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 2013 Catalog
 
 

Perennials & a Few Annuals: H-Z
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Habranthus robustus  Russell Manning    Rainlily 
$12.00 3 Quart 
Not native    Sun to part shade  Zones 7-11  Family:  Amaryllidaceae
This lovely Argentine rainlily has flattened leaves & a beautiful 2" tubular pink or mauve pink bloom which reaches about 9" tall.   Makes a nice carefree potted plant in colder zones.

  Habranthus texana          Texas rainlily 
See Zephyranthes texana

Helenium autumnal          Helen's flower/Sneezeweed
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun  Zone 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Lovely shades of autumn are the flowers of this fine late blooming member of the Aster family.  It's a shame that unknowing people called this sneezeweed as it certainly doesn't cause hay fever.  4-6'. Drought tolerant.

Helenium autumnal  - Red shades         Helen's flower
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native    Sun    Zones 4-9   Family: Asteraceae
I became entranced with this selection last year - seed grown so you aren't sure exactly what colors they will be but you should be pleased with any combination.  Some were deep red, others red & orange, while others were yellow with some red.
 
 
 

Helianthus in the Asteraceae family, must be one of the stars of the late summer garden with it‚€™s magnificent yellow blooms. Helianthus come in sizes from about 2‚€™ to 12' & provide nectar for butterflies, joy for the gardener beholding them & seeds for goldfinches & other seed eating winter birds. 

 

Helianthus angustifolius  Narrowleaf sunflower
$15.00  #2
Arkansas native   Sun  Zones 6-9  Family: Asteraceae
I've grown narrowleaf sunflower for many years.  It spoke to me from the pages of Southern Living Magazine - a fabulous picture of it in all its glory, 5 to 6' tall, covered in bright yellow flowers.
 

Helianthus angustifolius'Gold Lace' h
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun       Zones 6-10   Family: Asteraceae
One of the very large perennial sunflowers. When I saw its picture a few years ago, I knew I must find a place in the garden for it. At least 6 feet tall, maybe more. This is spectacular in the fall with over a hundred blooms at one time. Loved by butterflies and birds.

Helianthus divaricatus     Woodland sunflower
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Arkansas native  Shade/part sun Z: 6-10  Family: Asteraceae
A vigorous sunflower for shaded areas.  Helianthus divaricatus prefers fairly dry soils and will spread in an allotted area.  Cheerful sunny yellow flower appear in late summer thru early fall.  Butterflies& birds.
 

Helianthus grosseserratus Sawtooth sunflower
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native    Sun  Zones 4-9   Family: Asteraceae
Named for the teeth on the leaves of this perennial sunflower. It is native to much of the eastern half of the U.S. May reach 10 -12 feet.  Gallons 
Loved by butterflies and birds.
 
 
 

 The individual attention that was provided was very much appreciated.  A.  PA.

Helianthus maximilliani    Maximillian's sunflower
Arkansas native   Sun  Zones 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
$8.00 Quart
Another large sunflower topping out at about 10 feet.  Tough & rugged, Maximillian's sunflower will grow out of a crack in the rock!  Lovely light yellow blooms in late summer into early fall providing nectar for butterflies & other critters.  Seed eating birds such as goldfinch & chickadees relish the seeds in winter.  If 10 feet is too tall for you, cut it back by 1/2 in July or early August.  Also, don't fertilize!

Helianthus mollis Ashy sunflower
$8.00 Quart    $12.00 #1
Arkansas native  Sun /part shade Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
The large flower heads are often well over 2" in diameter. It is found throughout Arkansas in dry soils & openings in the woods. Grows to about 3‚€™ and is native to most of the eastern U.S. Seeds from the Shaw Arboretum.   Loved by butterflies and birds.

Helianthus occidentalis     Naked stemmed sunflower
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade Z: 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
Naked stemmed sunflower is an attractive native with yellow flowers 1 1/2 to 2" across.  Drought tolerant, Helianthus occidentalis will expand to form a colony & is excellent for erosion control.  Butterflies love the flowers & finches flock to the dried seedheads.  2-4' in height.
 

Helianthus silphioides      Rosinweed sunflower
$8.00 Quart      $12.00 #1
Arkansas native  Sun to part shade  Zones (5)6-10  Family: Asteraceae
WOW!  Another sunflower to love!  You'll wonder when you first see the foliage of this great sunflower as it doesn't look like the rest.  Rounded glossy leaves of the richest green.  Typical lovely yellow flowers that butterflies love & see eating birds adore.  Once established, this sunflower is vigorous!!!  And extremely drought tolerant.  I have planted it in red clay & rock in 6 hours of sun & it thrives.  4-6'.  Considered endangered in Kentucky, apparently because of habitat loss. 

Helianthus strumosus     Pale leaf sunflower
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Arkansas native   Shade/part sun  Z: 4-8  Family: Asteraceae
Another woodland sunflower - spreads by underground stolons to make a nice patch of bright sunny yellow flowers.  Somewhat aggressive as most of the woodland sunflowers are. Birds & Butterflies

 Hesperaloe parviflora       Red flowered yucca
$8.00 Quart    $12.00 3 quart
Native   Sun  Z: 7(6) - 10  Family: Agavaceae
An outstanding native from Texas that is very tolerant of sun and drought.  Lovely red flowers on spikes to about 30" with blue green foliage that reminds you of yuccas - except smooth.  Hummingbird delight!  My thanks goes to Tom Oliver for sending these seeds.
 
 

Heucheras also known as Coral bells or alumroot are in the family Saxifrageaceae. These make wonderful woodland garden plants in well drained soils. Particularly the species can adapt to extremely dry soils.

They all should be hardy from zone 4 to 9.


 

  Heuchera richardsonii 
$8.00 Quart
Native    Morning sun to full shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Saxifrageaceae
A midwestern native alumroot for dry to medium soil. Hummingbirds come to drink the nectar of these small flowers, the stamens of which protrude from the flowers & are tipped with orange.

                 NEW FOR 2013
Heuchera sanguinea 'Firefly'
$10.00 Quart
Western native   Shade   Zone:      Family: Saxifragaceae
One of the few alumroot with red flowers - these really stand out fluttering in the breeze about 15" above the basal foliage.  Average to good soil, does not tolerate drought.
 

Heuchera villosa v. arkansana         Arkansas Alum root
$sold out
Arkansas native    Shade  Zones: 4-9   Family: Saxifragaceae
Arkansas alumroot is found in calcareous outcrops and sandy rocky areas in the Ozarks.  Usually in hardwood forested areas.  I grew these from seed provided by the Shaw Nature Reserve - thank you.
 

Heuchera villosa "Autumn Bride
$8.00 Quart
Native    Shade      Zones 4-9.   Family: Saxifrageaceae
In the SOUTH, Heucheras like shade, especially afternoon shade or high dappled shade. This selection has white flowers. I find that although they do well in dry soil, a little extra water when it really gets dry helps the appearance very much. quarts.   Hummingbirds

Heuchera villosa 'Blackout' ppaf
$sold out
Native hybrid  Shade/morning sun  Zone 4-9  Family: Saxifragaceae
Another excellent Heuchera villosa hybrid that stands up to the heat & humidity of the South.  Very dark scalloped leaves combine excellently with 'Caramel & 'Autumn Bride' Hummingbirds

Heuchera villosa 'Caramel'  pp16562     Coral bells
$10.00 quart
Native hybrid    Morning sun/shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Saxifragaceae
'Caramel' is more sun tolerant than many of the coral bells as well as being more heat tolerant.  Here at the nursery this winter, the leaves are still gorgeious even though we have had some nights in the teens.  The color of the leaves seem to change as each month passes.  White flowers late in the fall. Hummingbirds
 



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Great condition of plants. Great selection of unique plants.
Mark Linholm - City of Tulsa Parks

 
Remember, if you want butterflies, don‚€™t use Bt. as it will kill the caterpillars you want, as well as the kinds you don‚€™t want!

 

Hibiscus coccineus   Texas Star ©h 
$8.00 Quart   $10.00  3 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun  Zones 6-10     Family: Malvaceae. 
When I received these seeds, they were labeled Abelmoschus coccineus with Hibiscus coccineus in ( ). I don‚€™t know which is correct but I certainly hope the botanists haven‚€™t been playing around with the names again. This outstanding hibiscus has clear red flowers & each petal is usually separate from the next. Many books say it is only hardy in zone 8 or 9, but it is definitely hardy in zone 7 & I have a friend in Kentucky who says it has overwintered there. (with a good mulch I presume).   Gallons ready late in spring.  These get so large so quick that they will  probably have to be cut back when shipped.
 

         NEW FOR 2013
Hibiscus grandiflorus    Velvet mallow
$12.00 #1
Native to Texas, La & other Gulf Coast States
Sun to partial shade   Zones: 6-9  Family: Malvaceae
The light green leaves are velvety soft & thick, the luscious flowers are light pink with deep maroon center - each of the five petals is aout 5 inches long.  Usual height is 6-8'.  If ordered late in the season, these will have to be cut back for shipping.  Thanks to my good friend Russell Studebaker for the seed.
 

 Hibiscus moschutos v. lasiocarpus    Crimson eye mallow 
Arkansas  native
  $8.00 Quart 
Full sun to part shade  Zones 6-10  Family: Malvaceae
Native from Indiana to Texas & parts in between, Crimson Eye mallow is found in ditches & wet areas.  Its softly pubescent leaves are a nice light green & the flower color ranges from light pink to white with a crimson eye.  4-6'.
 
 

There's life in dead trees! Wildlife & fish need dead, hollow or fallen trees for food & family homes. (from Forest Service brochure).

Hibiscus militaris Halberd-leaved mallow 
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Native    Sun/part shade  Zones 4-11   Family: Malvaceae
Pristine white (sometimes pink) flowers open almost daily for a long show of bloom.  Native to most of the Midwest & Eastern U.S. wetands, the hibiscus is still happy in ordinary garden soil with extra moisture in times of drought. 4 to 5'. 

