Scroll through the list below to view many of the landscape worthy native and adaptable plants grown at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.
You can view plants by common name or botanical name.
Click on a photo for more information about that plant. Many of these plants will be available at our FloraKansas plant sale in Spring and Fall. FloraKansas items are marked with the pot size and price for members and non-members.
Botanical Name: Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget'
A profusion of brilliant ruby-red flowers June until frost on compact, dwarf plants. Attractive to butterflies; good for cutting. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Botanical Name: Geranium X 'Rozanne'
This geranium is almost continuously in bloom through the summer. The huge, glowing violet blue, saucer-shaped flowers have a distinctive white eyes and reddish-purple veining. The mounds of deep green foliage are slightly marbled with chartreuse. P
American Bittersweet Botanical Name: Celastrus scandens
American Bittersweet is a vigorous sprawling, twining vine to over 20 feet. Leaves are dark green alternate, simple and turn yellow in the fall. Flowers are inconspicuous but yield a crop of attractive three-lobed capsules that are yellow-orange on t
American Hazelnut Botanical Name: Corylus americana
American Filbert is a shrub to 10 ft tall that usually forms colonies of upright stems. Leaves are serrated and pubescent can turn colors of red, orange, yellow but ultimately brown. Early in the spring catkins several inches long develop at the term
Anise Hyssop Botanical Name: Agastache foeniculum
Extremely showy perennial for a sunny, well drained site. Anise hyssop, so named for the anise scented foliage, displays blue/lavendar in mid to late summer. Grows to 3 feet tall, bushy, with branches from the ground upward. Photo courtesy of Uni
Anise Hyssop Botanical Name: Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee'
Great contrast plant for the sunny border. The showy golden-chartreuse to lime green foliage stands out in a sea of green in the garden. The brightness of the foliage depends on the sun exposure. Dense lavender blue flowers are held on strong, uprig
Annabelle Hydrangea Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Annabelle is an excellent selection of our native Smooth Hydrangea. Large, broad-rounded, creamy-white flowers clusters up to 12 inches in diameter cover the plant in June and July. The foliage is variable depending on exposure but mostly medium gree
Apache Plume Botanical Name: Fallugia paradoxa
Apache plume is a slender erect shrub with exfoliating bark and somewhat evergreen leaves. It is everblooming with white, five petaled flowers followed by pink, silky plumed seed heads at the tip of branches. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Aromatic Aster Botanical Name: Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'
This aromatic aster has medium blue, fine textured single ray flowers that appear in September and October. Aromatic foliage is clean and fragrant when bruised. Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries.
Autumn Fern Botanical Name: Dryopteris erythrosora
A hardy fern with attractive pink fiddleheads that turn coppery orange as they unfurl. As the fronds age they turn a lustrous dark green and remain well into winter. With new growth, the coppery orange and green fronds blend and add color and texture
Baneberry Botanical Name: Actaea pachypoda
Baneberry is a small woodland shrub with airy, open foliage and leaflets that are sharply toothed. It blooms in May with fuzzy, white dome-shaped blooms followed by white berries with dark brown or black "eyes" in August. Additional photo courtes
Barrenwort Botanical Name: Epimedium rubrum
A barrenwort with rich ruby-red flowers in May through June. The habit is a spreading groundcover with delicate foliage up to 12 inches tall. The light green, heart shaped foliage turns a reddish appearance in late summer. Photo courtesy of Bluebi
Barrenwort Botanical Name: Epimedium X versicolor 'Sulphureum'
Beautiful light green, heart-shaped foliage takes on a reddish appearance in late summer. Light yellow flowers in spring give this goundcover an airy appearance. Reliable plants that reach 8-12 inches. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Bigflower coreopsis Botanical Name: Coreopsis grandiflora
Bigflower coreopsis is an erect or spreading, mostly smooth, perennial herb. Stems are single or clustered and branched and arise from a short rhizome. Leaves are opposite, 1-4 inches long, and deeply pinnately divided, with 3-5 narrow segements. The
Bird's Foot Violet Botanical Name: Viola pedata
Herbaceous perennials to 10 inches tall with distinctive cut foliage. Leaves are deeply palmately divided into linear or narrowly elliptic segments. The showy, light violet-blue flowers appear in spring and early summer. Extra image courtesy of Sp
Black Chokeberry Botanical Name: Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'
One of the best aronia culivars with large clusters of flowers in spring. In the fall, attractive grape-like black fruit develop and persist until spring. The glossy dark green leaves turn incredible hues of red and orange through the autumn months.
Black-eyed Susan Botanical Name: Rudbeckia fulgida v. fulgida
Shiny, deep green foliage that is smaller and finner than the familiar 'Goldstrm' black-eyed susan. The flowers are yellow with a black cone in July through October.Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries
Black-eyed Susan Botanical Name: Rudbeckia fulgida v. speciosa
A variety with dark green foliage and orange flowers with a black centers from June through October. The plants will spread by runners and reach up to 24 inches. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Blackhaw Virburnum Botanical Name: Viburnum prunifolium
Great Viburnum for all seasons of the year. The creamy white flower clusters appear in May. The fruit is a favorite of birds and are held in pendulous clusters in the fall. Foliage is dark green and up to 3 inches long. It has excellent fall color wi
Blaze Little Bluestem Botanical Name: Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'
Blaze Little Bluestem is a colorful, fine-leaved, warm season bunch grass. During the growing season it is a dark green that turns to a russet-red in fall through winter. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Bleeding Heart Botanical Name: Dicentra formosa 'King of Hearts'
Broad, rosy-pink flowers from May-August. Very floriferous. Slightly glaucous, gray-green foliage. Disease free cultivar. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Blood Root Botanical Name: Sanguinaria canadensis
Native woodland wildflower with shallow, extensively branched rhizome. Each growing tip usually bearing a flower and single leaf. Leaveas and flowers appear in late March through April. Flowers are white with yellow stamens. Broad textured leaves.
Bloody Cranesbill-Hardy Geranium Botanical Name: Geranium sanguineum 'New Hampshire Purple'
One of the best low-growing geraniums. It is covered with magenta-purple flowers from spring through mid-summer. The compact, spreading mounds are clean and tidy throughout the year. The intricately cut leaves are green for most of the season but ear
Blue Bell Clematis Botanical Name: Clematis pitcheri
Loads of violet to purple bells with recurved tips appear on the free flowering native vine. These bells appear in sucession from July through September followed by attractive rich brown feathery seed heads. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Blue Cohosh Botanical Name: Caulophyllum thalictroides
A perennial herb from rhizomes with 1 leaf in early spring that is up to 18 inches wide. It sets blue fruit and is ususally dormant by late June or early July. Photo courtesy of Kansas Biological Survey.
Blue False Indigo Botanical Name: Baptisia australis var. minor
Erect plants with spreading branches and distinctive blue-green foliage. The 12 inch light blue to blue flowers racemes in mid-spring are followed by attractive black seed pods for rest of growing season. The whole plant turns black in the fall.
Blue Flag Iris Botanical Name: Iris versicolor
Blue Flag Iris grows from a thick rhizome. The leaves are part of the stem and are narrow (1" or less)almost sword-like, medium green, and up to 5 inches long. Flowers are blue to purplish-blue and occur during June and July.
Blue Flax Botanical Name: Linum perenne 'Lewisii'
Blue-green feathery foliage on 12-18" plants are topped over a long period with sky-blue flowers. Blooms in spring through early summer. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Blue Grama Botanical Name: Bouteloua gracilis
Blue grama is a warm season grass with curly, narrow 3-6" blue-green leaves. The seed heads are long, one sided spikes with eyelash-like inflorescence. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Blue Indiangrass Botanical Name: Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'
Strong, upright grower with blue-green foliage.
