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  • Sky Blue Aster, Symphyotrichum oolentangiense


    Life Cycle: Perennial Size: 3 feet Sun: Full, Partial Soil: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry Bloom Time: August-October Advantages:

  • golden Alexander in bloom

    Golden Alexanders, Zizia aurea


    Golden Alexanders are an excellent native garden species that should feature in almost any native planting. Much like penstemons, golden alexanders bloom relatively early. They occupy a niche between the early spring when flowers like the pasque flower and prairie smoke are blooming and early summer when the bulk of native prairie flowers begin blooming….

  • Wild bergamot in bloom

    Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa


    Wild bergamot, also called bee balm and spotted horsemint, is a common, early-successional prairie plant with several wonderful characteristics. When in bloom, its little firecracker-style blossoms are almost continuously visited by bees. I can hardly form an image of these flowers in my head without a bee rummaging through its petals! Just as the bees…