native perennial whose long-lasting summer flowers will attract a myriad of butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.  Item# 9260.

Researchers have found that Native Americans created shoes from fibers of the tough, spiny-edged, yucca-like plant as early as 8,000 years ago.  Evidence was found in a Missouri cave by archaeologists. From Nat'l Geographic, 1999 article.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 26
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Buttonbush, Button Willow, Honey Bells

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Lightly honey scented, white to cream, tight ball-like flower clusters are produced on new growth in late spring and summer and attract an array of butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. The Buttonbush is a vigorous, medium-sized to large growing, deciduous shrub that does best in consistently moist soils with most of a day of sunlight. A moderate to severe annual pruning of established plants in late winter helps to promote fuller plants and the most flowers. Item# 9247.

Grows To: 6-12'+H x 4-8'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 4
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2-3' high spikes of glowing scarlet tubular flowers are produced in late spring or summer on this US native wildflower. A rosette forming herbaceous perennial to biennial, the Red Cardinal Flower is commonly found along stream banks, marshes, and bogs and will perform well in average to wet garden soils. Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators. Item # 1217.

Grows To: 18-36''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, *Part sun, *Full sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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Compass Plant

Silphium laciniatum

3-4" wide, yellow,  sunflower-like flowers are born on 4-8'H+ sturdy stems over an extended period in summer on this durable, native, clump-forming, tap-rooted perennial. The dark green, deeply dissected foliage of the Compass Plant was used as a compass as the large leaves generally point north and south. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 10309.

Grows To: 4-8'+H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 35
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Dan's Everblooming Native Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'Dan's Everblooming'

An exceptionally free flowering form of our native Coral Honeysuckle producing a nearly continuous display of red tubular blooms with a yellow throat. Dan's Everblooming begins flowering in late winter and early spring and lasts through fall on established plants. This variety and may produce a few flowers throughout winter even in zone 8B. Item# 9729.

 
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USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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David Verity Cigar Plant, Cuphea

Cuphea x 'David Verity'

1" tubular orange blooms, tipped in white, are produced from spring to fall on this upright to spreading shrub-like perennial. David Verity Cigar Plant is an easy to grow, heat and sunloving hybrid Cuphea that flowers non-stop from spring or early summer through fall. In the portion of its range where freezes occur, it can be grown as an annual or if protected with a mulch it is generally a reliable perennial well into zone 8. David Verity Cuphea makes for an easy and rewarding container specimen as well as in the garden and landscape. Excellent for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Item # 361

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W to 4-5'H x 4-5'W in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
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David Verity Cigar Plant, cuphea

Cuphea x 'David Verity'

1" tubular orange blooms, tipped in white, are produced from spring to fall. An upright to arching shrubby perennial. Sun tolerant. Attracts Hummingbirds. An excellent and easy hybrid Cuphea that flowers nearly non-stop from spring through fall. In the portion of its range where freezes occur it can be grown as an annual or if protected with a mulch it is generally reliably perennial well into zone 8. Item #11458

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3 inch / 12 fl.oz. / 354 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Diana Althea, Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana'

Pure white, ruffled and waxy, 3'' blooms simply glow against the dark rich green foliage. Diana Althea is a nearly sterile Rose of Sharon that flowers freely from June through Fall. Altheas are tolerant of heat, drought, and most well-drained soils. Introduced by the US National Arboretum in 1970 and bred by Dr. Donald Egolf. Item # 809

Grows To: 8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
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Dwarf Blue Plumbago, Leadwort

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Plumbago larpentiae

Intense blue blooms are held in clusters atop this durable low spreading perennial. A good choice as a groundcover for hot sunny, well-drained locations. Item# 1173.

Grows To: 8-10''H and spreading 12''+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 17
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Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Clusters of blue to light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne in spring on sturdy stems atop the wide foliage. The Eastern Bluestar makes a wonderful garden addition with a mannerly clump forming habit and excellent pest and disease resistance. Yellow fall foliage color adds to its interest. Tolerant of wet to average moist soils. Eastern Bluestar is an easy to grow and reliable native perennial. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Item# 10268

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The most floriferous Esperanza that we grow! Gold Star Esperanza produces an endless display of large clusters of large golden yellow, lightly fragrant trumpets from late spring to frost. This Greg Grant selection is the standard by which all other Esperanza's are judged. Hardy, heat and sun loving, and with a nicely branched habit Gold Star Esperanza is great for tropical settings in containers and in the garden. Attracts pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Item # 9902.

