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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!

 

Beebalm, Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Round clusters of lavender to white tubular flowers are born in summer on this durable native perennial. Wild Bergamot is a clump forming native perennial with good deer resistance. Excellent for hummingbirds and butterflies. This tough little native is drought tolerant and prefers to be on the dry side of moist and is resistant to drought once well-established. The fragrant foliage has been used in teas, perfumes, potpourri, and more. Item# 10484.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Black Truffle Cardinal Flower, Lobelia

Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle'

Noted for its dark chocolate to maroon colored foliage, in summer Black Truffle Lobelia produces tall dark spikes of deep true red tubular flowers that are truly a hummingbird's delight. Combine this beauty with chartreuse elephant ears or other light colored moisture loving plants for a wonderful contrast. Black Truffle Cardinal Flower is a hybrid selection with Lobelia cardinalis parentage which by some accounts is considered to be the most beautiful of North America's red flowered species. Provide consistently moist to wet sites, such as a bog garden, for full sun conditions as well as the deepest foliage coloration. Image courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 11705

Grows To: 30-48"H x 16-24"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
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Blackbeard Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon 'Blackbeard'

The dark purple to deep burgundy foliage nearly black foliage of this sturdy perennial is topped by spikes of sweetly contrasting purple to lilac flowers in mid to late spring. Flowers attract native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Blackbeard Penstemon or Beardtongue is hybrid selection of our native species (Penstemon species are found native only in North America) whose intensely colored foliage is sure to provide wonderful contrast with surrounding perennials in the garden and landscape or use it as a specimen in containers. Provide a full to mostly sunny location for the darkest foliage coloration and a well-drained, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Blackbeard Penstemon was selected not only for its foliage color but also for its compact habit and flower power. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11904

Grows To: 24-36''H x 16-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The 2-3" wide dark eyed daisies are composed of deep golden yellow rays that surround the dark brown to black cones are produced in late spring to summer (depending on your zone). The flowers attract bees and other small pollinators and the seed heads attract songbirds. The Black-Eyed Susan is an annual - atleast in our area, biennial, to short-lived perennial with dark green hairy foliage that adorns well-branched plants and each plant can produce 20-30 or more flowers. This is a widespread species found along roadsides, meadows and prairies, savannas, and in open Longleaf Pine forests mainly in soils with average or better drainage. The Black-Eyed Susan is a common addition to seedmixes and readily reseeds on exposed soils, although it is not an aggressive species. Item# 11725

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Sturdy spikes of brilliant blue to lavender-blue, two-lipped flowers are borne for an exceptionally long period in late summer and into fall on this hardy, native, clump-forming perennial. Suitable for consistently moist to wet soils. The Blue Cardinal Flower is enjoyed by hummingbirds, butterflies, and an variety of other pollinators as well as making a beautiful cut flower. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10159.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun (moist-wet soils), Morning sun, Light shade

Blue Danube Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube'

Large, 3-4", blue, cornflower-like daisies are born in summer on this durable and reliable US native perennial. Stoke's Aster comes highly recommended and its easy to see why with moderate drought resistance, few pest or disease problems, deer and rabbit resistance and it revels in the heat and sun of our southern summers. Plants readily multiply into dense clumps. Super easy and tough. Item# 1212.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Blue Frills Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Synstokhar'

Blue Frills Stokesia produces large, light purple, 3-4" wide, cornflower-like daisies in early and midsummer atop short sturdy stems on a well branched compact perennial. Blue Frill's Stoke's Aster was selected for its compact and well-branched habit, exceptional flower production, and its beautifully colored flowers on an already tough native perennial. Stoke's Aster comes highly recommended and it's easy to see why with moderate drought resistance, few pest or disease problems, deer and rabbit resistance and it revels in the heat and sun of our southern summers. Plants readily multiply into dense clumps. Super easy and tough. Item# 11488

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Blue Ice Bluestar

Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

With some of the deepest blue flowers of any Amsonia and a consistently compact habit, Blue Ice has become one of the most popular Bluestar cultivars on the market. The clusters of deep blue, starry flowers open from deep violet buds and will be sure to brighten any spring garden. Yellow fall color adds to its interest. Bluestars are pest, disease, and deer resistant perennials that are considered to be somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10652.

Grows To: 12-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Blue Mistflower, Wild Ageratum, Hardy Ageratum, Blue Boneset

Conoclinium coelestinum, Eupatorium coelestinum

Flat topped clusters of bluish-purple Ageratum-like flowers are born atop sturdy stems in summer and sometimes into fall. Blue Mistflower is a rhizomatous colonizing native perennial that may be best suited to naturalistic settings or among larger growing plants as a tall groundcover. Excellent for pollinators, particularly native bees. Item# 10458.