Blue Jay Columbine Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis 'Blue Jay'
Early blooming and floriferous; compact habit. Available only by variety, not as a mixture. Deep blue sepals, white petals. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Blue Little Bluestem Botanical Name: Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
'The Blues' is a beautiful selection of little bluestem. The foliage stays a intense blue until fall when the seed heads and leaves turn shades of purple and burgandy. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Blue Lobelia Botanical Name: Lobelia siphilitica 'Blue Select'
Stiffly erect plants to 3' with light green foliage. Blue spikes appear in August and September. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Blue Muffin Viburnum Botanical Name: Viburnum dentatum 'Christom'
Nice selection of the arrowwood viburnum. Striking in flower, fruit and form. This compact shrub is covered in spring with flat-topped clusters of white flowers. The real show is in late summer when the large crop of blue berries develop. What a disp
Blue Pincushion Flower Botanical Name: Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
Adaptable perennial with lavender-blue flowers all season. The delicate flowers float on long stems above neat mounds of lobed basal foliage. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Blue Sage Botanical Name: Salvia azurea*
Blue Sage is an erect, short-hairy, perennial herb arising from a thick rootstock. Stem are 1 to several with leaves that are opposite, simple, short-stalked, lance-shaped to linear, 1-4 inches long, and 1/2-1 inch wide. The blue flowers are clusters
Blue Star Botanical Name: Amsonia X 'Blue Ice'
Incredible Blue Star! It blooms over a long period in the early spring. This compact Amsonia clusters of dark blue flowers atop a compact mound of dark green leaves. The whole plant turns brilliant yellow in the fall. Photos courtesy of North Cree
Blue Wood Aster Botanical Name: Aster cordifolius 'Avondale'
This selection is a prolific bloomer for the woodland garden. The tiny light blue flowers cover the plants in early fall. Brightens a shade garden when little else is blooming. Foliage is dark green and heart shaped.
Blue Woodland Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox divaricata
Blue Phlox is a spreading perennial from stolon or rhizomes. Stems to 18 inches are topped with blue flowers in spring (April-June). Leaves are dark green, thin from 1-2 inches long. Photos courtesy Emily Weaver
Blue-Eyed Grass Botanical Name: Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Blue-eyed grass is slightly taller than White-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre) with bright green foliage and pale-blue to violet flowers in April through June. The plants will form bunches or clumps when fully mature.
Bluebird Smooth Blue Aster Botanical Name: Aster laevis 'Bluebird'
Large cone shaped clusters of single violet-blue 1 inch flowers with gold centers. Has unique smooth blue-green foliage on plants that reach 4 feet of height.Photo courtesy of North Creek Nursery.
Border Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox paniculata 'David'
Phlox with huge white panicles of flowers that are deliciously fragrant in summer. The stems are upright with foliage that is mildew resistant. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Bottlebrush Grass Botanical Name: Elymus hystrix
This is a native grass for the shady garden. Tufted or solitary perennial to 36 inches. The leaves and bunches look similar to fescue but when the attractive seedheads emerge you see how it gets its name. The seedheads do resemble a bottlebrush. P
Bottlebrush Grass Botanical Name: Hystrix patula
Upright dark green leaf blades have a coarse texture that contrasts nicely with the more delecate bottlebrush flowers and seed heads held 12 to 18 inches above the foliage in early summer.
Bracted Spiderwort Botanical Name: Tradescantia bracteata
A Great Plains native spiderwort reaching 1 ft. tall. Foliage is slender and grass-like. Flowers can be blue, pink, white or shades between.
Brilliance Autumn Fern Botanical Name: Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'
An new color for every season. The emerging fronds are a lustrous orange. They light up a shady spot as they glow against the glossy, deeper green color of mature fronds.
Bugleweed Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'
Large, glossy, dark purple-black, scalloped leaves with spikes of deep blue flowers from early spring-early summer. A striking new contrast plant for the garden or containers. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Burgundy Lace Fern Botanical Name: Athyrium niponicum 'Burgundy Lace'
Incredible foliage plant for the shade garden. Dark burgundy fronds with silvery stripes along the leaf veins and midribs. The contrasting leaves look lovely throughout the year.
Bush Morning Glory Botanical Name: Ipomoea leptophylla
Bush morning glory is a bushy, sprawling, smooth herb arising from a woody, sometimes massive root. Leaves are alternate, linear to narrow lance-shaped from 1-6 inches long. The red to purple trumpet-like flowers appear in May through September. P
Butterfly Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Stout plants with a few to many stems arising from a woody rootstock. The stems and leaves are covered with hairs and the stems are usually unbranched. Umbels of orange flowers appear in the hottest part of the summer (June-August). Seed pods are 3-6
Button Blazing Star Botanical Name: Liatris aspera
Button blazing star is an erect, smooth to short-hairy herb arising from a woody corm. Stems are 1 to several and unbranched. The narrow lance-shaped leaves gradually reduce up the stem till there are none surrounding purple button flower in August t
Buttonbush Botanical Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sputnik'
Nice selection of the native buttonbush. Large round ball-like flowers are very unusual. These spherical flower heads are light pink-white and nectar rich. They develop during mid-summer. Foliage is glossy green with an overall form that is open and
Calico Aster Botanical Name: Aster lateriflorus ''Lady in Black''
Deep burgundy foliage foliage is a great contrast to the thousands of tiny white daisies with round raspberry centers borne in the fall along the leaf axils.
Canada Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago canadensis
Canada goldenrod is an erect, hairy, perennial herb. Stems are mostly unbranched and arise from creeping rhizome. Leaves are alternate, simple and gradually reduced up the stem, narrowly lance-shaped to elliptic, 1-6" long and less than 1" wide with
Canadian Columbine Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis
Spring blooming (May-June) woodland native with an inner yelllow flower surrounded by a delicate spurred red outer flower. Two flowers in one! The blue-green foliage elongates in the spring with reddish stems that are topped by the elegant flowers.
Cardinal Flower Botanical Name: Lobelia cardinalis
Brilliant red spikes in July and August will light up any moist garden. The foliage is green and clean. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Catmint Botanical Name: Nepeta faasenii 'Walkers Low'
Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a long wands of soft lavender-blue flowers. Blooms emerge in late spring and continue into summer. Although the stems are 2-3 feet long, the plant's arching habit brings the height down to 18 to 24 inches if
Cheddar Pinks Botanical Name: Dianthus gratianopolitaus 'Firewitch'
Eye-popping color! The magenta-pink, upward-facing blooms are outstanding. Each flower exudes the scent of cloves and appear in masses above silvery-blue mats of evergreen foliage. It blooms in spring and again in fall. Photos courtesy of Walters
Chocolate Flower Botanical Name: Berlandiera lyrata
Chocolate Flower is an erect perennial with velvety hairy leaves that are light green. The flowers are light yellow, daisy-type atop 18-24 inch stems. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Christmas Fern Botanical Name: Polystichum acrostichoides
Evergreen fern with lustrous, tapering leaves. Fronds can reach two feet.
Cinderella Swamp Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'
A native perennial with vanilla-scented, rose-pink flowers in large, compact clusters from midsummer to early fall. Deadhead the flowers to stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. Leaves are light green and produce a white-mi
Cinnamon Fern Botanical Name: Osmunda cinnamomea*
Deep, waxy green leaves quickly reaching two to three feet in height with cinnamon colored wooly fertile fronds in the center of each mature plant.
Climbing Hydrangea Botanical Name: Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris
A true climbing vine with cluster of fragrant white flowers and showy white bracts in early summer. It is a deciduous vine that has lush ,round dark green leaves. With time, the vine becomes woody, and the cinnamon-brown bark exfoliates. Photo cou
Cobaea penstemon Botanical Name: Penstemon cobaea
One of the showiest species of the genus. Flowers appear on short individual stalks in a series of 4-12 flowered groups along the top of the stem. Photo courtesy of Mike Haddock.
Comanche Campfire Evening Primrose Botanical Name: Oenothera macrocarpa 'Camanche Campfire'
A primrose that offer gold, silver and ruby throughout the growing season. The large shiny, silver drought and sun resistant leaves are complimented by glowing ruby stems, topped with huge, delicious yellow flowers till fall. Plants are 12-15 inches
Common Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias syriaca
This common milkweed has large oval leaves with a pinkish veins on stems that are mostly unbranched and contain a milky sap. The pink flowers are in round clusters at the tops of the stems and appear during the late spring through early summer. When
Common Spiderwort Botanical Name: Tradescantia ohiensis
This native spiderwort has smooth, bluish-green foliage. The leaves can be up to 15 inches long on stems that are topped with a spidery clusters of flowers and seedheads. The flowers are three petaled with yellow stamens. Flowers can be purple to pin
Compass Plant Botanical Name: Silphium laciniatum
Compass plant is an erect, coarse, sparingly stiff-hairy, resinous, perennial herb with a massive woody rootstock. Stems are usually single, unbranced and stiff. Leaves are alternate, stiff, long-stalked below but with no stalk above, gradually reduc
Coppertina Ninebark Botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius 'Mindia'
This is a new hybrid ninebark with leaves that flush an attractive copper in spring and transform to a rich red in summer. The habit is loose mounded reaching up to 8 foot tall but can be pruned to a desired size. It blooms in summer, sporting white
Coral Bells Botanical Name: Heuchera richardsonii 'Lime Rickey PP16210'
New color that will liven up the landscape. The ruffled leaves have a bold lime-green coloration. Individual plants form tight compact mounds. Tiny, pure white flowers appear in spring atop 17 inch stems.
