Scroll through the list below to view many of the landscape worthy native and adaptable plants grown at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.
Calamagrostis acutifolia 'Avalanche' Common Name: Feather Reed Grass
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.
Calamagrostis brachytricha Common Name: Korean Feather Reed Grass
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
Callirhoe alcaeoides Common Name: Pink Poppy Mallow
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
Callirhoe alcaeoides ''Logan Calhoun'' Common Name: White Poppy Mallow
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.
Callirhoe digitata Common Name: Upright Poppy Mallow
Five-petaled fringed flowers up to 2 inches wide. Vining stems with finger-type blue-green foliage. Photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery
Callirhoe involucrata Common Name: Purple Poppy Mallow
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.
Calylophus serrulatus 'Prairie Lode' Common Name: Plains Evening Primrose
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
Caryopteris incana ''Jason' ppaf, cbraf' Common Name: Sunshine Blue Bluebeard
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
Cassia marilandica Common Name: Maryland Senna
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
Caulophyllum thalictroides Common Name: Blue Cohosh
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.
Ceanothus americanus Common Name: New Jersey Tea
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
Celastrus scandens Common Name: American Bittersweet
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
Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sputnik' Common Name: Buttonbush
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
Cercis canadensis Common Name: Eastern Redbud
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
Chasmanthium latifolium Common Name: Northern Sea Oats
GreatPlants® Grass of the Year! Grass with attractive seed heads. Useful for groups or massing. Photo courtesy of Bluebird Nursery.
Clematis fremontii Common Name: Fremont's Clematis
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
Clematis pitcheri Common Name: Blue Bell Clematis
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.
Coreopsis grandiflora Common Name: Bigflower coreopsis
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
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Jethro Tull' Common Name: Tickseed
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
Coreopsis palmata Common Name: Finger Coreopsis
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
Corylus americana Common Name: American Hazelnut
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