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Find plants that are native to the USA and are already adapted to your growing area and conditions. Including hardy perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines!

 

Texas Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean, Frijolito

Sophora secundiflora, Calia secundiflora, Dermatophyllum secundiflorum

Large upright to drooping grape-like clusters of fragrant purple and lavender pea-like blooms are born in spring atop the rich, often dark green rounded evergreen foliage on an upright to rounded large shrub or multi-trunked small tree. Texas Mountain Laurel is a tough native of the western and southern regions of Texas where it grows in an alkaline pH soil in an area often with low rainfall averages but can tolerate moist, well-drained soils also. Item# 3046.

Grows To: 12-20'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Texas Pink Garden Phlox has large rounded clusters of lightly fragrant purplish-pink flowers that are produced atop sturdy purplish-red stems. Their showing begins in early summer lasting for several weeks and possibly longer if they are deadheaded. Texas Pink Phlox is a mildew resistant free flowering selection of our native Phlox paniculata. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with a well-drained soil for the best results. The flowers attract butterflies and larger bees. Item# 11275

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

Trumpet Creeper

Campsis radicans, Bignonia radicans, Tecoma radicans

Clusters of 3" long yellow, orange, orange-red, or red trumpets adorn this vigorous native vine throughout summer. An excellent choice for hummingbirds. 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. These are seedling grown and so the flower color may be range from a rich orange to nearly yellow to a dark brick red. Item# 11295

Grows To: 20-40'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia x variicolor 'Twilite'

A vigorous hybrid native perennial, Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia can produce up to 100 spikes per plant of deep violet-purple to nearly burgundy flowers with a soft yellow keel held above the rich green foliage. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought tolerant, deer resistant, durable, and easy. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 9716.

Grows To: 3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Variegated Red Bird Cactus, Jacobs Ladder, Red Slippers Spurge, Devil's Backbone, Jacob's Ladder

Euphorbia tithymaloides 'Variegata', Pedilanthus tithymaloides 'Variegatus'

Beautiful white edged, green foliage along zig-zagging green to woody stems. It gets it's name from the clusters of tiny red, bird shaped blooms that are borne in summer. An easy to grow architecturally pleasing specimen. 3 plants per pot. 

The 'Green Jacobs Ladder' is Pedilanthus bracteata. Item# 598.

Grows To: 6'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

Viette's Little Suzy Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia, Showy Coneflower

Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa 'Viette's Little Suzy', Rudbeckia fulgida 'Blovi'

A compact and free flowering Black Eyed Susan, Viette's Little Suzy produces an abundance of golden yellow dark eyed daisies over an exceptionally long period beginning in summer and continuing into fall. The dwarf compact habit makes this an easy choice for near the front of the garden or landscape as well as in containers. The flowers attract pollinators and other garden beneficials and the ripe seed heads are a feast for songbirds. Item# 11208

Grows To: 10-16''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

2-3" medium to light pink Hibiscus-like flowers are produced beginning in mid-spring and continuing often into late as fall under good conditions. The Virginia Salt Marsh Mallow is a vigorous and free flowering native, Hardy Hibiscus-like perennial and a member of the Hibiscus family. It dies back to the ground in winter and readily returns in spring. Selected as the 1989 North Carolina and the Virginia 2004 wildflower of the year! Item# 9401

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 6,7,8)
Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Vivid Fall Obedient Plant, False Dragonshead

Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid'

Dense clusters of large deep purplish pink tubular flowers are born in late summer and early fall on this easy native perennial. Vivid Obedient Plant  has a compact habit that tops out at about two feet and it will readily spread by rhizomes creating a mass of sturdy stems and flowers. An easy and reliable native perennial that enjoys moist areas and attracts a variety of pollinators. Item# 10623.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 8-12''W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The Waihi Wedding Louisiana Iris' wide white falls are bedecked with green veining and a nicely contrasting nearly neon green signals at their base that is often overcast with yellow. The standards are the same shade of clean white along with green veining. Waihi Wedding Louisiana Iris is a noticeably fragrant and vigorous hybrid developed by Heather Pryor of Australia. Flowers mid to late season. Item# 11270

Grows To: 40-48"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Wedelia, Yellow Creeping Ox-Eye Daisy, Yellow Dots

Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata

1" golden yellow daisies sit atop the dark rich green foliage of this durable groundcover. Drought tolerant once established, Wedelia revels in the heat and sun creating a dense 8-12" high mass of foliage, stems and flowers. Evergreen in mild winter climates but may freeze to the ground in the northern portions of its range. Item# 718.

