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Petalostemum candidum     White prairie clover
See Dalea candida (the new/old name)
Petalostemum purpureum    Purple prairie clover
  Please see Dalea purpurea, which is the old/new name of this plant.
‘It’s wonderful how the academic botanists keep track of what plants are most popular with gardeners and nurserymen. They seem to sense just when a name change will create maximum confusion among us just as they seem to know which multi-syllable names will be the most difficult to remember and pronounce!” Dick Lighty
Phlox bifida    Sand Phlox
Arkansas Native
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Sun/Pt shade     Zones 5-8    Family: Polemoniaceae
I first grew Sand phlox last year in the new bed by the big greenhouse. It impressed me so much that I wanted to offer it this year. A low groundcover, creeping gently along the edge with pale pink flowers that seem to have a blue undertone. Drought tolerant and certainly tolerant of sunshine.
Phlox paniculata 'Jeana'    Tall phlox Jeana
Arkansas Native
$8.00 quart
Sun     Zones 3-8    Family: Polemoniaceae
Jeana is quite mildew resistant & sweetly fragrant.  The pink flowers are borne in abundance during the summer months.  Lots of bees, butterflies & Hummers.
Physostegia angustifolia    Obedient plantPhotos
Arkansas native
$8.00 quart
Sun to part shade Zones 5-8 Family: Lamiaceae
Very similar to Physostegia virginica but with very narrow leaves & perhaps tolerates a slightly drier soil. It also does not spread like Physostegia virginica. Snapdragon-like pink flowers with darker purple spots on the ends of the flowers attract butterflies & hummingbirds. Found from Illinois to Arkansas & somewhat westward.
Physostegia intermedia    Obedient plant
Arkansas native
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Sun/part shade Zones 6-10 Family: Lamiaceae Native to Texas, Arkansas & Missouri & probably other states as well. . Pinky-purple blooms in sun or shade. Not real particular about soil. Best in more moist soils but can tolerate dryer soils after becoming established. When happy, it will spread by rhizomes. butterflies
Physostegia virginiana   Obedient plantPhotos
$8.00 quart
 Arkansas native 
Sun/part shade Zones 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
draw butterflies  Native to a wide area of the U.S., it should be hardy from zone 4 to 9. It will spread by creeping rhizomes & you may want to contain it in rich moist soils. Pink tubular flowers & hummingbirds
Physostegia virginiana alba
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Arkansas native 
Sun/part shade Zone 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae
Here is a white form of obedient plant - it is actually the one I see the most. Moist prairies. butterflies & hummingbirds
Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' ppaf
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Native selections Sun/part shade Z: 4-9 Family: Lamiaceae A well-behaved obedient plant! Miss Manners is a clumping form so you can enjoy the lovely whiteflowers without the plant running all over your garden. butterflies & hummingbirds
Physostegia virginiana 'Pink Manners' pp12637
$12.00 3 quart
Native Sun to part shade Z: 3-9 Family: Lamiaceae
If you have grown 'Miss Manners' then you'll know what this plant is all about - except with pink flowers. Otherwise it is a well-behaved obedient plant with flowers of a soft pink. butterflies & hummingbirds
Pityopsis gramnifolia   Silk leafed aster
$8.00 quart
Arkansas Native
Sun to part shade Z: 5-9 Family: Asteraceae
Also known as silkgrass, this little known member of the aster family makes a lovely addition to the sunny border. Excellent for dry areas, the soft colored green foliage has a silvery overlay. In summer, it explodes with dozens of dime sized yellow flowers. Evergreen foliage butterflies
Podophyllum peltatum  MayapplePhotos
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Arkansas native 
shade z: 3-10 family: berberidaceae
Many people have seen mayapples in the spring - it looks like a carpet of small green umbrellas. Mayapples need 2 leaves before they produce a flower, which is usually white but sometimes you'll find a pink one. Mayapples spread by underground stolons & will spread to the area allotted but I would say they are not invasive since they won't go out into dry or sunny areas & since they go dormant rather quickly. the entire plants goes dormant after a few months, ready to pop up again next year. The fruit has been used to make jams & jellies but the leaves & stems are poisonous.