Coronation Gold Yarrow Botanical Name: Achillea hybrid 'Coronation Gold'
Yarrow with gray-green fern-like foliage up to 18 inches. Bright golden flowers are 3-4 inches flat plate-like on 24-36 inch stems in early summer. Photo courtesy High Country Gardens
Crane's-Bill Botanical Name: Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'
Handsome, dark reddish-plum, finely dissected foliage; blue-lilac flowers June-August. A wonderful texture and color contrast. From Jelitto. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Crested Iris Botanical Name: Iris cristata
Dwarf Crested Iris is a low spreading perennial. It will reach up to 6 inches tall. Light blue flowers with a yellowish brown spotted crest apppear in mid to late spring. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Crested Iris Botanical Name: Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant'
An iris for the shade garden. Considerably larger and fuller than the species, it holds 3 inch flowers of a soft blue color with golden crests. The foliage is light green and the typical sword shape.
Crimson Star Columbine Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis 'Crimson Star'
Masses of crimson and white flowers. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Culver's Root Botanical Name: Veronicastrum virginicum
Elegant plants in the landscape with the long white flower stalks and attractive whorled foliage. The dark green leaves surround the stem. Blooms appear in late June and continue into July and August. Mature plants can reach up to 5 feet in height. <
Cup Plant Botanical Name: Silphium perfoliatum
Cup plant is a distinctive plant with smooth square stems. The large, coarsely toothed, opposite leaves are joined around the stem, forming a cup. The flower heads are on the individual branches in the upper part of the plant. Each head is 2.5-4" wid
Cutleaf staghorn sumac Botanical Name: Rhus typhina 'Lacinata'
Large, suckering shrub that forms a thicket. Red-orange fall color. Terminal ends of branches are densely covered in short, brown hairs resembling a deer horn in velvet. Leaves deeply cut and serrate. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Dale's Variety Coral Bells Botanical Name: Heuchera americana 'Dale's Variety'
This alumroot has dark green ivy shaped foliage with unique, silver-blue, marbling patterns. It works as a mounded ground cover to 18 inches. Cream flowers spike from the foliage in June and July.Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery
Dallas Blues Switchgrass Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues PP11202'
One of the best wide-leaved, vase-shaped blue grasses available today. 'Dallas Blues' PP11202 has airy, mauve flower heads with a purple cast that are over 22" long, appearing in late summer. It also has great winter color. Photos courtesy of Walt
Denver Gold Botanical Name: Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold'
A stop you in your tracks kind of plant! The huge 3" yellow flowers with extremely long spurs blooms heavily in spring. It has clean foliage and an attractive form.
Doublefile Viburnum Botanical Name: Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Shasta'
This is the viburnum near the entrance to the Visitor Center. It is in bloom every spring plant sale. Large white lace-cap flowers are held along the horizontal branches giving the entire plant tiers and layers of blooms. The fruit is red and attrac
Doublefile Viburnum Botanical Name: Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake'
It is always blooming! Doublefile Viburnum with a compact habit and clusters of red fruit in the fall. The flat-topped flowers begin blooming in late spring and continue through the rest of the growing season. Ovate, dark green leaves turn a reddish
Dwarf Blue Amsonia Botanical Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana
Dwarf Blue Amsonia is a bit shorter in height than the species, reaching only 18-24 inches. The foliage is shaped like the narrow leaf on a willow tree. The flowers are sky-blue in clusters that appear in June and July. It has golden yellow foliage i
Dwarf Blue Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox divaricata 'London Grove'
A selection of woodland phlox that is compact (8-10" tall) with fragrant blue flowers and dark evergreen foliage. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and North Creek Nurseries
Dwarf Red Buckeye Botanical Name: Aesculus pavia
A native buckeye with attractive dark green leaves, each with five to seven leaflets. The eye-catching red flowers appear in April and May in long panicles that can be up to 6 inches long. Photo by Spring Valley Nursery
Dwarf Wild Columbine Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis 'Canyon Vista'
This is a shorter more compact form of Aquilegia canadensis. The flowers are a dark red with clean cut foliage and deep red stems. Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries
Eastern Redbud Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
A hardy and gorgeous small tree for use in any landscape. In early spring, the magenta pea-like flowers literally cover the branches of redbud heralding the advent of warmer weather. The dark green, shiny, heart-shaped leaves are attractive even afte
Eco Happy Traveler Prairie Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler'
Extremely floriferous fragrant selection of the native prairie phlox. Rose pink flowers in May and June on upright plants. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Elm-leaf Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago ulmifolia
Native goldenrod with upright stems and yellow flower wands. One or two stems arise from each root with leaves that resemble an elm tree. Flowers are bright yellow along arching sprays mostly along one side. Blooms appear in July and continue sporadi
Evening Primrose Botanical Name: Oenothera* macrocarpa* 'ssp. macrocarpa*'
Evening primrose is a low, occasionally tufted, smooth to hairy perennial herb 4" to 24" tall. Stems are spreading to ascending from a thick woody root. Leaves are alternate, simple, narrowly lance-shaped to egg-shaped. Flowers are showy, solitary an
Fall Fiesta Maple Botanical Name: Acer saccharum 'Bailsta'
Great sugar maple for fall color with far more oranges and reds than other Sugar Maples.. One look is all you'll need to see that Fall Fiesta® is superior to the sort. Branching is full and symmetrical with thick, leathery, glossy, deep green leaves
False Aster Botanical Name: Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank'
Upright plants with bluish-green, smooth, hairless foliage. The masses of white flowers smother the plant in August and September. Photos courtesy North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
False Indigo Botanical Name: Baptisia X 'Solar Flare Prairieblues'
Baptisia's are spring bloomers that add incredible flowers and stature to the garden. Solar Flare Prairieblues TM is unique. The flowers are pea-like blossoms that open lemon yellow, then take on an orange blush as they age. Both yellow and orange fl
False Solomon Seal Botanical Name: Smilacina racemosa
The gracefully arching stems of this woodland native resemble Solomon's Seal. Flowers are plumes of white in the spring and produce attractive red berries in the late summer and fall. It will grow to 36 inches tall. Photos courtesy of www.2bnTheWi
False Sunflower Botanical Name: Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun'
False sunflower is a branching plant with opposite, stalked, tirangular leaves. The leaves are coarse, toothed along the edges and up to 6 " long and 3-4" wide.The yellow sunflower-like flowers appear in late spring through fall. Photo by Emily We
Feather Reed Grass Botanical Name: Calamagrostis acutifolia 'Avalanche'
Striking, variegated form of 'Karl Foerster' with wide, white, center stripe on each leaf blade. Feathery, gold plumes to 4' in early summer. Exciting introduction from Steve Schmidt of American Ornamental Perennials.
Fendler's Aster Botanical Name: Aster fendleri
Fendler's Aster grows from a gnarled, woody caudex. The stems are erect to ascending and hairy. Leaves are firm, linear with straight bases and hiry margins. The blue, purple, or white ray petals surround a yellow central disk. Photo courtesy Blue
Finger Coreopsis Botanical Name: Coreopsis palmata
Finger coreopsis is a stiffly erect perennial arising from a slender, branching rhizome with fibrous roots. Leaves are opposite and divided into 3 long narrow segments. The yellow flowers appear in June through July. Photo courtesy of Kansas Bio
Flowering Spurge Botanical Name: Euphorbia corollata
Flowering spurge is a Great Plains native with erect flower stalks to 36 inches topped with small white flowers forming loose heads to 8 inches across. Blooms continue from mid spring through fall. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Foxglove beardtongue Botanical Name: Penstemon digitalis
The white tubular flowers are 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long and are often hairy on the outside. Flowers are on spreading branched stalks usually in pairs or clusters near the top of the stem branches.
