Plant A Patch: Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

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  Striking purple-blue blooms in the spring followed by unique seek pods later in the summer are the hallmark of this showy, easy to grow native perennial. False indigo prefers full sun, where it will grow 3 – 4 feet tall, but also tolerates some shade .It needs only average to poor soil, thriving in …

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Plant A Patch: Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

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      True to its name, this native perennial will give you a long-lasting blaze of vibrant purple or pink color beginning in late July and continuing into September. Unlike most flowers, Prairie blazing star also known as Prairie gayfeather and Prairie liatris, features a spike of stalkless flower heads densely packed onto a …

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Plant A Patch: Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

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Often maligned and saddled with a nefarious reputation, goldenrod, commonly called showy goldenrod, is an underused native perennial. Contrary to common belief, the pollen from goldenrod does not cause allergies. (That’s ragweed!) Easily grown in dry, clay soil, this full sun perennial has club-shaped clusters of bright yellow blooms beginning in July and continuing throughout …

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Plant A Patch: Large Coneflower (Rudebeckia maxima)

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A beauty in the early to midsummer, Rudbeckia maxima is the perfect native perennial for a full sun spot in your yard. The 3 inch showy, bright yellow blooms with their tall brown cone-like centers emerge in June and July, attracting butterflies to the garden. Because the stems are sturdy and have few leaves, this …

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Plant A Patch: Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

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A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, this clump-forming native perennial sports 8 inch spikes of striking red blooms beginning in July and continuing until frost. In the wild, Cardinal flowers are typically found in wetlands, along the edges of streams and in ravines and ditches. Cardinal flowers require a consistent moisture to thrive which makes …

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