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Habranthus robustus Russell
Sun to part shade Zones 7-11 Family: Amaryllidaceae
This lovely Argentine rainlily has flattened leaves & a beautiful 2"
tubular pink or mauve pink bloom which reaches about 9" tall.
Makes a nice carefree potted plant in colder zones.
See Zephyranthes texana
Sun Zone 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
Lovely shades of autumn are the flowers of this fine late blooming member
of the Aster family. It's a shame that unknowing people called this
sneezeweed as it certainly doesn't cause hay fever. 4-6'. Drought
Helenium autumnale - Red shades
Sun Zones 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
I became entranced with this selection last year - seed grown so you
aren't sure exactly what colors they will be but you should be pleased
with any combination. Some were deep red, others red & orange,
while others were yellow with some red.
in the Asteraceae family, must be one of the stars of the late summer
garden with it's magnificent yellow blooms. Helianthus come in sizes
from about 2' to 12' & provide nectar for
butterflies, joy for the gardener beholding them & seeds
for goldfinches & other seed eating winter birds.
Sun Zones 6-9 Family: Asteraceae
I've grown narrowleaf sunflower for many years. It spoke to me from
the pages of Southern Living Magazine - a fabulous picture of it in all
its glory, 5 to 6' tall, covered in bright yellow flowers
Helianthus angustifolius'Gold Lace'
Sun Zones 6-10 Family: Asteraceae
One of the very large perennial sunflowers. When I saw its picture a few
years ago, I knew I must find a place in the garden for it. At least 6
feet tall, maybe more. This is spectacular in the fall with over a hundred
blooms at one time. Loved by butterflies and
$8.00 quart few
Shade/part sun Z: 6-10 Family: Asteraceae
A vigorous sunflower for shaded areas. Helianthus divaricatus
prefers fairly dry soils and will spread in an allotted area.
Cheerful sunny yellow flower appear in late summer thru early fall.
Helianthus grosseserratus Sawtooth
Sun Zones 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
Named for the teeth on the leaves of this perennial sunflower. It is
native to much of the eastern half of the U.S. May reach 10 -12
feet. This was Carl Hunter's favorite sunflower.
Loved by butterflies
The individual attention that was provided was
very much appreciated. A. PA.
Helianthus maximilliani Maximillian's
Sun Zones 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
Another large sunflower topping out at about 10 feet. Tough &
rugged, Maximillian's sunflower will grow out of a crack in the
rock! Lovely light yellow blooms in late summer into early fall providing nectar for butterflies & other critters.
Seed eating birds such as goldfinch & chickadees
relish the seeds in winter.
If 10 feet is too tall for you,
cut it back by 1/2 in July or early August. Also, don't fertilize!
Helianthus mollis Ashy
$8.00 Quart $12.00 #1
Sun /part shade Zones 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
The large flower heads are often well over 2" in diameter. It is found
throughout Arkansas in dry soils & openings in the woods. Grows to
about 3' and is native to most of the eastern U.S. Seeds from the Shaw
Arboretum. Loved by butterflies
Sun/pt shade Z: 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
feet should be the average height of this sunflower. Typical
yellow flowers about 2 1/2 inches across. Found on prairies in
Sun to part shade Zones (5)6-10 Family: Asteraceae
WOW! Another sunflower to love! You'll wonder when you first
see the foliage of this great sunflower as it doesn't look like the
rest. Rounded glossy leaves of the richest green. Typical
lovely yellow flowers that butterflies love
eating birds adore.
Once established, this sunflower is
vigorous!!! And extremely drought tolerant. I have planted it
in red clay & rock in 6 hours of sun & it thrives.
4-6'. Considered endangered in Kentucky, apparently because of
Sun to part shade Zones 6-9 Family: Asteraceae
Spectacular! That’s what I have to say about this sunflower. Our latest
blooming sunflower, very sturdy, 8 to 10’. Thanks to Theo Witsell for
sharing with me.
