Native Plants at Dragonfly Gardens

Spring 2021

Our native plant retail greenhouse will be open for shopping May 1, 2021.  Pulled orders will be ready for pick-up by approximately May 15.  Please keep in mind that the average last frost date in our area is May 11.  If greenhouse-grown plants are subjected to a hard frost it will most likely damage them, so we don’t recommend planting out before this date.  Much of our spring stock has been overwintered outdoors and allowed to come out of winter dormancy naturally.  For this reason it is well hardened-off but a little slower in coming, which is why we need time to let it grow.  You may put in orders anytime, but this is not necessary for purchasing native plants.  Pre-ordering is preferred for larger orders of a half-flat of the same species or more.

Why Native Plants?

 

  • Shoreline restoration
  • Slope stabilization
  • Food & habitat for birds and wildlife
  • Host plants & forage for pollinators
  • Low maintenance landscaping
  • Improved water infiltration & lake health

Carrying on the Tradition of Great Plants and Great Service

 

  • Large selection of varieties of native plants
  • We are growers!  Local seed and plant sources
  • Top picks for rain gardens, prairies, wetlands, & woodlands - let us help you choose the perfect plants for your habitat
  • Healthy plants at a great value - we won't sell it if it's not ready
  • In-store appointments, & delivery are available - if you have a large order please call ahead so we can have it ready
  • Expertise - we have provided plants for both small and large projects all across Wisconsin and Minnesota

Our Native Plants

We grow a large selection of species of native grasses, perennials, ferns, shrubs and trees.  We specialize in providing plants for rain gardens, wildflower gardening and prairie, forest and lake edge restorations.  We grow from seed collected in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota or purchased from native seed companies in MN and WI.  Potted native shrubs, trees and ferns are purchased as bare root stock from regional nurseries.

 

Availability

Many species are available throughout the growing season of June-October.  When your selected species is not available, we are happy to suggest an appropriate substitute or notify you when it is available.  We can custom grow if the size you require is not offered.  Please give us 12+ weeks lead-time so we can meet your needs.

Delivery and Ordering

Delivery is available with rates depending on distance and order size.  Plant pick up is always welcome.  Please make an appointment for plant pick up so we can provide you personalized attention and advice.  Ordering ahead is strongly encouraged for large orders so we can check availability and ensure your plants are ready upon your arrival. 

Delivery is available with a $1,000 minimum order within a 60 mile radius of the greenhouse.  Delivery charge is $2 per mile (one way), with a surcharge of $75 for orders requiring an additional trailer.  We will work with multiple customers to make combined deliveries to achieve this minimum when feasible.  Smaller orders may be delivered for an additional fee within 25 miles of our greenhouse.

**Due to current staffing and the busy season, PLEASE give us two days notice for native orders**

Pre-order minimum for 2" pots is 1/2 flat (16 pots) of each species.  If you need fewer than 16 2" pots of any one species, you are welcome to shop in our retail area.   

For orders less than 5 flats, a $10 Hold Fee will be added.  Orders larger than 5 flats will have a $25 pull/picking fee.  We also as for a 25% down payment on orders over $200.  ***Fees waived for 2021 season, due to Covid-19***

Our retail area can be shopped at anytime for smaller quantities.

 

We are sorry but we do not ship plants USPS or other carriers.

2021 Pricing

SizePrice
2 Inch Pots (32 pots/flat)$2.00 each
$44/Full Flat of Single Species
$54/Mix and Match Full Flat
2 Inch Pot Pre-Designed Collection (32 pots/flat)$60
3 Inch Woodland Pots$5/pot
4 Inch Pots
(10 per flat)
$4.00/pot
Buy 9 get 1 Free
6 Inch Pots$9/pot
1 Gallon Shrub$20.00
2 Gallon Shrub$30.00
3 Gallon Shrub$40.00

**Orders less than 5 flats will have a $10 Hold Fee.

**Orders over 5 flats will have a $25 Pulling Fee.

**25% Down Payment on orders over $200

***Hold and Pulling Fees Waived for 2021 Season due to Covid-19***

Download a pdf of our catalog

(updated 4/8/2021)

Questions? Or ready to place an order?

