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2017 Catalog: Perennials & a Few Annuals: 

"The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies"     Gertrude Jekyll

Agastaches belong to the family Lamiaceae, which is the mint family. Some are highly scented & others have no appreciable scent. The ones from the eastern U.S. generally like a little shade & more moisture than the western species. All are beloved by hummingbirds, butterflies & bees.
Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite' Photos
$sold out
Native  Sun  Zones 7-9  Family: Lamiaceae
Apricot Sprite is stunning with her Apricot colored flowers that bloom for most of the summer.  Deadheading will increase the floom time.  A well drained soil is a must.  Very fragrant foliage.  Hummingbirds Butterflies.
Agastache foeniculum     Anise Hyssop
$8.00 Quart
Native    Sun/part shade   Zones 3-8 Family: Lamiaceae
Anise hyssop. Use fresh or dried leaves for tea or seasoning. Edible spikes of blue-violet flowers are anise flavored & sweet. Very attractive to bees, birds & butterflies. Native Americans used this medicinally.  Foliage smells like fennel or liquorice.  Hummingbirds Butterflies.
Agave parryi     Parry's agavePhotos
$20.00  3 quart    $12.00 Quart
Native    Sun to part shade  Zones 5-10  Family: Amaryllidaceae
From the Southwest comes this lovely agave.  Thick spiny leaves adorn this hardy agave.  Ultimate clump size is about 36" with each leaf being maybe 5" across. The flower stalk can reach 12 feet tall. Please plant in well drained soil in a place where children don't play. Hummingbirds
Alliums are in the Liliaceae family. The genus Allium is the same genus that produces the onion you buy at the store or grow in your vegetable garden. Alliums come from all over the world & we have some fine natives in this country that provide lovely flowers that attract bees & butterflies to your garden. 
Allium cernuum  Nodding onionPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas Native
Sun to part shade  Zones 3-10. Family: Liliaceae
Nodding onion is native to a wide area of North America from British Columbia to New York & to Georgia west to Arizona. Usually has pinky purple flowers although white is known to occur. Butterflies.  12 to 18 inches total height.  Drought buster!
Allium stellatum     Glade onionPhotos
$10.00 Qt
Arkansas native 
Sun to part shade Zone 3-8  Family: Liliaceae
Beautiful deep pink flowers on this native onion appear in late summer & early fall.   Not to be confused with the wild onions growing in yards & waste places.  Very drought tolerant & the butterflies love it.  Thanks to the Shaw Nature Reserve for sharing these seeds. Hummingbirds Butterflies.
Alophia drummondii   Pine Wood Lily
$10.00 3" pot
Arkansas Native
Sun to partial shade  Zones 7-10 Family Iridacea
This diminutive member of the iris family is striking in its color & flowers. Many folks think of an orchid when they see it blooming. The flowers only last one day, but numerous flowers are on each stalk. I’ve read that it need to be moist, but so far, mine are doing well in ordinary soil with no additional watering. These are two year plants & most have bloomed this year.
Amsonia is a member of the Apocynaceae family. The common name given to this genus is Blue Star. When flowering, you know why as it has lots of blue star shaped flowers. When flowering is finished, Amsonia remains a lovely plant in the garden & in fall, turns a glorious yellow.   I learned this year from Tina Wilcox at the Mountain View Folk Center that you could make cordage from the stems of Amsonia.  She gave us a demonstration.
Amsonia hubrichtii   Arkansas blue starPhotos
$8.00 Quart   $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native
Full sun   Zones 4-10   Family: Apocynaceae
Absolutely stunning in it's fall dress!  In early spring stems with very fine leaves come out & then in mid spring these stems are topped with clusters of blue starlike flowers.  All summer long Blue star is green & upright, creasting a lovely mass of fine needled foliage in the garden.  But as lovely as it is, to my eyes, it really comes into its glory in fall when the leaves turn shades of yellow & gold.  Give it plenty of room! Very drought tolerant. Butterflies.
Amsonia illustris          Shining blue starPhotos
Arkansas native
 $12.00 3 Quart size
Full sun to part shade    Zones 5-8 at least  Family: Apocynaceae
Shining blue star is found from Missouri & Kansas to Texas, Oklahoma & Arkansas.  Natively it occurs on gravel bars & rocky open places along streams. It does well in gardens.  Thanks to the Shaw Nature Reserve for the seed to grow these plants. 
