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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!

 

Deep red to near maroon, starry flowers to 2" across are borne in late spring and early summer on this moderately dense naturally rounded evergreen shrub. The Red Star Anise's medium to dark green foliage has a licorice or anise-like scent when crushed. This Louisiana native is a natural component of the understory along drainages and flood zones in the southeastern portion of the US and generally prefers light shade, morning sun, to filtered shade over full sun as well as a moist well-draining acid soil. These plants originated from an eastern Louisiana native population. Not a spice plant. Item# 596

Grows To: 6-10'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Filtered shade, Deciduous shade, Part shade, Part sun

Red Buckeye, Red Horse Chestnut

Aesculus pavia, A. splendens

Large spikes of deep red tubular flowers touched with yellow seem to be timed with the arrival of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. The Red Buckeye is typically a medium to large growing deciduous shrub that is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions although it will grow and flower best in full sun it is also tolerant of some shade. This tough little native begins flowering at a young age and is easy to grow and establish. Moderately drought resistant once well-established with few pests and diseases. Item# 10378.

Grows To: 8-12'H x 5-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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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
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Each golden yellow petal is heavily splashed with burgundy and surround the tall brown central cone of each daisy-like flower. Finely textured blue-gray foliage on a plant that becomes more dense with age. Blooms from late spring through summer. This is a tough and hardy, perennial US Native. Great for smaller pollinators. Item# 9141.

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

Deep dark red, 2-3" wide daisies are born all summer long on this exciting new perennial. Red Satin Coreopsis is a sterile selection from Darrel Probst so it can spend all summer flowering. The non-fading, dark daisies of this easy perennial are held above and among the fine dark green foliage. A slowly spreading clump former that prefers average moisture. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10619.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (a.k.a. 'Nana', 'Compacta', 'Macrocarpa')

Extra large, reportedly to nearly 1/2" in diameter, brilliant red berries literally cover up this dwarf and compact deciduous shrub throughout much of winter and may last into spring. Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly, a.k.a 'Nana', 'Compacta, and 'Macrocarpa', is a USDA release that won the 2010 Holly of the Year Award from the Holly Society of America. This adaptable native shrub drops its foliage early to better show of its display of colorful berries. It can be used en masse to great effect, as a low informal hedge, or as a specimen plant near the front of the garden or landscape. Red Sprite is even small enough to enjoy as a medium-sized container plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Needs a male holly, of any species, for pollination that flowers at the same time. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Item# 11887

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Giant 6" scarlet pinwheels are produced throughout summer and often well into fall on sturdy stems with finely cut darkly tinged foliage. The Red Texas Star or Scarlet Swamp Mallow 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 brilliant red flowers attract a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, bees, and the occasional butterfly. Item# 672.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 6,7,8)
Grows To: 6-8'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 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

Ooh la la! This award winning Louisiana Iris boasts deep velvety red falls with just a touch of golden yellow at their base for contrast, and these are centered by three more deep rich velvety purplish-red standards. Awarded the highest award a Louisiana Iris cultivar can receive from the American Iris Society, Red Velvet Elvis won the Mary Swords DeBaillon Medal in 2005. Louisiana Irises generally flower between March and May. Item# 10814.

Grows To: 30-36"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Deep reddish pink flowers with a dark crimson eye are produced in early spring covering the plant's fine needle-like foliage and making an eye catching display. Red Wings Creeping Phlox make an easy and low maintenance groundcover and the flowers attract butterflies. Use it as spiller over rock walls or as a low accent at the front of the garden and landscape. Deer and drought resistant once well-established. Item# 11813

Grows To: 3-6"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade (Part shade in S regions)
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Redneck Nation Alabama Witch Alder, Fothergilla

Fothergilla milleri 'Redneck Nation'

Dense bottlebrush-like flowers composed of fragrant frilly white to cream colored flowers are produced atop the tips of the bare stems in late winter or early spring. Redneck Nation Fothergilla or Witch Alder is a moderately dense growing small to medium sized deciduous suckering native shrub with showy gray-green and bronze new growth that matures to blue-green in summer and produces fall color in shades of red, orange, and yellow. This species is new to science as of 2020! The the cultivar name is in honor of its original discovery by botanist and naturalist Fred Nation in Baldwin County, Alabama and the species name honors Dr. Ron Miller. Provide an average moist, well-drained, acidic soil in full to partly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Redneck Nation Fothergilla can be used as a low growing and low maintenance informal hedge or as a specimen plant in the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings. Flowers will be similar to those shown although this is an image of Mt. Airy Fothergilla. Item# 12165

 