Helianthus strumosus Pale
Shade/part sun Z: 4-8 Family: Asteraceae
Another woodland sunflower - spreads by underground stolons to make a nice
patch of bright sunny yellow flowers. Somewhat aggressive as most of
the woodland sunflowers are. Birds & Butterflies
Hesperaloe parviflora Red
$8.00 Quart $12.00 3 quart
Sun Z: 7(6) - 10 Family: Agavaceae
An outstanding native from Texas that is very tolerant of sun and
drought. Lovely red flowers on spikes to about 30" with blue green
foliage that reminds you of yuccas - except smooth. Hummingbird
delight! My thanks goes to Tom Oliver for sending these
Heucheras also known as Coral bells or alumroot are in the
family Saxifrageaceae. These make wonderful woodland garden plants in well
drained soils. Particularly the species can adapt to extremely dry soils.
They all should be hardy from zone 4 to 9.
Morning sun to full shade Zones 4-9 Family: Saxifrageaceae
A midwestern native alumroot for dry to medium soil. Hummingbirds
come to drink the nectar of these small flowers, the stamens of
which protrude from the flowers & are tipped with orange.
Heuchera parviflora v. puberula
Shade Zones 5-9 Family: Saxifrageaceae
Lovely light & dark leaves with small clusters of flower spikes in
fall. Excellent ground cover for well drained moist soils – grows well
with most ferns and other woodland forbs. Fall blooming. Thanks to the
Shaw Nature Reserve for providing this seed.
Heuchera villosa v. arkansana
Arkansas Alum root
Shade Zones: 4-9 Family: Saxifragaceae
Arkansas alumroot is found in calcareous outcrops and sandy rocky areas in
the Ozarks. Usually in hardwood forested areas. I grew these
from seed provided by the Shaw Nature Reserve - thank you.
Heuchera villosa "Autumn Bride"
Shade Zones 4-9. Family: Saxifrageaceae
In the SOUTH, Heucheras like shade, especially afternoon shade or high
dappled shade. This selection has white flowers. I find that although they
do well in dry soil, a little extra water when it really gets dry helps
the appearance very much. Hummingbirds
Heuchera villosa 'Blackout' ppaf
Shade/morning sun Zone 4-9 Family: Saxifragaceae
Another excellent Heuchera villosa hybrid that stands up to the heat &
humidity of the South. Very dark scalloped leaves combine
excellently with 'Caramel & 'Autumn Bride' Hummingbirds
Heuchera villosa 'STainless Steel' Coral
Morning sun/shade Z: 4-9 Family: Saxifragaceae
Silvery colored foliage brightens up the shady areas.
White flowers late in the fall. Hummingbirds
$8.00 Quart $12.00 3 Quart
Sun Zones 6-10 Family: Malvaceae
When I received these seeds, they were labeled Abelmoschus coccineus with
Hibiscus coccineus in ( ). I don't know which is correct but I certainly
hope the botanists haven't been playing around with the names again. This
outstanding hibiscus has clear red flowers & each petal is usually
separate from the next. Many books say it is only hardy in zone 8 or 9,
but it is definitely hardy in zone 7 & I have a friend in Kentucky who
says it has overwintered there. (with a good mulch I presume).
These get so large so quick that they will probably have to
be cut back when shipped.
Native to Texas, La & other Gulf Coast States
Sun to partial shade Zones: 6-9 Family: Malvaceae
The light green leaves are velvety soft & thick, the luscious flowers
are light pink with deep maroon center - each of the five petals is aout 5
inches long. Usual height is 6-8'. If ordered late in the
season, these will have to be cut back for shipping. Thanks to my
good friend Russell Studebaker for the seed.
Hibiscus moschutos v. lasiocarpus Crimson eye mallow
$12.00 3 Quart
Full sun to part shade Zones 6-10 Family: Malvaceae
Native from Indiana to Texas & parts in between, Crimson Eye mallow is
found in ditches & wet areas. Its softly pubescent leaves are a
nice light green & the flower color ranges from light pink to white
with a crimson eye. 4-6'.
There's life in dead trees! Wildlife & fish need
dead, hollow or fallen trees for food & family homes. (from Forest
Hibiscus militaris Halberd-leaved
Sun/part shade Zones 4-11 Family: Malvaceae
Pristine white (sometimes pink) flowers open almost daily for a long show
of bloom. Native to most of the Midwest & Eastern U.S. wetands,
the hibiscus is still happy in ordinary garden soil with extra moisture in
times of drought. 4 to 5'.
See trees, shrubs & vines for other species of St. John's Wort
Hymenocallis occidentalis Spider
Sun/pt shade Zone 5-10 Family:
Very striking white flowers adorn this member of the Amaryllis
family. With cupped flowers & spidery petals, you are reminded
of daffodils. Spider lily will form a very large bulb in time.