Amsonia 'Blue Ice'   Blue star 'Blue Ice'
$sold out
Sun to part shade     Zones 4-9     Family: Apocynaceae
'Blue Ice' is a selection of Blue star that is probably a hybrid between A. tabernaemontana & A. montana.  A very nice offspring has come out of this mating.  Dark lavender blue flowers on a compact form.  14".  Tolerates a good bit of shade.
Amsonia tabernaemontana     Blue star
 $8.00 quart
Arkansas native   Shade or sun  Z: 3-9  Family: Apocynaceae
This blue star is an excellent choice when you don't have as much sun as some of the other blue stars require.  Lovely blue star-shaped flowers appears in early spring atop stems with shining leaves which turn an attractive yellow in the fall.  Thanks to Marilyn Stewart for the seed to produce these plants.
Anemone cylindrical     Windflower
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 Sun/part shade   Zones 5-7      Family: Ranunculaceae
Windflower has greenish white flowers visited by Syrphid flies and small bees. Best grown in poorer soils & becomes drought tolerant when established. 1-2’ Thanks to Theo Witsell for seed to grown these plants. Native to Missouri and most states to the north & east. Butterflies
Anemone virginiana     ThimbleweedPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
 Sun/part shade/dappled shade  Zones 3-9      Family: Ranunculaceae
Why Thimbleweed?  Certainly nothing weedy about this lovely anemone!  Thimble, perhaps for the look of the seedhead after flowering.  Deepest green leaves show off the lovely delicate white flowers.  A delightful refined lady for the garden - here, I've found it growing down by the creek in partial shade.   
Antennaria plantaginifolia    Plantain leafed Pussy Toes Photos
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Part shade  Z: 3-8  Family: Asteraceae>
At only 6-12" pussy toes belongs at the front of the border or along pathways in deciduous woods.  Pussy toes need sharp drainage & likes gravely rocky sites.  The silvery gray foliage remains years round & slowly spreads to make a mat.  Very drought tolerant.  Named 'Pussy toes' because of the resemblance of the flowers to the bottom of a cats' paw. Also pussytoes is a host plant for the Painted lady butterflies.
Apocynum cannabinum      Dogbane 
 $ sold out
Arkansas native     Sun to part shade Zones 3-10 Family: Apocynaceae.
Also known as Indian Hemp. Beloved for it's nectar by butterflies, this species is sadly neglected by gardeners. The reason I decided to grow & offer it for sale was when I was out hiking & saw clouds of fritillaries feeding on them. Very hardy. Native to Arkansas & much of the U.S. & Canada.    Butterflies
Dogbane can run around a bit & is better planted in an informal setting.     Please do not plant in a good garden setting - it will spread vigorously in that environment.   24-40" or so.
According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee cannot fly; but the bumblebee, not knowing this, does a remarkable job of flying anyway.
   I really like this quote as somehow, this is an approach I've taken often, particularly in growing plants.
Aquilegia canadensis        Eastern ColumbinePhotos
Arkansas native
$8.00 Quart  $12.00  3 Quart
Shade to morning sun    Zones 4-8  Family: Ranunculaceae
An all time favorite is this native columbine with its orange-red & yellow flowers. Usually happiest in dappled shade & well drained soils. I've seen this columbine growing out of boulders & all sorts of peculiar looking sites. Quite hardy.  Here at the nursery, this columbine grows out of my rock wall in full sun and also grows in the woods.
Aralia racemosa   American spikenard 
Arkansas Native
 $sold out
Morning sun to shade    Zones 3-10     Family: Araliaceae
An uncommon native in the trade, Spikenard produces lovely white flowers & is at home in the shade in a moist rich site. Native from New Brunswick to North Carolina & west to Arizona.   4-6 feet tall with impressive compound leaves. Butterflies.
Arisaema dracontium        Green Dragon
  $12.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Shade  Zone 2-9  Family: Araceae
Green dragon is a shade loving member of the Arum family – reminiscent of Jack in the pulpit but with 5 leaflets instead of 3. Green dragon grows from 1.5’ to 2.5’. Moist to average soils - may go dormant early in dry periods. Fertilized flowers produce a cluster of orange-red berries which are eaten by wild turkeys, wood thrush and other woodland birds. Foliage is toxic so it is rarely eaten by deer.