Polemonium reptens  Jacob's ladderPhotos
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Arkansas native 
Shade/pt sun Z: 3-8 Family: Polemoniaceae
While many authorities say Jacob's ladder is found in rich moist areas, I find that it is really quite happy in well drained woodsy settings with whatever rainfall comes. In the early years of the nursery, I had dreams of establishing a woodland garden and planted Jacob's ladder along with other woodland species. Sad to say the nursery has become so consuming that the woodland garden has grown on its own without aid from me. Jacob's ladder has been there for at least 10 years & I delight in finding it again every spring. 10'15", lovely blue bell shaped flowers.
Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' ppaf     Jacob's ladder
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Native Shade/dappled shade Z: 3-8 Family: Polemoniaceae Variegated jacob's ladder! This lovely plant was found - not hybridized nor had its' genes tampered with. Bill Cullina found this lovely in the woods in the NE United States. Actually, Polemonium repetans is an Arkasnas native & this selection seems to be very happy here too. Lovely blue flowers above green & white foliage.
Birds need shelter which thick shrubs help provide, as well as nesting sites & food & water sources. Migrating birds need more than bird feeders. Plant evergreen shrubs & fruit bearing shrubs & trees.
Polygonatum biflorum     Solomon's Seal
$15.00 #1
Arkansas native
Shade Z: 3-10 Family: Lilaceae
Solomon's seal is widespread in all eastern and most Midwestern states. A striking perennial for shade with its arching stems and white bell shaped flowers in late spring followed by blue fruits in fall. Just so you won't think these are real demanding, there is a big patch down on the roadside just before your cross the bridge to come here.
Polygonatum odoratum variegatum     Variegated Soloman's seal 
$10.00 Quart
Not Native
Morning sun to full shade Zones 5-9 Family: Lilaceae
Arching stems with variegated leaves brighten a dark spot in your garden. Sweet small white bell-shaped flowers dangle from the stems in springtime. While these are VERY drought tolerant, they will stay bright & fresh with regular waterings. If they get too dry, they will go dormant. But rest assured, they will pop up next spring again. These will travel & make a small colony in time.
Polymnia canadensis   Leaf cupPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Shade Zones: 3-8 Family: Asteraceae
Leaf cup is striking in the shade with nickel-sized white flowers that bloom sporadically all summer and fall. Attractive dissected leaves on plants to about 3' or so. 
Polystichum acrostichoides     Christmas fern Photos
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Arkansas native
Shade Zones: 3-9 Family: Polystichum
An evergreen fern with a very neat habit. It is found in acid to neutral soils on well drained sites and hillsides.
Pontedaria cordata    Pickerel weed Photos
$15.00 3 Quart $20.00 #2 Extra shipping #2
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Zones 4-11 Family: Pontederiaceae 
Very nice native for wet ditches or ponds. Deeply green almost arrowhead shaped leaves which easily reach 10" x 6" on stalks to 4'. Spikes of lilac to purple flowers really attract butterflies as well as the occasional hummer. Native from Nova Scotia to Florida & Texas as well as Arkansas.
Porteranthus stipulata See: Gillenia stipulatus Porteranthus trifoliatus See: Gillenia trifoliatus
Pycnanthemum , or mountain mint belong to the family Lamiaceae. While they are called mountain mint, they do not have the invasive qualities of the mints such as spearment etc. However, if you give them too rich a soil, they may become invasive. Usually found in dry areas, rocky sparse woods, these natives have a refreshing scent & may be used for teas. At the nursery, in an experimental DRY, POOR area, Pycnanthemum albescens is thriving. 
Pycnanthemum albescens    Mountain Mint Photos
summer 2017
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade Zones 6-9 Family: Lamiaceae
For gardeners that are always looking for plants with scent, the foliage of this mountain mint is very aromatic - nice to my nose. Native from Florida to Texas & north to Arkansas, Oklahoma & Missouri. Usually found in dry woods. Small white flowers but the bracts look as if they've been brushed with white which makes it more showy.  Butterflies
Pycnanthemum albescens "menthol"     Mountain mint with a menthol smell
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Arkansas native
Sun to part shade Average to dry soil Zones ? probably 6-9 or more Family: Lamiaceae
Once more, Larry Price has provided the seeds that produced this plant. Larry had mentioned to me the peculiar fragrance of this mountain mint that was growing on his property. Dr. Gary Tucker, botanist & friend has identified this as P. albescens, although he agrees that it certainly does not smell like the rest!