Contact natives@dragonflygardens.net or 715-554-7219

The sortable tables below reflect the anticipated inventory for the 2021 Season.

Please remember that plants are living things so everything in our catalog may not be available at all times.  We'd be happy to answer your questions about current availability.  If we don't have what you're looking for, we can let you know when it might be ready or suggest a good substitution.  Check out our Native Species Recommendations for some ideas!

*Sizing, Availability and Price Subject to Change*

Flowers

Native Wildflowers

Scientific NameCommon NameFlowersHeightHabitatMoistureLightDescription2" Pot4" Pot6" Pot +
Achillea millefoliumYarrowWhite
June to Oct
18-30"Prairie
Savanna Woodland
D, MD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeAttractive, aromatic, ferny foliage. Great component of a no-mow or low-mow lawn. Good butterfly plant. Grows well in a wide variety of habitats.
Acorus calamusSweet FlagYellow
July to Aug
24-36"Marsh Peatland Lake EdgeMW, Wfull sun to part shadeUnusual plant with attractive yellowish foliage and sweet fragrance when crushed. Forms beautiful clumps on lake margins. Great for water gardens.
Agastache foeniculumAnise HyssopBlue
June to Oct
24-40"Prairie
Savanna
MD, Mfull sun to part shadeBeautiful 3" flower spikes attract butterflies throughout summer. Excellent cutflower and nice in perennial gardens. Fragrant foliage makes good herbal tea.
Allium cernuumNodding Wild OnionPink
July to Sept
12-18"Prairie
Savanna
MD, M, MWfull to part sunNodding 2" flower clusters above thin, wispy stems. Edible flower bulbs.
Allium stellatumPrairie OnionPink
July to Sept
12-18"Dry Prairie SavannaD, MD, M, MWfull to part sunAttractive plants occurring in dry prairies and on rocky cliff areas. Good plant for tough sites and rock gardens. Ranging throughout MN and WI.
Allium tricoccumWild LeekWhite
June to July
8"Woodland ForestMD, M, MWfull to part shadeAlso known as "Ramps", edible leaves and bulbs are popular among culinary artists. They are very slow to reproduce so be patient and don't overharvest.3"
Amorpha canescensLeadplantBlue
June to July
18-42"Prairie
Savanna
D, MD, Mfull sun to part shadeLong-lived shrub with attractive fine silvery foliage. Slow-growing but worth the wait. Used medicinally by Native Americans. Suited to driest sandy soil.
Anaphilis margaritaceaPearly EverlastingWhite
June to Aug
18-24"Prairie
Savanna
Woodland
D, MDfull sun to part shadeWhite papery strawflowers produced atop attractive whitish foliage. Nice dried flower and contrast plant in the perennial garden. Host plant for painted lady butterfly.
Anemone canadensisCanada AnemoneWhite May to July12-24"Prairie Savanna ForestM, MWfull sun to part shadeFine, showy clump-forming plant of mesic to moist prairies, forest margins and woodlands.
Anemone cylindricaThimbleweedWhite
Late May to July
24-36"Prairie
Savanna
Woodland
D, MD, Mfull sun to part shadeThimble-like infloresence held atop slender stems above highly divided basal leaves. Very pretty from summer into fall. Good on very dry sandy soils.
Anemone patensPasque FlowerLight Blue
April to May
6"Prairie SavannaD, MDfull to part sunOne of the first wildflowers in spring. Very showy 3" flowers followed by a cluster of hairy fruits. Dry soils. Great in rock gardens.3"
Aquilegia canadensisWild ColumbineOrange
May to June
20-36"Woodland
Forest
D, MD, Mfull sun to shadeFree-flowering woodland perennial that forms large clumps with attractive foliage. Excellent hummingbird plant. Often referred to as "honeysuckle."
Arisaema triphyllumJack in the PulpitPurple/
Green
May to June
18-30"Wet Forest SwampMD, M, MWpart sun to shadeVery unusual flower stalk that emerges separately from 3-parted leaf. Great species for moist to wet forest restorations. Reliably spreads from seed once established.3"
