Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed
Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed

Asclepias viridiflora Short Green Milkweed is a Michigan native milkweed. While somewhat rare it has an extensive range throughout the United States. The plant matures to 1-3′ in height making it a nice choice for borders. Short Green Milkweed blooms during early summer with blooms lasting about three weeks. Flowers are light green to green and as the plant matures the flowers begin to turn yellowish green or purplish green. It prefers full to partial sun and grows in a variety of soils but prefers dry-mesic to mesic. Habitats include openings in upland forests that are rocky or sandy; upland black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, and hill prairies; barrens, limestone glades, and sand dunes; and abandoned fields.

The flowers attract bumblebees and butterflies. Also known as Green Milkweed, Green Comet Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn Milkweed, Green-Flowered Milkweed.

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Asclepias viridis – Spider Milkweed
Asclepias viridis – Spider Milkweed

Spider Milkweed is also commonly known as Green Antelopehorn Milkweed. In Texas, it is quite common and is considered an important food source for the Monarchs as they start their spring migration northward. Spider Milkweed has a native range of Texas north to Nebraska and eastward as far as West Virginia and South Carolina. It can be found along roadsides, ditches, prairies, open areas, and other areas with little vegetative competition. This species tends to be short (12 inches) with multiple stems emerging from the root crown of mature plants. Taller, more erect plants, usually with one or a few stems, can be found in moist prairies. Spider Milkweed features rose-white flowers surrounded by green that form in showy umbellated clusters, often one per plant.

Available – May 2017

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Asimina triloba – Paw Paw
Asimina triloba – Paw Paw

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils. Will grow in shade but becomes leggy.

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Aster ‘Purple Dome’
Aster Purple Dome

Clear lavender-blue flowers appear in late summer through fall over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Perfect for sunny borders or containers, this beauty looks good all season and displays great mildew resistance! ‘Wood’s Blue’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Rejoice, me hearties–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Aster ‘Wood’s Blue’
Aster Wood’s Blue

Clear lavender-blue flowers appear in late summer through fall over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Perfect for sunny borders or containers, this beauty looks good all season and displays great mildew resistance! ‘Wood’s Blue’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Rejoice, me hearties–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Aster ‘Wood’s Pink’
Aster Wood’s Pink

Bright light pink flowers glow over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Blooming in late summer through fall, this stunner is great for sunny borders or containers–it looks good all season. Exhibiting superior mildew resistance, ‘Wood’s Pink’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Yo-ho!–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Baptisia australis – Blue False Indigo
Baptisia australis – Blue False Indigo

Wild Indigo Duskywing / Eastern Tailed-Blue / Orange Sulphur / Clouded Sulphur / Frosted Elfin / Hoary Edge

Blue spikes of pea-shaped flowers resemble the tall racemes of lupines in May and early June. A slow to mature, but very rewarding native garden perennial. Found in open woods, river banks and sandy floodplains, New York to Nebraska to Georgia.

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Boehmeria cylindrica – False Nettle
Boehmeria cylindrica – False Nettle

Host Plant – Red Admiral, Eastern Comma, Question Mark Preferring wet-mesic and semi-shady sites, Boehmeria cylindrica lacks the stinging hairs of some of its nettle cousins. Stringy heads of tiny yellow-green flowers form between leaf stems in summer. Moths and butterflies are attracted to this modest plant.

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Ceanothus americanus – New Jersey Tea
Ceanothus americanus – New Jersey Tea

Host Plant – Eastern Tailed Blue / Spring Azure / Summer Azure

A deciduous shrub that grows just 3′ tall, the dried leaves of New Jersey Tea make a flavorful tea that was popular during the Revolutionary War. This extremely adaptable species can withstand inhospitable conditions because of massive, deep roots.

The white flower poms are attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators.

New Jersey Tea is excellent as a shrub border and a is a fabulous addition for native plant gardens. It is also effective as a shrubby ground cover for hard-to-grow areas such as dry rocky slopes and banks. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in sandy loams or rocky soils with good drainage. Thick, woody, red roots go deep and help plant withstand droughty conditions, but make established shrubs difficult to transplant.

Grown in one quart pot with approximately 6” of top growth.

Plants grown without harmful pesticides and are safe for butterfly gardens.

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Chelone glabra – White Turtlehead
Chelone glabra – White Turtlehead

Host Plant – Baltimore Checkerspot

Spikes of elegant white flowers top shiny green foliage in late summer and early fall. Grows best in moist meadows, stream banks, and swamps. Favorite breeding site for the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly.

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Dalea purpurea – Purple Prairie Clover
Dalea purpurea – Purple Prairie Clover

Host Plant – Sulphurs

Tiny rose-purple flowers in cylindrical, head-like masses at ends of upright wiry stems.

This is one of the most widespread of the perennial Prairie Clovers, identifiable by their cone-like flower heads. An excellent range species, with high protein content, Purple Prairie Clover decreases in abundance with overgrazing. A midwestern white-flowering species, White Prairie Clover has elongated flower heads and is only 2 (60 cm) tall. A white-flowering southeastern coastal plain species, D. carnea var. albida, has conspicuous green bracts within the heads.

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Echinacea – Cheyenne Spirit
Echinacea – Cheyenne Spirit
First year flowering perennial
Mix of colors from purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and whites
Well-branched and floriferous
All-America Selections Winner, 2013
Recipient of Europe’s FleuroSelect Gold Medal award
Introduced by Ball Seed/Kieft Seed

A 2013 All-America Selection Award Winner, and for good reason – they’re durable, easy to grow and gorgeous! A delightful mix of colors from rich purples, pinks, reds and oranges to lighter yellows, creams and whites makes a bold statement in a perennial border, butterfly garden or patio container. Drought tolerant and low maintenance, these coneflowers do not require deadheading to maintain their flower power! The spent blooms turn to seeds, providing winter food for songbirds and architectural interest.

Brilliant colour range is available for the first time from seed. Excellent branching puts more flowers on every plant. First-year flowering in both gallons and quarts. Cheyenne Spirit features sought-after shades of red, orange, purple, scarlet, cream, yellow and white – all now available from economical seed! Excellent genetics bring you extremely well-branched plants for more flowers on every plant – high-impact landscapes and fuller looking containers. This great branching also saves on chemical costs usually required to obtain a quality plant. Suitable for gallons and quarts, Cheyenne Spirit brings opportunities to offer product at various price points for differing market and retailer needs. It is also possible to plant one per quart to separate colours, if desired. This first year-flowering perennial is also suitable for traditional perennial production, making it easy for programmable production based upon grower conditions and methods. A Fleuroselect Gold Medal Winner. A 2013 European and Rest of World Introduction. A 2014 North America introduction

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