Hymenocallis occidentalis       Spider lily
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Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade Zone 5-10 Family: Amarylidaceae
Very striking white flowers adorn this member of the Amaryllis family.  With cupped flowers & spidery petals, you are reminded of daffodils.  Spider lily will form a very large bulb in time.  A plant for your bog garden or water garden.  Syn: H. caroliniana.

See trees, shrubs & vines for other species of St. John's Wort

Hypericum punctatum     Dotted St. John's wort
$sold out
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Clusiaceae
Native throughout the eastern U.S. Dotted St. John's Wort roots were used medicinally by Native American tribes.  Light yellow 5 petaled flowers with dots on the foliage & flowers - thus the name, dotted St. John's wort.
 

Impatiens capensis        Jewelweed
 Cannot ship  must pickup at the nursery
  Arkansas native     Shade (moist)     Zones 2-11 Family: Balsaminaceae
Jewelweed is an annual that produces orange spotted flowers.  Someone told me once you get it started you will have it forever.     Used medicinally as a wash for poison ivy.  Hummingbird magnet.
 
 
 

Iris belong to the family Iridaceae & while many of you grew up seeing the old purple iris, or white iris or blue iris in peoples gardens, there is a multitudes of iris out there far beyond what most have seen. We are blessed in this country to have many species, from the delicate Iris cristata of woodlands to the some very large species of Louisianas.

Some like it high & dry while others are at home in swamps. There‚€™s probably one or more than would be perfect for your garden.

Iris cristata       crested iris 
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Arkansas native  Shade/morning sun Zones 3-8  Family: Iridaceae
Blue flowers on this woodland jewel.  Dry shade suits it admirably.  Give it some woodsy soil & Iris cristata will usually spread happily.  Do NOT plant any deeper than it is growing in the pot.  If the rhizomes are on the surface (which they usually are), don't cover them.  Often only reaching 5" tall, they may reach 10" or so. 
 

Iris cristata alba         White crested iris
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Arkansas native  Shade/morning sun  Z: 3-8  Family: Iridaceae
This variation of the woodland iris has pristine white flowers.  Same other characteristics.
 

Iris cristata 'Eco Bluebird'    Crested iris
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Arkansas native  Shade/morning sun  Z: 3-8 Family: Iridaceae
Deep blue flowers with orange  markings on crest.  A lovely selection of our native species by a Georgia plantsman.
 

Iris fulva       Copper iris 
$12.00 Quart   $16.00  3 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun to part shade  Zones 5-11  Family: Iridaceae
Copper iris is one of the Louisiana iris which makes its home in swamps & bayous. The native range is from Louisiana up thru Arkansas into Missouri & Illinois & eastward from LA.
 

Iris giganticaerulea      Iris
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Native      sun     Zones 6-11 at least     Family: Iridaceae
Native to Louisiana & maybe Texas, the giant of the iris world stands out with its fragrant  blue flowers.  This species is ideal for pond or streamside plantings.  Does not tolerate drought.
 
 

 Iris virginica Swamp blue flag
$8.00 bare root     $10.00 3 quart
Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Zones 5-9   Family: Iridaceae
These may be blue, or shades of pink, mauve or purple. Exceedingly sturdy plants that will grow in good garden soil as well as in your pond or along the pond edge. In times of drought, it will need supplemental watering. Native to a wide area of the SE United States. 

Iris virginica 'Carl Amason'
$sold out  MAY BE AVAILABLE LATER IN 2013
Arkansas native    Sun/part shade  Zone 5-9  Family: Iridaceae
Orchid colored flowers on this Iris virginica that has been named for one of the most remarkable men I have ever met. Selected & name by Larry Lowman, this lovely vigorous iris is equally at home in a garden setting or growing in your pond.  Deep beet red markings color the base of the foliage in early spring.
 

Liatris is in the Asteraceae family which contains many of our beloved plants such as coneflowers, sunflowers, asters & such. Liatris is generally a very hardy plant with few demands. In fact, if you give it too good soil, often you won‚€™t be please with the result as they will flop or not be nicely upright. Most want dry, well drained soils although check the species for other needs.

Liatris aspera         Rough blazing star©          $8.00   Quart
Arkansas native  Sun to  pt shade   Zones 3-9   Family: Asteraceae
  Pink rounded flower-heads. Reaches about 2 1/2 to 3'.   Sandy, fairly dry soil.  . butterflies

Liatris ligulistylis      Prairie blazing star
$8.00 Quart
Native    Sun to part shade  Zones 4-8  Family: Asteraceae
Blazing stars are butterfly magnets!  Prairie blazing star is native to the midwestern states & most of the east also.  Large purple heads of individual flowers draw all kinds of butterflies & beneficial insects.  Established plants may produce up to 70 blooms on stalks 3-4' tall.

Liatris mucronata      Blazing star 
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Arkansas native   Sun to light shade    Zones 5-8    Family: Asteraceae
You just can‚€™t go wrong with a blazing star, no matter which species it happens to be.  Different blooming times, different flower habits, they are butterfly magnets ( and hummers like them too).  Purple flowers.

  Liatris pycnostachys ©h
$8.00 Quart   
Arkansas native    Sun to light shade  Zones 4-10 Family: Asteraceae
Lovely native blazing star. As with all rules, this Liatris is the exception as it is found natively in damp prairies. So plant where it doesn‚€™t get too dry, but remember don‚€™t overfertilize. butterflies

Liatris scariosa      Eastern Blazing Star 
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Native     Sun to light shade    Zones 5-8 at least  Family: Asteraceae
Gosh, another blazing star ‚€¶.. or gay feather or whatever you wish to call it.  Spikes of purple flowers swirled around just call out to butterflies

Liatris spicata © 
$sold out
Arkansas native  Sun to pt shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Blazing star, gayfeather are both names for this attractive native. Lilac colored blooms really draw the butterflies.  Liatris spicata is also found in meadows, near marshes & on damp slopes. 

Liatris spicata alba
$sold out
Arkansas native   Sun to part shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
A variation of the usual purple colored gayfeather, Liatris spicata alba is nonetheless attraction to butterflies, hummers & other flying critters.  2-3 feet tall, it blooms in early to midsummer bearing the gift of nectar with its flowers & seeds later for small seed eating birds.

Liatris squarrosa©
$sold out 
Arkansas native  Sun to light shade  Zones 5-8  Family: Asteraceae
Another midwestern blazing star. Good drainage & fairly dry soil. Light purple flowers. butterflies

 Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal flowerh©
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas Native   Part Shade/ part sun Zones 3-10    Family: Campanulaceae.
The native range of Cardinal flower is from Canada to Florida & west to Texas. Found along muddy or gravelly borders of streams, wet prairies & in swampy meadows.   Bright red flowers beloved by hummers. 
 

Lobelia siphilitica    Blue cardinal flower
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Part Shade  Zones 5-9   Family: Campanulaceae
Lovely blue flowers adorn this lesser known cardinal flower which also likes to live in moist areas & generally appreciate some afternoon shade.

Malvaviscus arboreus v. drummondii      Turk's turban/ wax mallow
$12.00 Quart   $16.00 #1
Arkansas native  part shade  Zones 7-11  Family: Malvaceae
Another marvelous native that my friend Amos (whoops, I mean Russell Studebaker) has been trying to get me to offer in our catalog for YEARS!!     If you haven't seen Turk's turban, the flower is a small red mallow type that looks as if it has been pinched together & then twisted to form a turban.  Then it has a bright red stamen that protrudes from this twist.  I've put one in a large patio container & put it on the deck under some pines & hardwood trees & have had the pleasure of seeing it bloom until frost.  3-4'.

Malviscus arboreus v. drummondii  PINK
$12.00 Quart      $16.00 #1     $30.00 #5
Arkansas native  Afternoon shade  Zones 6-10
All of the same characteristics as above except the flowers are a soft apricot pink color. 

Malviscus arboreus v. drummondii WHITE
$12.00 Quart      
Arkansas native  Afternoon shade  Zones 6-10
All of the same characteristics as above except the flowers are white.

 

 Manfreda virginica     Arkansas agave
$8.00 quart     $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun to part shade  Zones 5-10   Family: Amaryllidaceae.
Syn:  Agave virginica   Despite the taxonomist who decided to change the name of this plant, I still think of it as Agave virginica.  An unusual native for the dry garden, it has fleshy leaves & a tall spike of greenish yellow flowers that arise out of the center.  It works in well with some of the other xeriscape plants such as Rosa carolina, Bush's poppy mallow, Mountain mint, baptisias & others. 

Marshallia caespitosa      Barbara's buttons 
$8.00 Quart       Small pots available in 32's
Arkansas native   Sun to light shade  Zones 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
This lovely little member of the Aster family occurs on upland & rocky areas of the Ozarks. Large (1/2 dollar size) light pink flowers appear over rosettes of evergreen foliage.  Extremely drought tolerant when established, sometimes the foliage does dissappearin the summer to reappear in fall.   Butterflies

Marshallia grandiflora Barbara‚€™s Buttons
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Native   Sun to part shade  Zones 5-8  Family: Asteraceae.
Unusual flowering native for damp areas. Found from Pennsylvania to Kentucky & east to the Carolinas.  Pink & white flowerheads dance above the deep green rosettes of foliage.
 

Matelea gonocarpa        Anglepod vine
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Shade or morning sun  Z: 6-9 Family: Asclepidaceae
My grandson found this vine growing at the edge of the woods here at the nursery and so we captured a seed pod & now can offer this interesting vine to you.  Anglepod vine has big cordate leaves & greenish star-shaped flowers, followed by 3-4" angular shaped pods.  Host for Monarch butterflies.
 

Mertensia virginica        Virginia blue bells
$12.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Shade or morning sun Z:3-8  Family: Boraginaceae
Gorgeous flowers - the buds are pink & as the flowers open, they retain a pinkish cast & they turn to blue.  Best planted in good moist soil but can dry out somewhat after the plants have gone dormant for the year.  Interplant with ferns or other woodland species.  In early spring, as the leaves begin to emerge, don't weed them out as you might be tempted to do - somehow the leaves don't look as expected - light green thin oval ones.  Virginia bluebells will slowly spread by root & by seed if happy.  May be dormant when you receive these.
 

