Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

Perennials – Sun

perennial plant is a plant that lives for more than two years. Many perennials grow and bloom over spring and summer, die back during fall and winter, and grow again the following year from their roots. This is not the case with all perennials. Some have adapted to survive the fall and winter months without dying back to their roots.

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Bearberry


Flowers are pink or white with pink tinges. They are oval in shape, constricted at the mouth then flaring into 5 spreading lobes. Flowers form in clusters of 5-10 at […]
Liatris aspera, Blazing Star

Blazing Star

Flowers are in a spike-like cluster 6 to 18″ long of purple to pink flower heads.
Veronia fasiculata, Ironweed


Flat-topped or dome-shaped clusters up to 4″ across at the top of the plant, and smaller clusters arising from upper leaf axils. Clusters are made up of a few of […]
Aster novae-angliae, New England Aster

New England Aster

Branching clusters of stalked flowers at the top of the stem and arising from upper leaf axils. Branches are often leafy and crowded with flowers. Flowers are 1 – 1 […]
Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Large flower heads, 3-5″ wide, made up of 14-20 droopy purple petals that surround a spiny cone-shaped orange center.
Aster laevis, Smooth Aster

Smooth Aster

Showy and conspicuous with many flowers per plant. Each flower has 15-20 petals that range in color from purple or pale blue to white. Petals surround a yellow center disk.
Helenium autumnale, Sneezeweed


Branching clusters of up to 100 stalked flowers at the top of the plant. Flowers are 1 – 2″ across with 10 – 15 bright yellow petals (ray flowers), each […]
Eupatorium maculatum, Joe-Pye-Weed


Flowers are found in large flat clusters of pink-purple flowers 5-10″ wide. Hundreds of individual flowers 1/4″ wide make up the flower head.
Coreopsis lanceolata, Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Flowers are conspicuous, bright yellow with one flower at the tip of long stems. There are 8 petals each having 4 lobes at the tip.
Rudbeckis fulgida, Orange Coneflower

Orange Coneflower

Bold yellow-orange flowers that virtually cover the foliage.
Asclepias tubersora, Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Orange flower clusters are at the top of the stem. Each flower has 5 petals, and the lower part of the flower turns backward which is typical of milkweeds.
Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

Fragrant rosy red and white flowers 1/4″ wide form several flat clusters 2-4″ wide. Individual flowers have 5 downward curving petals and 5 upward petals resembling a crown.
Luminus perennis, Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine

Flowers are in a spike-like cluster to 8″ long. Individual flowers are 3/4 to 1″ long and a typical pea-shape, on a short stalk. The lower parts of the flower […]
Gerum triflorum, Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

3 flowers on long stalks at the top of a hairy but otherwise naked stem, with a pair of deeply lobed, green to red leafy bracts at the base of […]
Fragaria virginiana, Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Clusters of white flowers, usually several blooming at a time and sometimes nodding, at the end of a stem usually shorter than the height of surrounding leaves. Flowers are 1/2 […]
Penstemon digitalis, Beardtongue


Long stalked, ascending clusters arising from leaf axils in the upper plant, with 3 to several short-stalked flowers branching at the tip of each cluster. Flowers are about 2″ long, […]
Veronicastrum virginicum, Culver's Root

Culver's Root

Spike cluster of up to 10″ long densely packed with 4-parted white tubular flowers, each about 1/4″ long with 2 yellow or reddish brown-tipped stamens.
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