Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Scientific Name: Alchemilla mollis Common Name: Lady’s mantle Description of facts and concepts: Leaves pleated in a fan shape hold dew drops Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height:  16″ Spread:  16″ Family: Rose Soil Type: Base to Acidic…

Lance-leaved Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Scientific Name: Coreopsis lanceolata Common Name: Lance-leaved Tickseed Description of facts and concepts: Bright yellow flowers in May and June attract butterflies and bees to this hardy perennial. Found in dry, sandy places, its many flowers on multiple stems stand 18” tall. Seed or division information: Seeds, divisions in spring or fall Date of flower’s…

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

Scientific Name: Lavandula officinalis Common Name: Lavender Description of facts and concepts: Add to your bath or use in cakes, cookies, or jellies. Grows to be 18” tall. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Blue Height: 18″ Spread: 12″ Family:…

Leatherflower (Clematis viorna)

  Scientific Name: Clematis viorna Common Name: Leatherflower Description of facts and concepts: This native clematis will twine through shrubs or trees. The bell-shaped flowers attract bees. Seed or division information: Seeds or cuttings Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Maroon Height: 5′ Spread: 18″…

Mexican Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)

Scientific Name: Oenothera speciosa Common Name: Mexican evening primrose Description of facts and concepts: A vigorous, stoloniferous grower, especially in sandy soils. Long blooming. Changes color when pollinated. Seed or division information: Seeds or stolons Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W4 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 12″ Spread:…

Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Scientific Name: Asclepias syriaca Common Name: Milkweed Description of facts and concepts: Larval host plant for Monarch butterflies Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Dusty rose Height: 5′ Spread: 6′ Family: Milkweed Soil Type: Base to Acidic Neutral loam or…

Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata)

Scientific Name: Phlox subulata Common Name: Moss Phlox Description of facts and concepts: Evergreen groundcover with narrow leaves Seed or division information: Root cuttings in fall Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): April W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink or white Height: 3″ Spread: 12″ Family: Phlox Soil Type: Base to…

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)

   Scientific Name: Pycnanthemum muticum Common Name: Mountain Mint Description of facts and concepts: This clump forming edible perennial flowers from July to September. When crushed, the leaves produce a spearmint aroma and can be used to make tea. Seed or division information: Division of surface stems Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June…

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Scientific Name: Tropaeolum majus Common Name: Nasturtium Description of facts and concepts: Use The leaves and flowers in salads, or pickle the seed pods and used as you would capers Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Orange Height: 12″ Spread:…

Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Scientific Name: Physocarpus opulifolius Common Name: Ninebark Description of facts and concepts: This deciduous shrub is a magnet for small pollinators like native bees, which swarm over the flowers all summer. The exfoliating bark is attractive in winter. Will grow under all kinds of conditions. Seed or division information: Seeds, cuttings Date of flower’s bloom…

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare Common Name: Oregano Description of facts and concepts: Indispensable for pizza and all tomato sauces, leaf tea for indigestion. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 12″ Spread: 24″ Family: Mint Soil Type: Base to…

Orris Root (Bearded Iris) (Iris florentina)

Scientific Name: Iris florentina Common Name: Orris root (bearded Iris) Description of facts and concepts: More widely recognized as bearded iris. Once dried, the root has a violet-like scent and has historically been used to scent perfumes and potpourris. Seed or division information: Lift rhizomes and cut apart in July Date of flower’s bloom (Month…

Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis scabra)

  Scientific Name: Heliopsis scabra Common Name: Ox-eye sunflower Description of facts and concepts: Early and long-blooming, and birds love the seeds. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions in spring, and easily rooted as a cutting. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height:…

Ozark Sundrops (Oenothera missouriensis)

Scientific Name: Oenothera missouriensis Common Name: Ozark sundrops Description of facts and concepts: Large flowers bloom a long time followed by curious seeds pods shaped like paddle wheels. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W1 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 12″ Spread: 24″ Family:…

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum Common Name: Parsley Description of facts and concepts: Use as a nutritious garnish or add to tabouleh, stuffing, or salad. Food plant of the black swallowtail butterfly. Seed or division information: Biennial; allow seeds to form and scatter them in July Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden…

Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Scientific Name: Anaphalis margaritacea Common Name: Pearly everlasting Description of facts and concepts: This everlasting flower is good for drying. It is also the larval host plant of the American Lady butterfly. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower:…

Prairie Blazingstar (Liatris pycnostachya)

Scientific Name: Liatris pycnostachya Common Name: Prairie blazingstar Description of facts and concepts: Fluffy rose pink flowers on a tall plant Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 2-5′ Spread: 20″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic Dry…

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa)

Scientific Name: Opuntia humifusa Common Name: Prickly pear cactus Description of facts and concepts: Spiny pads eaten by deer Seed or division information: Replant pup pads Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W2 Garden Name: Sunny Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 9″ Spread: 12″ Family: Cactus Soil Type: Base to Acidic Gravel…