Fragrant False Indigo Botanical Name: Amorpha nana
Dwarf Wild Indigo is a compact erect shrub with green foliage. Leaves are alternate, odd-pinnate up to 1-4 inches long. The fragrant pink flowers appear in May through July. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Fremont's Clematis Botanical Name: Clematis fremontii
Erect herbaceous perennials arising from a verical root bearing many strong fibrous roots. Fremont clematis is non-vining and produces pendulous solitary 1 inch flowers with 4 blue to purple sepals that are thick and not-veined. Fruiting head is gl
Fremont's Evening Primrose Botanical Name: Oenothera* macrocarpa* 'ssp. fremontii*'
Large light yellow flowers from May through the fall. The leaves are narrower than the species and green or light gray. Plants reach 10 inches tall with an 18 inch spread. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Garden Sage Botanical Name: Salvia X 'Eveline'
A beautiful hybrid Salvia with pink flower spikes and attractive dark green leaves. Tall, upright spikes in late spring boast big bicolor flowers of light pink with dark calyces. It puts on a stunning show! Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries,
Gay Butterflies Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'
Brilliant red, orange, and yellow fragrant flowers. Stout stems often sprawl and appear bushy. The leaves are dark green and hairy usually about 3-4 inches long resembling a short dagger. Attractive seed pods are narrow and open to reveal the redd
Giant Blue Pincushion Flower Botanical Name: Scabiosa columbaria ''Giant Blue''
'Giant Blue' has three inch lavander blue flowers on vigorous mounding plants. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Golden Alexander Botanical Name: Zizia aurea
The golden yellow flowers in late-spring provide nectar for beneficial insects and butterflies. Then the leaves and stems are devoured by Swallowtail butterflies caterpillars because it is a member of the Parsley Family and that is what they like. Th
Golden Baby Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago canadensis 'Golden Baby'
Golden Baby is a compact and upright goldenrod that forms tidy green clumps all summer. The dense golden-yellow flower sprays appear in late summer or fall.
Golden Ragwort Botanical Name: Senecio* obovatus*
Golden ragwort is a one of the first woodland wildflowers to bloom in the spring (April-May). The yellow flowers are easy to spot in a shady area. Once the flower stalks wither and disappear you are left with a wonderfull carpet of bright green foli
Gray Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago nemoralis
This is a great goldenrod for a prairie garden. The yellow flowers appear in long sprays and top the gray-green foliage. Blooming begins in August and can continue to October. Stems can grow to 36 inches and give the whole plant an open arching appea
Great Black-eyed Susan Botanical Name: Rudbeckia maxima
Incredible wildflower! This is a huge Black-eyed Susan to 7 feet tall. The leaves are an unusual blue green and can be up to 10 inches long. The flowers have bright, yellow petals surrounding a 4-6 inch black cone. Photo courtesy of North Creek Nu
Grey-headed Coneflower Botanical Name: Ratibida* pinnata*
This is a classic prairie plant with bright yellow ray petals that droop down around the stem. The prominant cone is brown during the growing season turning gray in fall and winter. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Hairy Mountain Mint Botanical Name: Pycnanthemum pilosum
Hairy mountain mint is square-stemmed with spreading hairs and a strong minty fragrance. The leaves are opposite and up to 3" long and 3/4' wide and covered with fine hairs. Flowers are white and appear in July and August in dense heads, with severa
Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders Botanical Name: Zizia aptera
A Great Plains native with dark green heart-shaped leaves of mostly basal growth. Umbels of many yellow flowers on attractive 1-2 ft. plants. Flowers appear in mid-spring through early summer. Photos courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Poi
Heath Aster Botanical Name: Aster ericoides
An explosion of tiny white flowers in the fall (August-October). This is bushy colonial aster that usually spreasds by rhizomes or woody rootstock. The branches have numerous flowers heads along the upper lengths and drop their lower leaves to expos
Heath Aster Botanical Name: Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'
Snow Flurry gives a totally new look and use for Asters. The habit is a very low dense carpeting groundcover. In September, the 1/2 inch flowers with gold centers smother the plant. Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries.
Helen's Flower Botanical Name: Helenium autumnale
Helen's flower has leaves that are serrated 6 inches long and widest near the middle. The bright yellow flowers have broad fan-shaped, uniquely indented ray flowers. Flowers in late summer and early fall. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Hella Lacy Aster Botanical Name: Aster novae-angliae 'Hella Lacy'
Hella Lacy is an upright form of New England Aster with deep violet-purple daisy-like flowers in late summer through fall. The leaves are lance-shaped and dark green. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Home Fires Woodland Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox stolonifera 'Home Fires'
A phlox that is an adaptable perennial for our area. It blooms in the spring and has deep pink fragrant flowers that cover 10 inch plants. It has a prostrate habit. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Husker Red Smooth Penstemon Botanical Name: Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
Striking, deep red foliage make this perennial a standout. The white flowers blushed with pink on 2-3' stems appear in late spring and early summer. Outstanding! Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Jabob's Ladder Botanical Name: Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'
They say this is the best variegated Jacob's Ladder ever introduced. I have to agree. It is quite handsome in form, foliage and flower. The leaflets are edged in creamy white and flushed with pink during cooler spring weather. The pale blue flower
Jack in the Pulpit Botanical Name: Arisaema triphyllum
Woodland native with unique brown or green flowers. Leaf is palmate and divided into 3 leaflets. A leaflet bract surrounds and forms a hood around the flower. Bloom is in May and June followed by reddish fruit in autumn.
Jacob's Ladder Botanical Name: Polemonium reptans
A native woodland wildflower with compound leaves of light green. Flowers are blue bells and appear in April through June. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Japanese Painted Fern Botanical Name: Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Iridescent silvered fronds variegated with purple, gray, and green with showy red stems. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Joe Pye Weed Botanical Name: Eupatorium purpureum 'Gateway'
Choice selection with flat-topped clusters of red flower from July through September. Coursely toothed foliage with wine red stems. Additioanl photo courtesy Charles Mann
Junegrass Botanical Name: Koeleria pyramidata
Cool-season, perennial, bunch-forming grass that produces attractive seedheads early in the growing season before the heat of the summer. The pale green flowering seed heads are spikes form midspring through midsummer. They trun a nice tan as the sum
Kansas Gayfeather Botanical Name: Liatris pycnostachya
Stiff, upright stems arrising from an irregular shaped corm. Leaves are linear up to less than a 1/2 inch across and up to 10 inches long usually becoming much reduced toward the flower top. Stems topped with tightly bunched lavender-magenta flower
Kentucky Coffeetree Botanical Name: Gymnocladus dioica
As a young tree, the form is rather coarse but picturesque over time with a broad open crown. The leaves are bipinnately compound and have a blue-green color. Interesting bark with scaly recurve ridges.
Kentucky Wisteria Botanical Name: Wisteria macrostachya
This is a mild wisteria that is not as aggressive as other species. It still produces those wonderful clusters of pale blue flowers in the summer. The twinning vine has compound leaves.
Korean Feather Reed Grass Botanical Name: Calamagrostis brachytricha
Attractive clump-forming, warm season grass! The bright green leaves and puffy, pink plumes in the fall electrify the autumn landscape. The feathery flowers fade to cream in fall and finish in a golden-straw color in winter. Photos courtesy of No
Lady Fern Botanical Name: Athyrium filix-femina
Large, vigorous, showy fern with lacy cut, lance-shaped leaves to 30".
Leadplant Botanical Name: Amorpha canescens
Lead plant is a short shrub that behaves like a perennial herb. Stems are usually branched, hairy except in older plants. Leaves are alternate, oblong, 1-2" long, 1/2-1 1/2" wide, odd-pinnate with 5-20 pairs of oblong leaflets, and sparingly to dense
Lily-turf Botanical Name: Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof'
A popular variety of liriope with green and white (sometimes yellow) variegated, grass-like foliage. Forms an attractive mound. From midsummer into fall, lilac purple flowers similar to grape hyacinths are produced. Photos courtesy of Walters Gard
Little Merrybells Botanical Name: Uvularia sessifolia
Little merrybells has yellow-green foliage with prominent green veins. Leaves have no leaf stem or petiole and are 1 to 2.5 inches long and 1/2 to 1 inch wide. The dainty, 1 inch yellow bells in April and May.
