Plant List and Details

Plant List and Details

We sell perennial wildflowers and native grasses to retail customers in 6-packs, 3.5″ pots, gallon sized pots, and seed packs. We also grow plants in wholesale trays with 2″ plugs (50-cell tray) or 1.5″ plugs (72-cell tray). To order plants, email us at or call us at 507-402-8337.

Download our 2017 Plant List and Prices

You can also buy our plants at our retail location from May to June: Souba Greenhouse, 4003 Crane Creek Rd, Owatonna, MN, and occasionally at the Owatonna Farmers Market.

Our selection includes:

Buy Anisse Hyssop Plants MinnesotaAnisse Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

A showy flower that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees–and it’s deer resistant. Leaves smell like licorice. Can be short-lived but will re-seed readily in gardens. See details

Buy Wild Garlic Wildflowers Minnesota Wild Garlic (Allium canadense)

Pretty, short pink flower that attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators. Starts to grow early in the season and is deer resistant. See details

Buy Nodding Onion Wildflowers Minnesota Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

Beautiful nodding flowers look great when massed on the border of a garden, or planted in a meadow. Early growing leaves provide a splash of green when most plants are still dormant and brown. See details

 Buy Prairie Onion Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum)

Globe-style flowers provide a nice pop of color along borders. Attracts many pollinators. The round flower heads look nice in winter, too. Deer resistant. See details

 Buy Lead Plant Wildflowers Minnesota Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)

Pretty silver-hued leaves compliment the purple and orange flowers on this short shrub. A super deep taproot–up to 20 feet deep!–helps this long-lived plant survive droughts. Every prairie garden deserves at least one. It is a legume–a plant that increases nitrogen in the soil. See details

 Buy Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Minnesota Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

An iconic tallgrass prairie plant, Big Bluestem grows close to 7 feet tall. This grass has beautiful blue and bronze color tones in late summer that make it an eye catching plant in gardens and restorations. See details

 Pussytoes Antennaria plantaginifolia Wildflowers Minnesota Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia)

A very short groundcover that blankets the ground with its velvety leaves. Coexists nicely and surrounds other plants instead of out-competing them. Host plant for Painted Lady butterfly larvae. Deer and rabbit-proof. See details

Buy Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Wildflowers Minnesota Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

A spring favorite for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators, providing a nectar source when there is little else in bloom. Great for shady areas. Will spread easily by seed, so be careful where you plant it! See details

Buy Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Wildflowers Minnesota Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit is a classic woodland wildflower that looks like a person in a pulpit. A sheltered flower figure will slowly turn into a vibrant red bundle of seeds. See details

Buy Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) Wildflowers Minnesota Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

A perfect plant for wet areas such as rain gardens. Host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and a favorite of pollinators of all kinds. Deer resistant. Can even handle wet clay. See details

Buy Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) Wildflowers Minnesota Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

One of the most stunning plants for dry, sunny gardens, the orange-red flowers attract butterflies and pollinators to feed on the nectar. A host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Long-lived when planted in a dry, sunny location with sand or light soil. See details

Buy Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) Wildflowers Minnesota Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

White flowers with thin green leaves make this a unique garden addition. An attractive host plant for monarch caterpillars. Spreads slowly by underground roots (rhizomes). See details

Buy Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) Wildflowers Minnesota Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis)

This large aster has silky silver-green leaves. Will spread by seeds, so be careful where you plant it. See details

Buy New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) Wildflowers Minnesota New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

Every garden needs an aster for fall blooms, and this one will not disappoint. Its ability to grow in both wet and dry soils makes this one of the most popular asters, for people and pollinators. Prolific purple flowers cover the tops of tall stems. See details

Buy Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius) Wildflowers MinnesotaAromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius)

This aster is fantastic for two reasons: it’s short and it blooms very late in the fall, providing beauty and pollinator value when all other flowers are going dormant. Spreads slowly by underground roots (rhizomes), so plant in between grasses that can keep it in check. See details

 Buy Sky Blue Aster (Aster oolentangiense) Wildflowers Minnesota Sky Blue Aster (Aster oolentangiense)

A vigorous fall blooming plant with prolific light-blue flowers. See details

 Buy Short's Aster (Aster shortii) Wildflowers Minnesota Short’s Aster (Aster shortii)

Shade loving plant for woodland gardens. Blooms in the fall when most flowers are long gone. Prolific flowers on a medium height plant. See details