Mirabilis multiflora    Western 4 o'clock
$10.00  Quart
Native  Sun/part shade  Zones 3-10  Family:  Nyctaginaceae
I'm happy to offer this desert species that is truly perennial.  I've had it in the garden for at least ten years.  It must be planted in well-drained soil.  Also, it emerges from dormancy late - june usually, so don't panic.  The bright fuschia colored blooms are an eye stopper!  Native from CA to Texas.

Mitchella repens          Partridgeberry 
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Arkansas native   Morning sun to full shade  Zones 5-9  Family: Rubiaceae
Gosh, we have so many neat offerings this fall .... Partridgeberry is a creeping evergreen vine with tiny leaves & tiny white twin flowers that become nice bright red berries.  Does excellent in poor sandy soil under pine trees where little else grows.
 

Monarda bradburiana    bee balm  / Oswego tea
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native     Sun-part shade  Zones  5-9 at least Family: Lamiaceae
There is much confusion about this species as some authorities list this and M. russelliana as the same plant - they are not. Further, in doing research on this species, I found where one resource said that Monarda fistulosa is a synonym for this plant - Wrong again!!  Missouri Botanical garden plant info website seems to give the best description of this plant.  Native to Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas & surrounding states, this species is a common perennial in open dryish woods & glades.  Very attractive to butterflies & bees & other beneficials insects.  1 -2' with pale pink or white flowers with purple spots.  Can be used to make tea.
 

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'    Bee balm
$8.00 Quart 
Native  Sun/part shade  Z: 3-8  Family: Lamiaceae
Bright scarlet flowers bring in the hummingbirds & butterflies!  A vigorous selection with mildew resistant foliage.  Jacob Cline grows from 2 - 4'.

 Monarda fistulosa Bee balm  ©
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native  Sun to part shade  Zone 4-9    Family: Lamiaceae
Often also call Oswego tea, this aromatic native attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds & myriads of other nectar drinking critters.  Can be used as an herbal tea also.  Best grown in average to poor soil with no fertilizers added.  And butterflies too! 
 

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'      Bee Balm
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Lamiaceae
Discovered in Mississippi, this monarda was selected for its outstanding mildew resistance.  Lovely light lavendar flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies & other flying critters.
 
 

Monarda punctata      Dotted horsemint
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zone 4-9  Family: Lamiaceae
Pale yellow flowers are spotted with purple on about 3' tall plants.  The bracts under the flowers range from pink to purple.  Tolerant of dry soil & fairly resistant to mildew.  Another hummingbird delight - butterflies too.
 

Monarda ruselliana       bee balm/horsemint
 $8.00 Quart
Arkansas native    sun to part shade   Zones 5-9  Family: Lamiaceae
There appears to be much confusion about M. bradburiana &  M. ruselliana, with some books stating that they are the same plant, while our sources indicate that these are separate species.  So, while not being a botanist, I will trust the sources I have. Thanks to Marilyn Stewart for this lovely native.   It's thrived in half day sun & no watering other than rainfall.  Very pale flowers dotted with purple spots on the outer edges.  Shorter than most of the Monardas & does exceeding well in partial shade or dappled shade.   A lovely member of the mint family, loved by butterflies & hummingbirds.

  Nelumbo lutea American lotus 
$sold out   CAN NOT SHIP TO CONNETICUT
Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Zones 4-10   Family: Nymphaeaceae
Large yellow flowers make this one of our loveliest native wetland plants.  Generally speaking, you would want to plant the roots in a large pot - use clay or heavy soil -  not potting soil.  Lotus can make a spectacular show in your garden by putting it in a deep bucket (like 5 gallon) & sinking the bucket into the ground.  Fertilize well & you can have huge lotus leaves even without a pond! 
 

Nolina microcarpa     Bear grass
$18.00 3 quart   $10.00 Quart
Native    Sun     Z: 5-10    Family: Liliaceae    X
Extremely drought tolerant.  In fact, after getting established, you should not have to water bear grass.  Lovely long narrow leaves make a clump of about 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide with flower stalks to 5 or 6'.  Native Americans used the leaves of bear grass to weave baskets & ate the flowers & caudex (the swollen portion of the stem which is usually just below soil level).
 

Nolina texana         Texas bear grass
  $18.00 3 Quart 
Native  Sun/part sahde Z: 6-10  Family: Liliaceae
3 foot tall evergreen with long sweeping leaves that cascade around the center.  Drought tolerant & suitable for poor soils & xeriscaping.  As with many drought tolerant plants, be sure to give good drainage.  White flowers.  - Birds - Hummingbirds
 
 

 Onclea sensibilis      Sensitive fern
 $10.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Shade  Zones: 3-9  Family: Dryopteridaceae
Sensitve fern grows 2 to ' and is a good addition to the shade gardens although it doen't tolerate very dry soils.  While it does well in marshy wetlands, it will grow fine in the garden as long as there is moisture.



Green lacewings are one of our beneficial predators. Their eggs are tiny & white & are suspended at the end of a silken thread - often in rows of 5 - 10 eggs. The larva, called aphid lions, are ferocious when it comes to eating aphids.

 Opuntia humifusa    Prickly pear cactus 
$sold out
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade   Zone 5-10     Family: Cactaceae.
These are seedling grown from seed from the Shaw Nature Reserve..... in whose debt I will forever be because of the varieties of seed they have so generously shared. Well drained soil, native to as far north as Delaware. Edible fruits. Beautiful flowers. 
 

Opuntia species        Upright prickly pear cactus
 $out
Native??   Sun to part shade  Zones 7-10 at least  Family: Cactaceae
I wish I could tell you more about this cactus.  I see it growing here & there, almost always in a cultivated situation.  In fact, the seed for these came from the Tastee Freeze parking lot at Clarksville!  The cactus grows about 3', maybe 4' tall & has large (2") purple fruits.  It is quite winter hardy here in our zone .... and may be able to take much colder winters as long as it gets good drainage.  Hopefully someone will let me know its hardiness & maybe its proper name so I can put this in future catalogs.
 

Osmunda cinnamomea       Cinnamon fern 
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Arkansas native  Morning sun/full shade Zone 3-10  Family:Osmundaceae
On a field trip one spring with the Arkansas Native Plant Society, I saw Cinnamon fern in all its glory, probably 4 feet tall with the incredible cinnamon colored fertile frond in the center.  Cinnamon fern is native to the eastern half of the United States, growing 2-5' depending on conditions.  The fiddleheads produced by this species are quite tasty.  Give good soil & adequate moisture. 

Osmunda regalis v. speciosa    Royal fern
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Arkansas native  Shade  Z: 4-8  Family: Osmundaceae
Royal Fern is truly one of the most distinctive and spectacular bold-textured deciduous native ferns with its light green, leathery leaves and graceful architectural stature.  With adequate moisture, royal fern can reach 6' tall and create a lush, tropical feel along a stream.



     Before applying any pesticide - THINK - the advertisements make it sound so good.  "Apply this systemic product and you won't have to worry about Japanese beetles and other insects that deface your plants".  That's right and you won't have to worry about caterpillars either - no one wants caterpillars - EXCEPT people who want Monarch butterflies and Giant Swallowtails & Question Marks & Commas & tiny Blues & Viceroys & so on.  And what about birds that NEED caterpillars for protein for their hungry babies?  Remember that systemic pesticides not only kill pests, but the very butterflies & perhaps the birds that you are trying to attract.  Caterpillars feed on leaves - the systemic pesticide is taken up in to the leaves and the fruits too.  I suspect that fruit may kill birds as well.

Pachysandra procumbens        Allegheny spurge
$12.00 Quart
Native to SE United States    Shade  Z: 4-9  Famiy: Buxaceae
An excellent groundcover for shade!  Fragrant white flowers appear in spring followed by a flush of new foliage.  Allegheny spurge is evergreen to semi-evergreen, has leaves with a scalloped margin & takes on a silver mottling.  Does best in humus rich soils in partial or full shade  - will tolerate short periods of drought when established.  6 to 12"
 

Parthenium integrifolium Wild quinine 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas Native     Sun to light shade     Zones: 3-10   Family: Asteraceae
 Wild quinine is a nice prairie or meadow plant with it‚€™s flat-topped heads of white flowers that attract bees & butterflies.  Fairly wide leaves 3‚€� or so by about 6‚€� long.   Wild quinine reaches 3-5‚€™ & is basically carefree.

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 Passiflora incarnata  Passionflower vine
  $10.00 Quart-

Arkansas native  sun/part shade  zones 6-10
Passion flower vine is a vigorous native herbaceous vine, hardy to zone 6 which has beautiful 2 - 3" blue-purple flowers that are very difficult to describe. After the flowers, comes the fruit, called maypop, is edible with a sweet lemon-apricot ??? taste. I‚€™ve eaten them & like them, but it‚€™s impossible to say what they taste like other than themselves. Also the Gulf frittilary larva (not a true frittilary) feed on this vine. An interesting thing that I‚€™ve read about the vine is that when so much has been eaten by these caterpillars, that the vine begins to protect itself by changing it‚€™s leaf shape.  butterflies

Peltandra virginica          Water arum
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Zones  3-10      Family: Araceae
Wetland species with lovely large arrowhead shaped leaves that are a deep glossy green.  A light green spathe similiar in appearance to a Calla lily arises out of the center of the plant. 
 

Penstemon or beardtongue belong to the family Scrophularaceae. Most, if not all penstemons are native to this country. Many are western species & while I‚€™ve tried growing lots of them, most from the west resent our humid summers & wet winters. In the eastern part of the country, however, we do have some species that thrive. Below you will find a number of listing. Full sun to light shade.

Penstemon arkansana            Arkansas beardtongue
Arkansas native
$8.00 Quart
Sun to part shade     Zones  5-9     Family: Scrophulariaceae
Arkansas penstemon is commonly found in rocky open glades, woods & bluff ledges.  This should tell you that it is a tough wildflower.  Once established, it should do well with no additional care.  Purple stems with white to white petals with a dusting of violet on the flowers.  Butterflies & hummingbirds.
 