Arisaema triphyllum        Jack-in-the-pulpit
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Arkansas native   Shade to morning sun  Zone 3-10  Family: Araceae
Jack-in-the-pulpit is found in rich shade woods - the better the soil & moisture, the larger it gets.  Jack will grow in less desirable location but will remain smaller.  Thanks to Meredith York for sharing these with us.
A word about dormancy - many spring & early summer plants go totally dormant the rest of the year - the roots even rot away until you only have a small tuber or corm.  So, it is best to order these for spring delivery unless you just have a lot of faith.
Arundanaria gigiantea         River cane
 $50.00 Ball & burlap    Cannot ship     .
Arkansas native  Sun or part shade zones: 5-10 Family: Poaceae
Our native river cane spreads fairly quickly in moist soils or average soils.  Reaching 6 to 25 feet, it is not only a host plant for the Southern Pearly eye & several uncommon Skipper butterflies, River cane provides food & cover for many critters.  In other than zones 8 to 10, you can expect this cane to only reach about 12 feet.  Wetland status: FACW.  Provenance: Pope County, Arkansas.
Asarum canadense   Wild ginger 
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Arkansas native     Shade   Zones 3-10       Family: Aristolochiaceae
Native to woodlands in the eastern part of the U.S. , Wild ginger is a neat deciduous groundcvoer with interesting brown flowers (little Brown Jugs). The deep green almost round leaves will form an attractive colony just a few inches tall.  Needs moist good soil.  The fresh or dried roots have been used sometimes for seasoning.
Asclepias belong to the family Asclepidaceae, also known as the milkweed family. The alkaloids found in most of the species are what make them distasteful to most creatures. These very alkaloids are what Monarch caterpillars absorb to help protect them from birds because the bird becomes very ill after eating a Monarch caterpillar or butterfly.  The Monarch butterfly can only lay eggs on milkweeds. With the declining habitat & destruction of milkweeds, combined with the destruction of the winter roosting grounds in Mexico, it is a wonder there are any Monarchs left.   Now with the genetically altered corn that is being sold by the big chemical companies which kills Monarchs with its pollen, I can foresee the sad day when Monarch butterflies are just a memory. In the meantime, plant some Asclepias for them!  All of the following milkweeds are native.
Asclepias amplexicaulis     Clasping milkweed / Curly milkweed
  sold out
Arkansas Native    Sun    Zones 4-9 (at least)
An interesting milkweed with flowers of pink, green & purple..  It travels underground to pop up new stems.  One of the earliest milkweeds to show up & flower.  I don't know how it does in good soil, but here at the nursery (where it grew long before there was a nursery), it is in poor sandy clay soil.  About 2' tall or less here.  The butterflies love the flowers & monarch butterflies lay their eggs on them
Asclepias exaltata      Polk milkweed
$small pots $6.00
Native  Shade to morning sun  Z: 3-9  Family: Asclepiadaceae
Polk milkweed is native to the Eastern half of the U. s. - Guess it just didn't make it across the Mississippi River.  Growing 2-6', polk milkweed is found in rich woods & edges of woods.  Another host plant for those hungry Monarch caterpillars.   Butterflies 
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!
Asclepias hirtella      Tall green milkweed
$12.00 Quart
Arkansas Native    Sun    Zones 3-9   Family: Asclepidaceae
Tall green milkweed really doesn’t describe the loveliness of this plant. The flowers are remarkably intricate. In my garden, Asclepias hirtella is less than 3 feet, has narrow leaves (1/3”) and flowerheads of 1 ½ inches across. Monarch host plant
Asclepias incarnata      Pink milkweed Photos
$8.00 Quart     Seed from Washington County Arkansas
Arkansas native  
Sun to part shade   Zones 3-9   Family: Asclepidaceae
Seed collected in Washington County, Arkansas from a very vigorous plant that was found growing wild in a fencerow.  Not swampy land at all.  The progeny of that milkweed bloomed for a long time last summer with delicate pink blossoms that were covered with butterflies
Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'    Butterfly  milkweed
Arkansas native
$10.00 Quart
Sun to part shade   Zones 3-9  Family: Asclepidaceae>
'Ice Ballet' is a white flowered form of the above milkweed.  Same vigorous habit & butterfly attractant.  Again, a larval food plant.