A plant for your bog garden or water garden. Syn: H. caroliniana.
Dotted St. John's wort
Sun/part shade Z: 4-9 Family: Clusiaceae
Native throughout the eastern U.S. Dotted St. John's Wort roots were used
medicinally by Native American tribes. Light yellow 5 petaled
flowers with dots on the foliage & flowers - thus the name, dotted St.
Impatiens capensis Jewelweed
out of stock
Cannot ship must pickup at the nursery
Shade (moist) Zones 2-11 Family: Balsaminaceae
Jewelweed is an annual that produces orange spotted flowers. Someone
told me once you get it started you will have it
forever. Used medicinally as a wash for poison
ivy. Hummingbird magnet.
belong to the family Iridaceae & while many of you grew up seeing the
old purple iris, or white iris or blue iris in peoples gardens, there is a
multitudes of iris out there far beyond what most have seen. We are
blessed in this country to have many species, from the delicate Iris
cristata of woodlands to the some very large species of Louisianas. Some
like it high & dry while others are at home in swamps. There's
probably one or more than would be perfect for your garden.
Iris brevicaulis Zig-Zag
Sun to light shade Zones 4-9 Family: Iridaceae
Blue flowers on this Louisiana iris. While it will grow at the edges of
your pond, it also will grow in drier sites. At 12-24” it doesn’t get as
tall as some iris so you might want to place it at the front of the bed or
the edges of the pond. Multiplies well. Blooms late spring.
Iris cristata Crested
Shade/morning sun Zones 3-8 Family: Iridaceae
Blue flowers on this woodland jewel. Dry shade suits it
admirably. Give it some woodsy soil & Iris cristata will usually
spread happily. Do NOT plant any deeper than it is growing in the
pot. If the rhizomes are on the surface (which they usually are),
don't cover them. Often only reaching 5" tall, they may reach 10" or
Iris cristata alba White
Shade/morning sun Z: 3-8 Family: Iridaceae
This variation of the woodland iris has pristine white flowers. Same
Iris cristata 'Eco Bluebird' Crested
Shade/morning sun Z: 3-8 Family: Iridaceae
Deep blue flowers with orange markings on crest. A lovely
selection of our native species by a Georgia plantsman.
Iris fulva Copper
$12.00 Quart $16.00 3 Quart
Sun to part shade Zones 5-11 Family: Iridaceae
Copper iris is one of the Louisiana iris which makes its home in swamps
& bayous. The native range is from Louisiana up thru Arkansas into
Missouri & Illinois & eastward from LA.
Iris fulva 'Lois' Yellow form of
sun Zones 6-11 at least
Larry Lowman introduced this lovely iris to the plant world and named it
for his friend Lois Wilson. A lovely clear yellow, this iris reaches
Iris virginica Swamp
$12.00 3 quart
Sun/pt shade Zones 5-9 Family: Iridaceae
These may be blue, or shades of pink, mauve or purple. Exceedingly sturdy
plants that will grow in good garden soil as well as in your pond or along
the pond edge. In times of drought, it will need supplemental watering.
Native to a wide area of the SE United States.
Iris virginica 'Carl Amason'
$15.00 #1 gallon
Sun/part shade Zone 5-9 Family: Iridaceae
Orchid colored flowers on this Iris virginica that has been named for one
of the most remarkable men I have ever met. Selected & name by Larry
Lowman, this lovely vigorous iris is equally at home in a garden setting
or growing in your pond. Deep beet red markings color the base of
the foliage in early spring.
Liatris is in the Asteraceae family which contains many of our
beloved plants such as coneflowers, sunflowers, asters & such. Liatris
is generally a very hardy plant with few demands. In fact, if you give it
too good soil, often you won't be please with the result as they will flop
or not be nicely upright. Most want dry, well drained soils although check
the species for other needs.
