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3-4'H Perennials

These taller perennials usually remain in the 3 to 4 feet high range under most conditions. Use them behind and among low to medium height growing perennials, as specimen plants, near the middle to the back of border, in front of medium and large shrubs and very tall perennials, and around larger tree form plants. Some of these will make nice container specimens and when used in combinations for large and very large containers. Growing conditions may affect the plant's ultimate size. This list may also include some tropicals that are grown as die-back perennials in zone 8B so just keep that in mind if you are in a colder climate.

 

 

The tall sturdy dense spikes of rich purple flowers of this beautiful native wildflower attract loads of butterflies and pollinators in summer. An easily grown native perennial that also makes an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. The large bulb-like corm will produce several flower spikes once mature. Best in average to moist soils. Item# 9559.

Grows To: 36-60"H space 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

In mid to late summer and fall, large clusters of frilly deep purple nectar rich flowers are produced atop the sturdy upright 4-5' high stems. Prairie, Common, or Smooth Ironweed is a clump forming native perennial found in the central US and is common to moist soils but it performs quite well in average moist soils. The flowers of Ironweeds attract a variety of pollinators including bees and butterflies and the foliage of Ironweeds are considered a caterpillar host plant for the American Painted Lady Butterfly. Deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11758

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade
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Pumpkin Pie Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var wrightii 'Pumpkin Pie', A. quadrifidus

Soft pumpkin-orange upward facing tubular blooms are borne on an upright to spreading deciduous shrub. A new color twist on and old favorite. Blooms from mid-summer to fall. As the name implies, Hummingbirds enjoy the nectar of this shrub. A tough Texas native and is drought tolerant once established. Cut to the ground in spring for denser growth. Needs a well drained soil. Item# 9671.

Grows To: 4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Purple & Bloom Salvia, Anise Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Purple & Bloom' PPAF

Large rich purple tubular flowers emerge from black calyxes and flower spikes and are produced from spring to fall on plants that are slightly more compact than Amistad. Purple & Bloom Salvia, a Salvia guaranitica hybrid, was selected for its exceptional flower power and smaller stature similar to Black & Bloom making it a good candidate for medium to large containers. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Provide a full to mostly site in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11982

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Pinkish-purple, rarely white, foxglove-like flowers are produced singly and in small clusters beginning in midsummer and continuing into fall. The flowers attract bees and other pollinators and the plant itself serves as a caterpillar host plant for Buckeye Butterflies. Purple False Foxglove, Agalinis fasciculata, develops into a generally single-stemmed, loosely branching upright growing plant with fine deep green foliage. This native annual is common along the Gulf Coast and southern East Coast and as far north as southern Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia. This excellent summer flowering native may only be an annual but it produces copious amounts of tiny seeds to help ensure its return the following season. Interestingly, Purple False Foxglove is a hemi-parasite (it can be grown alone in a container and so this does not seem to be a requirement) on herbaceous plants and grasses though it does not seem to do its neighbors any real harm. Item# 11789

Grows To: 2-3'H+ x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Purple Firespike, Purple Flame

Odontonema callystachyum

Tall spikes of purple narrow tubular flowers that open to display reflexing narrow petals are produced mainly from fall through spring but may be produced anytime of year under good conditions. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Purple Firespike is a shade tolerant species bothered by few pests or diseases and is quite adaptable to soil types but prefers regular moisture and average fertility. Naturally an evergreen, shrub-like perennial in frost free locations it can also be grown as a die-back perennial into zone 8 if given winter protection such as a mulch. Purple Firespike also makes an easy tropical looking container plant for the porch and patio and can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Item# 11188

Grows To: 4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Light shade, Shade, Part sun, Part shade

Purple Majesty Salvia, Purple Majesty Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Purple Majesty', S. x 'Purple Majesty'

Deep velvety purple, 2" tubular blooms are borne on tall spikes from spring to fall on this vigorous perennial Salvia. Purple Majesty Salvia has large medium green foliage and is a favorite of hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a rich, well-draining garden soil with medium moisture. Item# 3109

Grows To: 36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Purple Porterweed