Artemesia ludovicianaPrairie SageYellow
July to Oct
24-48"Prairie
Savanna
D, MD, Mfull to part sunFragrant whitish foliage makes a nice contrast to green plants. Dry to mesic prairies. Sacred incense and insect repellant of Native Americans.
Asarum canadenseWild GingerMaroon
May to June
6-12"Mesic to Moist ForestMD, M, MWpart sun to full shadeBeautiful forest groundcover with nearly round leaves. Strong ginger fragrance. Unusual flowers held on ground said to be pollinated by beetles. A must for forest restorations and shady perennial gardens.3"
Asclepias exaltataPoke MilkweedWhite
June to July
36-60"Woodland ForestMD, Mpart sun to part shadeOne of the most shade tolerant milkweeds it does best in dappled shade. It is also not as aggressive as common milkweed.3"
Asclepias incarnataSwamp MilkweedLavender
June to Aug
36-48"Prairie
Marsh
Lake Edge
M, MW, Wfull sun to part shadeShowy plant of moist to wet habitats. Host plant for monarch butterflies, very good nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds. Great for lake edges.
Asclepias syriacaCommon MilkweedPink
June to Aug
36"-60"Prairie
Marsh
Lake Edge
D, MD, M, MWfull sun to part sunLarge leaved, robust plant known for being the larval host for Monarch butterflies. Benefits many other pollinators as well. Easy and fast to establish.
Asclepias tuberosaButterfly WeedOrange
June to Sept
12-24"Prairie
Savanna
D, MD, Mfull to part sunA must for gardens, producing orange flowers in 3" clusters.Tolerates driest sandy soils. Host plant for monarch butterflies and nectar source for others.
Asclepias verticillataWhorled MilkweedWhite
July to Sept
12-24"Dry to Mesic PrairieD, MD, Mfull to part sunThis delicate and fine-leaved plant is rather inconspicuous in the landscape but like other milkweeds it serves as an important food source for Monarch caterpillars. Tolerant of dry soils.
Aster laevisSmooth AsterBlue
July to Oct
24-36"Prairie Savanna WoodlandMD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeVery showy vibrant blue-flowered perennial. Several cultivated varieties exist, attesting to its beauty. Great butterfly plant and cutflower.
Aster lateriflorusCalico AsterWhite
Aug to Oct
24"Prairie
Savanna
Woodland
MD, M, MWFull sun to shadeGood for short-height restorations in a variety of soil and light conditions. It is an abundant late-season food source for bees.
Aster macrophyllusBig Leaf AsterBlue
Aug to Oct
8-18"Savanna Woodland ForestD, MD, M, MWfull sun to shadeOne of the most common groundcovers of northern forests. Broad heart-shaped leaves make an great, fast-growing groundcover for all but the wettest soil types.
Aster novae-angliaeNew England AsterBlue
Aug to Oct
36-60"Prairie Marsh SwampMD, M, MW, Wfull sun to part shadeNice perennial for moist to wet habitats. Commonly used as a garden perennial and for wet lake-edge plantings. Nectar source for butterflies.
Aster oblongifolius
Aromatic AsterViolet
Aug to Oct
12-24"Dry Prairie SavannaD, MDfull to part sunVery attractive low-grower for dry sandy prairies. Common throughout SE to NW MN and SW to NW WI. A must for short prairie restorations.
Aster oolentangienseSky Blue AsterBlue
Aug to Oct
24-36"Prairie
Savanna
D, MD, Mfull to part sunAn aster with one of the truest blue flowers you can find among native wildflowers. Attracts loads of pollinators.
Aster ptarmicoidesUpland White AsterWhite
Aug to Oct
12-24"Prairie SavannaD, MDfull to part sunLow, spreading plants covered with white heads late summer through fall. Mesic to dry prairies throughout MN and WI. Excellent in short prairies.
Aster puniceusSwamp AsterPurple
Aug to Oct