 

Penstemon digitalis Beardtongue © 
$8.00 Quart    $10.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 3-8  Family: Scrophulaceae
One of Arkansas‚€™ more noticeable wildflowers, this lovely beard tongue gets 3-4‚€™ in the garden with many lovely white flowers. The basal rosette stays evergreen & many have maroons & deep reds in the foliage. This native is found throughout most of the eastern U.S. Hummingbirds
 

 Penstemon murrayanus      Big red penstemon 
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Arkansas native    full sun    Zones 6-9 at least   Family: Scrophulariaceae
This penstemon is so different from the rest of the bunch!  Tolerant of heat & high humidity, it stands tall & looking cool with its glaucous blue green stalks.  The leaves cup the stems, trying to look like eucalyptus!!  Then, arising from the point where each leaf cups this stem, is a bright red tubular flower that drives hummingbirds crazy. well drained soil  Don‚€™t overwater!    Drought tolerant 
 



Whoever figures out how to define color exactly will probably make a fortune.  Many times I've said a flower was pink ..... someone else said it was purple ..... and what some people say is blue - I think is mauve .... And so on.  So I apologize in advance, if you see color different than I.  :-)

 Penstemon tenuis Gulf Coast Penstemon© 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas Native.  Full sun/part shade     Zones 6-10   Family: Scrophulariaceae
I can‚€™t imagine not having this lovely penstemon around.  While it does have the tendency to seed around,  it‚€™s delightful shimmery purple flowers are lovely to behold.  Besides, sometimes it‚€™s nice to have lots of babies
. Native to Texas, Arkansas & Louisiana.  One of our customers told me that this is a really tough penstemon, coming up in the cracks of the blacktop.

 Penstemon tenuis 'Betty's Choice' Gulf coast penstemon 
$8.00 quart
 Arkansas native  Sun/part shade   Zones 6-11.Family: Scrophularaceae
This lovely penstemon I named for a dear friend who gave this to me from her garden. Since the color was much different that the other Penstemon tenuis I grow, I choose to give it a variety name. Thus, Betty‚€™s Choice, which grows to about 32", is much branched, a very sturdy penstemon with many flowers of a shimmering silvery lavender. Native to Arkansas, Texas & Gulf coast states. 
 

Penstemon tubaeflorus   Beardtongue
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Arkansas native  Sun to part shade   Zones 6(5)-9 Family: Scrophularaceae
A lovely prairie species with pristine white flowers that are held closely to the stem.  The face of the flower is flat (as you look at it), instead of having the protruding lower lip of Penstemon digitalis. Very drought tolerant once established. Whle there are misnamed plants out there     called Penstemon tubaeflorus (actually a hybrid of P. digitalis), our offering is from seed of a local population.  It has a definite tolerance for shade as well.  Butterflies
 

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Petalostemum candidum   White prairie clover
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas Native  Sun to partial shade Z: 3-8  Family: Fabaceae
Litttle ballerinas in Tutus are what the flowers of this darling native remind me.  Small in stature, white prairie clover gets about 12 to 18" with pinnately compound foliage colored a soft blue green.

Petalostemum purpureum   Purple prairie clover 
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native    Full sun to light shade     Zones 3-9   Family: Fabaceae
Apparently the botanists have been at it again, for this lovely prairie plant that I finally learned how to pronounce, has been renamed Dalea purpureum‚€¶‚€¶ Sometime I think their sole purpose is to confuse non-botanists!  Anyway, purple praire clover is a neat plant for the garden.  Drought tolerant, nice green foliage with rosy purple caps of flowers.  Butterflies

Physostegia angustifolia   Obedient plant
Arkansas native
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Sun to part shade   Zones 5-8    Family:  Lamiaceae
Very similar to Physostegia virginica but with very narrow leaves & perhaps tolerates a slightly drier soil. It also does not spread like Physostegia virginica. Snapdragon-like pink flowers with darker purple spots on the ends of the flowers attract butterflies & hummingbirds.  Found from Illinois to Arkansas & somewhat westward. 

Physostegia intermedia Obedient plant©
Arkansas native
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  Sun/part shade  Zones 6-10  Family: Lamiaceae
Native to Texas, Arkansas & Missouri & probably other states as well. .  Pinky-purple blooms in sun or shade.  Not real particular about soil.  Best in more moist soils but can tolerate dryer soils after becoming established.  When happy, it will spread by rhizomes.  butterflies

Physostegia virginiana  '©
$8.00 quart 
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9    Family: Lamiaceae 
 Native to a wide area of the U.S., it should be hardy from zone 4 to 9.  It will spread by creeping rhizomes & you may want to contain it in rich moist soils.   Pink tubelar flowers draw hummingbirds & butterflies

Physostegia virginiana alba
$8.00 Quart 
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Zone 4-9  Family: Lamiaceae
Here is a white form of obedient plant - it is actually the one I see the most.  Moist prairies. hummingbirds & butterflies

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' ppaf
$8.00 Quart
Native selections     Sun/part shade  Z: 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
A well-behaved obedient plant!  Miss Manners is a clumping form so you can enjoy the lovely whiteflowers without the plant running all over your garden. hummingbirds & butterflies

Physostegia virginiana 'Pink Manners' pp12637
$8.00 Quart
Native   Sun to part shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Lamiaceae
If you have grown 'Miss Manners' then you'll know what this plant is all about - except with pink flowers.  Otherwise it is a well-behaved obedient plant with flowers of a soft pink. hummingbirds & butterflies
 

Podophyllum peltatum            Mayapple
$12.00 quart
Arkansas native  shade  z: 3-10  family: berberidaceae
Many people have seen mayapples in the spring - it looks like a carpet of small green umbrellas.  Mayapples need 2 leaves before they produce a flower, which is usually white but sometimes you'll find a pink one.  Mayapples spread by underground stolons & will spread to the area allotted but I would say they are not invasive since they won't go out into dry or sunny areas & since they go dormant rather quickly.  the entire plants goes dormant after a few months, ready to pop up again next year.  The fruit has been used to make jams & jellies but the leaves & stems are poisonous.

 Polemonium reptens    Jacob's ladder
$8.00 Quart  
Arkansas native  Shade/pt sun  Z: 3-8  Family: Polemoniaceae
While many authorities say Jacob's ladder is found in rich moist areas, I find that it is really quite happy in well drained woodsy settings with whatever rainfall comes.  In the early years of the nursery, I had dreams of establishing a woodland garden and planted Jacob's ladder along with other woodland species.  Sad to say the nursery has become so consuming that the woodland garden has grown on its own without aid from me.  Jacob's ladder has been there for at least 10 years & I delight in finding it again every spring.  10'15", lovely blue bell shaped flowers.
 

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' ppaf  Jacob's ladder
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Native  Shade/dappled shade  Z: 3-8  Family: Polemoniaceae
Variegated jacob's ladder!  This lovely plant was found - not hybridized nor had its' genes tampered with.  Bill Cullina found this lovely in the woods in the NE United States.  Actually, Polemonium repetans is an Arkasnas native & this selection seems to be very happy here too.  Lovely blue flowers above green & white foliage.
 
 
 
 

Birds need shelter which thick shrubs help provide, as well as nesting sites & food & water sources. Migrating birds need more than bird feeders. Plant evergreen shrubs & fruit bearing shrubs & trees.

Polygonatum biflorum        Solomon's Seal
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Arkansas native  Shade  Z: 3-10  Family: Lilaceae
Solomon's seal is widespread in all eastern and most Midwestern states.  A striking perennial for shade with its arching stems and white bell shaped flowers in late spring followed by blue fruits in fall.  Just so you won't think these are real demanding, there is a big patch down on the roadside just before your cross the bridge to come here.

Polygonatum odoratum variegatum     Variegated Soloman‚€™s seal 
 $10.00 Quart
Not Native       Morning sun to full shade    Zones   5-9    Family: Polygonaceae
Arching stems with variegated leaves brighten a dark spot in your garden.  Sweet small white bell-shaped flowers dangle from the stems in springtime.  While these are VERY drought tolerant, they will stay bright & fresh with regular waterings.  If they get too dry, they will go dormant ‚€¶. But rest assured, they will pop up next spring again.  These will travel & make a small colony in time.

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Polymnia canadensis          Leaf cup
$10.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native   Shade  Zones: 3-8  Family: Asteraceae
Leaf cup is striking in the shade with nickel-sized  white flowers that bloom sporadically all summer and fall.  Attractive dissected leaves on plants to about 3' or so. 

Polystichum acrostichoides    Christmas fern
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas nataive  Shade  Zones: 3-9  Family:
An evergreen fern with a very neat habit.  It is found in acid to neutral soils on well drained sites and hillsides.

Pontedaria cordata   Pickerel weed h
 $10.00  3 Quart    $15.00 #2  Extra shipping #2
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-11  Family:  Pontederiaceae 
Very nice native for wet ditches or ponds. Deeply green almost arrowhead shaped leaves which easily reach 10" x 6" on stalks to 4‚€™. Spikes of lilac to purple flowers really attract butterflies as well as the occasional hummer.   Native from Nova Scotia to Florida & Texas as well as Arkansas. 

 Porteranthus stipulata See: Gillenia stipulatus

 Porteranthus trifoliatus       See: Gillenia trifoliatus
 
 

Pycnanthemum, or mountain mint belong to the family Lamiaceae. While they are called mountain mint, they do not have the invasive qualities of the mints such as spearment etc. However, if you give them too rich a soil, they may become invasive. Usually found in dry areas, rocky sparse woods, these natives have a refreshing scent & may be used for teas. At the nursery, in an experimental DRY, POOR area, Pycnanthemum albescens is thriving. 