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

Red, purple, and burgundy foliage adorn the zigzagging purplish-red stems in fall through winter and in spring the new growth is a rich red that matures to deep green for summer. Drooping clusters of bell-shaped white to light pink flowers are produced in early to midspring and attract native bees. ReJoyce Leucothoe has a naturally dense fountaining habit with narrow medium textured foliage on a compact low maintenance native evergreen shrub. Provide this selection of our native Leucothoe axillaris with a moist well-drained acidic soil in an area that receives cool (early morning or very late evening) or filtered sunlight. ReJoyce Leucothoe is suitable for use as a container specimen in medium to large containers or as a component of the garden and landscape. Images courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 11899

Grows To: 2-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool or filtered sunlight, AM sun, Partial sun, Light shade
4.5 inch / 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
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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. Click on "More Details and Growing Info" or the image to learn more about growing Passionvines as perennials in containers or in the garden and landscape. Item# 11518

Grows To: 15-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The large flowers are composed of dark indigo-blue outer falls that are centered with dark blue inner standards creating full nearly rounded flowers. This is a vigorous and hardy, early to midseason flowering Louisiana Iris that is part of the Fallen Heroes series hybridized by Lee-Ann Connelly, now Shearhouse, and marketed by Ag3 Inc. A portion of the price of each plant is donated to the Fallen First Responders charity that aids the children of both Firefighters and Law Enforcement. Multiplies readily in average garden soils, moist to wet soils, or they can be set in water gardens where the container is just below the water's surface. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 9205

Grows To: 24-30"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Tall dense spikes of deep blue to purple, nearly foxglove-sized flowers are produced in summer atop the rosettes of deep green foliage. Rocky Mountain Penstemon or Beardtongue, Penstemon strictus, is a long-lived, evergreen clump-forming perennial that is fairly adaptable as long as soils have excellent drainage. It is typically found in the Four Corners region of the SW US with a disjunct population in W central California. Provide Rocky Mountain Penstemon with a sunny site in well-drained soils for optimum vigor and health. May reseed on exposed soils under good conditions. The flowers of Penstemon attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other garden beneficials. Item# 11929

Grows To: 24-36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Rosa's Blush Darrow's Dwarf Blueberry

Vaccinium darrowii 'Rosa's Blush'

Yes it fruits but it's fine textured evergreen foliage is fantastic! The bright pink new growth of spring matures to a dusty blue-green with hints of pink in summer, followed by deep purplish-blue in fall which deepens through winter. Clusters of 3/8" edible blue fruit that ripen in May-June, follow the light pink bell-shaped flowers of early spring. Rosa's Blush is grown mainly for its compact habit and beautifully colored, fine textured, ever-changing foliage as the berries ripen a few at the time over a long period. Pick the blue-black fruit once fully soft for the best flavor and like most blueberries a cross pollinator is required for the best fruit set. Item# 9206.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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2" glowing rose-pink saucer-shaped blooms are borne from spring to fall on this small shrub-like perennial. Rose Pavonia is a drought resistant Texas native that is exceptionally free flowering and adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions provided it has a well drained soil and 4 or more hours a day of sunlight. Item # 954

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

Deep rose pink, fuzzy tubular flowers are produced in spikes atop the tall stems of this vigorous and free flowering hummingbird magnet! Rosebud Sage is a vigorous and hardy Salvia that begins flowering in early summer and continues into fall on a plant that can easily reach 6' x 6' so allow for plenty of room. A native of Mexico it is a die-back perennial into zone 7 if give protection and a winter mulch. Provide a moderately fertile, well-drained, average moist soil in a full to mostly sunny location for the best results. Item# 11143

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

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, Part sun
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Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

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
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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)

Large somewhat rounded clusters of white flowers are held above the shiny, rich green foliage. The flowers are followed by large light green fruit that ripen to pink and finally to blue-black and are relished by birds. Excellent fall color and interesting, nearly Dogwood-like bark. Considered by many a choice replacement for the Flowering Dogwoods as it can grow into a large shrub or small deciduous tree. A tough, long-lived, and durable native. Item# 10235.

Grows To: 10-20'+H x 6-12'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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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, Part sun

Deep red to near maroon, starry flowers to 2" across are borne in late spring and early summer on this moderately dense naturally rounded evergreen shrub. The Red Star Anise's medium to dark green foliage has a licorice or anise-like scent when crushed. This Louisiana native is a natural component of the understory along drainages and flood zones in the southeastern portion of the US and generally prefers light shade, morning sun, to filtered shade over full sun as well as a moist well-draining acid soil. These plants originated from an eastern Louisiana native population. Not a spice plant. Item# 596

Grows To: 6-10'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Filtered shade, Deciduous shade, Part shade, Part sun

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