36-56"Marsh SwampMW, Wfull sun to part shadeCommon, showy aster of lake edges, swamps, bogs, and fens. Occurs throughout MN and WI.
Aster umbellatusFlat-topped AsterWhite
July to Aug
30-42"Prairie Lake Edge SwampM, MW, Wfull sun to full shadeWhite heads held in a broad terminal cluster. Common plant of moist to wet lake edges and moist to mesic forests. Great butterfly plant and cutflower. Ranges throughout MN and WI.
Baptisia albaWhite Wild IndigoWhite
June to Aug
30-42"Prairie Marsh Lake EdgeD, MD, M, MWfull to part sunLegume of moist to wet prairies and lake edges. Attractive foliage and flowers followed by pods. Nice in perennial gardens.
Baptisia australisBlue False IndigoBlue
June to July
30-42"Prairie SavannaM, MWfull to part sunStately perennial with glossy foliage and beautiful sky blue flower clusters. Excellent garden perennial. Native south of our range but tough enough for restorations here in NW WI.
Caltha palustrisMarsh MarigoldYellow
May to June
12-18"Swamp PeatlandMW, Wpart sun to shadeHarbinger of spring. Usually associated with peaty ground and some flowing water, but can be planted on any wet ground. Great for pond edges.3"
Campanula americanaTall BellflowerBlue
July to Oct
36-60"Savanna WoodlandMD, M, MWpart sun to part shadeA biennial so grows quickly and flowers the first or second year and then self-seeds. Tall spires of violet-blue flowers good for quick color in partially shaded restorations and a variety of soil conditions except very dry.
Campanula rotundifoliaHarebellBlue
June to Sept
16-24"Prairie Savanna WoodlandD, MDfull sun to part shadeBlue bell-shaped flowers atop delicate, grassy foliage. Great plant for restorations. Common throughout WI in all dry habitats. Shade-tolerant.3"
Chelone glabraTurtleheadWhite
July to Oct
24-36"Lake Edge
Peatland
MW, Wfull sun to part shadeSpikes of showy turtle-shaped flowers atop glossy dark green foliage. Nice for gardens and lake edge restorations. Widespread in MN and WI.
Coreopsis lanceolataLance Leaf CoreopsisYellow
June to Aug
24-36"Dry Prairie SavannaD, MDfull sun to part shadeWiry stems bearing yellow daisies. Easy to grow on toughest, driest soil types. Very good butterfly plant.
Coreopsis palmataPrairie CoreopsisYellow
June to Oct
16-30"Dry Prairie SavannaD, MD, Mfull sun to part shadeYellow daisies above ferny foliage. Native of driest prairies and bluff communities throughout southern 2/3 of MN and WI. Good for butterflies.
Dalea candidaWhite Prairie Clover
White
June to Sept
16-30"Dry Prairie SavannaD, MD, Mfull to part sunDense 2" clusters of small white flowers atop grayish ferny foliage. Very attractive perennial for prairie and savanna restorations as well as perennial gardens.
Dalea purpurea
Purple Prairie Clover
Purple
June to Sept
16-30"Dry Prairie SavannaD, MD, Mfull to part sunSimilar to Dalea candida but with purple flowers. Both species are excellent butterfly plants. Used as tea by Native Americans.
Dicentra cucullariaDutchman's BreechesWhite May to June12"Deciduous ForestM, MWfull to part shadeSpring blooming woodland wildflower of mesic to moist forests throughout MN and WI.3"
Dodecantheon meadiaShooting StarWhite May to June18"Prairie SavannaMD, M, MWfull to part sunCute plant with basal leaves and a leafless flowerstalk with shooting star-like white to pink flowers. Dry prairies, savannas, and woodlands on droughty soils. Rare in extreme SE MN and scattered in SW WI.3"
Echinacea angustifoliaNarrow-Leaf Purple ConeflowerLavender
July to Aug
24-36"Prairie SavannaD, MDfull to part sunSaid to be the best of the purple coneflowers for medicinal purposes. Native in Western MN and further west, but hardy in this area. Very attractive with narrow leaves.
Echinacea pallidaPale Purple ConeflowerLavender
July to Aug