 

Grows To: 18-30"H x spreading, space at 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Large clusters of lightly fragrant lavender-blue flowers are produced in early spring and are held well above the deep dark green foliage. Blue Moon Phlox was selected for its clusters of large full flowers and vigor. This is an excellent choice for lightly shaded gardens or as a groundcover under deciduous trees. Provide shade during the hottest portion of the day in hot summer climates and well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Easy and reliable once established. The flowers provide early spring nectar to butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 11217

Grows To: 6-12"H and slowly spreads
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Small clusters of 3 petaled purple flowers sit atop smooth sturdy blue green stems on this clump forming native perennial that begins flowering in early spring and may continue well into mid-summer. Ohio Spiderwort provides nectar to long-tongued bees and other pollinators and is an easy to grow clump forming perennial well-suited to naturalistic gardens and wildflower meadows. It is found naturally throughout the central and eastern US and is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 11186

Grows To: 20-30"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

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
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Clusters of soft lavender pink, nicely fragrant flowers are borne in loose clusters in spring. The rich dark green, narrow foliage is nearly immune to powdery mildew! A vigorous ground-covering perennial that flowers over an extended period and attracts butterflies. Item# 3062.

Grows To: 12-18''H and slowly spreads
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Bravado Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Bravado'

An improved 'Magnus' type purple coneflower with large outward facing pinkish-purple petals and an orange 'cone' and are borne in summer and often last into fall. The flowers are held on sturdy, 2-3' stems. An outstanding selection of our native Purple Coneflower! A superb butterfly nectar plant. Item# 9696.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Broadleaf Barbara's Buttons

Marshallia trinervia

Flattened round 1-1/2" wide clusters of tiny light lavender tubular disc flowers are held well above the 12" high rich green foliage beginning in mid to late spring and lasting well into summer. The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Broadleaf Barbara's Buttons, Marshallia trinervia, is a rare low-growing rhizomatous native perennial that develops into a dense ground-covering mass of plants with an unaggressive nature. This easy to grow plant is more vigorous than its rarity might imply when given a moist to average moist, fertile soil rich in organic matter. Deciduous shade seems to be optimum providing full to mostly sunny conditions for the low rosettes of foliage in winter and light shade during the heat of the day in summer. With adequate moisture, it is reported to handle full sun to mostly sunny conditions even in summer, although, an eastern exposure with cool morning sunlight should be about perfect. Broadleaf Barbara's Buttons makes a wonderful low growing companion for Hydrangeas, larger Hostas, clump forming ferns, and other similar shade lovers. Item# 10767

Grows To: 6-12"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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A paradoxically yellow flowered purple coneflower with deep sunny yellow ray petals that surround the dark bristly rounded cone. This is the only species of Echinacea that naturally produces yellow flowers. The Ozark, Bush's, or simply the Yellow Coneflower is a native of the Ozark regions of northern Arkansas and central Missouri. In midsummer it produces the fragrant, nectar rich yellow flowers atop sturdy 2-3' high stems. Attracts butterflies, bees, and a variety of other pollinators. This is a clump forming, taprooted perennial that prefers well-drained soils Item# 11446

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-1-1/2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Clusters of sunny yellow upward facing flowers sit atop sturdy slender stems in late summer and fall on this spreading native perennial wildflower. Bushy Goldentop, once classified as a Goldenrod, is typically found in moist sandy soils where it spreads to create small dense colonies. The flowers provide late summer and fall nectar to a variety of pollinators but it is especially important to native bees. Add this small growing, hardy perennial to woodland gardens, moist meadows, and other natural areas where it can brighten up the fall landscape. Item# 11114

Grows To: 24-36"H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

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

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

Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Thrift

Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'

The pink flowers of Candy Stripe are heavily edged in white making this a favorite among gardeners everywhere. In early spring it covers up in 1/2" wide flowers that provide nectar to a variety of pollinators including butterflies and bees. Creeping Phlox or Thrift is a low maintenance, durable, low growing, native groundcover with finely textured foliage that is drought resistant once well established. Item# 10823.

Grows To: 3-6"H x 18-24"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade (Part shade in S regions)
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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

Carolina Lupine, Aaron's Rod, Bushpea

Thermopsis villosa, T. caroliniana

The Carolina Lupine produces spikes of primrose yellow Lupine-like flower spikes in spring above the deep green foliage of this clump-forming native perennial. Similar in some regards to the native Baptisias but with trifoliate foliage. The Carolina Lupine, Thermopsis villosa (syn. T. villosa), makes a long lived addition to the garden and wildflower meadow. Adaptable to most well-drained garden soils and prefers a full to mostly sunny site. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 11595

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

Carolina Moonlight Baptisia, Wild Indigo

Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'

Carolina Moonlight Baptisia produces loads of sturdy spikes filled with rich buttery yellow pea-like blossoms that emerge in mid to late spring. The newly emerging blue-green foliage creates a wonderful bouquet-like effect accenting the contrasting flower spikes. Baptisia's are durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable and easy. Note: This is a hybrid of two native species. Item# 10860.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Carolina Yellow Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower, Woodbine

Gelsemium sempervirens, Bignonia sempervirens, G. lucidum, G. nitidum, Jeffersonia sempervirens, Lisianthus sempervirens

Beautiful bright yellow trumpets herald the coming of spring! This is an easily grown and vigorous, yet dainty evergreen vine native to the SE U.S. The fragrance can stop you in your tracks on a night time garden stroll!  Item # 1208

Grows To: 10-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Beebalm, Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Round clusters of lavender to white tubular flowers are born in summer on this durable native perennial. Wild Bergamot is a clump forming native perennial with good deer resistance. Excellent for hummingbirds and butterflies. This tough little native is drought tolerant and prefers to be on the dry side of moist and is resistant to drought once well-established. The fragrant foliage has been used in teas, perfumes, potpourri, and more. Item# 10484.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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