Grows To: 4-8''H+ and spreads
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Western Sunflower, Fewleaf Sunflower

Helianthus occidentalis

Bright golden yellow daisies top the sturdy and branched, 3-5' stems of this perennial native Sunflower. The Western Sunflower will quickly create a ground-covering colony of plants by multiplying via underground rhizomes. The spent flower stalks hold seeds for songbirds and will die back to the ground in fall but are quickly replaced by a multitude of new rosettes in winter. An easy and durable plant for naturalizing and native to much of the southeastern US. Considered to be one of the least aggressive spreading Sunflowers. Item# 10240

Grows To: 3-4'H x 12-24"W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Whirling Butterflies Gaura, Apple Blossom Grass, Wand Flower, Lindheimer's Bee Blossom

Oenothera lindheimerii 'Whirling Butterflies, Gaura lindheimerii 'Whirling Butterflies'

Pink buds open to pure white butterfly-shaped flowers on tall wispy but sturdy stems on this fairly compact and floriferous native perennial.  Whirling Butterflies Gaura begins flowering in spring and may continue into fall under good conditions. Gauras are hardy and reliable, tap-rooted, and drought resistant native perennials. 

Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

In late summer and fall, Frostweed produces large flattened clusters of flowers that are used by a variety of pollinators including bees, migrating Monarchs and other butterflies. This is a relatively tall growing rhizomatous native perennial that will develop into a mass of upright stems and flowers. Frostweed, Verbesinca virginica, is typically found growing in moist to periodically dry soils in partly shaded to lightly shaded sites from the Edward's Plateau of west central Texas to Florida and as far north as Missouri and Kentucky.  Item# 11767

Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-3'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, Morning sun, Part sun, Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Hammock Shrubverbena, Small-Headed Lantana

Lantana canescens (white form)

Dainty clusters of creamy white flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this shrubby native Lantana and are followed by clusters of decorative pinkish purple fruit. Hammock Shrubverbena is a native of extreme southern Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The flowers provide nectar for a variety of pollinators including butterflies and bees. Use as an informal hedge or container plant where not hardy. Item# 11261

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

This is a white form of our native Maypop with pure white 'petals' topped by a corona of dark purple, lavender, and white producing an overall lavender effect. In all other regards this Passionvine appears to be identical to the native species, Passiflora incarnata. If you are looking to produce Maypop fruit be sure to have another pollen fertile Passiflora species on hand, like our seed grown Maypops, as Passionvines are generally self-sterile (vs. self-fertile) and so may not produce any fruit on their own. Pollinated flowers are followed by round passion fruit that ripen to yellow and contain a tangy tropical tasting clear flesh that surrounds each of the small black inedible seeds. This easy to grow perennial native vine can grow to 15-18' each year if given a suitable support but it is also happy to clamber along a fence, trellis, or any other support that it can grasp with its strong tendrils. Provide a well-drained soil and a full to mostly sunny position for the best results. The Maypop is the caterpillar host for the Gulf Fritillary and other members of the Longwing family as well as the Variegated Fritillary. Item# 11518

Grows To: 15-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Clusters of pure white flowers with a darker eye may be born throughout summer and can nearly cover the top of the plant under good conditions. White or Swamp Milkweed is of the few shade tolerant Milkweeds but it seems to produce a fuller denser plant where it receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. An excellent choice for use as a Monarch host as it will remain evergreen in mild winters in zone 8B and warmer and a is good substitute for the Mexican Milkweed for those looking for a reliable locally native perennial Milkweed with a smaller compact habit. Asclepias perennis is native to much of the eastern central US. Item# 10451