36-48"Prairie SavannaD, MD, Mfull to part sunOnly echinacea species definitely native to WI. Nice narrow foliage. Heads have reflexed rays ("petals"). Can't beat these for butterflies.
Echinacea purpureaPurple ConeflowerPurple
July to Aug
36-48"Prairie SavannaMD, M, MWfull to part sunSpectacular display of broad-headed purple daisies. Great for restorations and perennial gardens.
Eryngium yuccifoliumRattlesnake MasterWhite
July to Oct
36-48"Prairie SavannaMD, M, MWfull to part sunExotic-looking plant that resembles a desert yucca. Bristly white heads and whitish foliage make it a great background perennial as well as a tough fast grower for restorations.
Eupatorium maculatumSpotted Joe-Pye WeedPurple
July to Sept
48-60"Wet Prairie Marsh SwampMW, Wfull sun to part shadeGood lake edge perennial with broad flat-topped clusters of purple heads. Excellent butterfly plant. Ranges throughout MN and WI.
Eupatorium perfoliatumBonesetWhite
June to Aug
36-48"Prairie Marsh SwampMW, Wfull sun to part shadeNice lake edge plants with flat-topped cluster of white heads. Very nice purplish foliage with opposite fused leaves. Used medicinally to hasten healing of bones. Ranges throughout MN and WI.
Eupatorium purpureumPurple Joe Pye WeedPurple
July to Sept
48-72"Savanna Woodland ForestMD, M, MWpart sun to shadeMoist to moderately dry savannas and forests through southern 2/3 of WI and eastern 1/2 of MN. Attractive broad clusters of purple heads. Excellent for attracting butterflies.
Euthamia graminfoliaGrass-leaved GoldenrodYellow
July to Sept
30-48"Dry to Wet PrairieMD, M, MW, WFull sunThis plant is not really a goldenrod but is an excellent source of pollen for bees. Can be somewhat spreading and aggressive but is very adaptable to a variety of soil moisture conditions and good for restorations.
Fragaria vescaWoodland StrawberryWhite
May to June
6-10"Prairie ForestMD, M, MWfull sun to shadeAttractive groundcover that grows rapidly. A must for the woodland restoration. Sweet tasting red fruits in June are a bonus. Ranges throughout the world in northern latitudes including all of MN and WI.3"
Fragaria virginianaWild StrawberryWhite
May to June
6"Prairie Savanna ForestD, MD, M, MWfull sun to shadeStoloniferous spreading groundcover bears delicious fruit. Found throughout MN and WI ranging from prairies to forests. Widely adapted to dry, moist or even wet soils.
Galium borealeNorthern BedstrawWhite
June to July
16-24"Woodland
Forest
MD, M, MW, Wfull sun to full shadeCommon understory species of northern forests in MN & WI. Easy to grow on mesic to dry soils.
Geranium maculatumWild GeraniumPink
May to June
18-24"Woodland Savanna ForestMD, Mfull to part shadeTolerant to all soils and woodland conditions except deeply shaded situations. Nice perennial geranium with attractive foliage that turns red in fall.3"
Geum triflorumPrairie SmokeRed
May to June
6-12"Dry Prairie WoodlandD, MD, M, MWfull to part sunAwesome early-flowering prairie wildflower, great for sandy site restorations and for rock gardening. Hairy fruits remain attractive throughout the year.3"
Helenium autumnaleSneezeweedYellow
July to Oct
36-48"Swamp Lake EdgeMW, Wfull sun to shadeSneezeweed won't make you sneeze - it was used as an expectorant by Native Americans. Gaillardia -like heads in abundance. Good butterfly plant.
Helianthus strumosusWoodland SunflowerYellow
July to Oct
36-48"Woodland ForestMD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeVery common woodland sunflower seen at the edge of forests and ditches. Variable but showy with terminal yellow heads. Birds eat seeds. Excellent soil stabilizer.3"
Heliopsis helianthoidesFalse/Early SunflowerYellow June to Oct48-60"Prairie Savanna Lake EdgeMD, M, MWfull to part sunWidespread on dry to wet soils. Long flowering period. Suited to all but very shady restoration sites. Commonly used as a garden perennial.
