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Ashy Sunflower

Helianthus mollis

2-3" wide, yellow sunflowers are born along the tall stems in summer on this durable native perennial. The Ashy Sunflower will spread and develop into a ground covering mass of plants with age. Contrasting soft, gray green foliage. Easy, drought tolerant, and reliable even for tough locations. Use it as a mass planting for large areas or in native gardens and meadows. Native to nearly all of the eastern half of the US. Item# 10418.

Grows To: 3-5'H and spreading, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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At last there is finally a Southern genotype Mountain Laurel (read heat tolerant) with pink flowers! Large clusters of the most unusual and exquisite five-pointed cupped pink flowers with dark red dimples that hold the dark red spring-loaded anthers are produced in mid to late spring and can literally cover the plant for weeks. A highly prized evergreen native shrub, the Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia, develops into a naturally rounded medium to large shrub with deep green foliage. Like Azaleas and Blueberries, it needs a moist acidic, well-drained soil along with an organic mulch. The flowers attract bumblebees and other pollinators. The At Last Mountain Laurel was discovered by Dr. Ron Miller about 80 miles north of Pensacola, Florida and is being introduced by Bobby Green and Green Nurseries, Fairhope, Alabama. Images courtesy of Bobby Green, all rights reserved. Item# 11961

Grows To: 5-8'H x 5-8'W potentially to 10-15'H x 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: *Early morning sun, Filtered or dappled shade, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
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Augusta Duelberg Mealycup Sage

Salvia farinacea 'Augusta Duelberg'

This Greg Grant introduction produces loads of white spikes of tubular flowers from late spring to fall on this durable, Texas tough native. Augusta Duelberg Mealycup Sage is larger growing than the ones found at most nurseries and will top out at about 24-30"H and wide. This is a wonderful drought tolerant, reliable, native perennial for the garden. May reseed on exposed soils. Item# 9782.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Azure Blue Sage

Salvia azurea var. azurea

Large spikes of deep blue, tubular flowers are born in summer, late summer, and sometimes into fall on this clump forming native perennial wildflower. Under natural conditions Azure Blue Sage produces tall arching stems that terminate into large, often branching, spikes of flowers that are quite suited to use by Hummingbirds and butterflies. Great at the back of the garden or in natural settings. Item# 10460.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Large clusters of rich purple to red-purple flowers sit atop the sturdy 3-4' stems of this medium sized Ironweed in summer and potentially into fall. Baldwin's or Western Ironweed, Vernonia baldwinii, is an excellent source of midsummer pollen and nectar for long-tongued bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This species is more drought resistant than many Ironweeds once well-established and it is important to note that this species can colonize an area via long rhizomes. Its ability to colonize an area may make it a better choice for naturalistic areas like meadows, prairies, and roadsides than in more formal garden settings. Provide good drainage and a full sun to mostly sunny site with average moisture. Deadhead once flowering is complete to prevent unwanted seedlings. Item# 12356

Grows To: 3-4'H x 1'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Deep sapphire blue falls have a triangular patch of brightly contrasting primrose yellow that is outlined in near black with deep blue standards. The lightly fragrant flowers of Beale Street Louisiana Iris may be produced anytime between March and May on this vigorous medium to large Louisiana Iris. Multiplies readily in average garden soils, moist to wet soils, or can be set in water gardens where the container is just below the water's surface. Flowers in our gardens in early to midseason. Item# 11263

Grows To: 36-42"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 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

This multiple award winning Louisiana Iris produces large velvety deep purple falls and deep purple signals with a narrow golden line down the center of each one late in the season. Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris is a vigorous and understandably popular selection with excellent vigor that multiplies readily in moist to wet soils. The fans of green sword shaped foliage reaches 3-4' high on mature plants at the peak of the growing season. Provide Louisiana Irises with a moist to average moist to moderately wet site for the best results in a mostly sunny position. Black Gamecock has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit and the 1986 Mary Swords DeBallion AIS Award (the highest award exclusive only to Louisiana Iris in the AIS). Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11939

Grows To: 24-30"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Black Truffle Cardinal Flower, Lobelia

Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle' PP25687

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Blackbeard Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon 'Blackbeard' PP30052

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

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
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Blackhawks Big Bluestem, Turkey Foot Grass

Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' PP27949

One of the hottest new native grasses on the market! Blackhawks Big Bluestem starts off in spring as a deep green clump of upright to arching blades that may be tipped with red to purple. It is in late summer when the real show begins with the upright and arching foliage and flowering stems of August deepen to red to red-purple and further deepening and intensifying as the cooler fall weather arrives becoming nearly all black as its sturdy and showy flowering stems begin to mature. Blackhawks Big Bluestem is a slightly more compact plant reaching about 4-5' high when in flower. The species is native throughout much of the eastern 2/3's of the US and is a clumping to slowly spreading rhizomatous grass whose seeds are utilized by a number of seed eating birds. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with an average to well-drained, acidic soil for the deepest foliage colors and optimum vigor. Plants are in their best form when grown in a low fertility soil. Overly fertile soils can cause them to topple at maturity. Images courtesy of Brent Horvath, Intrinsic Perennials, all rights reserved. Item# 12169

Grows To: 4-5'H x 1-2'W space at about 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, *Part shade, *Part sun

In late summer and fall these plants are covered with dark-eyed golden yellow 2-3" wide daisies that sit atop sturdy stems with the flowers providing pollen and nectar for smaller pollinators and other garden beneficials. Blackjack Gold Brown-Eyed Susan offers more flowers over a longer period on sturdy disease resistant plants with improved vigor on longer-lived plants. It received exceptionally high marks in trials at UGA in 2019. This is a heat and sun-loving, deer and rabbit resistant native well-suited to both the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings. The Brown-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, readily reseeds on exposed soils but is not aggressive or difficult to control. It prefers a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained, average moist to semi-dry soils. Ripened seedheads offer food for songbirds and small mammals. Item# 12319

Grows To: 30-40''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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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
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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' PP28305

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
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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

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

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

Light blue to blue-purple 1/4" wide nectar-rich flowers adorn the tall narrow indeterminate flower spikes from spring to frost to year round under warm tropical conditions. Native to Florida and much of the tropical Americas, Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, has smoother lighter green foliage and generally grows wider than tall whereas the other Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta cayennensis or S. urticifolia, has more rugose or quilted deeper green glossier foliage with a typically upright habit. Porterweeds are excellent pollinator plants where they attract a continuous menagerie of aerial acrobats from spring until frost. This a heat and sunloving tropical to tender perennial that can be added to gardens and landscapes or plant them in containers to draw the pollinators in for upclose viewing. Blue Porterweed is also a caterpillar host plant for the Tropical Buckeye butterfly. Item# 12046

Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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The Blue Selection of the Great Blue Lobelia produces loads of short dense spikes of consistently blue flowers all in a compact neat flowering form that is suitable for containers or in the garden and landscape. The summer flowers of the Blue Cardinal Flower are utilized by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and a variety of other pollinators. It also makes an easy addition to cut flower arrangements. Lobelia siphilitica is typically happiest in full to mostly sunny sites with moist, well-drained soils. Item# 11977

Grows To: 20-30"H x 12-18"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun (moist-wet soils), Morning sun, Light shade
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Bluebird Smooth Blue Aster

Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Snow Flurry', Aster ericoides

Masses of 1" wide blue to violet blue daisies with a yellow eye seemingly cover up this perennial in late summer and fall providing nectar for pollinators including bees and migrating Monarchs. Bluebird Smooth Blue Aster, a selection of Symphyotrichum laeve (previously Aster laevis), was the top rated aster in trials at Mt. Cuba Center. It has a naturally upright to vase-shaped, clump-forming habit and grows to 3-4' at flowering but can be pinched in late spring or early summer to produce a fuller more compact plant. The Smooth Blue Aster is found throughout much of the US and into Canada. Provide a well-drained, average to semi-dry soil in full sun conditions for optimum vigor and flowering although it is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. In semi-shade it may require staking. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12247

Grows To: 4-8"H x 18-24"W, space at 12" for groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Ashy Sunflower

Helianthus mollis

2-3" wide, yellow sunflowers are born along the tall stems in summer on this durable native perennial. The Ashy Sunflower will spread and develop into a ground covering mass of plants with age. Contrasting soft, gray green foliage. Easy, drought tolerant, and reliable even for tough locations. Use it as a mass planting for large areas or in native gardens and meadows. Native to nearly all of the eastern half of the US. Item# 10418.

Grows To: 3-5'H and spreading, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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