Asclepias perennis      Aquatuc milkweed 
Arkansas native    $12.00 Quart
Part shade   Zones 6(5)-9   Family: Asclepidaceae
This milkweed is fascinating. Not only do the pods hang down instead of standing up, there is no fluff in the pods. The reasons for this interesting adaptation are: since the seeds drop into water, they don’t need the fluff as a carrier to blow the seed far & near, At the same time, they don’t need to stand up straight, but rather drop their seed into the water to float away. Moist soils required. Monarch host plant. Attractuve to Butterflies and hummingbirds
Asclepias purpurescens        Purple milkweedPhotos
Arkansas native
sold out
Sun    Z: 3-8    Family: Asclepidaceae
Rose pink to purple flowers make this milkweed really stand out in the garden. Dry to medium soil is the key - overwatering will assure its demise.
Monarch larval food plant & butterfly nectar plant
Asclepias speciosa   Showy milkweed
Native to Oklahoma, TX, KS and westward
$12.00 Quart
Lovely pink flowers on plants about 20 to 36" tall.  This species also travels underground to form a colony.  Average to dryish soils.  Seed thanks to Marilyn Stewart who collected them in Kansas.  Larval food plant for Monarchs & Queens.
Asclepias sullivantii    Sullivant's milkweedPhotos
Arkansas native
$12.00 Quart
  Sun/part shade  Zone 3-7  Family: Asclepiadaceae
Maybe not for the formal garden, but worthy of growing for its fragrant pink flowers & for being Monarch larval food &  for being a nectar plant for many species of butterflies.  Sullivant's milkweed is usually 2-4' sometimes taller with the characteristic of common milkweed - running around underground - popping up here & there. Larval food plant for Monarch & Queen butterflies.
Asclepias syriaca    Common milkweed  Photos
Arkansas native
$10.00 Quart
Sun to part shade     Zones 4-9   Family: Asclepidaceae 
Common milkweed has very large leaves & the stalks can easily reach 5 feet once established.  One thing to remember about common milkweed is that is wanders around from where you plant it.  Next year, it probably won't come up exactly the same place it was this year - so be prepared.  Very fragrant pink flowers - the heads are globeshaped & up to 3" across.  All butterflies love the nectar from common milkweed & monarchs use it as a larval food plant. Larval food plant for Monarch & Queen butterflies.
Asclepias tuberosa   Orange milkweed Photos
Arkansas native
$12.00 Quart
Sun to Part shade    Zones 4-9  Family: Asclepidaceae
Well drained to fairly dry soil. Nectar is beloved by many butterflies. Full sun to light shade - half day is ok but best blooms in full sun. Interplanted with native grasses really sets off the bloom color.Larval food plant for Monarch & Queen butterflies.
Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies' Butterfly milkweed 
Arkansas native
$12.00   Quart
Sun to Part shade    Zones 4-9  Family: Asclepidaceae
Well drained to fairly dry soil. Nectar is beloved by many butterflies.  Gay Butterflies is a mix of colors found naturely in Butterfly weed.  Yellow, orange & almost red.  Each one  glows when interplanted with the deep green of grasses.  Butterflies
Asclepias variegata     White woods milkweed  also known as Red Ring Milkweed
$out for the present
Arkansas native  Shade/pt Sun  Zones 4-10  Family: Asclepidaceae 
These look like white milkweed but upon close inspection, you can see the red/purple ring around each flower that makes up the flowerhead.  These seem to be happiest in dry woods.  It is monarch larval food.   
Asclepias verticillata  Horsetail milkweed 
 $12.00 Quarts 
Arkansas native   Zones 6-9 Family: Asclepiadaceae
Also known as whorled milkweed.  Delicate white flowers abound on this low growing milkweed with very thin leaves.  Without the flowers present, many people think this is Amsonia hubrictii.  It was in full bloom on the Tall Grass Prairie when we visited it in June of '99, 
Asclepias viridis     Green milkweedPhotos
$12.00 Quarts
Arkansas native    Sun    Zones: 4-9  Family: Asclepidaceae
I am so pleased to offer green milkweed.  It is seldom found at any nurseries, mail order or otherwise.   I scrambled up the bank on the roadside of I-40 & exit 55 to collect the seed (fortunately high enough that the mowers hadn't gotten to them.)  These are a wonderful milkweed - the flowers are green it's true but they are simply beautiful. A very tough milkweed which is happy on dry roadside - it is mowed by the highway dept regularly but it keeps trying.  Unfortunatly, persistant mowing has killed it out near Russellville and Fort Smith on the interstate.  Please plant Green milkweed when received, don't try to hold for increased growth and don't pot them up into larger size - they are very subject to overwatering.  Larval food plant for Monarchs & Queens.