 Pycnanthemum albescens Mountain Mint 
$$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Zones 6-9  Family: Lamiaceae
For gardeners that are always looking for plants with scent, the foliage of this mountain mint is very aromatic - nice to my nose. Native from Florida to Texas & north to Arkansas, Oklahoma & Missouri. Usually found in dry woods. Small white flowers but the bracts look as if they‚€™ve been brushed with white which makes it more showy.    Butterflies

Pycnanthemum albescens ‚€˜menthol‚€™   Mountain mint with a menthol smell 

Arkansas native      Sun to part shade   Average to dry soil   Zones ? probably 6-9 or more  Family: Lamiaceae
Once more, Larry Price has provided the seeds that produced this plant.  Larry had mentioned to me the peculiar fragrance of this mountain mint that was growing on his property.  Dr. Gary Tucker, botanist & friend has identified this as P. albescens, although he agrees that it certainly does not smell like the rest!

Pycnanthemum incanum     Mountain Mint  ©
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 3-9  Family: Lamiaceae
I love the whole tribe of mountain mints!  The foliage is so aromatic & the flying critters just love the flowers.  Butterflies, bees, tiny critters with wings, even hummingbirds love the nectar of these plants.  Whitened bracts add to the fun of growing it.  A reasonably dry place would be ideal for this Mountain mint as it could spread to be invasive if you treat it too well.  Seed from the Shaw Nature Reserve. 

 Pycnanthemum muticum©
$8.00 quart 
Arkansas Native  Sun/part shade  zones 3-9  Family: Lamiaceae
Known as Short toothed Mountain Mint.    From Florida to Massachusetts & west to Michigan then south to Louisiana, Pycnanthemum muticum is native to moist woods & meadows.  It should reach about 3 feet or so tall.  It isn't as tolerant of dry soils as many of the Mountain mints.  Butterflies
 

Pycnanthemum pilosum    Whorled Mountain mint 
    $8.00 quart 
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zone 4-8  Family: Lamiaceae
I see the botanists have renamed this Pycnanthemum verticillata ssp. pilosum.  Whatever its name, I love the soft fuzziness of the leaves & the intense fragrance these leaves possess.  White flowerheads on tall stems draw all sorts of butterflies & flying critters.  I like to place this where I can easily brush the foliage to release the wonderful minty smell. Whorled Mt. Mint is native to most of the United States but is endangered or threatened in Michigan, New York, Ohio & apparently has been wiped out in PA. 
 

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium   Slender Mountain Mint
 $8.00 quart
Arkansas native   Sun to part shade  Zone 3-10  Family: Lamiaceae
 Native to the entire eastern U.S., Slender Mountain Mint has the narrowest leaves I have seen of the species but is equally hardy & drought tolerant.
 

Pycnanthemum virginianum    Virginia Mountain Mint
 $8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun to part shade  Zones 3-9  Family: Lamiaceae
Just when you thought there couldn't be another mountain mint, here is Virginia Mountain Mint.    I love the mountain mines!!  I know, I know that they are vigorous (to say the least), but the fragrance of the foliage is incredible & all the tiny flying creatures that the flowers atract are wonderful!  Put it somewhere in fairly dry, poor soil & it will not be so vigorous - plant it in a big pot with GOOD drainage & ENJOY!  18-36".  Native to the entire eastern U.S. Butterflies
 

Ratibida columnifera        Mexican hat 
$8.00 Quart    We have this in red or yellow - please state preference
Arkansas native      Sun to part shade       Zones 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
In the rock wall between ground levels at our nursery, the reddish brown form has seeded itself into the wall.  I can‚€™t help but smile every time I see it, covered with butterflies ‚€¶. And knowing that in the fall, goldfinch will be swooping down for the seeds.  Few problems, no care, just doing its thing making critters happy.     Average to dry soil
 

Ratibida pinnata  Gray headed coneflower
 $8.00 quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zone 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
. This common name may do an injustice to what is really a lovely butterfly nectar plant.  The cone is quite large with Yellow ray flowers.    Gets to about 3‚€™. very hardy.       Butterflies
 

My plants arrived in excellent condition.
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Rhodophiala bifida            Oxblood lily
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South America  Sun/pt shade Z: 7-10  Family: Amarylidaceae
Also known as Schoolhouse lily - whatever the name, it is lovely.  Russell Studebaker originally gave me some bulbs about 10 years ago, which were planted in the garden.  They have happily multiplied.  Deep crimson red flowers that look like small Amaryllis bloom here for me in September.
 

Rudbeckias belong to the Asteraceae family & some botanists have lumped the Echinaceas with the Rudbeckias. If there‚€™s one thing I‚€™ve learned about botanists, there are two kinds: the lumpers & the splitters. Anyway, Rudbeckias are another star of the garden, very undemanding & ready to put on a great show for you (and the Butterflies & birds too).

Rudbeckia fulgida v. deamii Black eyed susan
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Native   Sun/part shade  Zone 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
Bet you didn't know there were so many different black-eyed susans!  With slightly more orange to the petals than 'Goldsturm', Rudbeckia fulgida v deamii blooms later, is somewhat taller & has heart-shaped leaves.  Another lovely yellow composite to entice butterflies to your garden.  Height 18-30 inches and fairly drought tolerant when established.
Birds & butterflies
 

Rudbeckia fulgida v. speciosa Blackeyed susan
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
A black-eyed susan with dark green foliage and orange flowers with black centers that blooms from June through October.  The plants will spread by runners & reach up to 24 inches.  Birds & butterflies

Rudbeckia fulgida v umbrosa    Orange coneflower
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
So many black-eyed susans - the differences are hard to describe although when you are looking at them side by side, you can see that they don't look alike.  Whatever, they are one of the mainstays of the gardens.  Tough, drought tolerant & lovely.

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'     Goldsturm blackeyed susan
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun  Zone 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
A named selection of our perennial black-eyed susan.  Goldsturm blooms for a long times with bright yellow flowers with a dark center.

Rudbeckia grandiflora 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun    Zones 6-10   Family: Asteraceae
Very nice large flowered native. The cone of this one is quite impressive.
The longer I grow it, the more entranced I become. On a dry bank, it gets about 3 feet tall -- in a garden setting, it‚€™s more likely to be 5‚€™. Native also to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri & Kansas.   Butterflies

 Rudbeckia laciniata    Green headed coneflower
 $8.00 Quart  $10.00 gallon
Arkansas native   Sun to part shade  Zones 5-7  Family: Asteraceae
This is one impressive plant!  At our nursery, I planted a St. John's wort at the corner of the shadehouse.  There was a few leaves in the pot with it that I knew didn't belong, but I left it.  Much to my surprise this year, these few leaves leapt into a 8' tall plant with many glorious yellow flowers late in the summer.  Very sturdy stalks.  Native to Arkansas & most of the U. S. to Canada. Bright yellow ray flowers that angle downward & a greenish yellow disk . Butterflies really liked it as not too many other plants were blooming at the time.

 Rudbeckia maxima      Giant coneflower
$8.00 quart   $10.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native    Sun/part shade  Zones 6-9  Family: Asteraceae
While the usual height of this amazing blackeyed susan is 6‚€™, it may get to 10‚€™ if conditions are right. Flowers are yellow, 3" with a 2" cone. The leaves are a pale green. Full sun. Native to Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas & Oklahoma.  Butterflies

 Rudbeckia missouriensis    Missouri blackeyed susan
$8.00   quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 5-8  Family: Asteraceae
While a very common black-eyed susan, it is a very distinct perennial species of the limestone areas of the Ozarks. It also ranges from Illinois & MO to Arkansas, OK & Texas. Butterflies
 

Rudbeckia subtomentosa     sweet black-eyed susan 
 $8.00 Quart     $10.00 3 quart
Arkansas native  Sun /part shade  Zone 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
This native may get 6‚€™ tall with many golden yellow flowers 2 1/2 - 3" wide. Usually found from Indiana to Nebraska & southward.  Butterflies

Rudbeckia subtomentosa Henry Eilers'  Quilled blackeyed susan
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Z: 5-7  Family: Asteraceae
Having strong upright stems, these clumps reach 5' or so.  Clear yellow quilled flower petals stretch to 3 inches across.  Foliage is fragrant.  Cut flowers.  Excellent pollinator plant.  hummingbirds & butterflies

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow'
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Arkansas native    Sun  Zone 3-8  Family: Asteraceae
Yellow flowers with bright red eye which fades to bronze - these late blooming beauties reach about 4 feet & provide lots of nectar for the late summer butterflies.
 

Ruellia carolinensis   Carolina wild petunia
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Z: 6-10  Family: Acanthaceae
Sun or light shade, this tough wild petunia will delight you with its lovely lavender flowers.  About 15-18".

Ruellia humilis       Wild petunia
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Z: 4-8  Family: Acanthaceae
Lilac flowers on this underused native that is happy in full sun to partial shade.  Drought tolerance is just one of the virtues of wild petunia, it is very undemanding & reliable.  Blooms most of the summer with 2-3" flowers.
 

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

                 NEW FOR 2013
Sagittaria brevirostra     Shortbeak arrowhead
$8.00 Quart   $5.00 small pot (2-3)
Arkansas native  Sun/partial shade Zones 3-9  Famly: Alismataceae
Growing arrowhead from seed wasn't near as challenging as I expected.  Just put seed starter soil in tray with no holes, sprinkle the seed over the top and keep the soil saturated. so now we have lots of arrowhead to put in your pond or water garden.  1 to 3 feet with white flowers and deep green leaves.



Salvias belong to the family Lamiaceae & most of these are native to Texas or perhaps Mexico. All Salvia are beloved by butterflies, bees & hummingbirds. Most want good drainage & unfortunately are not hardy very far north (although there are exceptions).


 
 

Salvia azurea   Wild blue sage
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Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Zone: 4-10  Family: Lamiaceae
The flowers are the color of a blue summer sky on robust plants that are very drought tolerant.  The flowers are said to be somewhat larger on this species.  Butterflies and hummingbirds.