 Buy White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba) Wildflowers Minnesota White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba)

Tall and bushy with early summer blooms. Strong stems remain standing even during winter, giving it a royal stature throughout the year. See details

 Buy Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) Wildflowers Minnesota Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Prolific deep blue flower spikes cover this bushy plant. Blooms early in the summer. It’s long-standing stems remain upright through the winter. See details

 Buy Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia bracteata) Wildflowers Minnesota Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia bracteata)

A short bushy plant with cream-colored flowers that bloom in late spring. Great for dry, sunny spots. Leaves turn black in the fall and look nice in winter. See details

Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

A short bushy plant with cream-colored flowers that bloom in late spring. Great for dry, sunny spots. Leaves turn black in the fall and look nice in winter. See details

 Buy Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis) Grasses Minnesota Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis)

A short bushy plant with cream-colored flowers that bloom in late spring. Great for dry, sunny spots. Leaves turn black in the fall and look nice in winter. See details

Buy Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) Wildflowers Minnesota Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

A short, pretty flower for wet and saturated soils in shade or sun! Provides early spring blooms and will occasionally bloom again in the fall. See details

Buy Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) Wildflowers Minnesota Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

This little flower is stunning when planted in masses, providing blooms all summer long. Grows well on even poor, dry soils and will seed throughout a garden or prairie. See details

 Buy Prairie Sedge (Carex brevior) Grasses Minnesota Prairie Sedge (Carex brevior)

Sedges are like grasses, but they are cool season growers, sprouting out of the ground as soon as the snow is gone and long before the warm season prairie grasses come out of dormancy. They provide much needed green growth early in the spring. Prairie Sedge has short leaves and lots of seed heads. See details

 Buy Bottlebrush Sedge (Carex comosa) Grasses Minnesota Bottlebrush Sedge (Carex comosa)

Bottlebrush Sedge likes wet soil and is especially well suited for rain gardens, forming dense clumps that grow large over time. It can also survive dry spells in-between rainfalls. See details

 Buy Ivory Sedge (Carex eburnea) Grasses Minnesota Ivory Sedge (Carex eburnea)

One of the shortest sedges or grasses, Ivory Sedge grows only 8 inches tall. Great for planting along sidewalks, in-between stone pavers, in rock gardens, and amongst woodland flowers. Compact clumps spread slowly to create a soft groundcover. See details

 Buy Bur Sedge (Carex grayi) Grasses Minnesota Bur Sedge (Carex grayi)

Bur Sedge can be seen in many gardens, popular due to its versatility and star-shaped seed heads that persist through the winter–seeds that are often eaten by songbirds. Prefers moist soils and a little shade. See details

Common Lake Sedge (Carex lacustris)

This tough sedge is often seen on shorelines on Minnesota lakes, growing in saturated and temporarily flooded areas. Grows aggressively by underground rhizomes (roots). Useful for shoreline restorations and bank stabilization projects. See details

 Buy Palm Sedge (Carex muskingumensis) Grasses Minnesota Palm Sedge (Carex muskingumensis)

An ornamental sedge whose stems and leaves look like palm trees. Can handle shady and wet areas. When planted closely it creates a dense canopy. See details

 Buy Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica) Grasses Minnesota Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

This short sedge spreads slowly underground to form a groundcover in shady, dry locations. A key component of many oak woodland restorations. A good garden choice for locations where a short, spreading plant is desired. See details

 Buy Star Sedge (Carex radiata) Grasses Minnesota Star Sedge (Carex radiata)

Popular ornamental sedge that forms short clumps early in spring. Thin, bright-green leaves and star-shaped seed heads make this an appealing plant. Perfect for borders and when scattered throughout a garden, adding spring green to otherwise dormant gardens. See details

 Buy Long Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii) Grasses Minnesota Long Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii)

An increasingly popular sedge for shady and sunny gardens. Long beaked sedge spreads slowly, covering the ground with airy leaves and drooping seed heads. See details

Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta)

This tough sedge forms hummocks over time–raised clumps of plant matter that rise above the surrounding soil. They grow this way to stay above temporary flooding, which makes them a natural choice for rain gardens and wetland restorations. See details

 Buy Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea) Grasses Minnesota Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