Rough blazing star
Sun to pt shade Zones 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
Pink rounded flower-heads. Reaches about 2 1/2 to 3'. Sandy, fairly
dry soil. . butterflies
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar, Is as
valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. Bradley Millar
Elegant blazing star
Sun to Sun to lt shade Zones 6b-9 Family: Asteraceae
Elegant blazing star or Pinkscale blazing star is usually the latest
blooming of the genus. It appears to like very dry poor soils with gravely
composition. White flowers nestled in the pinky-purple scales create a
nice bicolored flower spike. Butterflies, bees, hummers &
Liatris ligulistylis Prairie
Sun to part shade Zones 4-8 Family: Asteraceae
Blazing stars are butterfly magnets! Prairie blazing star is native
to the midwestern states & most of the east also. Large purple
heads of individual flowers draw all kinds of butterflies
& beneficial insects. Established plants may produce up
to 70 blooms on stalks 3-4' tall.
Liatris mucronata Blazing
Sun to light shade Zones 5-8 Family: Asteraceae
You just can't go wrong with a blazing star, no matter which species it
happens to be. Different blooming times, different flower habits,
they are butterfly magnets
( and hummers
like them too). Purple flowers.
Liatris pycnostachys Prairie
Sun to light shade Zones 4-10 Family: Asteraceae
Lovely native blazing star. As with all rules, this Liatris is the
exception as it is found natively in damp prairies. So plant where it
doesn't get too dry, but remember don't overfertilize. butterflies
Eastern Blazing Star
Sun to light shade Zones 5-8 at least Family: Asteraceae>
Gosh, another blazing star ... or gay feather or whatever you wish to call
it. Spikes of purple flowers swirled around just call
out to butterflies
Sun to pt shade Zones 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
Blazing star, gayfeather are both names for this attractive native. Lilac
colored blooms really draw the butterflies.
Liatris spicata is also found in meadows, near marshes & on damp
Liatris spicata alba
Sun to part shade Z: 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
A variation of the usual purple colored gayfeather, Liatris spicata alba
is nonetheless attraction to butterflies, hummers & other flying critters. 2-3
feet tall, it blooms in early to midsummer bearing the gift of nectar with
its flowers & seeds later for small seed eating
Sun to light shade Zones 5-8 Family: Asteraceae
Another midwestern blazing star. Good drainage & fairly dry soil.
Light purple flowers. butterflies
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal
Part Shade/ part sun Zones 3-10 Family: Campanulaceae
The native range of Cardinal flower is from Canada to Florida & west
to Texas. Found along muddy or gravelly borders of streams, wet prairies
& in swampy meadows. Bright red
flowers beloved by hummers.
Blue cardinal flower
$8.00 Quart few
Part Shade Zones 5-9 Family: Campanulaceae
Lovely blue flowers adorn this lesser known cardinal flower which also
likes to live in moist areas & generally appreciate some afternoon
Lycopus americanus Water
Sun to partial shade Zones 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
Water horehound is found in wetlands, wet ditches, pond edges. Very
attractive to pollinators & hummingbirds. 3-4 feet with small
white flowers in the leaf axils. Attracts
Malvaviscus arboreus v. drummondii
Turk's turban/ wax mallow
part shade Zones 7-11 Family: Malvaceae
Another marvelous native that my friend Amos (whoops, I mean Russell
Studebaker) has been trying to get me to offer in our catalog for
YEARS!! If you haven't seen Turk's turban, the
flower is a small red mallow type that looks as if it has been pinched
together & then twisted to form a turban. Then it has a bright
red stamen that protrudes from this twist. I've put one in a large
patio container & put it on the deck under some pines & hardwood
trees & have had the pleasure of seeing it bloom until frost.
3-4'. Attracts hummingbirds
Malviscus arboreus v. drummondii PINK
Afternoon shade Zones 6-10
All of the same characteristics as above except the flowers are a soft
apricot pink color.
Malviscus arboreus v. drummondii WHITE
Afternoon shade Zones 6-10
All of the same characteristics as above except the flowers are white.
Manfreda virginica Arkansas
$8.00 quart $12.00 3 Quart
Sun to part shade Zones 5-10 Family: Amaryllidaceae.
Syn: Agave virginica Despite the taxonomist who decided
to change the name of this plant, I still think of it as Agave
virginica. An unusual native for the dry garden, it has fleshy
leaves & a tall spike of greenish yellow flowers that arise out of the
center. It works in well with some of the other xeriscape plants
such as Rosa carolina, Bush's poppy mallow, Mountain mint, baptisias &
others. Fragrant in evening.