Marsh Blazing Star Botanical Name: Liatris spicata
Plants similar to Prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya), except that the stems are smooth and hairless. The flowers are purple, violet, or white and appear at the terminal portion of the stem. The leaves are narrow, or broadly linear bec
Maryland Senna Botanical Name: Cassia marilandica
Plants grow to 6' tall, with large alternate, compound leaves that are smooth. The flowers are in branched clusters at the top of the stems or on stalks arising from the junction of an upper leaf with the stem. Each flower is about 1 inch wide in J
May Night Salvia Botanical Name: Salvia X nemorosa 'May Night'
Adaptable perennial that forms a 18" mound. Flowers are spectacular. Deep violet purple flower spikes 18-24" long, bloom from late spring to early summer. Foliage is a grey-green. Photo courtesy High Country Gardens
Mayapple Botanical Name: Podophyllum peltatum
Herbaceous perennials with a long branching rhizome near the surface, rooting at the nodes, sometimes giving off a single leaf on an upright stem. Leaves can reach up to 12 inches in diameter. The creamy nodding flowers in April through June are foll
Meadow Anemone Botanical Name: Anemone canadensis
A strong growing plant that needs room to move. Clear white single flowers top out at 18" from mid spring to early summer. The stems have a single whorl of leaves, but without stalks. Each leaf can have narrow segments which are toothed and sometimes
Meadow Blazing Star Botanical Name: Liatris ligulistylis
Meadow blazingstar has crimson-red buds that burst open to show the vibrant purple-pink flowers in August and September. The long wands of flowers top the numerous softly publencent leaves. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Mexican Hat Botanical Name: Ratibida columnifera 'Red'
Bush 3-4' plants with finely cut folaige. The flowers have red drooping petals around a central cone. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Counrty Gardens
Missouri Black-eyed Susan Botanical Name: Rudbeckia missouriensis
Large flowered bouquets of bright yellow flowers to 18". The foliage is narrow with the leaves and stems covered with a dense fuzz. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Moonshine Yarrow Botanical Name: Achillea filipendulina 'Moonshine'
Hybrid yarrow with fern-like, silvery green foliage. Stems are topped with broad sulfur-yellow flower heads during the summer. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Narrow Leaf Blue Star Botanical Name: Amsonia hubrechtii
Narrow-leaf Blue Star is a graceful and long lived native plant with very fine foliage, clusters of steel blue flowers in May and June on an upright, bushy plant. In the fall, the entire plant becomes a golden yellow. Photos courtesy Walters Garde
Narrow Leaf Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea angustifolia
Narrow-leaf coneflower is an erect, coarsely hairy herb arising from a woody taproot. It can have 1 or many stems, leaves that are rough and topped in June and July by terminal flower heads. Flowers have pink drooping petals and purple-brown cones.
Narrow-leaf Gayfeather Botanical Name: Liatris* mucronata*
Narrowleaf gayfeather has 1 to may unbranched stems that are stiff and curving upright. Stems arise from a round corm. Leaves are narrow and smooth along the edges. Purple flowers top the individual stem in midsummer through fall. Photo by Emily W
New Jersey Tea Botanical Name: Ceanothus americanus
New Jersey Tea is a shrub with slender stems that often appears to be non-woody. The leaves are alternate, with a serrated edges and up to 4" long and 2" wide with curved edges, ponted tips, and softly hairy undersides. Small white flowers occur in d
Nodding Ladies Tresses Botanical Name: Spiranthes cernua var. odorata
Porcelain white 12 inch spires of sweetly scented, nodding flowers over 3-4" foliage on this native orchid. Photos courtesy of Bluebird Nursery and NOrth Creek Nurseries
Northern Crepe Myrtle, Seven-Son Flower Botanical Name: Heptacodium miconioides
2008 Plant Select®. Clusters of fragrant, white flowers in fall followed by rosy-red sepals on large Chinese shrub or small tree with exfoliating bark. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Northern Sea Oats Botanical Name: Chasmanthium latifolium
GreatPlants® Grass of the Year! Grass with attractive seed heads. Useful for groups or massing. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Northwind Swithcgrass Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Incredible! Do you need a vertical element in the landscape? Then this is the grass for you. The upright clumps have wide steel blue leaves that turn a golden yellow in the fall. The unique flower panicles emerge in September and are held towards the
Oakleaf Hydrangea Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia
Oakleaf hydrangea is a full, rounded-mounded shrub. The foliage is dark green multiple lobes that can reach up to 8 inches long. The fall color is a rich burgandy, orange, red, and purple. Flowers open in June and last for three to four weeks, often
Obedient Plant Botanical Name: Physostegia virginiana
Obedient Plant is an upright clump forming perennial for damp locations. The bright pink flowers cover the spiked tops and produce brilliant masses in August and September. It can spread rapidly by rhizomes.
October Skies Aster Botanical Name: Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'
A strong growing low mound of bushy bright green foliage. The 1 inch sky blue flowers appear in September through October and continue even after a light frost. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Ornamental Strawberry Botanical Name: Fragaria X 'Lipstick'
Great ground cover with rich, deep rose blossoms in spring. The bright green strawberry foliage spread to fill any area. Small tart fruit are produced in late spring, early summer. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery, Inc.
Pale Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea pallida
Pale purple coneflower is upright with stout stems and leaves that are covered with coarse bristly hairs. The leaves are rough-surfaced and can be up to 10 inchs long. There is a single showy flower head on each stem. Long drooping pale-purple peta
Paprika Yarrow Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'
Paprika has feathery foliage on 24" stems that are topped with intense ruby-red flower clusters with gold centers fading to light pink and creamy yellow.Photo courtesy of North Creek Nursery.
Pastel Pincushion Flower Botanical Name: Knautia macedonica 'Melton Pastels'
This adapted perennial has attractive lacy, dark green foliage on plants that can reach up to 3 feet tall. A profusion of purple, lilac, blue, pink, rose, and red pastel flowers appear during the summer. The bushy upright plants bear many scaiosa-lik
Pawnee Big Bluestem Botanical Name: Andropogon gerardii 'Pawnee'
'Pawnee' big bluestem is a robust, columnar bunchgrass to 6 ft. tall, 2ft. or more wide. The blue-green leaves during the growing season turn to stunning orange,red, yellow and maroon shades in the fall after the first frost. Photos by Emily Weave
Pawpaw Botanical Name: Asimina triloba
Pawpaw has droopy, 6 to 12 inch long leaves that are alternate, simple and smooth along the margins. Purple flowers appear out of the brownish buds in April and May and are quite unusual. The fruit are edible, waxy, irregular-shaped berries from 2-5
Pink Bush Clover Botanical Name: Lespedeza thunbergii 'Pink Fountains'
Long arching stems with clusters of pea-like blooms from summer right up until frost. It forms an beautiful mound of equal proportions. Foliage is light-green. Graceful in flower and form.
Pink Catmint Botanical Name: Nepeta X 'Dawn to Dusk'
A new look in Catmints. Soft pink flower spikes contrasted by a violet calyx make this plant a stand-out in the garden. Foliage is aromatic with gray-green tints. Prolific bloomer from June to October.
Pink Mist Pincushion Flower Botanical Name: Scabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist'
Patented, everblooming pink flowered selection. Tidy rich green basal leaves on mounds up to 18 inches. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Pink Muhly Grass Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia capillaris
What a grass! A native of the U.S. that forms attractive clumps of very fine blue foliage. Later in the season, an explosion of amazing bright pink flower panicles. The pink blooms give the entire plant an ethereal character. Photos courtesy of No
Pink Nodding Onion Botanical Name: Allium cernuum
Pink Nodding Onion blooms in July and August and produces umbels of drooping small white flowers that turn pink as they age. Photo by Emily Weaver.Extra image courtesy of North Creek Nursery.
Pink Poppy Mallow Botanical Name: Callirhoe alcaeoides
Pink Poppy Mallow is a spreading herb with a thick turnip-like rootstock. Stems upright, slender, smooth and leaves are mostly palmately divided into linear segements. Some of the basal leaves are triangular-heart-shaped and cut sharply and irregeg
Pink Shooting Star Botanical Name: Dodecatheon meadia 'Aphrodite'
This shooting star has intense purple-pink flowers on giant robust 20 inch plants in May and June. The whole plant is larger than the species. All leaves are basal, smooth, up to 8 inches long and 3 inches wide. The flowers top the round stalks. P
Pitcher Sage Botanical Name: Salvia azurea 'Grandiflora'
A selection of the native blue sage with true blue flowers that are produced in August and September. The foliage is gray-green and the habit is open and sprawling. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Plains Evening Primrose Botanical Name: Calylophus serrulatus 'Prairie Lode'
Plains evening primrose is a multi-branched herbaceous or shrubby perennial with a woody taproot. Leaves are alternate, narrow lance-shaped and dark green. The 1" yellow flowers are showy and arise from the bases of the upper stem from May through Se
Prairie Aster Botanical Name: Aster turbinellus
Masses of violet-blue flowers in September through October on attractive 4' well-branched plants. Photo courtesy of Kansas Biological Survey.