Pycnanthemum incanum     Mountain Mint
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Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Zones 3-9 Family: Lamiaceae
I love the whole tribe of mountain mints! The foliage is so aromatic & the flying critters just love the flowers. Butterflies, bees, tiny critters with wings, even hummingbirds love the nectar of these plants. Whitened bracts add to the fun of growing it. A reasonably dry place would be ideal for this Mountain mint as it could spread to be invasive if you treat it too well. Seed from the Shaw Nature Reserve.
Pycnanthemum muticumPhotos
$8.00 Quart   $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas Native
Sun/part shade zones 3-9 Family: LamiaceaeKnown as Short toothed Mountain Mint. From Florida to Massachusetts & west to Michigan then south to Louisiana, Pycnanthemum muticum is native to moist woods & meadows. It should reach about 3 feet or so tall. It isn't as tolerant of dry soils as many of the Mountain mints. Butterflies
Pycnanthemum pilosum      Whorled Mountain mint 
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native 
Sun/part shade Zone 4-8 Family: Lamiaceae I see the botanists have renamed this Pycnanthemum verticillata ssp. pilosum. Whatever its name, I love the soft fuzziness of the leaves & the intense fragrance these leaves possess. White flowerheads on tall stems draw all sorts of butterflies & flying critters. I like to place this where I can easily brush the foliage to release the wonderful minty smell. Whorled Mt. Mint is native to most of the United States but is endangered or threatened in Michigan, New York, Ohio & apparently has been wiped out in PA. 
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium     Slender Mountain Mint
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade Zone 3-10 Family: Lamiaceae
Native to the entire eastern U.S., Slender Mountain Mint has the narrowest leaves I have seen of the species but is equally hardy & drought tolerant.
Pycnanthemum virginianum     Virginia Mountain Mint
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade Zones 3-9 Family: Lamiaceae
Just when you thought there couldn't be another mountain mint, here is Virginia Mountain Mint. I love the mountain mines!! I know, I know that they are vigorous (to say the least), but the fragrance of the foliage is incredible & all the tiny flying creatures that the flowers atract are wonderful! Virginia Mountain Mint grows in more moist areas that the rest of the genera.  You can plant it in a big pot with GOOD drainage & ENJOY! 18-36". Native to the entire eastern U.S. Butterflies
Ratibida columnifera     Mexican hatPhotos
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Arkansas native 
Sun to part shade Zones 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
In the rock wall between ground levels at our nursery, the reddish brown form has seeded itself into the wall. I can't help but smile every time I see it, covered with butterflies . And knowing that in the fall, goldfinch will be swooping down for the seeds. Few problems, no care, just doing its thing making critters happy. Average to dry soil
Ratibida pinnata    Gray headed coneflowerPhotos
$8.00 quart   $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native 
Sun/part shade Zone 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
This common name may do an injustice to what is really a lovely butterfly nectar plant. The cone is quite large with Yellow ray flowers. Gets to about 3'. very hardy. Butterflies
My plants arrived in excellent condition.
L Fitzgibbons Arkansas
Rhodophiala bifida       Oxblood lily
$15.00 Quart
South America
Sun/pt shade Z: 7-10 Family: Amarylidaceae
Also known as Schoolhouse lily - whatever the name, it is lovely. Russell Studebaker originally gave me some bulbs about 10 years ago, which were planted in the garden. They have happily multiplied. Deep crimson red flowers that look like small Amaryllis bloom here for me in September.
Rudbeckias belong to the Asteraceae family & some botanists have lumped the Echinaceas with the Rudbeckias. If there's one thing I've learned about botanists, there are two kinds: the lumpers & the splitters. Anyway, Rudbeckias are another star of the garden, very undemanding & ready to put on a great show for you (and the Butterflies & birds too).