Sun to light
shade Zones 5-9 Family: Asteraceae
This lovely little member of the Aster family occurs on upland & rocky
areas of the Ozarks. Large (1/2 dollar size) light pink flowers appear
over rosettes of evergreen foliage. Extremely drought tolerant when
established, sometimes the foliage does dissappearin the summer to
reappear in fall. Butterflies
Marshallia grandiflora Barbara's
Sun to part shade Zones 5-8 Family: Asteraceae.
Unusual flowering native for damp areas. Found from Pennsylvania to
Kentucky & east to the Carolinas. Pink & white flowerheads
dance above the deep green rosettes of foliage.
Matelea baldwyniana Baldwyn's
Arkansas native Shade to part sun Zones: 6-9
A twining vine, this milkvine has attractive white flowers, grows well on
a trellis and dies to the ground in the winter, returning each spring
stronger than before. Host plant for monarch butterflies.
Great condition of plants. Great selection of
unique plants. MarkLinholm - City of Tulsa Parks
Menispermum canadense Moonseed
Arkansas native Shade to dappled light
Z:3-9 Family: Menispermaceae
Wild Turkey, Cedar Waxwing, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush,
Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, and Eastern
Towhee are among the woodland birds that feed on the fruit of
this vine. Large cordate leaves on a woody vine will reaches 10 to 20
feet. Small greenish flowers in spring followed by blue-black fruits in
the late summer & fall. Each fruit has a whitish bloom on the skin.
Toxic to mammals.
Mertensia virginica Virginia
$should be available mid spring 2018
Arkansas native Shade or morning sun
Z:3-8 Family: Boraginaceae
Gorgeous flowers - the buds are pink & as the flowers open, they
retain a pinkish cast & they turn to blue. Best planted in good
moist soil but can dry out somewhat after the plants have gone dormant for
the year. Interplant with ferns or other woodland species. In
early spring, as the leaves begin to emerge, don't weed them out as you
might be tempted to do - somehow the leaves don't look as expected - light
green thin oval ones. Virginia bluebells will slowly spread by root
& by seed if happy. May be dormant when you receive these.
Mimulus alatus Sharpwing
Shade/Morning Sun Zones 3-9 Family: Scrophulariaceae
Monkeyflower blooms over several month in late summer – producing small
lavender flowers that attract bumblebees and other
. Consistently moist soil is required. Plants grow
from 6” to 24”.
Mirabilis multiflora Western
$10.00 quart few
Sun/part shade Zones 3-10 Family: Nyctaginaceae
I'm happy to offer this desert species that is truly perennial. I've
had it in the garden for at least ten years. It must be planted in
well-drained soil. Also, it emerges from dormancy late - june
usually, so don't panic. The bright fuschia colored blooms are an
eye stopper! Native from CA to Texas.
"We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old
because we stop playing.” unknown
Mitchella repens Partridgeberry
Morning sun to full shade Zones 5-9 Family: Rubiaceae
Gosh, we have so many neat offerings this fall .... Partridgeberry is a
creeping evergreen vine with tiny leaves & tiny white twin flowers
that become nice bright red berries. Does excellent in poor sandy
soil under pine trees where little else grows.
Monarda bradburiana Bee
balm / Oswego tea
Zones 5-9 at least Family: Lamiaceae
There is much confusion about this species as some authorities list this
and M. russelliana as the same plant - they are not. Further, in doing
research on this species, I found where one resource said that Monarda
fistulosa is a synonym for this plant - Wrong again!! Missouri
Botanical garden plant info website seems to give the best description of
this plant. Native to Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas &
surrounding states, this species is a common perennial in open dryish
woods & glades. Very attractive to
butterflies & bees& other beneficials insects.
-2' with pale pink or white flowers with purple spots. Can be used
to make tea.
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Bee
Native Sun/part shade Z: 3-8
Bright scarlet flowers bring in the hummingbirds &
A vigorous selection with mildew resistant foliage. Jacob Cline
grows from 2 - 4'.
Monarda fistulosa Bee
Sun to part shade Zone 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
Often also call Oswego tea, this aromatic native attracts bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds & myriads of other nectar
drinking critters. Can be used as an herbal tea also. Best
grown in average to poor soil with no fertilizers added. And
Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'
Sun/part shade Zones 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
Discovered in Mississippi, this monarda was selected for its outstanding
mildew resistance. Lovely light lavendar flowers attract hummingbirds,
butterflies & other flying critters.