Prairie Blue-eyed Grass Botanical Name: Sisyrinchium campestre
Diminutive prairie relative of the iris, Prairie Blue-eyed Grass posseses narrow, pointed, grass like leaves. Narrow, flattened, flower stalks hold dainty, light (sometimes almost white) to dark blue flowers. The flowers actually have three petals a
Prairie Dock Botanical Name: Silphium terebinthinaceum
Prairie dock is a tall, rough native perennial. Plants have huge oval to heart-shaped, dark green leaves (to 2' long) resembling small elephant ears. The smooth, almost leafless stems erupt from the middle of the leaf base in summer. Each stem branc
Prairie Dropseed Botanical Name: Sporobolus heterolepis
This native bunchgrass has narrow leaves and loose arching habit. The fragrant flowers and seed heads appear in late summer giving the entire plant a soft airy appearance. A beautiful golden-orange fall color is developed. Photos courtesy Bluebird
Prairie Fire Switchgrass Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'
A new color from our native switchgrass. Blue-green stems and wine-red leaves accent this plant throughout the year. In the spring, the foliage is blue-green, but by early summer the leaves begin to turn a stunning shade of deep red. It makes a remar
Prairie Onion Botanical Name: Allium stellatum
Prairie Onion is very similar to Nodding Pink Onion except the stems are more erect and the flower heads are not drooping or nodding. Pink flowers bloom in August through early October. Photograph courtesy of Kansas Biological Survey.
Prairie Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox pilosa
Prairie phlox is an erect, hairy perennial to 2' tall froma stout rootstock. Stems have opposite, simple linear to lance-shaped 1-4" long and 1/4-1' wide leaves. The showy pink flowers appear in May through July and are on the upper portion of the st
Prairie Smoke Botanical Name: Geum triflorum
Plants with hairy stems, usually less than 1' tall, with numerous basal leaves that are divided and toothed. The nodding pink flowers appear in mid to late spring followed by feathery seed heads. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Prairie Sunshine Botanical Name: Hymenoxys scaposa 'Prairie Sunshine'
Drought tolerant native of the mixed and shortgrass prairies. The bright yellow, 3/4 to 1" flowers top the 8" leafless stems. It has one of the longest blooming seasons of any native perennial. The crown is very hardy and even evergreen in mild winte
Priairie Gypsy Bee Balm Botanical Name: Monarda bradburiana 'Prairie Gypsy'
Masses of vibrant extra large (1 1/2") raspberry pink terminal flowers. Each has tubes with 2 lips, the upper, narrow and very hairy with stamens, the lower, wide with fine hairs on the lip edges and colorful lines of narrow spots. These large (3"+)
Purple Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower is upright, with branched stems in semi-shade to shaded areas while exposed plants have fewer-branched and shorter stems. The rough leaves are coarsely toothed and 5-8 inches long and wider at the base. The attractive flowers top
Purple Dome Aster Botanical Name: Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
Naturally compact (18 inches tall) with royal purple flowers in August-October. The dark green foliage is mildew resistant. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Purple Marsh Blazing Star Botanical Name: Liatris spicata 'Kobold'
This is a purple selection of marsh blazing star. The deep purple flowers top spikes that can reach 2' tall. Narrow foliage is light green. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Purple Poppy Mallow Botanical Name: Callirhoe involucrata
An attractive, spreading herb with a woody root. Purple poppy mallow has round, deeply cut leaves and numerous wine-red flowers with white eyes cover the plant in late spring and early summer. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Purple Prairie Clover Botanical Name: Dalea purpurea 'Stephanie'
A legume with stiff upright stems, elegant fine cut foliage topped with 1-2 inch cylindrical wands of stunning pink to purple flowers in May through August. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Purple Smoke Wild Indigo Botanical Name: Baptisia X 'Purple Smoke'
Apparently a chance hybrid of B. australis and B. alba, this has the charcoal-gray stems of alba and the blue flower color from australis
, although it is more purple. Blooms in May and June. Excellent in form and flower. Photo courtesy of North
Queen of the Prairie Botanical Name: Filipendula rubra ''Venusta''
Smooth plants with alternate compound leaves. The leaves are sometimes more than 2 feet long and divided into segments of varying sizes on one leaf. The deep pink plume-like flowers appear in early to midsummer. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Queen of the Prairie Botanical Name: Filipendula rubra
Smooth plants with alternate compound leaves and large, toothed stipules at the base of the leaf stalks. The leaves are large sometimes more than 2' long and divided into several narrow, irregularly toothed segemnets of varying size on the same leaf.
Rattlesnake Master Botanical Name: Eryngium yuccifolium
Leaves resembling yucca, linear, stiff, and serrated. The dense spherical flowers appear on the terminal stems during the summer. Flower heads look like 'spikey golf balls' and are quite unique. Photo by Emily Weaver.
Red Pincushion Flower Botanical Name: Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget'
Pin cushion-like, 2", round flowers have brilliant ruby-red petals and white stamens. It has a bushy habit and fuzzy leaves. It blooms from early summer into fall. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Red Star Aster Botanical Name: Aster novae-angliae 'Red Star'
Showy aster grow to 18" tall with hairy stems and leaves. The stems have alternate leaves and are topped with red flowers in late summer and fall.Photo by Kathy Kendrick.
Reflexed Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea atrorubens
A coneflower with stout stems topped with solitary flowers. Individual flowers have reflexed or recurved ray petals surrounding a dark cone. Bloom is in June. The leaves are linear and hairy. Photo by Emily Weaver
Riddell's Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago riddellii
Native perennial to 3' tall. Stems are thick and smooth and topped with yellow flower clusters. Blooms appear in late-August and continue through September. One of the showiest native goldenrods. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin - Steven
Robin Columbine Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis 'Robin'
Early blooming and floriferous; compact habit. Available only by variety, not as a mixture. Soft pink sepals, white petals; re-bloomer. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Rock Pink Flame Flower Botanical Name: Talium calycinum
Rock Rose is a perennial with succulent leaves to 4 inches tall. The thin stems are topped with purplish-pink 1 inch wide flowers. This is a Great Plains prairie native. Photos courtesy of Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Rocky Mountain Penstemon Botanical Name: Penstemon strictus
This beardtongue has clean evergreen foliage. It blooms in the spring with 2-3 foot spikes of rosy-lavender flowers. The tubular flowers are held on one side of the stem. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Rose Verbena Botanical Name: Verbena* canadensis*
Rose verbena is a low, spreading or ascending perennial. Stems spread with foliage that is lobed and cut. Bright lavender flowers all summer are extremely showy. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery
Rosinweed Botanical Name: Silphium integrifolium
Stout plants with yellow flowers in the summer. They have rough to the touch stems and leaves. Flowers appear on the end of the stem and look similar to a sunflower. Photos courtesy of Bluebird Nursery and Paul R. Roberts.
Royal Catchfly Botanical Name: Silene regia
Stems usually unbranched below the flowers with a sticky hairyness. The opposite leaves are up to 5" long and 3" wide. Red flowers appear in summer and can last through fall. Each flower has a 1"-long tubular, 5-toothed calyx covered with sticky hair
Ruby Star Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea ''rubinstern''
Same as Echinacea purpurea but with intense carmine red flowers with horizontal petals on stems to 40 inches. Photo courtesy Jelitto Perennial Seeds
Russian Sage Botanical Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian sage is an adaptable perennial with gray-green foliage, and 4' spikes of lavender-blue flowers in mid-summer. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and High Country Gardens
Russian Sage Botanical Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire PP11643'
Similar to species but in a smaller package. Short, upright habit with small, narrow, grey-green leaves. Long spikes of lavender-blue flowers during the summer are great for attracting different pollinators. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum Botanical Name: Viburnum rufidulum
A great native viburnum. The white flower cluster is spring produce an abundant crop of small prune-like fruit in fall. Glossy dark green foliage turn rich colors of burgundy red in fall. The fruit and fall color combination are spectacular. It is a
Sand Lovegrass Botanical Name: Eragrostis trichodes
Sand Lovegrass is a beautiful warm season bunchgrass that grows to 4 ft. tall. The airy seed heads give it a soft texture and can be up to half the length of the stalk. Stems are arching and loose. Roots are deep, and dense. Photo courtesy Bluebir
Saphir Blue Flax Botanical Name: Linum perenne 'Saphir'
Gray green needle-like foliageon dwarf plants to 10". Flowers appear in spring through early summer and are a brilliant blue. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Shell-leaf beardtongue Botanical Name: Penstemon grandiflorus 'War Axe'
A striking thick-stemmed plant with spikes of large, light pink, purple or white flowers and waxy green foliage.