Hepatica acutilobaSharp-lobed HepaticaWhite, Pink, Blue
April to May
3-6"Woodland ForestMD, Mpart sun to part shadeOne of the earliest blooming wildflowers you will find. A small tuft of basal leaves are mottled green to reddish brown and persist through the winter.3"
Heuchera richardsoniiAlum RootWhite
May to July
12-18"Prairie Savanna WoodlandD, MD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeCommon through most of WI and MN. Attractive, tough ground cover well suited to dry soils. Quite shade-tolerant. Usually associated with rock outcrops in prairies, woodlands, and forests.
Iris versicolorNorthern Blue Flag IrisBlue
June to July
24-36"Marsh
Peatland
Lake Edge
M, MW, Wfull to part sunCommon on lake margins throughout northern WI and MN. Very attractive, forming large clumps. Some consider this to be synonymous with Iris virginica.
Liatris asperaRough Blazing StarPurple
July to Sept
18-36"Prairie Savanna WoodlandD, MD, Mfull to part sunBeautiful purple spikes. Most common liatris of dry, sandy prairies throughout MN and WI. Excellent butterfly plant.
Liatris ligulistylisNorthern Plains Blazing StarPurple
July to Aug
36-60"Prairie SavannaMD, M, MWfull to part sunRosy heads appear in abundance on tall spikes. Beautiful plant among the best to attract butterflies. OK on wet and dry soils.
Liatris pychnostachyaThick Spike Blazing StarPurple
July to Sept
36-60"Prairie Marsh Lake EdgeM, MW, Wfull to part sunDense purple spikes. Good for moist and wet restoration sites. Very showy, good butterfly plant. Ranges throughout prairie regions of MN and WI.
Liatris spicataMarsh Blazing StarPurple
July to Aug
36-60"Prairie
Marsh
Lake Edge
M, MW, Wfull to part sunMost common liatris for perennial gardening. Grows well in any condition. Perfect pollinator plant. Native into SE WI. Moist to wet soils.
Lilium michiganenseMichigan LilyOrange
June to Aug
36-60"Wet Prairie Swamp Woodland edgeM, MW, Wfull to part sunOrange flowers with black spots make this rare native lily very similar to the classic garden Turk's Cap Lily.3"
Lobelia cardinalisCardinal FlowerRed
July to Oct
36-48"Prairie
Marsh
Lake Edge
MW, Wfull sun to part shadeShowy spikes of red flowers are the best for attracting hummingbirds. Suited to moist soils particularly along waterways. Native through most of WI.
Lobelia siphiliticaGreat Blue LobeliaBlue
July to Oct
20-30"Marsh Peatland SwampM, MW, Wfull sun to part shadeWidely adapted to wet and moist soils. Vivid blue and white-striped flowers in terminal spikes. Compact and well suited to perennial gardens.
Mertensia virginianaVirginia BluebellsBlue
May to June
18-24"Woodland ForestM, MWpart to full shadeClusters of bell-shaped blue flowers in spring. Nice woodland wildflower. Dies back by midsummer, but are plantable while dormant.3"
Mimulus ringensMonkeyflowerLavender
July to Sept
18-24"Marsh
Lake Edge
Swamp
MW, Wfull sun to part shadeLavender spikes of 1" snapdragon flowers that look like small monkeys. Compact plants. Excellent for lakescaping.
Monarda fistulosaBergamotLavender
July to Aug
36-48"Prairie Savanna WoodlandD, MD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeOne of the most common and widespread native wildflowers. Good in herbal teas. Used medicinally by Native Americans. Moist to dry soils.
Monarda punctataDotted MintLavender
June to Sept
18-30"Prairie SavannaD, MDfull to part sunFragrant herb with showy dotted multicolored leaves below flowers. Good on dry soils. Used medicinally and in herbal teas. Nice cutflower.
Penstemon digitalisSmooth PenstemonWhite
June to July
30-48"Prairie Savanna WoodlandMD, Mfull sun to part shade1.5" white tubular flowers in tall spikes. Good garden perennial and cutflower. Tolerant of dry and mesic soils and a variety of light conditions.