Monarda fistulosa v, stipitatoglandulosa
Ouachita Bee balm
Sun to part shade Zone 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
White form of the more familiar Monarda fistulosa and is endemic to the
Ouachita Mountains. Seems to grow in drier sites and is somewhat shorter
in stature. Perfect for drawing in butterflies
& bees. Seed thanks to Brent Baker.
Monarda punctata Dotted
Zone 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
Pale yellow flowers are spotted with purple on about 3' tall plants.
The bracts under the flowers range from pink to purple. Tolerant of
dry soil & fairly resistant to mildew. Another
Monarda russelliana Bee
sun to part shade Zones 5-9 Family: Lamiaceae
There appears to be much confusion about M. bradburiana & M.
ruselliana, with some books stating that they are the same plant, while
our sources indicate that these are separate species. So, while not
being a botanist, I will trust the sources I have. Thanks to Marilyn
Stewart for this lovely native. It's thrived in half day sun
& no watering other than rainfall. Very pale flowers dotted with
purple spots on the outer edges. Shorter than most of the Monardas
& does exceeding well in partial shade or dappled shade. A
lovely member of the mint family, loved by butterflies
Nelumbo lutea American
$sold out CAN NOT SHIP TO CONNETICUT
Sun/pt shade Zones 4-10 Family: Nymphaeaceae
Large yellow flowers make this one of our loveliest native wetland
plants. Generally speaking, you would want to plant the roots in a
large pot - use clay or heavy soil - not potting soil. Lotus
can make a spectacular show in your garden by putting it in a deep bucket
(like 5 gallon) & sinking the bucket into the ground. Fertilize
well & you can have huge lotus leaves even without a pond!
Nolina microcarpa Bear
$18.00 3 quart $10.00 Quart
Sun Z: 5-10 Family: Liliaceae
Extremely drought tolerant. In fact, after getting established, you
should not have to water bear grass. Lovely long narrow leaves make
a clump of about 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide with flower stalks to 5 or
6'. Native Americans used the leaves of bear grass to weave baskets
& ate the flowers & caudex (the swollen portion of the stem which
is usually just below soil level).
Texas bear grass
$18.00 3 Quart
Sun/part sahde Z: 6-10 Family: Liliaceae
3 foot tall evergreen with long sweeping leaves that cascade around the
center. Drought tolerant & suitable for poor soils &
xeriscaping. As with many drought tolerant plants, be sure to give
good drainage. White flowers. - Birds
Onclea sensibilis Sensitive
Arkansas native Shade Zones: 3-9
Sensitve fern grows 2 to 3' and is a good addition to the shade gardens
although it doen't tolerate very dry soils. While it does well in
marshy wetlands, it will grow fine in the garden as long as there is
Opuntia nemoralis Prickly
Sun/part shade Zone 5-10 Family: Cactaceae
Theo Witsell shared this plant with me several years ago & slowly I've
built up enough to offer for sale. This cactus is lower growing that
the usual but still has the lovely yellow flowers. Good drainage is
Upright prickly pear cactus
Native?? Sun to part shade Zones 7-10 at least
I wish I could tell you more about this cactus. I see it growing
here & there, almost always in a cultivated situation. In fact,
the seed for these came from the Tastee Freeze parking lot at
Clarksville! The cactus grows about 3', maybe 4' tall & has
large (2") purple fruits. It is quite winter hardy here in our zone
.... and may be able to take much colder winters as long as it gets good
drainage. Hopefully someone will let me know its hardiness &
maybe its proper name so I can put this in future catalogs.
Morning sun/full shade Zone 3-10 Family: Osmundaceae
On a field trip one spring with the Arkansas Native Plant Society, I saw
Cinnamon fern in all its glory, probably 4 feet tall with the incredible
cinnamon colored fertile frond in the center. Cinnamon fern is
native to the eastern half of the United States, growing 2-5' depending on
conditions. The fiddleheads produced by this species are quite
tasty. Give good soil & adequate moisture.
Osmunda regalis v. speciosa
Shade Z: 4-8 Family: Osmundaceae
Royal Fern is truly one of the most distinctive and spectacular
bold-textured deciduous native ferns with its light green, leathery leaves
and graceful architectural stature. With adequate moisture, royal
fern can reach 6' tall and create a lush, tropical feel along a stream.