Shining Blue Star Botanical Name: Amsonia illustris
Shining Blue Star has thick shiny leaves that are 2-5 inches long and 1/2-1 inch wide. The blue flowers appear in April and May on the terminal growth of the plant. Photos courtesy Spring Valley Nursery and Bluebird Nursery
Short Toothed Mountain Mint Botanical Name: Pycnanthemum muticum
Unusual flower with silvery bracts and dense clusters of small pinkish blooms from summer to early fall. The foliage is fragrant and wider than most mountain mints. Plants reach up to 30 inches tall.
Shortstem Spiderwort Botanical Name: Tradescantia tharpii
Incredible dwarf spiderwort with showy flowers covering the plant in spring. The flowers can be pink, rose, blue or purple. Linear leaves are covered with hairs.
Showy Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias speciosa
Showy milkweed is a stout, erect, perennial herb with stems that are densely hairy and mostly unbranched and contain copious sap. Leaves are opposite, simple, fleshy, hairy, 3-8 inches long, and 1-5 inches wide, and broadly lance-shaped to egg-shaped
Siberian Bugloss Botanical Name: Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass'
What attractive leaves! This clump forming perennial has amazing heart-shaped leaves. The bright blue flowers on airy racemes are the color of forget-me-not and are an added bonus to a stand out plant for the shady landscape.
Sideoats Grama Botanical Name: Bouteloua curtipendula 'Trailway'
2005 GreatPlants® Grass! Fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season native. Delicate, pendant seed heads; graceful foliage. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Silk Aster Botanical Name: Aster sericeus
Silky Aster has a wide branching habit with alternate leaves up to 1 3/4 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. The leaves are densely covered with fine silky hairs that lie flat on the leaf surface, giving them a distinctive silvery green color and slippery t
Silky Prairie Clover Botanical Name: Dalea villosa
Densely hairy plants with a gray-green appearance. The leaflets are less than 1/2 inch long and arranged tightly on the leaf axis. The pale lavender flowers atop the stiff upright stems emerge in July and August.
Photo by Emily Weaver.
Slender Mountain Mint Botanical Name: Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Slender mountain mint has hairless, square stems and abundent pairs of narrow, opposite leaves. The largest leaves are 2" long and less than 1/4" wide. Flowers are in dense, slightly rounded cluster of heads at the top of the plant.
Small Soapweed Botanical Name: Yucca glauca
Small soapweed is a stemless semiwoody perennial that may attain a height of 3-6 feet when in bloom. Leaves are abundant, waxy green, linear, 1-3 feet long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide and bayonetlike, radiating out from a stout woody rootstock. The crea
Smoky Hills Resinous Skullcap Botanical Name: Scutellaria resinosa 'Smoky Hills'
Deep blue or purplish flowers tipped with 2 small white patches from May through July. Growing in a rounded mound up to 12 inches, the plants have leaves with grayish pubescence.Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Smooth Aster Botanical Name: Aster laevis
Smooth aster has attractive smooth blue-green foliage and the blue flowers appear in profusion late in the season. It grows 2 to 4 feet. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Smooth Blue Aster Botanical Name: Aster laevis 'Bluebird'
Smooth aster has glabrous (smooth) blue-green foliage. The 1 inch single flowers are violet-blue with yellow centers and are borne on large cone-shaped clusters in the late-summer through fall.Extra image courtesy of North Creek Nursery.
Soft Rush Botanical Name: Juncus effuses
Soft rush is a native clump forming wetland plant. Stems are a deep green and very upright. Inconspicuous golden flowers appear along the stems in the summer. Plants will form large colonies over time. Plants spread by rhizomes. Photo coutesy of D
Solomon's Seal Botanical Name: Polygonatum biflorum
Perennial herbs with stems erect or slightly arching arising from a rhizome. Leaves are simple, alternate, broadly oval up to 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. The arching stems have white, bell shaped blossoms on the underside at each leaf junction.
Spider Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias viridis
Large, somewhat sprawling plants up to 24 inches with thick stems, milky sap The leaves are stalky and wavy. Flowers occur in late spring through the summer with most clusters near the tops of the stems with less than 35 flowers per cluster. The seed
Stiff Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago rigida
Rigid goldenrod is an erect, rough-hairy, perennial herb 1/2-5 feet tall, with a stout branched rootstock. Stems are usually unbranched and clustered. Leaves are alternate simple and gradully reduced up the stem. The shape of the leaves is lance-shap
Summer Nights Oxeye Daisy Botanical Name: Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights'
This daisy is a great addition to the perennial garden. Its stiking yellow sunflower-like blooms in summer are only enhanced by the attractive foliage and stems of red. It will get up to 4 feet tall. Photos courtesy of North Creek Nurseries
Sunshine Blue Bluebeard Botanical Name: Caryopteris incana ''Jason' ppaf, cbraf'
Wow! Great contrast plant for the garden with bright gold foliage. The real show is in the late summer when amethyst-blue flower clusters standout against the chartreuse leaves. Flower clusters emerge along the stem atop the leaves. It is a stronger
Swamp Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias incarnata
Upright milky-sapped plants with clusters of bright reddish-pink flowers that stand out in July and August. The leaves are opposite, narrow and taper to pointed tips. The seed pods are paired, narrow like the leaves, up to 4 inches long and taper t
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Botanical Name: Rudbeckia subtomentosa
Sweet black-eyed Susan is a smooth to finely hairy plant with alternate leaves. The basal leaves are on long stalks and the stem leaves on stalks or stalkless. There are usually several individual stalked flower heads at the top of the plant, with ea
Sweet Coneflower Botanical Name: Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'
Interesting new black-eyed susan with numerous clusters of finely quilled light yellow flower petals surrounding brown cones in August and September. It has a upright form with stems arising from a rosette of dark green leaves. Nice vertical element
Sword-leaf Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox buckleyi
Sword-leaf phlox is an adaptable perennial native to the SE US. The narrow leaves remain neat and clean all season. Many clusters of 6-25 bright pink flowers occur in the late spring and summer. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Tall Larkspur Botanical Name: Delphinium exaltatum
Tall larkspur grows 3-4' tall with terminal dark blue flowers which bloom in summer. Individual flowers (to 1" long) have five sepals, one of which has the distinctive spur resulting in the common name. The interesting foliage has palmately divided,
Tennessee Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea tennesseensis
This coneflower has cheerful bright pink 3-3 1/2 inch flowers with 1 1/2 inch long uplifted petals. It will bloom all summer into fall. The deep roots make it a drought tolerant perennial once established. It seems to be very adaptable to a wide vari
Terra Cotta Yarrow Botanical Name: Achillea X 'Terra Cotta'
Exciting color of yarrow; sturdy stems support dark pink and peach flowers that slowly change to rich hues of earthy reds and oranges. Bloom is in June and July. The silver foliage has a delicate ferny appearance. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens
Tickseed Botanical Name: Coreopsis grandiflora 'Jethro Tull'
A natural cross that exhibits the best characteristics of both parents:vibrant yellow flowers with fluted petals and a more compact habit. Very floriferous plants bloom in mid-summer. Forms a tidy mound of bright green foliage.Photo courtesy of I
Tiny Monster Cranesbill Botanical Name: Geranium X 'Tiny Monster'
Nice groundcover with purple-violet flowers. Blooms appear 4"-6" above the mounded foliage from late spring through late summer. Foliage is deeply lobed. In the fall, the leaves turn tones of rich scarlet. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Trumpet Honeysuckle Botanical Name: Lonicera sempervirens
Trumpet honeysuckle is a trailing or twining vine with smooth foliage. Stems can reach lengths of 10-15 feet, with older stems having reddish-gray shredding bark. Leaves are an olive-green to dark green with smooth edges. The flowers are ususally red
Tube Penstemon Botanical Name: Penstemon tubaeflorus
Tube beardtongue is an erect perennial herb 1-3 ft. tall with a short woody rootstock. Stems are 1 or few, smooth and unbranched. The white tubular flowers appear on the terminal portion of the stem in May through July. Photo courtesy High Country
Upland White Aster Botanical Name: Aster ptarmicoides
