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  • 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….

  • Prairie Blazing Star

    Prairie Blazing Star, Liatris pycnostachya


    Prairie blazing star is an excellent native flower for moist soil environments. Of the five species of liatris that are native to Minnesota, prairie blazing it the most moisture loving of the group. It tends to be found in wet meadows surrounded by Maximilian’s sunflower, mountain mint, bottle gentian, and often meadow blazing star. Prairie…

  • 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…

  • SOLD OUT! downy phlox in bloom

    Downy Phlox, Phlox pilosa


    Downy phlox, also called prairie phlox, is a colorful early-season beauty! Being one of the few flowers blooming this time of year and owing to its vibrant color, downy phlox really stands out. Collecting seed for this plant is tricky. Once ripe, the small capsules burst open and the seed disperses. It is also difficult…

  • Wood lily in bloom

    Wood Lily, Lilium philadelphicum


    Our wood lilies will be offered for sale for the first time in the spring of 2024. This slow growing plant can take up to three years to reach maturity, even in a greenhouse setting. Sign up for email notifications above to be the first notified when these amazing plants are ready for sale! Read…

  • monarch on swamp milkweed

    Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata


    Swamp milkweed, also called rose, marsh, or red milkweed is a striking member of the Asclepias family. Its beautiful purple red blossoms are a lovely addition to any moist to medium soil prairie garden. Lean in close and smell the sweet vanilla scent! Often used by monarch butterflies, be sure to look closely at the…

  • Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum


    Joe pye weed is a large, moisture loving plant with beautiful dusty rose colored flowers. It is highly attractive to many different pollinators, making it a great addition to moist landscape situations that can give these plants a bit of room. Their size and the fact that they spread by seed mean that they should…

  • New England Aster in bloom

    New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae


    New England aster is one of the very last flowers to bloom on the prairie. We know that once we collect the seeds from this plant the season is over. But what a way to go out! New England asters grow up to five feet tall in moist soils and produce a prolific display of…

  • prairie smoke waving in the breeze

    Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum


    Among the most whimsical of all prairie flowers, prairie smoke is an important early blooming resident of dry prairie environments. Often found on rocky hillsides, its flowers first emerge like the sleeping heads of a red dragon. Bumblebees are the only pollinators strong enough to cross pollenate prairie smoke, but once their work is done,…

  • SOLD OUT! Black-eyed Susan in bloom

    Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta


    Black-eyed Susan is a biennial/short-lived perennial yellow flower that boasts prolific blossoms from June through October. When used in seed mixes it is one of the very first flowers to bloom. Since many native perennials can take a year or two before blooming, Black-eyed Susans are a nice addition to a new planting. They regularly…

  • Bottle gentian in an autumn prairie

    Bottle Gentian, Gentiana andrewsii


    Finding a bottle gentian growing in the prairie is like suddenly being encountered by a bolt of lightning in the grass! Their blue is absolutely electric amidst the tans of the late summer grass. One needs to know where to look as they are not especially common. But as hard as they may be to…

  • Oxeye Sunflower

    Oxeye Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides


    Heliopsis helianthoides is a versatile native plant, suitable for a wide range of soil types, and with a very long bloom period. It goes by a number of common names: Smooth Oxeye, Common Ox-eye, Early Sunflower, and False Sunflower. It is called a “false” not because it is fake or an introduced species, but because…