Parthenium integrifolium Wild
Sun to light shade Zones: 3-10 Family:
Wild quinine is a nice prairie or meadow plant with it's flat-topped
heads of white flowers that attract bees & butterflies. Fairly
wide leaves 3" or so by about 6" long. Wild quinine reaches
3-5' and is basically carefree.
sun/part shade zones 6-10 Family: Passifloracea
Passion flower vine is a vigorous native herbaceous vine, hardy to zone 6
which has beautiful 2 - 3" blue-purple flowers that are very difficult to
describe. After the flowers, comes the fruit, called maypop, is edible
with a sweet lemon-apricot ??? taste. I've eaten them & like them, but
it's impossible to say what they taste like other than themselves. Also
the Gulf frittilary larva (not a true frittilary) feed
on this vine
. An interesting thing that I've read about the vine
is that when so much has been eaten by these caterpillars, that the vine
begins to protect itself by changing it's leaf shape. These have the
lovely purple flower but Mary Wells gave me some seed from white flowered
plants, so if you are looking for white flowers, you might check back
later in the summer of 2014 to see if they really turn out to be white.
Sun/part shade Zones 3-10
Wetland species with lovely large arrowhead shaped leaves that are a deep
glossy green. A light green spathe similiar in appearance to a Calla
lily arises out of the center of the plant
or beardtongue belong to the family Scrophularaceae. Most, if not all
penstemons are native to this country. Many are western species &
while I've tried growing lots of them, most from the west resent our humid
summers & wet winters. In the eastern part of the country, however, we
do have some species that thrive. Below you will find a number of
listings. Full sun to light shade.
Sun to part shade Zones
5-9 Family: Scrophulariaceae
Arkansas penstemon is commonly found in rocky open glades, woods &
bluff ledges. This should tell you that it is a tough
wildflower. Once established, it should do well with no additional
care. Purple stems with white to white petals with a dusting of
violet on the flowers. Butterflies
$12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native Sun/part shade
Zones 3-8 Family: Scrophulaceae
One of Arkansas's more noticeable wildflowers, this lovely beard tongue
gets 3-4' in the garden with many lovely white flowers. The basal rosette
stays evergreen & many have maroons & deep reds in the foliage.
This native is found throughout most of the eastern U.S. Hummingbirds
Penstemon murrayanus Big
full sun Zones 6-9 at least Family: Scrophulariaceae
This penstemon is so different from the rest of the bunch! Tolerant
of heat & high humidity, it stands tall & looking cool with its
glaucous blue green stalks. The leaves cup the stems, trying to look
like eucalyptus!! Then, arising from the point where each leaf cups
this stem, is a bright red tubular flower that drives
. well drained soil Don't
overwater! Drought tolerant
Penstemon pallidus Pale
Sun to part shade Zones 4-9 Family: Scrophulariaceae
Pale beardtongue is one of the shorter of the species, usually being 15 to
20” and blooms somewhat earlier. White flowers are borne in abundance
attracting bumblebees, mason bees & honeybees
with a few butterflies.
Penstemon tenuis Gulf
Full sun/part shade Zones 6-10 Family:
I can't imagine not having this lovely penstemon around. While it
does have the tendency to seed around, it's delightful shimmery
purple flowers are lovely to behold. Besides, sometimes it's nice to
have lots of babies . Native to Texas, Arkansas & Louisiana. One
of our customers told me that this is a really tough penstemon, coming up
in the cracks of the blacktop.
Penstemon tenuis 'Betty's Choice' Gulf
Arkansas native Sun/part shade
Zones 6-11.Family: Scrophularaceae
This lovely penstemon I named for a dear friend who gave this to me from
her garden. Since the color was much different that the other Penstemon
tenuis I grow, I choose to give it a variety name. Thus, Betty's Choice,
which grows to about 32", is much branched, a very sturdy penstemon with
many flowers of a shimmering silvery lavender. Native to Arkansas, Texas
& Gulf coast states.
Penstemon tubaeflorus Beardtongue
Sun to part shade Zones 6(5)-9 Family: Scrophularaceae
A lovely prairie species with pristine white flowers that are held closely
to the stem. The face of the flower is flat (as you look at it),
instead of having the protruding lower lip of Penstemon digitalis. Very
drought tolerant once established. Whle there are misnamed plants out
there called Penstemon tubaeflorus (actually a
hybrid of P. digitalis), our offering is from seed of a local
population. It has a definite tolerance for shade as well. Butterflies