Salvia darycii       Just another fabulous red sage 
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North American native (Mexico)   Sun   Zones 6-9   Family: Lamiaceae
Wow!  The glowing red of these flowers make them appear almost irridescent.  Small felty soft light green leaves have a triangular shape and are sticky to the touch (not stickery)  Salvia darycii is one of those few long blooming perennials that make such a hit in the garden.  Beloved by hummingbirds & butterflies.  Average to dry soil
 

Salvia greggii 'Pine Ridge Special'     Autumn sage 
$8.00 Quart
Native        Sun to light shade      Zones 6-9     Family: Lamiaceae
Finally, here are some plants from the Salvia that is growing in the wall.  It's been there at least 10 years & many of you have commented on it.  Sometimes I seem to run out of words to describe how really good a plant is.  If you have not grown any of the Salvia greggii varieties, and you have sunshine, and you live in zones 6-9, you have really missed a wonderful flowering sub-shrub.  And if you live in colder zones, this makes a wonderful patio plant.  Bring in to a cool garage in winter.  These plants become woody & should NOT be cut back until after the last frost of spring.  Deeply pink-red tubular flowers grace this selection & if you take a little time to deadhead, you will have flowers from May to October, sometimes even until December.  If, like me, you are not into deadheading, you will have flowers most of the time from May to December  :-) 
Average to dry soil with good drainage.   Butterflies and hummingbirds.
 

Salvia penstemonoides      Big red sage
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Native  Sun/part shade  Zones 6-10 at least  Family: Lamiaceae
I'm so happy to be able to offer this salvia with the penstemon-like foliage again.  The seed is scarce & not easily come by.  This particular salvia has fuschia-colored flowers 1 1/2 inches or so long.  The flower spike arises out of a basal rosette to about 3'.  In only a few counties in Texas is this Salvia found.  Butterflies and hummingbirds.
 

Sarcostemma cynanchoides      Fringed twinevine
$10.00 Quart
Previously these were incorretly identified.  If you bought this plant in 2012, what you received was a Cynanchium instead.  Still a milkweed vine and used by Monarchs.
Arkansas native  Part Sun  Zones: 7-9 maybe colder Family: Asclepidaceae
Fragrant white flowers tinged in purple attract lots of butterflies to their nectar.  Will climb on fences or shrubs- stems are up to 10 feet in length.
Also host plant for Monarch & Queen butterflies.

 Saururus cernuus  Lizard tail
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-10    Family: Saururuaceae 
Lizard‚€™s tail is native to swamps & wetlands from Florida to Texas & northwards to Rhode Island & the west thru Michigan & Kansas. White fragrant flowers borne in dense racemes droop at the tips. Can be invasive in very wet areas. Butterflies
 
 

Want to know more about what you can plant in a wet area or near the edges of ponds or boggy areas? Check our wetlands page for more information.

 
 

Scutellaria ovata        Woodland skullcap
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native  Shade/part shade  Z:   Family: Lamiaceae
Soft blue flowers on this woodland species.  Soft felty leaves that are heart shaped.  Good addition to your woodland garden.
 

Scutellaria suffrutescens 'Cherry Skullcap'    Pink skullcap
$10.00 Quart
Texas native    Sun   Z: (6)7-9  Family: Lamiaceae
A favorite of mine for the 10 or more years that it has been planted in my rock wall at the nursery!  A very small neat mound with evergreen foliage (well, at least until the winter of 2009-10).  Thankfully it has put on new deep green foliage & is covered with bright pink flowers again.  Good drainage is a must.

Senecio aureus     Golden groundsel
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
(Syn: Packera aurea)  Bright golden flowers on this sweet  native.  Fairly low growing, so good for the front of the border or lovely in a meadow setting.  Large deep green leaves - can get almost dinner plate size when happy.
 

Senecio obovatus     Wooly ragwort
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Shade/part sun  Zone:3-8  Family: Asteraceae
Syn: Packera obovata - also known as squawweed, this early spring bloomer will capture your heart with its evergreen foliage & cheerful golden yellow flowers.  Plant in morning sun or dappled shade.

Senna marilandica     Wild senna
$8.00      (also listed as Cassia marilandica)
Arkansas native  Sun  Zones 5-8  Family: Caesalpinaceae
Syn: Cassia marilandica   Bright yellow pea shaped flowers adron this senna.  Plant toward the back of the border...or in the center of an island bed as this beauty can easily readh 4-5 feet in height.  Deep green compound foliage is attractive all season.  A host plant for the Cloudless sulphus and dogface sulfur butterflies.

Silene regia    Royal catchfly
$8.00 Quart    
Arkansas native   Sun  Zone 5-8  Family: Caryophyllaceae
If you love RED flowers, this wonderful native is for you.  Nickel sized bright red flowers on 3 foot stalks really draw the hummingbirds.  Aveage to rocky soils.  Thanks to Theo Witsell for seeds to grow these plants.

Silene virginica          Fire pinks
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native     Sun to light shade     Zones: 4-9    Family: Caryophyllaceae
Bright red flowers with the edges ‚€˜pinked‚€™ ‚€“ like being cut with a pinking shears (if anyone remembers that).  Fire pinks require moist well drained soils to be the happiest.  Unfortunately they like to bloom so much that they can almost bloom themselves to death, so remove the spent flowers if you can to prevent most of the seed formation & you should have this around for a good while.  The rosettes of foliage seem to be evergreen ‚€“ at least here in Zone 7.

Silphium asteriscus       Starry rosinweed 
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Arkansas native.  Sun      Zones   6-9 at least      Family: Asteraceae
Excellent choice for your butterfly garden ‚€¶. 3-4‚€™  Yellow flowers which tell you that these are closely related to sunflowers.  Seed of choice for goldfinch.  In researching this plant, I learned lots of interesting things about the Silphium clan.  For example, the rootstock on an established one can be 10 to 15 feet into the ground.  WOW!  It‚€™s no wonder they become drought tolerant.  Asteriscus is Greek for ‚€˜Little Star‚€™, named apparently for the many starlike flowers.  These plants are from seed Larry Lowman collected near Harrison, AR.  Thanks Larry!

 Silphium integrifolium        Rosinweed 
  $8.00   Quart
Arkansas native      Sun to light shade    Zones 5-9     Family: Asteraceae 
Thanks to Theo Witsell for seeds this time.  Rosinweed doesn‚€™t get quite as large as some of the other Silphiums, perhaps only half as tall (to about 4 to 7‚€™)..  Like the other Silphiums, Rosinweed makes a resinous sap, that can be chewed, although I don‚€™t recommend it.  I suggest you just grow it for the pure pleasure of looking at the flowers, and for the butterflies
 

 Silphium laciniatum      Compass plant 
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Arkansas native   Sun/light shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
 A classic prairie plant. At maturity a well developed plant may have up to 100 flowers over its bloom time.. Often 6-8‚€™. Birds love the seeds.  Butterflies
 
 

He who plants a garden, plants happiness! 
old Chinese proverb

Silphium perfoliatum   Cup Plant
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Arkansas native  Sun/light shade  Zones 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
The opposite leaves encircle the square stem forming a cup that may hold
water after a rain. Each flower has 20 -30 yellow rays & a darker yellow
center disc. May get up to 8‚€™. Range is from Ontario to South Dakota, southward to Georgia & west to Oklahoma.    Butterflies

               NEW FOR 2013
Silphium speciosum         Wholeleaf rosinweed
$8.00 Qiart
Arkansas native  Sun  Zones 4-9  family: Asteraceae
Thanks to Art Evans for the seeds to grow these plants.  The seed came from NW Arkansas prairie.  Sturdy upright stems hold aloft bright yellow flowers in late summer.  Excellent for pollinators and seed eating birds.  Drought tolerant once established.  Synonym: Silphium integrifolium v. laeve.

Silphium terebinthinaceum Prairie dock 
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
What a tongue twister for a name!  What a delightful wildflowers!  Very large spatulate leaves arise in springtime & in late fall, a flower stem shoots up maybe 4 to 6'.  Likes dry rocky areas.   Butterflies & BIRDS TOO!

Sisyrinchium angustifolium     Blue Eyed Grass
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade Zone: 3-9   Family: Iridaceae
This diminutive member of the iris family will delight you with its bright blue star shaped flowers with gold centers.  Growing only 10-12" tall, it is perfect for borders, edgings & beside pathways.  Blue eyed grass seems to be deer resistant.  Various birds eat the seed.
 

 Sium suave  Water parsnip
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zone 5-9  Family: Apiaceae 
 Crowned with large white flowers, this wetland species has parsley-like foliage & grows to 4‚€™ or more. It is found from Virginia to Florida & west to Missouri & Arkansas. Seed from the Shaw Arboretum.   Host plant for Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
 
 

Solidago is also of the Asteraceae family. Goldenrods have certainly been given a bad rap over the years as a cause of hay fever. Well folks, it just ain‚€™t so!   Goldenrod pollen is too heavy to be windborne, it‚€™s just unfortunate that ragweed blooms at the same time, thus causing all the trouble. For me it is hard to imagine a late summer & fall garden without the glorious yellows of goldenrod. Goldenrod is also important to provide nectar for butterflies in the fall season & seeds for the birds in winter.

Solidago arguta     Cutleaf goldenrod
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Pt sun/dappled light  Z: 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
Another lovely native for fall bloom & nectar for those thirsty butterflies.  Usualy height 2-3'.  Birds & butteflies.

Solidago caesia  wreath goldenrod 
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Arkansas native  Sun to shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Asteraceae
Often found in wooded areas wreath goldenrod is a very delicate & lovely plant. Height from about 30 - 36" and is found from Florida to Texas & northward to Quebec.   Very tolerant of a wide range of soils & soil conditions. Butterflies

Solidago drummondii    Cliff goldenrod
Arkansas native  Sun part shade  Z: 5-8  Family: Asteraceae
$8.00 Quart
Usually arching out over cliffs, the stems are 20 to 36" long with golden yellow flowers scattered over the upper branches. Commonly found on ledges & cliffs & dolomite bluffs throughout the Ozarks. At least zone 5.
Butterflies
 

Solidago flexicaulis     Broadleaf goldenrod or Zig-Zag goldenrod
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native    Sun/part shade    Zones 3-10    Family: Asteraceae
Zig-Zag goldenrod is native over a wide portion of the U.S. fraom Louisiana to the Dakotas & east to Maine & southward to Georgia.  Delicate yellow flowers draw butterflies & other flying critters. 