Grows To: 1-2'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

White Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop

Duranta erecta 'Alba'

Pure-white 1/2" blooms are born in grape-like drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'. Item# 737.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Giant, snow white 6" pinwheels are produced throughout summer and often well into fall on sturdy stems with finely cut rich green foliage. The White Texas Star or Lone Star Perennial Hibiscus is a pure white form of the Scarlet Swamp Mallow that was selected by Houston plantsman Heidi Sheesley. This is a vigorous sun loving perennial which is native to the swampy soils of the southeastern US but is somewhat drought resistant once well-established in the garden. The glowing white flowers attract a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, bees, and the occasional butterfly. Item# 791.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 6,7,8)
Grows To: 6-8'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

White Wand Penstemon, Tube Flowered Penstemon, Prairie Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon tubiflorus var. tubiflorus, P. tubaeflorus

Large dense spikes of pure white foxglove-like flowers are born over a long period through spring and often well into summer on this beautiful clump forming native perennial. This wildflower's popularity for bouquets has made it nearly endangered in some areas. Great for butterflies, bees, and birds. Item# 9542.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

White Wild Indigo, White False Indigo, Baptisia

Baptisia alba, B. leucantha, B. albescens

12-18" long sturdy spikes of white pea-like blossoms contrast with the purplish black stems and are born in spring above the newly unfurling bluish green foliage on tall 3-4' stems. Baptisia's are durable pest and disease resistant native taprooted perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought tolerant, deer resistant, durable, and easy. Item# 10230.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Whiteleaf Mountainmint, Sage

Pycnanthemum albescens

Clusters of tiny, light pink, tubular flowers are encircled by a mass of velvety white, bract-like leaves in mid to late summer. Whiteleaf Mountainmint has a strong minty sage-like fragrance and can be used in place of sage in cooking. It is a clump forming perennial  with an upright growth habit. The dainty flowers are pollinated by a variety of smaller pollinators but are relished by bees. Easy to grow and deer and pest resistant. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10669.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(possibly colder)
Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

Clusters of small white to greenish-white flowers are borne mainly in summer among the finely textured, narrow, dark-green foliage of Whorled Milkweed. This is a tough, native, taprooted perennial found throughout all but the most western portions of the US as well as into Canada. Whorled Milkweed is a host to the Monarch and Queen butterflies. Item# 10221.


Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Wild Chervil, Canadian Honewort

Cryptotaenia canadensis

According to Dr. Allen's Edible Plants of the Gulf South, Wild Chervil or Honewort is an easy to grow, native, tuberous rooted perennial whose leaves, stems, and flowers are useful fresh in salads or can be cooked as a green, the tuberous roots can be used as a starch, and the seeds can be used as a spice. Grow it as a loose groundcover in shade to partial shade in a moist, but not soggy soil,  preferably rich in organic matter. A host for the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly. Item# 10219.

 

Grows To: 1-2'H x 1-2'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Early AM sun, Light shade
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Deep wine-red cupped flowers with contrasting creamy white stamens cover this durable native groundcover in spring with flowering often continuing well into mid-summer and flowering again in fall. Winecups make excellent choice where it can be allowed to naturalize or where it can be enjoyed spilling from large containers or over a wall. This tough native tap-rooted perennial reliably returns year after year and has been selected as a Plant Select® Award winner. Provide a full sun to partly shade site and Winecups are adaptable to soil types but prefer average moisture. Item# 9232.

Grows To: 12-16"H x 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Texas Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean, Frijolito

Sophora secundiflora, Calia secundiflora, Dermatophyllum secundiflorum

Large upright to drooping grape-like clusters of fragrant purple and lavender pea-like blooms are born in spring atop the rich, often dark green rounded evergreen foliage on an upright to rounded large shrub or multi-trunked small tree. Texas Mountain Laurel is a tough native of the western and southern regions of Texas where it grows in an alkaline pH soil in an area often with low rainfall averages but can tolerate moist, well-drained soils also. Item# 3046.

Grows To: 12-20'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

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