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These plants were selected based upon showiness and height.  Please note the growing requirements for each.  Light and soil moisture requirements vary.
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Nodding Wild Onion Nodding Wild Onion

Allium cernuum

Eye-catching and under-used in the home garden, white-pink globose umbels nod gracefully from arch at the top of the stem. Nectar and pollen primarily attract bees.

Light: Full to Part Sun
Soil: Moist to Dry
Height: 1.5 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flower Color: White to Pink

Attracts: Butterflies
Deer Resistant

Price: $9.25
Prairie Onion Prairie Onion

Allium stellatum

A gem for the home garden. An umbel of star-shaped flowers form a charming pink sphere. Nectar and pollen primarily attract bees and flower flies.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: to 1.5 feet
Blooms: July-August
Flower Color: Pink

Deer resistant.

Price: $9.25
Butterfly Milkweed Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Flame orange flowers are stunning in masses or drifts and attract pollinators galore. Interestingly, this plant does not exude the milky sap. Monarch butterfly host plant.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Dry to Average
Height: 2 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: Orange

Price: $9.25
Lance-leaf Coreopsis Lance-leaf Coreopsis

Coreopsis lanceolata

A tried and true plant for the home garden, Lance-leaf Coreopsis is a prolific bloomer and provides excellent cut flowers.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: to 2 feet
Blooms: May-July
Flowers: Yellow

Price: $9.25
Purple Prairie Clover Purple Prairie Clover

Dalea purpurea

Purple prairie clover has a deep taproot, making it a good choice for tough, full sun spots prone to drought. Bright, interesting flowers with a long lasting bloom time. Seed is high in protein, a good food source for mammals. A larval host plant for the Dogface Sulfur and Reakirt's Blue butterflies. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: Purple

Price: $9.25
Purple Coneflower Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

A popular plant for good reason. Blooms attract pollinators in summer and their seed feeds birds in the cold months. Beautiful in a home or business planting and in a vase. One larval host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly and Wavy-lined Emerald moth. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: Purple-Magenta

Price: $9.25
Spotted Beebalm Spotted Beebalm

Monarda punctata

Showy pagoda-like white to deep pink bracts form a ring below less conspicuous spotted yellow flowers. A pollinator favorite. Low maintenance and stature, long-lasting bloom period, and self-sowing. A larval host for the Gray Marvel moth.

Light: Part to Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: Yellow, White-Pink Bracts

Price: $9.25
Wild Hydrangea Wild Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens

Medium sized shrub with clusters of lacy white flowers. Excellent choice for planting in groups along edge habitat in a woodland garden. Also good for rain gardens and along streams. Host to the nifty Hydrangea Sphinx moth with 2" to 3" wingspan. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Part Sun
Soil: Average to Moist
Height: 3 to 6 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: White

Price: $9.25
Eastern Redbud Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis

In spring Redbud is fully loaded with purplish-pink blooms that support pollinators at a critical time of year. Leaves are heart-shaped and tree has graceful spreading form. Larval host plant for Henry's Elfin butterfly and several species of moth. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: prefers Part Sun
Soil: Average
Height: to about 30 feet
Blooms: April
Flowers: Pink

Price: $9.25
Eastern Bergamot Eastern Bergamot

Monarda bradburiana

Excellent choice for a yard, this Bee Balm is clump-forming & short (1' to 2'). It is also less aggressive & more mildew-resistant than other Bee Balms. It has a long bloom period and is a great pollinator plant.

Light: Best in Intermediate Light
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Blooms: May to June
Flowers: Light Pink

Price: $9.25
Blazing Star Blazing Star

Liatris spicata

Also known as Gayfeather, this plant produces striking dense purplish wands of flowers from a clump of narrow, shiny, strap-like basal leaves. Beautiful in a front yard, butterfly garden, rain garden, cut flower or large pot. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full Sun
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Soil: Average
Blooms: July to August
Flowers Reddish-Purple

Price: $9.25
Hairy Alumroot Hairy Alumroot

Heuchera villosa

Low, clump-forming perennial with tidy rosettes reminiscent of maple leaves. Lovely when grouped for use in borders, rock gardens. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Part Sun
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Blooms: July to September
Flowers: White to Pink


Price: $9.25
Calico Beardtongue Calico Beardtongue

Penstemon calycosus

Under-used & well-suited for home garden use, Calico Beardtongue has 1" long pink tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds. Foliage is semi-glossy and may turn purple in fall. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full Sun to Filtered Shade
Soil: Moist to Dry
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: June to July
Flowers: Violet to Pink

Price: $9.25
Rose Vervain Rose Vervain

Verbena canadensis

Attractive low mounding perennial with an extended bloom period. Good for ground cover, hanging baskets, window boxes, rock gardens & in pots. Attracts hummingbirds.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: to 1.5 feet
Blooms: May to August
Flowers: Pink to Purple

Price: $9.25
Pink Muhly Grass Pink Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Highly ornamental grass with thread-like leaves that form a tidy clump to 2 feet in height. Named for the lasting pink clouds of flowers that rise to 1 foot above the leaves.

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Soil: Dry to Average
Height: 2 feet, 3 feet when in bloom
Blooms: September to November
Flowers: Pink

Price: $9.25
Virginia Sweetspire Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica

Delightful mounding shrub with arching stems that produce drooping fragrant racemes of white flowers. Excellent for rain gardens, border, or adjacent to a pond or stream. Can sucker to form colonies.

Light: Full to Part Sun
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 3 to 5 feet
Blooms: June-July
Flowers: White

Price: $9.25
Orange Coneflower Orange Coneflower

Rudbeckia fulgida

A pleasing clump forming plant bearing bright & bold yellow-orange blooms that last for weeks. Great as a cut flower, for use in rain gardens & massing to create a border. Remove spent flowers to prolong bloom time. Spreads by rhizomes. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full sun
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Soil: Average to Dry
Blooms: June to October
Flowers: yellow-orange

Price: $9.25
Hairy Beardtongue Hairy Beardtongue

Penstemon hirsutus

Front yard worthy. At 18 inches tall, this plant will grow in full sun to shade, moist soil to dry. Lovely purple tubular flowers support the hummingbird & many pollinators. Under-used as a yard plant. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full Sun to Shade
Height: to 18"
Soil: Moist to Dry
Blooms: May to June
Flowers: Pink-Purple

Price: $9.25
Aromatic Aster Aromatic Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Aster oblongifolius

Perfect height for the home garden, profuse blue-lavender blooms provide the solution to both late-season color and nectar.
Trim to desired shape through June. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.

Light: Full to Part Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: to 2 feet
Blooms: September-November
Flowers: Blue-Violet

Price: $9.25