"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves"
       ~  Mahatma Gandhi  ~

 Solidago gattingeri Gattinger' goldenrod
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade Zone 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Range of the native goldenrod is the limestone glades & bald knobs the Ozark region north to St Louis county. Erect slender stems rise to a leafless inflorescence of pyramidal shape. Records indicate hardy to northern Illinois.  Butterflies

 Solidago gigantea Late goldenrod
$8.00 Quart
Arkanas native  sun/light shade   Zone 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Beautiful tall golden spires of late goldenrod, stand out beside the borders of streams, ponds & sloughs throughout Missouri and Arkansas. 
   Butterflies
 

 Solidago nemoralis   Old field goldenrod 
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Arching sprays of golden flowers top this lovely native which makes its home along dry open fields, roads, glades & open woods throughout most of the eastern half of the U.S.  Zones 4-9 at least.    Thanks again to the Shaw Nature Reserve for the seed.    Butterflies
 
 

The sun has shone on the earth, and the goldenrod is his fruit.
30 August 1853, Henry David Thoreau

            NEW FOR 2013
Solidago odora       Sweet goldenrod
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun to partial shade Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
This well behaved goldenrod has many common names - Anise-scented goldenrod, fragrant golderod and so on.  The leaves are very fragrant & may be used to make a tea.  Showy golden yellow flowers appear in late summer & fall.  Pollinator plant.   hummingbirds & butterflies

 Solidago patula   Rough leaf goldenrod 
$10.00 3 quart
Native  Sun to part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Rough leaf goldenrod has large leaves  perhaps the largest I've seen for goldenrod.  If you have a swampy area or poorly drained spot that just stays wet, this goldenrod is for you.  Native from Vermont to Ontario & south to Georgia & other southern states.     Butterflies
 

Solidago petiolaris 
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Zones 5-10 at least  Family: Asteraceae
Native to eastern U.S. & the midwest as well, Solidago petiolaris has very attractive larger flowers than many goldenrods & also the flowers show  up as individuals, rather than as clusters.   Butterflies
 

Solidago radula
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Zones 5-10  Family: Asteraceae
Just one more goldenrod!  Another lovely yellow flowers to brighten the fall days & help feed hungry butterflies!
 

Solidago riddellii     Riddell's goldenrod
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Arkansas native   Sun/pt shade  Z: 3-7  Family: Asteraceae
Riddell's goldenrod is a goldenrod of special concern in Arkansas as it is uncommon.  Very narrow leaves give rise to flat topped clusters of yellow flowers.  A wetland species, Riddell's goldenrod is very attractive to bees of all sorts as well as butterflies.

Solidago rigida    Stiff goldenrod
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native   Sun  Zone 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Stiff goldenrod is my favorite goldenrod.  With outstanding foliage & large flowers, it is well behaved and makes a very good plant for the garden.  Some goldenrods tend to be thugs & want to run all over, but this is a clumping form.  Thanks to Theo Witsell for seed.

Solidago rugosa  Rough stemmed goldenrod 
$8.00 quart  $10.00 3 quart
Arkansas native  Sun to part shade  Zones 3-8  Family: Asteraceae
I find the leaves & shape of this goldenrod particularly attractive.  It also likes a moist site.  Native over most of the eastern U S, it may colonize where happy.     Butterflies

Solidago speciosa        Showy goldenrod
$sold out   May have a few in fall 2013
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Z: 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
Shorter than some goldenrods at 2-3', showy goldenrod is very attractive in its late summer dress of yellow.  A rhizomatous perennial, it is at home in dry soils in fields & meadows.  Butterflies & other flying critters!

Solidago uliginosa     Bog goldenrod
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Native  Sun/pt shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Bog goldenrod is native from Ontario to Georgia, from Maine to Minnesota & most states in between..   Deep green linear leaves give rise to golden yellow flowers.



I have learned silence from the talkative; tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind.  I should not be ungrateful to those teachers.
 ~ Kahlil Gibran


 Solidago ulmifolia    Elm leaved goldenrod    ©
$8.00 Quart
Seeds for this uncommon goldenrod came from the Shaw Nature Reserve.  I continue to be indebted to them for the wealth & diversity of seed materials.  Native from Nova Scotia to Texas so probably zones 3 to 10.  Found along dry rocky woods & along bluffs & thickets.  Butterflies



Condition of plants excellent!  Everything arrived as ordered and on time too!  Thanks.  VL


 

Spigelia marilandica       Indian pinks 
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Arkansas native      Shade, part shade, sun    Zones 4-9    Family: Loganaceae
Probably the most spectacular of the eastern native wildflowers, with 1‚€� long tubular flowers of crimson that split open at the end of the tube to offer a starry yellow center, obviously designed to draw hummingbirds in. Spigelia takes a while to grow & settle in to your garden, so don‚€™t rush it.  While I see lots of information about what these plants like, I can tell you that they grow in dark dry woods, in moist open woods & in full sun.  I suggest that you just pop them in the ground without disturbing their roots, (I know what you've been told) and just mostly leave them alone.  Water when dry until they get established.   Spigelia contains spigeleine, which is an  anthelmintic (a worm expelling drug).  Overdoses of this can be fatal.
Butterflies

Spiranthes cernua v. odorata     Ladies tresses orchid 
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Arkansas native     Sun to part shade     Zones 3-8   Family: Orchidaceae
Only a few of these lovely native orchids to offer this year.   If you will plant them in moist organically enriched soil, you will be rewarded with them multiplying nicely.  The Ladies tresses orchids have snowy white flowers that twist around the stalk.  This species have sweetly scented flowers. 

Stokesia laevis    Stokes Aster
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zone 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Since these are seed grown plants, I can tell you that they will be a lovely shade of blue - perhaps purple.  You'll love Stokes Aster for its large flowers & because it is attractive to butterflies & other flying critters.  A lovely undemanding native.

Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple'    Stokes aster
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Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Z: 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Rich deep purple flowers with a lighter center hover on stems about 14" above the dark green foliage.  Flowers on mature plants are 4" across.
Butterflies and hummingbirds

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'      Stoke's aster
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Arkansas native   Sun/pt shade  Z: 6-9  Family: Asteraceae
This selection of Stoke's Aster has bluer flowers the the above Honeysong Purple.    The flowers are quite large 3 - 4" and blooms for a long time.  Please give them good drainage & you'll be rewarded with years of pleasure.  Bloom time starts in late May.
 

 Stylophorum diphyllum     Celandine poppy
$8.00  Quart
Arkansas native  Morning sun/shade  Zones 4-8  Family: Paveraceae
Native to rich moist woods, Celandine poppy will reward you with bright yellow flowers in mid spring if you give it a reasonable bit of care when planting.  Happiest under deciduous trees, this wood poppy will self seed & you‚€™ll have a colony of them if you wish!  They are so lovely, most people wish!  (otherwise pick off the seed pods when they form)  Shade
 

Talinum calycinum      Rock pink
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 6-8 at least  Family:Portulacaceae
Succulent leaves make this sweet native very drought tolerant - suitable for tucking into rock walls or rock gardens.  A small plant with bright fuchsia flowers that open in the afternoon on stems 8-10" in height.

 
 Tephrosia virginiana         Goat's rue
$12.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade   Zones 4 to 9
Family:  Fabaceae    Some common names are really strange.  Do you imagine if a goat ate this plant that it would rue the day?  An underused native perennial that is very attractive both in foliage & flower.  Very showy flowers of pink to mauve & yellow.  Acidic, fairly poor soil is needed for success.  Goat's Rue will thrive in sandy or rocky soil and will even grow in clay.  Once established, it resents transplanting.   Quail & wild turkey eat the seeds.  Native from the dunes of NH to the dry open woods of Wisconsin, Arkansas & Texas.   . Full sun to Ĺ day or lightly dappled shade.  Goat's rue is difficult to grow in pots as it resents the extra moisture that often collects around its roots, SO PLEASE PLANT THEM RIGHT AWAY.

 Teucrium canadense  American Germander 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun to part shade  Zones 3-10  Family: Lamiaceae
 Many of you know the germander from Europe but are unaware of the native species. Very hardy - even withstands being munched down & rebounds to flower with spires of  lavender pink flowers. Unusual flowers are quite showy on this well behaved member of the mint family.  The lower corolla lobe is large & makes an excellent landing platform for insects with spots on the lobe as guides.  Excellent for a lighly wooded area or a spot with afternoon shade -18 to 36"  Really deserves to be brought into cultivation. 

Thalia dealbata            Powdery thalia
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 6-11  Family:; Marantaceae.
The foliage of this water lover reminds me of cannas. Thalia has a lovely interesting purple bloom which is followed by long lasting purple seeds. Native to Missouri, Arkansas & states south this striking water plant is underused. Part of the reason I feel is that Thalia has been misrepresented in the trade as to hardiness. Since it is native in Missouri, it‚€™s obvious to me that it must be hardy to at least zone 6. Planted in a pond, Thalia will get to a height of 6 - 8‚€™ or more. It spreads slowly, forming a copse of stems that birds love to hide in, especially in winter. Tiny fishes, frogs & other critters find protection from bigger critters among the stems of Thalia. 
 

Thalictrum dasycarpum    Purple meadow rue
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Morning sun /open shade   Zones 3-10    Family: Ranunculaceae
One of the problems with common names is that they often don't mean what most people think they mean.  (which causes misunderstandings :-)  )  With this plant, the purple means the stems are usually purple - the flowers are actually white!  Irregardless, it is a nice native for the partialy shaded garden with average to good soil.   Not drought tolerant.
 

Thalictrum dioicum    Early Meadow Rue
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Arkansas native    Shade/part sun  Z: 4-7  Family: Ranunculaceae
Early meadowrue grows to about 18" having lacey scalloped leaves that are reminiscent of columbines.  Nodding greenish-white flowers with a purple cast appear in mid spring.  Average soil conditions.
 
 
 

Tradescantia or spiderwort is in the Commelinaceae (dayflower) family. With wide grassy foliage, there is a number of native species for sun & for part shade. Most will thrive on poor rocky soil.

