native garden plants of the week

  To learn about the plants chosen for our native pollinator garden, 

scroll through the information below.  Many of the plants have been added to our grounds.
More plantings will happen next spring!

  • Little bluestem

    Little Bluestem (schizachyrium scoparium) is a highly ornamental native grass prized for its blue-green leaf color and upright form. The foliage provides excellent color all season-long and creates the perfect backdrop for prairie flowers. Little Bluestem is a host plant for numerous skipper butterflies.

  • sand lovegrass

    Sand lovegrass (eragrostis trichodes) is a North American native, inhabiting sandy prairies in the Central and Southern Great Plains. It’s ability to grow quickly with a minimum of moisture on sandy, eroded terrain has made it a star in the field of erosion prevention.

  • mountain ninebark

    Native to the western United States, Mountain Ninebark (physocarpus monogynusis) is a hardy shrub. Clusters of white, fragrant spirea-like flowers bloom in late spring. Deep green leaves turn yellow in the fall. Bark exfoliates cinnamon-brown and tan, adding winter interest to the landscape.

  • wood lily

    Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphicum) is a smaller Lily, reaching only a foot in height, and has funnel-shaped, red-orange petals with brown spots near the base. Wood Lily grows in prairies as well as open woods. The nectar and pollen of the lily attract bees, hummingbirds and larger butterflies.

  • Prairie Smoke, pink plume avens

    Geum triflorum is a native North American perennial commonly called Prairie Smoke, for the appearance of the wispy seedheads. Unfortunately, it has become rather rare over much of its range, out-competed by naturalized invaders and eliminated by development. Native Americans used this plant for medicinal purposes.

  • Rocky mountain columbine

    Rocky Mountain Columbine (aquilegia caerulea) is planted for its beautiful blue and white flowers. Native to the higher elevations of the intermountain West, is best suited to mountain gardens and areas of the West with cool nights. It attracts hummingbirds and pollinators.

  • appalachian sedge

    Appalachian Sedge (carex appalachica) is a native grass-like plant with thin, fine-textured leaf blades. It is an outstanding choice for use as an attractive grassy groundcover for shade and heavy shade areas and is low-water tolerant.

  • mock bearberry manzanita

    Mock Bearberry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos × coloradensis) is a native broadleaf evergreen shrub from western Colorado. Waxy, urn-shaped, white flowers produce small red berries on established plants. 

  • heartleaf arnica

    Heartleaf Arnica (Arnica cordifolia) is in the sunflower family, known by the common name heartleaf arnica. It is native to western North America and supports butterflies and moths.

  • small-leaf pussytoes

    Small-leaf pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia) is a mat-forming wildflower found in dry, open areas. A low growing western native, this plant produces flowers that attract pollinators, specifically painted lady butterflies. Flowers are followed by fluffy seeds.

  • common harebell

    Common harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) is a clump-forming perennial wildflower, bearing pretty bell-shaped blooms on tall, erect stems from summer to autumn. Although a natural meadow plant, it’s ideal for growing in wildlife-friendly planting schemes.