Stachytarpheta frantzii

Deep velvety purple blooms are produced continuously from spring to fall on this upright to spreading perennial. The Purple Porterweed is a medium sized variety becoming fairly dense as it matures. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 578.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Exceptionally dense spikes of 1-1/2" long purple tubular flowers are produced from late summer, throughout winter, and into spring under frost free conditions on this vigorous and unusually shade tolerant Salvia. Purple Sage, or Autumn Purple Sage is a vigorous easy to grow species from south of the border with a mounding to upright habit. Attracts hummingbirds as well as larger butterflies. Item# 11173

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Filtered sunlight, Light shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Purple Smoke Baptisia, Wild Indigo

Baptisia x 'Purple Smoke'

Dark sturdy spikes are covered by smokey purple pea-like blossoms with a darker purple eye in mid spring. Purple Smoke Baptisia can produce up to 50 of the sturdy 4'+ flowering stems once mature. An accidental hybrid of our native Baptisia alba and B. australis this beauty seems to have garnered the best of both worlds. Baptisias are naturally durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. They make an excellent addition to the perennial or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable, and easy. Item# 11451

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Clusters of purple flowers that sit atop tall airy stems are produced over an extended period beginning in mid to late spring or early summer, depending on your cold hardiness zone. Purple-Top Vervain has long been a popular heirloom whether grown as a short-lived perennial or as an annual. Its flowers are popular with pollinators including bees, butterflies, and the occassional hummingbird. An excellent choice for the back of the perennial border or in cottage garden settings. Easy in any sunny garden setting. Purple-Top Vervain is both a Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit and a Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 9405

Grows To: 3-4'H x 18-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Red Butterfly Ginger (Red to Orange-Red)

Hedychium deceptum, H. rubrum

The Red Butterfly Ginger produces large deep reddish orange to red flowers that emerge from a darkened flower spike atop the sturdy stems of rich green smooth tropical looking foliage. It very much resembles the White Butterfly Ginger when in flower other than the flower color but has darker foliage a more compact habit. The Red Butterfly Ginger is one of the earliest gingers to flower in our collection. Provide a semi-shaded location where it receives shade during the hottest portion of the day although it is fairly tolerant. The Red Butterfly Ginger will prefer an average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Item# 11521

Grows To: 3-4'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The Red Firecracker Fern produces loads of 1" showy red tubular flowers that are born in large loose clusters throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year round where winters are mild. Excellent for Hummingbirds! This is a durable and long-lived, clump forming perennial that requires little additional care once well-established. The Firecracker Fern has excellent heat and sun tolerance as well as moderate drought resistance once well-established. It is even listed as being suitable for xeriscaping. Firecracker Fern is listed as a Texas A&M Outstanding Coastal Plant. Item# 417.

Grows To: 2-4'H+ x 3-5'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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It's hard to beat Turk's Cap for sheer flower power! From summer to fall the brilliant red flowers just keep coming. Red Hot, a.k.a. Red Spreader, is a lower growing and more spreading form of Turk's Cap with slightly larger red flowers that was selected by plantsman Greg Grant who also developed Pam Puryear's Pink, and Big Momma. Greg says that Red Hot has a more noticeable lower and spreading habit when grown in full sun. Excellent for Hummingbirds and Butterflies, especially the Sulphurs. Item# 9726.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Red Rocket, Leafy Coral Blow

Russelia sarmentosa

Clusters of deep red, 1" long tubular blooms are borne in whorls around the arching green stems. Dainty deep green foliage adorns the arching green stems. Red Rocket is excellent for hummingbirds and flowers continuously throughout the warmer months and possibly year round in tropical settings. Item# 973

Grows To: 4'H x 6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Red Turk's Cap, Turk's Turban, Malvaviscus, Ladies' Eardrops, Scotchman's Purse, Wild Fuchsia

Malvaviscus arboreus var drummondii, M. mollis, M. arboreus, M. candida

A multitude of upward facing, sleepy, scarlet blooms are born among the soft, dark green foliage from late spring to frost. A hardy and long-lived, spreading to upright perennial, Turk's Cap is an easy to grow heirloom that will flower in sun or light shade. An excellent nectar plant for hummingbirds as well as butterflies. Resistant to browsing by deer and moderately drought resistant once well-established. The ripe fruits are readily consumed by birds and other wildlife, along with the occasional curious human. Item# 691.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W, larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

