Liatris spicata

An early blooming Liatris, getting between 2 and 3 feet tall.

Very drought tolerant, liking a very well draining soil in full sun.
Wildlife benefits: Nectar source for many Butterflies, (including Monarchs), Skippers, Bees and Native Pollinators.
Larval host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly. Supports 4 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)
Some plants, although lovely in bloom, are even more spectacular when forming seed! Only getting about 8-10 inches tall, this sweet little native likes sun and a moist, but well draining soil.
Wildlife Benefits: Bumbles are usually the ones seeking nectar, as they are the only ones able to force their way into the flower.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Iris Louisianna "Black Gamecock"
Summer bloomer. Also a wet loving Native Iris, with large (6" across), dark purple, luxurious blooms that demand attention. Suitable for bog or pond marginal. Likes full sun.
Wildlife Benefits: Visited by Hummingbirds and Butterflies.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Liatris pychnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star)
One of the tall Blazing Stars, this one can easily get 4 feet in the gardens.
Likes a moist, well draining soil in full sun. Blooms July through September.
Wildlife benefits: Nectar source for many Butterflies, Bees and Native Pollinators.

Larval host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly.

Supports 4 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie)
Gorgeous sun-loving native, preferring a moist, well draining soil.
Can get 4'to 5' Tall at maturity, and will scoot around a bit in the garden.
Wildlife Benefits:  No nectar, but loaded with pollen! Important source for many Bees and Native Pollinators.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Hibiscus moscheutos (Native Hibiscus)
Big showy blooms on this cold hardy, native Hibiscus, that blooms for weeks! (Good back of the border statement plants, as it generally reaches between 4 and 7 feet in height!) 
*We usually have both white and pinks in stock
Very easy in a moist, but well draining soil.
Wildlife benefits: HIGH WILDLIFE VALUE! Plentiful nectar source for Hummingbirds and Native Bees. Also a larval host plant for many butterflies, such as Hairstreaks, Blues and Coppers. Larval host plant for 18 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon pot $15.00

Liatris gracilis (Slender Blazing Star)

An elegant Liatris, getting about 2' tall, and forming nice clumps once established.

Tolerant of excess moisture and acidity.

Full Sun.

Wildlife benefits: Nectar source for many Butterflies, Skippers and Long tongued Bees .

Hardy zone 5.

Gallon Pot $12.00


Helenium autumnale (Helen's Flower)
Tall, (4 to 5 feet), sturdy stems with oodles of cheery, long blooming yellow blossoms. Superb late Summer color for the sunny garden.

Likes a moist, well draining soil.
Wildlife Benefits: Always covered in activity here in the gardens. MANY different Long-Tongued Bees, Halictid Bees, Bumbles, Honey Bees, Cuckoo Bees, Digger Bees and Leaf Cutter Bees.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star)

This Native Liatris is so different than that typically offered in your local Garden Center. VERY tall spires of very long blooming purple tufts that do not "brown out" from the top as first blooming fades.
Reaches a height of about 4 1/2 feet here in our gardens, and never flops!
Full sun and good drainage is all this beauty needs to thrive.
Wildlife benefits: Nectar source for many Butterflies, Bees and Native Pollinators. A very busy plant, here in the gardens!
Larval host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly. Supports 4 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

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Liatris cylindracea (Dwarf Blazing Star)
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A short growing Liatris, (1 to 2 feet), liking full sun and well drained soil.
Wildlife benefits: Nectar source for many Butterflies, Skippers and Long tongued Bees .Also a larval host plant for the rare Gloriosa Flower Moth.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Lupinus perennis
Our Native Lupine. Host plant for the Karner Blue Butterfly and always a welcome sight in the sunny perennial bed!
Sun, slightly acidic soil and MUST have good drainage!
Wildlife benefits: HIGH WILDLIFE VALUE! Larval host plant for 30 Lepidoptera species! This native Lupine is an important nectar source for the Karner Blue butterfly, as many already know. But did you know that the Eastern Tailed Blue, Frosted Elfin and Gossamer-Winged butterflies also depend on it for nectar and as a larval host plant?
Hardy to zone 4.
5 Pint Pot $10.00

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)
This native Lobelia is more shade tolerant than  any of the others, liking a bit of protection from the heat of the afternoon sun. Also more drought tolerant.
Gorgeous 2 to 3 foot spires of sky blue, (Occasionally you will get some white bloomers, as seen in this pic from our gardens.)
Wildlife Benefits: Nectar source for many Butterflies, native Bees and Pollinators, as well as Hummingbirds.
Gallon Pot $12.00
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Iris versicolor (Blue Flag)
Another Native Iris, suitable for pond marginal or bog, in full sun. Gets about 3 feet tall for us. Blooms late Spring/early Summer.
Wildlife Benefits: Bumble bees, Digger Bees, Butterflies and Skippers enjoy this flower's nectar. It is also a larval host plant for many Moth species.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Lobelia puberula
We've only been growing this Lobelia for a couple of years, but it has become my favorite! SUCH an elegant, sturdy, lonnnnnng blooming native,(August through November), with the most intense blue blooms and dark stems. Just classic!
Wildlife Benefits: Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Long-Tounged Bees are frequent visitors for it's nectar.
Pint Pot $10.00

Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Can't think of a showier native when in bloom. A good size grouping is breathtaking!
Must have a moist soil and likes it on the acidic side with full sun. (Will tolerate partial shade, but not bloom as prolifically.)
Wildlife Benefits: Hummingbird MAGNET! Butterflies and Long-Tongued Bees are also frequent visitors for it's nectar. Here in our gardens, seems to be a favorite nectar source for the Giant Swallowtail.
Gallon Pot $12.00