 

Tradescantia bracteata     Long-bract spiderwort
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native     Sun  Zone 4-9  Family: Commelinaceae
With rose to purple flowers, this spiderwort is also one of the shorter ones, gowing 12-18" with blooms from May to July.  May be more suited for wild areas as the foliage doesn't look its best after flowering.

Tradescantia hirsuticaulis     Hairy stem spiderwort
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Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Z: 6-9  Family: Commelinaceae
A low-growing, compact spiderwort with deep purple, three parted flowers.  The long, narrow leaves of this 1 feet clump-forming spiderwort are fuzzy.
 

Tradescanti longipes    Wild crocus spiderwort
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Arkansas native   Part shade   Z: 4-9    Family: Commelinaceae
This lovely diminutive spiderwort is only found in the Ozark Mountains on rocky wooded slopes.  Deep blue to purple flowers are borne in clusters usually from May to June.  About 8" tall.

Tradescantia ohioensis Ohio spiderwort 
$8.00  quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-8  Family: Commelinaceae
An early flowering spiderwort with clear blue flowers.  Native range is most of the eastern half of the U.S.     Foliage is quite attractive in this species with a lot of purple in it in cooler weather.
  spiderwort 

Tradescantia 'Mrs. Loewer
$8.00 Quart

Arkansas native   Sun/pt shade  Zone 4-8  Family: Commelinaceae
Mrs. Loewer spiderwort was discovered on a prairie in eastern Arkansas & brought into the nursery world by Larry Lowman.  Mrs. Loewer spiderwort likes the sun & has light blue flowers over narrow leaves which turn to a smoky purple in fall & winter.
 

 Tradescantia tharpii     Tharp's spiderwort
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Arkansas(?) native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-8  Family: Commelinaceae
For the front of the border or tucked in front of shrubs, Tharp's spiderwort is darling.  At less than 12" it is sometimes called shortstem spiderwort.  The flowers are an intense blue-purple; sometimes rose colored.  Native to a small number of states in the midwest.
 

Tradescantia virginiana      Virginia spiderwort
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Arkansas native  Shade/pt sun  Z: 4-9  Family: Commelinaceae
Virginia spiderwort usually has blue flowers but can be rose colored or even white.  The stems get to about 30" with the bloom time being late spring into summer.  Average soils & moisture becoming more drought tolerant upon becoming established.
 
 
 
 
 

Verbesinas are in the Asteraceae family &  are known by several common names ‚€“ some for a specific species & others such as frostweed are used to denote the uncommon practice the Verbesinas share of producing frostflowers in the fall after a fairly hard frost.  Also sometimes known as wingstem because the stems are usually squared off with with leaf tissue extending along the stem.

Verbesina alternaefolia     Yellow ironweed
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade  Zones       Family: Asteraceae
A darling late blooming native, the ray flowers on this verbesina are yellow & reflexed backwards so it looks as if the cone portion is thrusting forward.  A tough drought tolerant native to continue to provide nectar for butterflies in the fall; as well as providing seeds for birds in winter.

 Verbesina helianthoides        Yellow crownbeard 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zone 4-8  Family: Asteraceae
Butterflies love all the Verbesinas.  This species blooms the earliest ‚€“ usually starting in June with golden-yellow flowers.  Quite drought tolerant once established.     .
 

Verbesina virginica      White crownbeard 
$8.00 quart   $10.00  3 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/shade  Zones 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Occurs natively in rocky open woods, along streams & thickets from Florida to Texas & north to PA.  Bloom time is generally from August to October with many critters loving the nectar produced.     Butterflies
 
 

Vernonia, or ironweed is in the Asteraceae family. This is probably what you see in the fall as you are driving on country roads. Lovely purple flowers that often have butterflies clustering around them. Quite hardy plants. Native to a wide area of the United States.Vernonias     generally have purple flowers & are called ironweed by most folks.  There are a few mutants out there with white flowers, or so I‚€™m told, but I have not seen them for myself.

 Vernonia arkansana  Arkansas ironweed
  $8.00 Quart     $10.00  3 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-8  Family: Asteraceae
 Large flower heads of purple & long curled bracts with slender willow-like leaves characterize this ironweed. Usually grows to about 3 feet in the wild but if you give it good garden soil, it may reach 5‚€™. at least  I've noticed that shile established plants can take a good bit of drought, moisture really makes them happy.    Butterflies

 Vernonia baldwinii©
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Arkansas native   Sun or shade  Z: 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
One of the earliest ironweeds to flower, it helps provide the succession of bloom needed to assure a constant supply of nectar for bees, butterflies & other nectar feeding critters. Found from Minnesota to Texas.  Baldwin's ironweed is very drought tolerant once established & will grow in the sun or dappled shade.
 

Vernonia gigantea (Syn: V. altissima)      Tall ironweed
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Arkansas native    Sun/part shade  Zones 3-10   Family: Asteraceae
I see this lovely native ironweed along roads & byways throughout Arkansas - it is native to a wide area of the U.S., going all the way northeastward to Massachusetts!  Rosy purple flowers usually start blooming in August - likes moisture but does become fairly drought tolerant once established.  Another nectar plant for butterflies!
 

Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly'ppaf      Letterman's ironweed
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
This is it folks!  The ironweed that masquerades as Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) .... until it blooms in late July or August & then there's no mistaking it.  Bright purple blooms at the end of each stem or branch - nearly a hundred on a 3 year plant.  Drought tolerant, likes poor soil, 24-36" tall, carefree, butterfly nectar - what more could you ask of a plant!  For all of you who have asked for this spectatular ironweed, I've finally been able to grow enough to offer these for sale.  Butterflies!!
 

Vernonia missurica        Missouri Ironweed
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/part shade  Zones 3-9  Family: Asteraceae
Lovely bright purple flowers atop this native ironweed which occurs in moist open fields as well as wooded areas.  The native range is from Ontario to Arkansas, Texas & eastwards.  Butterflies

Veronicastrum virginicum   Culver's root
Quart  $8.00 
Arkansas native  Sun  Zones 4-9  Family: Scrophulariaceae
Spires of white flowers arise in early to mid summer providing a vertical accent in your garden.  Butterflies &  hummers find them quite attractive.  To about 3', maybe more.
 

"All I require of society, in the matter of gardening, is a decent awareness that gardeners have a greater stake in society than others, and an occasional reflection that no life is worth living without a vine and a fig tree." 
Henry Mitchell in One Man‚€™s Garden

Viola pedata  Bird's foot violet 
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade   Zone 4-8  Family: Violaceae 
 One of the lovely signs of spring which defies the old adage - shrinking violet.  This plant is tough!  In fact, most people are apt to 'kill it with kindness'.  Full sun to light shade, often found along roadsides in poor dry rocky soil.  Native from Louisiana to Connecticut. 

Viola walteri 'Silver Gem'         Walter's violet
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Shade  Zone: 6-8  Family: Violaceae
Silver Gem is a selection of Walter's violet that has more silvery colored foliage than usual.  Sort of dark green with a silvery overlay.  Delicate violet flowers barely hover above the foliage.  Walter's violet is not an aggresive violet like some we could name, but reather slowly expands as a natural groundcover.  Host for Diana fritillary.

Waldsteinia fragarioides       Barren Strawberry
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Shade/ pt sun Zones: 4-7  Family:
An excellent groundcover with semi-evergreen leaves and small yellow flowers in mid spring.  Barren strawberry grows 3 to 6" tall and spreads by creeping stolons.  

Woodwardia virginica     Virginia chain fern
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Arkansas native  Shade  Zone 3-10  Family: Blechnaceae
Virginia chain fern is a gread native landscaping fern for those tough areas with moist or saturated soils.  Spreading quickly, it provides a dense, weed-resistant groundcover in damp sites or sunny pond edges.  It also is beautiful and less assertive in average garden conditions.  18-24" tall by 30" wide.
 
 
 
 

Zephyranthus are called fairy lilies or rain lilies and are in the Amarylliidaceae family. Beautiful crocus-like flowers pop out of the ground throughout late summer into fall. Seemly after a good rain, which is the reason I guess for calling them rainlilies. Unfortunately most are not hardy north of zone 7, and some are only marginally hardy in zone 7. So far, all species we have for sale have proved hardy here. They are so lovely and easy to grow, that I suggest people in more northern places, grow them in a pot & bring them inside in winter.
Full sun to light shade. Mostly front of border type. 3 to 8".

Zephyranthus candida     Rain lily
  
Not native      Sun to light shade  zones 6b-10   Family: Liliaceae
Glistening white tubular blooms on semi-evergreen grassy foliage.  A treat for the border in your garden. 
 

Zephyranthus chlorosolen (Syn: Cooperia drummondii)   Fragrant rainlily
$10.00 Quart - 
Arkansas native  Sun/light shade  Zones 6-10  Family: Liliaceae
This is beautiful!  Blooming late in the year on dry rocky glades, this sweetly fragrant rainlily has a totally different shape flower from Z. Candida (listed above).  Unfortunately there is much confusion in the trade over names of rainlilies, with Z. candida being sold for other white flowered rainlilies.
 

Zephryranthes texana 
$5.00  3" pot
Native     Sun to part shade  Zones 7-11  Family: Amaryllidaceae
Another species that suffers from botanical squabbling. I have bought this lovely rainlily under several different names. H. tubispathus, H. robustus v. texana as well as the above name. Irregardless of name, I love this rainlily for its golden yellow crocus-like blooms that are painted with bronze on the outside of the petals. 
 
 
 

Walk softly on the face of the earth

Zizia aptera  Heartleaf alexanders
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Arkansas native    Sun/part shade  Zone 3-8  Family: Apiaceae
Heartleaf alexanders have heart-shaped basal leaves which is the best way to distinguish them from Golden Alexanders.  Height 2-3' with deep yellow-gold flowers in umbels.  A host plant for the eastern black swallowtail butterfly.

Zizia aurea          Golden alexanders 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native      Shade to part sun     Zones 4-9      Family: Apiaceae
Golden umbels adorn this carrot family member.  Larval food plant for Eastern black swallowtail, nectar plant for all butterflies.  Likes moist soils & is good for naturalizing
 

 "The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too."  ~~ Luther Standing Bear

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08/26/2013