Rudbeckia fulgida v. deamii    Black eyed susan
$ 8.00 Quart
Sun/part shade Zone 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
Bet you didn't know there were so many different black-eyed susans! With slightly more orange to the petals than 'Goldsturm', Rudbeckia fulgida v deamii blooms later, is somewhat taller & has heart-shaped leaves. Another lovely yellow composite to entice butterflies to your garden. Height 18-30 inches and fairly drought tolerant when established. Butterflies & birds
Rudbeckia fulgida v. speciosa     Blackeyed susanPhotos
sold out until summer 2017
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Z: 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
A black-eyed susan with dark green foliage and orange flowers with black centers that blooms from June through October. The plants will spread by runners & reach up to 24 inches. Butterflies & birds
Rudbeckia fulgida v umbrosa      Orange coneflowerPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Z: 4-9 Family: Asteraceae
So many black-eyed susans - the differences are hard to describe although when you are looking at them side by side, you can see that they don't look alike. Whatever, they are one of the mainstays of the gardens. Tough, drought tolerant & lovely.
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'      Goldsturm blackeyed susanPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun Zone 3-9 Family: Asteraceae
A named selection of our perennial black-eyed susan. Goldsturm blooms for a long times with bright yellow flowers with a dark center.
Rudbeckia grandifloraPhotos
  $8.00 Quart    $12.00  3 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun Zones 6-10 Family: Asteraceae
Very nice large flowered native. The cone of this one is quite impressive. The longer I grow it, the more entranced I become. On a dry bank, it gets about 3 feet tall -- in a garden setting, it's more likely to be 5'. Native also to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri & Kansas.  Extremely drought tolerant. Butterflies
Rudbeckia laciniata      Green headed coneflower
$8.00 Quart     $12.00 gallon
Arkansas native
Sun to part shade Zones 5-7 Family: Asteraceae
This is one impressive plant! At our nursery, I planted a St. John's wort at the corner of the shadehouse. There was a few leaves in the pot with it that I knew didn't belong, but I left it. Much to my surprise this year, these few leaves leapt into a 8' tall plant with many glorious yellow flowers late in the summer. Very sturdy stalks. Native to Arkansas & most of the U. S. to Canada. Bright yellow ray flowers that angle downward & a greenish yellow disk . Butterflies really liked it as not too many other plants were blooming at the time.
Rudbeckia maxima     Giant coneflowerPhotos
$8.00 quart $12.00 3 Quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Zones 6-9 Family: Asteraceae
While the usual height of this amazing blackeyed susan is 6', it may get to 10' if conditions are right. Flowers are yellow, 3" with a 2" cone. The leaves are a pale green. Full sun and extremely drought tolerant.   Native to Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas & Oklahoma. Butterflies
Rudbeckia missouriensis      Missouri blackeyed susanPhotos
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Zones 5-8 Family: Asteraceae
While a very common black-eyed susan, it is a very distinct perennial species of the limestone areas of the Ozarks. It also ranges from Illinois & MO to Arkansas, OK & Texas. Butterflies
Rudbeckia subtomentosa    Sweet black-eyed susan Photos
$8.00 Quart $12.00 3 quart
Arkansas native
Sun /part shade Zone 5-9 Family: Asteraceae
This native may get 6' tall with many golden yellow flowers 2 1/2 - 3" wide. Usually found from Indiana to Nebraska & southward.Butterflies
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' Quilled blackeyed susanPhotos
$8.00 Quart
Arkansas native
 Sun/part shade Z: 5-7 Family: Asteraceae Having strong upright stems, these clumps reach 5' or so. Clear yellow quilled flower petals stretch to 3 inches across. Foliage is fragrant. Cut flowers. Excellent pollinator plant. hummingbirds & butterflies
Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' Photos
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Arkansas native
 Sun Zone 3-8 Family: Asteraceae
Yellow flowers with bright red eye which fades to bronze - these late blooming beauties reach about 4 feet & provide lots of nectar for the late summer Butterflies.
Ruellia carolinensis      Carolina wild petunia
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/part shade Z: 6-10 Family: Acanthaceae
Sun or light shade, this tough wild petunia will delight you with its lovely lavender flowers. About 15-18".
Ruellia humilis     Wild petunia  Photos
$8.00 quart
Arkansas native
Sun/pt shade Z: 4-8 Family: Acanthaceae
Lilac flowers on this underused native that is happy in full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerance is just one of the virtues of wild petunia, it is very undemanding & reliable. Blooms most of the summer with 2-3" flowers.
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