 
Gold Star is also considered to be lightly fragrant like the tall growing types. If you like you can read more about this great cultivar from the Texas Agrilife Extension Service here: http://www.plantanswers.com/arcadia_pages/plant_of_the_month/gold_star.htm
 Item# 9902.
Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 4
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Large drooping panicles of fragrant fleecy-white flowers adorn this small, native tree in spring and are followed by clusters of tiny black olive-like fruit in summer and fall and are great for birds. The Grancy Graybeard is a tough and adaptable small deciduous tree with a medium rate of growth that is makes an excellent understory tree, specimen, or in mixed natural landscapes. It is also tolerant of urban settings. Item# 10958.

Grows To: 12-20'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Helen Fredel Cross Vine

Bignonia capreolata atrosanguinea 'Helen Fredel'

Texas big blooms are a hallmark of this rich orange flowered crossvine. This is an absolute show stopper when in full bloom! Produces a huge mass of 2-1/2" orange trumpets with yellow throats in late spring with some flowers throughout summer. A vigorous and disease free southern native. 'Helen Fredel' is another excellent introduction from noted Texas horticulturist and author Greg Grant. Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators. Item# 9576.

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Honey Coral™ Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine

Lonicera sempervirens 'Honey Coral'

Clusters of red to red-orange, yellow to orange throated, tubular flowers are borne from spring to fall on established plants with the peak flowering season in early to mid spring and again in mid to late summer to fall. Honey Coral™Honeysuckle is a tame and manageable vine perfectly suited to fences and medium sized trellises and arbors. The flowers attract hummingbirds and occasional butterflies. Pollinated flowers develop into clusters of clear red berries that make summer and fall fruit for songbirds. Their tame habit and long blooming season make the native Coral Honeysuckles an easy choice for covering a fence, arbor or trellis. Item# 11491

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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John Clayton Native Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Clusters of clear yellow 2" tubular flowers are held above the rich blue-green foliage of this selection of the tame native Coral Honeysuckle. This easily grown evergreen vine is an excellent choice for hummingbirds and butterflies that may produce flowers basically year round with peak flowering in early to mid spring as the Hummingbirds arrive. Item# 9574.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 12
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Lemon Grass

Cymbopogon citratus

This scented grass is a clump former, quite pleasing, grown for its deliciously scented lemon leaves. Lemon grass is used in Thai cooking and commonly with fish, the tender stalk at the base of the plant, that is blanched by lack of sunlight is snapped away, stripped of any brown or green leaves and the tender central portion of the leaf stalk (composed of a multitude of maturing leaves) is used. Item# 487

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 15
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Longwood Blue Bluebeard, Spiraea, Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Longwood Blue'

Dense clusters of fragrant dark azure to blue-violet flowers nearly cover up the nicely contrasting blue-gray foliage of this shrubby perennial beginning in mid to late summer and continuing into fall. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Longwood Blue Bluebeard is a vigorous freely flowering selection of Caryopteris growing to 4' high and 3-4' wide and selected by Longwood Gardens of Pennsylvania. Caryopteris prefers a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny position. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established. A Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit award winner. Item# 11671

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 35
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Major Wheeler Native Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

Considered by many to be the best of the red flowered Coral Honeysuckles. Major Wheeler produces loads of large clusters of deep red 2" tubular flowers with yellow throats are held above the rich blue-green disease resistant foliage of this selection of the tame native Coral Honeysuckle. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 9719.

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USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 63
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Vibrant yellow, orange, and red flowers are borne from Spring to frost on an upright to spreading perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! Item # 502.

Grows To: 4'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 95
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Large clusters of fiery orange tubular blooms are borne from summer through fall on this vigorous tropical shrub. Bronze and reddish-orange tinged green foliage provides the backdrop for the display. While Hummingbirds and Sulphur Butterflies add color and motion. Item# 898.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
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The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year! Arkansas Blue Star provides three seasons of interest with starry light-blue to nearly white flowers in spring, soft-textured narrow medium green foliage in summer, and wonderful golden yellow, orange, and chartreuse fall color. A sun loving and heat tolerant reliable perennial that is mannerly enough to grace any garden. Item# 9715.

Grows To: 30-40"H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 50
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