The Blue Walking Iris is a vigorous growing tropical but surprisingly cold hardy and fragrant Walking Iris with strongly upright, architectural fans of blue-gray to green, 2-3" wide, sword-like foliage reaching up to 36'' high. Sturdy, loose spikes of 2-3" wide, bluish purple irises with delicately rolled, darker veined, inner standards are born in summer on this highly sought after 'blue' Iris. Great for larger containers and it has the best foliage in high indirect light. Item# 2987.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8B,9,10,11,(8A?,7B?,7A?)
Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, AM sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Robert Fleming Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Robert Fleming' PP14776

Easily one of the darkest red available, Robert Fleming Perennial Hibiscus produces large, full dinner plate size flowers on a compact plant with rich green foliage. Its smaller size makes this selection well suited to container culture or as a garden perennial. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10620.

Grows To: 3'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The show starts in early summer and may last nearly until the first frost with this reliable and fragrant Garden Phlox. It produces large domed clusters of bright purplish pink flowers on tall sturdy stems with mildew resistant, deep green foliage. Phlox is adored by butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Robert Poore is one of only a handful of Garden Phlox cultivars recommended for southern gardens by noted Texas plantsman Greg Grant. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10161

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'BBSAL01301′ PPAF

Similar to Black and Blue Salvia or Anise Sage but with contrasting lighter blue lips that open from 1" long indigo tubes that emerge from dark tubular calyxes that adorn the black flower spikes. Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ Salvia flowers from spring to fall attracting hummingbirds and larger butterflies atop the rich deep green foliage on a compact well-branched plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, well-drained fertile soil. Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ is compact enough for medium to large containers and it is sure to make a statement in the garden and landscape. It has received high marks in trials across the US. Item# 11984

Grows To: 36-48''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Rockin'® Deep Purple Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'BBSAL09001’ PP30206

Dense black spikes of dark tubular calyxes produce 2" deep royal purple tubular flowers beginning in spring or early summer and continuing until fall atop compact plants with rich green foliage. Rockin'® Deep Purple Salvia is a sterileSalvia guaranitica hybrid so it can spend more time and energy producing its nectar rich flowers instead of for maturing seed. A vigorous well-branched habit lends this Salvia for use in medium to large containers as well as in the garden and landscape. The summer long supply of tubular flowers attract hummingbirds, larger butterflies, as well as larger bees. Provide a sunny location in an average moist well-drained fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12104

Grows To: 30-40''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Bbsal00301' PPAF

Dense black spikes of dark tubular calyxes produce 2" long bright fuchsia tubular flowers beginning in spring or early summer and continuing until fall atop compact plants with rich green foliage. Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia is a Salvia guaranitica hybrid similar to but more compact than Black and Blue Salvia but in an exciting breakthrough color. Its compact habit lends this Salvia for use in medium-sized containers as well as in the garden and landscape. The summer long supply of tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Provide a sunny location in an average moist well-drained fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering.Item# 11985

Grows To: 18-30''H x 16-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Rockin'® Playin' the Blues® Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Balsalmispim' PP29604

A continuous summer long display of short deep blue tubular flowers emerge from dark calyxes on dense tall dark spikes. A seedling of Mystic Spires Salvia, Rockin'® Playin' the Blues® Salvia is similar to the ever popular Indigo Spires Salvia with the same reliable flower power and slightly lighter blue flowers on a somewhat more compact upright growing plant. The nectar rich flowers are especially attractive to larger bees as well as butterflies and hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, well-drained fertile soil. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11983

Grows To: 36-48''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Roman Red Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Roman Red' (Salvia darcyi x S. coccinea) PPAF

Large intense red tubular flowers emerge from deep red calyxes in tall spikes throughout the growing season on this vigorous yet compact tropical Salvia hybrid. Roman Red Salvia is similar in form and habit to the popular Wish series but in a vibrant new color! Expect an aerial dogfight when your neighbor's hummingbirds show up for a feast. Suitable for use in medium to large containers as well as in gardens and landscapes. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained fertile soil. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11986

Grows To: 24-36''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

The tall sturdy dense spikes of rich purple flowers of this beautiful native wildflower attract loads of butterflies and pollinators in summer. An easily grown native perennial that also makes an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. The large bulb-like corm will produce several flower spikes once mature. Best in average to moist soils. Item# 9559.

Grows To: 36-60"H space 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

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