Upland White Aster is a slender plant that is covered with white flowers in Ausust and September. Each flowering head is about 3/4 inch wide, with up to 25 white, petal-like ray flowers surrounding a white to pale yellow disk. The narrow leaves are a
Upright Poppy Mallow Botanical Name: Callirhoe digitata
Five-petaled fringed flowers up to 2 inches wide. Vining stems with finger-type blue-green foliage. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Vernal Witchhazel Botanical Name: Hamamelis vernalis
Small ribbon-like yellow or slightly red, fragrant flowers open in early spring (usually mid-February). Flowers open on warm days, close tightly when the temperature is low. Leaves are wavy and have a soft fuzziness. They are medium green and turn a
Violet Marsh Blazing Star Botanical Name: Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violett'
'Floristan Violett' is a 3' selection of marsh blazing star with violet-purple spikes. Upright stems with fine green foliage are topped with flowers during the summer. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Virginia Mountain Mint Botanical Name: Pycnanthemum* virginianum*
Fragrant native mint with attractive foliage and white to pale lavender flowers spotted with purple on the lower lip. Bloom is from July through September. Phooto courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Vivid Obedient Plant Botanical Name: Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid'
Vibrant pink flowers cover this obedient plant in mid to late summer. It has dark green foliage and a compact upright habit. Like most obedient plants it is not obedient. Vivid will spread by underground runners. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
War Axe Penstemon Botanical Name: Penstemon grandiflorus 'War Axe'
This penstemon has the same blue-green leaves and stems as our native shell-leaf penstemon but with different flower colors. Exceptional strain with wide color range including pinks, maroon, reds, and purples on 2-3 ft. stems. Photo courtesy of Bl
Whicita Mountains Goldenrod Botanical Name: Solidago sp. 'Wichita Mountains'
A goldenrod with stiffly upright stems topped with bright gold flowers in late summer. The foliage is narrow and green surrounding the stem much like a blazing star. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery
White Bottlebrush Buckeye Botanical Name: Aesculus parviflora
White Bottlebrush Buckeye is a broad-mounded, suckering shrub with coarse-textured, dark green leaves that are comprised of 5-7 leaflets that turn a rich butter-yellow in the fall. The bottlebrush-shaped flowers are 10-15" long at the ends of the bra
White Dome Smooth Hydrangea Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens 'Dardom'
New form of smooth hydrangea with large dome-shaped, lacy white blooms in June and July. It is a strong grower with dark green leaves. The stems are stout and hold the blooms upright. The flower clusters seem to float about the plant and don't droop
White Marsh Blazing Star Botanical Name: Liatris spicata 'Alba'
Similar to species but with white flowers. Plants to 3' with linear leaves on lower 2/3 of the plant. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
White Penstemon Botanical Name: Penstemon grandiflorus 'Prairie Snow'
A great selection of the Great Plains shell-leaf penstemon with large white flowers and greyish tinged foliage. Flowers appear in the late spring through summer on 2-3 ft. stems. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
White Poppy Mallow Botanical Name: Callirhoe alcaeoides ''Logan Calhoun''
A spreading groundcover to 4' wide. Finely cut coliage is topped in spring with sparkling white cup flowers. Photo by Emily Weaver, Cheryl Richter and High Country Gardens.
White Prairie Clover Botanical Name: Dalea candida
This prairie clover grows 18-24 inches tall. The blooms in July and August are cylindrical heads of many tiny white flowers. The foliage is dark green and fern-like. It has a erect, upright habit. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Stevens
White Shooting Star Botanical Name: Dodecatheon meadia ''Album''
All leaves are basal, smooth, 3-8 inches long and up to 3 inches wide at the middle. Flowers are borne on a smooth, round, erect stalks arising from the center of basal leaves. The whorl of small bracts arch downward and hold individually stalked fl
White Swamp Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'
A bright white flowering selection of Swamp Milkweed. White umbels top upright plants. Leaves are narrow and taper to a pointed tip. Seed pods are thin like the leaves and contain numerous red-brown seeds with white tufts of hair attached to the tip.
White Wild Indigo Botanical Name: Baptisia lactea*
Smooth, hairless, shrubby-looking plants to 5' tall, often with a yellowish green cast and a thin, whitish coating on the stem and leaves. The leaves are alternate, on stalks up to 1/2" long, and divided into 3 leaflets. The leaflets are 1-3" long, b
White Woodland Aster Botanical Name: Aster divaricatus 'Eastern Star'
A real standout in the woodland garden! This fall blooming aster is beautiful throughout the year. In spring, the evergreen foliage grows to 8-12 inches tall. It spreads slowly by underground rhizomes but is not aggressive. The plant is transformed i
Wild Bergamot Botanical Name: Monarda fistulosa
Wild bergamot is an aromatic, erect, short-hairy, perennial herb with slender branching rhizomes. Leaves are opposite, tirangular with entire to coarsely toothed margins. Flowers are pink up to 3" wide and borne at the ends of branches. Bloom time is
Wild Garlic Botanical Name: Allium canadense
Wild Garlic is upright topped with white or pink flowers that are sometimes replaced by small bulblets giving the flower a twisted, contorted look while in bloom. Photo courtesy of Kansas Biological Survey.
Wild Geranium Botanical Name: Geranium maculatum
Wild geranium has five petal rose-purple flowers in spring and early summer. The deeply palmate leaves are dark green and can be divided into 5-7 segements. Photo courtesy of Kansas Biological Survey.
Wild ginger Botanical Name: Asarum canadense
The ultimate woodland groundcover! It's light green heart shaped leaves hug the ground and spread on thick rootsocks. The red cup-shaped flowers are hidden beneath the leaves.
Wild Quinine Botanical Name: Parthenium integrifolium
Small white flowers in huge, flat-topped clusters on 2-4 ft. stems for 3-4 weeks in mid summer. The large, rugose, serrated dark green leaves. Most parts of these plants are rough or covered with short, bristly hairs. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nu
Woodland Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox divaricata 'Louisiana Blue'
This selection of woodland phlox has new richer, darker blue flowers in spring. The evergreen foliage is dark green and spread slowly by runners. Plants can reach up to 12 inches. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Woodland Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox divaricata 'Charles Ricardo'
'Charles Ricardo' is a selection with star-shaped fragrant blue flowers. It will slowly spread by runners and can reach up to 12 inches tall. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Woodland Phlox Botanical Name: Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood purple'
Phlox with masses of purple flowers on 8 inch plants in spring. Adaptable perennial that is small, round basal evergreen foliage. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Yellow Butterfly Milkweed Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'
Yellow Butterfly Milkweed has showy bright yellow flowers from June through August. It reaches 24 inches in height with equal or greater spread. The dark green foliage is attractive throughout the growing season.
Yellow Columbine Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'
Yellow columbine is a dwarf plant to 18 inches with light green lobed foliage. The butter yellow flowers appear in April through June in profusion. Photos courtesy Bluebird Nursery and North Creek Nurseries
Yellow Coneflower Botanical Name: Echinacea paradoxa
This coneflower is magnificent in mid summer with its bright yellow flowers that consist of drooping petals surrounding a soft brown cone. A yellow Purple Coneflower...thus the paradox.Photo courtesy of North Creek Nurseries.
Yellow Prairie Coneflower Botanical Name: Ratibida columnifera
Yellow Prairie Coneflower is an erect, hairy perennial herb arising from a stout taproot. Leaves are alternate, stalked, 1-5" long, up to 3" wide and pinnately divided with unequal linear segments. The flower are borne on the ends of the long stalks
Yellow Wild Indigo Botanical Name: Baptisia X 'Caolina Moonlight'
Graceful and tough. Most perennials can't be described this way but this indigo is all that and more. Elegant spikes of creamy yellow blooms appear in the spring. The blue-green foliage is clean and tidy. The entire plant is very upright and reaches
Yellow Wood Poppy Botanical Name: Stylophorum diphyllum
Woodland native with dark green basal leaves usually 2 but sometimes 1 to 3. The leaves are lobed. The 2 inch flowers appear in May and early June. Photo Courtesy of Spring Valley Nursery.