Asters belong to the family Asteraceae.  You will begin to be hearing them with different botanical names - PROBABLY NOT BY THIS NURSERY, But I did wish to inform you that the botanists have been at it again & some of the new names are almost unpronounceable.  (Such a Eurybia and Symphyotrichum)  Anyway, most asters are fall bloomers, although some bloom in spring & summer. They bring much nectar for butterflies, provide seeds for winter birds. Some thrive in dry poor soil while others like their feet wet. There is an aster for almost every circumstance - full sun or light shade.
Aster anomalus    Woodland aster
Arkansas native 
$8.00 Quarts
Part Shade     Zones 5-9      Family: Asteraceae
Dappled shade seems to be appreciated by this lovely aster.  I see it in wooded areas with some sunlight drifting through.  Blue flowers & medium green un-asterlike leaves.  Native through the Midwestern states from Arkansas to Oklahoma to Illinois.   Butterflies 
Aster cordifolius   Heart Leafed asterPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Shade  Zone 3-8  Family: Asteraceae
Clouds of blue flowers in early fall in shade!  A great naturalizer under trees, at the edge of woods.  Found in woods & dry meadows & reaches 2 - 3 feet with similar spread.   Butterflies 
Aster drummondii      Drummond's aster
Quart  $8.00 
Arkansas native     Sun to part shade  Zones 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Arrowhead shaped leaves identify this aster which is native to many eastern states as well as midwestern states.  Flower color can range from pink to blue to white.  Whatever color the flowers, they help fill a niche in the flower season for butterflies
Aster dumosus 'Wood's Purple'     Rice button Aster/Bushy AsterPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas Native  Sun/part shade Z: 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
White to lavender blooms abound on this bushy aster in late summer & fall.  Another nectar source for those hungry butterflies.
Aster ericoides    Heath aster Photos
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Arkansas native   Zones 3-10   Sun to part shade Family: Asteraceae
Another favorite aster!  Heath aster becomes a mass of deep green stems with tiny green leaves & suddenly in late summer becomes covered with small white (usually) flowers.  Beloved by butterflies & other flying creatures.  Drought tolerant when established, heath aster just gets better with each year.  About two feet tall & three feet wide.  One of my favorite asters!
Aster grandiflorus     Large flowered aster/Georgia aster   Photos
 $8.00 Quart    
Eastern native    Sun     Zones 6-9      Family: Asteraceae
I really like this aster! Large showy fairly deep purple flowers. Thin ray petals with yellowish disk flowers make this stand out. Full sun to dappled shade. Native from Virginia to Florida. Very drought tolerant.  Cut back in about July if you'd like a shorter plant. Butterflies!!!
Aster lanceolatus      Panicled aster
$8.00  Quart    
Arkansas Native  Sun to part shade  zones 3-9  Family: Asteraceae.
Panicled aster grows in moist to wet meadows although will tolerate seasonal dryness. Soil doesn’t seem to matter whether it is clay, sand or rocks – do not amend the soil. Panicled aster is one of the latest blooming. Butterflies!!!Birds!!!
Aster macrophyllus     Big leaf asterPhotos
$8.00  Quart     $12.00 3 quart -  
Arkansas Native  Morning sun/afternoon shade  zones 4-8  Family: Asteraceae.
A bit of shade is desirable for big leaf aster.  Large leaves & pale quarter sized blooms make this eastern native stand out.  Morning sun, dappled shade in a woodland garden is just right. Makes a great groundcover. 
Aster oblongifolius         Fragrant aster
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native   Sun  Z: 5-8  Family: Asteraceae
Since these are seed grown plants you will see some variation in height & flower color.  A wonderful native that is drought tolerant & attracts butterflies & other flying critters.
Aster oblongifolius 'Fanny's aster'         Fanny's aster
$10.00 Quart
Arkansas Native   Sun to part shade  Zones 5-9  Family: Asteraceae
Some people say that 'Fanny's aster' is a form of Aster oblongifolius ... and if that is correct, it is a wonderful aster.  Myself, I hesitate to agree because of some of the differences I see between Fanny's aster & the species.  But, it really makes no difference as Fanny's aster is still a wonderful aster, no matter the species.  It is vigorous - no doubt about it - reaches 3' or more & is rhizomatous - forming colonies with large purple flowers in September & October.  Another butterfly delight!