Phlox divaricataWoodland PhloxBlue
June to July
12-18"ForestMD, M, MWpart sun to shadeBeautiful fragrant spring wildflower occurring in forests ranging from mesic to floodplain. Excellent for shady restorations and gardens.
Phlox pilosaPrairie PhloxPink
May to June
18-24"Prairie SavannaD, MD, M, MWfull to part sunBroad heads of deep pink flowers. Very nice wildflower for restorations and perennial gardens.
Physostegia virginianaObedient PlantPink
July to Oct
24-36"Prairie Marsh SwampM, MW, Wfull sun to part shadePopular garden perennial native to moist prairies, lakeside and streamside wetlands.
Polemonium reptansJacob's LadderBlue
May to June
18"Woodland ForestMD, M, MWpart sun to full shadeBeautiful spring woodland wildflower. Ferny leaves resemble a ladder. A must for woodland gardens and restorations.
Polygonatum biflorumSolomon's SealWhite
May to June
18-36"Savanna
Woodland
MD, Mpart sun to full shadeA very attractive plant with graceful arching stems that add character and charm to any shaded garden or restoration.
Ratibida pinnataYellow ConeflowerYellow
July to Oct
24-52"Prairie SavannaMD, Mfull to part sunOne of the more common native prairie wildflowers. Very attractive to butterflies. Greyish foliage makes this a nice contrast plant.
Rudbeckia fulgidaOrange ConeflowerOrange-Yellow
July to Oct
24-36"Marsh
Lake Edge
Fen
MD, M, MWfull to part sunBeautiful compact coneflower with deep green foliage and 3" orange-yellow heads with brown centers. Parent of 'goldsturm', one of the most popular garden perennials.
Rudbeckia hirtaBlack Eyed SusanYellow
June to Oct
24-36"Prairie SavannaMD, M, MWfull to part sunVery common short-lived perennial occurring in a wide range of habitats. Produces lots of color the first year.
Rudbeckia laciniataWild GoldenglowYellow
July to Sept
48-60"Prairie Swamp Lake EdgeM, MWfull sun to part shadeFound throughout WI, primarily in swamp habitats and along lakes and streams, but also in prairies. Good for moist, shaded restoration sites.
Rudbeckia subtomentosaSweet Black Eyed SusanYellow
July to Sept
24-36"Prairie Stream EdgeMD, M, MWfull to part sunVery attractive yellow heads in profusion atop deep green glossy leaves. Good for restorations and perennial gardens. Native into SW WI.
Rudbeckia trilobaBrown Eyed SusanYellow
July to Oct
36-60"Prairie Marsh SwampMD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeOutstanding coneflower with numerous heads which are smaller than other species, but more abundant. Very nice foliage. Should be grown more widely in perennial beds. Mesic to wet soils.
Sanguinaria canadensisBloodrootWhite April to June12"ForestMD, M, MWfull to part shadeSpring blooming woodland wildflower found throughout the forest supporting regions of MN and WI. Single, jagged umbrella shaped leaf is accompanied by a single, large, showy white flower.3"
Silene regiaRoyal CatchflyRed
June to Oct
18-24"Prairie
Savanna
MD, Mfull sun to part shadeDeep red tubular flowers flaring out into a star. Excellent hummingbird plant and garden perennial. Native just south of MN and WI, but hardy in the north.
Silphium perfoliatumCup PlantYellow
July to Sept
48-72"Prairie
Marsh
Lake Edge
M, MWfull sun to part shadeImpressive sunflower with numerous broad yellow heads. Unusual opposite leaves fuse to make cups which collect water for bird bathing. Birds love it!
Smilacina racemosaFalse Solomon SealWhite May to June18-24"ForestMD, M, MWfull to part shadeTwo-foot tall leafy stemmed lily with a terminal cluster of small white flowers, each of which becomes a red berry. Found throughout forest supporting regions of MN and WI.3"
Solidago flexicaulisZig Zag GoldenrodYellow
Aug to Sept
24"Woodland ForestMD, M, MWpart to full shadeGood woodland perennial for restorations. Unique zig-zag stems with scattered yellow heads. Very different than most goldenrods. Moist to mesic soils.
Solidago nemoralisGray GoldenrodYellow
Aug to Oct
24-36"Prairie
Savannah
Open
Woodland
D, MDSun to part shadeOne of the most attractive goldenrods, it has vibrant golden-yellow flowers that are a great source of pollen for bees and butterflies right up to frost. It is also one of the most shade-tolerant goldenrods.
Solidago rigidaStiff GoldenrodYellow
Aug to Sept
36-48"Prairie Savanna Lake EdgeD, MD, M, MWfull to part sunAnother goldenrod worthy of growing for its very attractive foliage. Topped with a broad, flat cluster of yellow heads. Adapted to mesic and moist soils. Good garden perennial.
Solidago speciosaShowy GoldenrodYellow
Aug to Sept
24-48"Prairie SavannaD, MD, Mfull sun to part shadeHighly recommended for restorations and for perennial gardens. Very showy tall heads above glossy green foliage. Great butterfly plant.
Thalictrum dioicumEarly Meadow RueWhite
May to June
24"Woodland
Forest
MD, M, MWpart to full shadeNice woodland wildflower for all but the driest sandy soils. Pretty flower heads held above columbine-like foliage. Nice in the shaded perennial garden.3"
Tradescantia ohiensisOhio SpiderwortBlue
June to Oct
24-48"Prairie Savanna WoodlandD, MD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeForms large clumps creating a very nice display of 1" flowers in heads on top of each stem. Great for restorations and gardens. Moist to dry soils.
Trillium grandiflorumTrilliumWhite May8-12"Deciduous ForestM, MWpart shade to shadeSpectacular 2" white 3-petaled flowers in May. This harbinger of spring will let you know that winter is finally over! Widespread in WI and MN forests.3"
Verbena hastataBlue VervainBlue
June to Sept
48-60"Prairie Marsh SwampM, MW, Wfull sun to part shadeTall spikes of blue flowers really attract butterflies. Great for shoreland restorations on mesic to saturated soils. Throughout MN and WI.
Verbena strictaHoary VervainBlue
June to Sept
24-36"Prairie Savanna WoodlandD, MDfull sun to part shadeSpikes of blue flowers above greyish foliage. Adapted to dry, sandy soils. Good butterfly plant.
Vernonia fasciculataIronweedRose-Pink
July to Sept
48-60"Prairie Marsh SwampM, MWfull sun to part shadeBroad, flat clusters of pink heads to 5" across. Very attractive to butterflies. Good in moist to wet soils for lake edge landscaping. Wide ranging in MN and WI.
Veronicastrum virginianumCulver's RootWhite
June to Sept
36-60"Prairie Savanna WoodlandMD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeSeveral tall showy spikes on top of each stem make this an excellent tall garden perennial. Attracts butterflies. Good in most soils except extemely dry.
Viola pedatifidaPrairie VioletBlue
May to June
4"Prairie Savanna WoodlandMD, Mfull sun to part shade1.5" blue flowers above deeply clawed foliage. Very nice for edging restoration sites on dry to mesic soils. Also nice for rock gardening. Common in prairie regions of MN and WI.3"
Zizia aureaGolden AlexandersYellow
May to July
18-30"Prairie Savanna WoodlandMD, M, MWfull sun to part shadeEarly-flowering plant of mesic to moist habitats with 3" flat-topped heads of yellow flowers. Seed heads that follow are attractive throughout the year.

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D = Dry, MD = Medium Dry, M = Medium/Mesic, MW = Medium Wet, W = Wet

For even more detailed information on a particular plant, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium site is a fantastic resource.  It hosts many pictures and botanical information.   http://wisflora.herbarium.wisc.edu

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