Aster oblongifolius'October Skies'    Fragrant asterPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun /pt shade  Zones 5-8    Family: Asteraceae
Native to most of the eastern half of the United State, aromatic aster seems to have a preference for limestone glades & open slopes.   Very erect growing.  October Skies was selected for it's short stature & very blue flowers. zones 5-9 at least. Maybe zone 4. Butterflies!!!
Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'  Fragrant asterPhotos
$8.00 Qurt
Arkansas native   Sun/part shade    Z: 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
Introduced by Holbrook Farms, this lovely aster is a 'Drought buster'! 'Raydon's Favorite' is covered in masses of blue-lavender flowers in late summer and fall which are in turn covered by masses of butterflies!
Aster oolentangiensis        Sky Blue AsterPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun/pt shade  Z: 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Sky blue aster is very adaptable to soil conditions, growing in dry or fairly moist soils & in sandy situations or clay or rocky soils  Butterflies!!!
Aster paladous ssp. hemispherica   Southern Prairie AsterPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade    Zones 5-9     Family: Asteraceae
If you are looking for a shorter aster, this is it!  12-24" tall but usually closer to 12 inches.  Large deep blue/violet ray flowers (about silver dollar size) with yellow disc flowers.  Found throughout the south from  Florida to Texas & northward to Kansas & east to Kentucky. In 2013 we built a new flower bed and Southern Prairie Aster is one of the plants added to it.  With no fertilizer or special soil, it reached about 30" which really surprised me.  We'll see what it does in 2014.   Bloom times is September thru October here in Arkansas.  Butterflies 
Aster patens    Purple daisy
Arkansas native
$8.00 Quart      
Light shade, half day   Zone 4 to 9   Family: Asteraceae
Dry rocky soil is where this pretty purple aster is found.  Sun or light shade will do quite well.  Range is from Minnesota to Maine & south to Texas.  Very drought tolerant.     Butterflies!!!
Aster ptarmicoides     White upland Aster
Arkansas native
$8.00 Quart
Sun to part shade    Zones 3-8   Syn: Solidago ptarmicoides 
With its white flowers showy aster makes a handsome plant for the rock garden. Butterflies!!!  Usually found in sandy soils or on limestone rocky barrens.
Aster puniceus           Red stalked aster/ Bog aster
$sold out
Arkansas native    Sun to part shade  Zones 6-10 at least Family: Asteraceae
Attractive blue to violet flowers bloom from September to October on vigorous plants with red stems.  Native to most of the SE United States, red stalked aster is found in bogs, wet meadows & marshes.  Some books say it can reach 4-6'.   Butterflies!!
Aster sagittifolus      Arrowleafed aster>
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Arkansas native  Shade to morning sun  Zone 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
There appears to be some botanical confusion (oh my!) over this aster.  While Arkansas authorities lump it with Aster cordifolius (now Symphyotrichum cordifolium), other authorities have it as a separate species.  I am inclined to think it is separate as I grow both species & they look different.  Whatever, it's a great plant for dry shade & feeds those nectar seeking butterflies.
Small bright faces smile at me,
Wildflowers everywhere I see.
In the breeze they nod and sway
Like little children out to play.
~~Carl G. Hunter (1923-2005)
Aster shortii            Short's asterPhotos
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Arkansas native   Sun/part shade Z: 4-9  Family: Asteraceae
Short's aster is one of special concern in Arkansas.  Found in prairies and savannahs, Short's aster grows 2-3 feet tall with heavy panicles of lavender - purple flowers.  American Indians & early settlers used the flowers for a medicinal tea. Butterflies 
Aster turbinellus             Violet Prairie asterPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native    Sun to part shade   Zones 5-8  Family: Asteraceae
Violet prairie aster is especially lovely with its panicles of lavender daisy flowers on well branched purple stemmed to about 4'  Usually found in rocky open wooded areas. Butterflies!!
Aster umbellatus    Flat topped asterPhotos
$8.00 Quart  $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native  Sun to pt shade  Z:  3-8  Family: Asteraceae
Nativeto moist meadows & mesic savannahs, Flat topped aster grows from 2 to 5 feet with starry white flowers.  Butterflies.
Aster urophyllus 
Also known as Aster sagittifolius f. hirtellus. White to lilac ray flower & found on rocky sites which are dry as well as on moist areas. Native range is from the midwestern states to the east coast. Butterflies!!!