One of the best choices for rain gardens, Fox Sedge can handle temporary flooding and periods of dryness. It forms dense clumps with fine, mounding leaves. Every rain garden needs some scattered throughout. See details

 Buy New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) Wildflowers Minnesota New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

A tidy short shrub with white lace-like flowers. A few of these placed in a garden will compliment many other summer blooming flowers such as Butterfly Milkweed and Coneflowers. Very beneficial for pollinators. See details

Buy Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) Wildflowers Minnesota Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Huge amounts of bright yellow flowers throughout the summer make this a valuable garden addition. One of the first summer flowers to bloom and last to stop. Can be short-lived, but will re-seed. See details

Buy Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

This long-lived flower can handle tough conditions. It spreads slowly by underground roots (rhizomes). Yellow flowers look great next to orange or pink summer blooming flowers. See details

Buy White Prairie Clover (Dalea candidum) Wildflowers Minnesota White Prairie Clover (Dalea candidum)

Unlike the aggressive clovers most people are used to, White Prairie Clover forms a tidy, tame clump. Good for pollinators. See details

Buy Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) Wildflowers Minnesota Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

This isn’t the purple clover most people have seen. Purple Prairie Clover forms clumps and doesn’t spread. Bright purple flowers burst from small bases. See details

Buy Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Wildflowers Minnesota Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

A woodland flower for shady spots. Blooms in early spring and goes dormant the rest of the year. Great for shady borders next to lawns and sidewalks where a short plant is needed. See details

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)

Spring blooming flower for sunny and semi-shady locations. Long stems rise above thick foliage, with flowers that look like shooting stars. Levaes go dormant during the summer. See details

Buy Narrow-leaved Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) Wildflowers Minnesota Narrow-leaved Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

A short coneflower for the driest, sunniest places. Songbirds can be seen eating the seeds on top of the dried flower stems throughout fall and winter. See details

Buy Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) Wildflowers Minnesota Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)

This coneflower blooms in early summer and is long-lived. The seeds attract songbirds throughout fall and winter–the type of natural birdseed that provides enjoyment for birds and people year after year. See details

Buy Bush's Coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa) Wildflowers Minnesota Bush’s Coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa)

A large, yellow coneflower that stands out from the rest. Most coneflowers are purple, which gives this one its scientific name: paradoxa. It’s a deep yellow paradox worthy of any garden. Provides nectar for pollinators and seed for birds. See details

Buy Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Wildflowers Minnesota Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple coneflower provides nectar for butterflies and seed for songbirds. Beautiful bright purple flowers cover the plant. See details

Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Bottlebrush Grass grows in woodlands, making it a good grass for shade gardens and forest restorations. See details

Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

The red seed heads on this short grass make a stunning display in late summer. An ornamental grass that’s growing in popularity. See details

Buy Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) Wildflowers Minnesota Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Rattlesnake Master piques the curiosity of everyone who sets eyes on its jagged leaves, which would look more at home in a desert environment than a Minnesota prairie garden. It has huge pollinator value and the white, round flowerheads add a unique texture to any garden. See details

Buy Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum) Wildflowers Minnesota Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)

A meadow giant at over 5 feet tall, Joe Pye Weed has loads of flowers that attract pollinators and butterflies. Excellent choice for large rain gardens and garden backdrops. See details

Buy Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Wildflowers Minnesota Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

Most woodland flowers are short spring bloomers, but Sweet Joe Pye Weed bucks the trend by being tall and blooming in late summer. Perfect for filling space in large shade gardens with medium soil moisture. See details

Buy Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata) Wildflowers Minnesota Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Blanket Flower has dozens of bright red, orange, and yellow flowers. It has a long bloom period that compliments other flowers during the season. It’s a fast, vigorous grower that forms a short mound of flowers. See details

Buy Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii) Wildflowers Minnesota Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

The bottle-shaped flowers are a consistent head-turner in gardens, whether it’s the deep blue shade of their flowers, the glossy texture of their leaves, or their late summer bloom window when many other flowers are long gone. Long-lived and won’t spread. Great for rain gardens. See details

Buy Cream Gentian (Gentiana flavida) Wildflowers Minnesota Cream Gentian (Gentiana flavida)

Cream Gentian has bunches of cream-colored flowers at the top of unbranched stems. It can handle sun or part shade conditions in medium-moisture soils. See details

Buy Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) Wildflowers Minnesota Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Perfect for shady woodland gardens, Wild Geranium is a good groundcover with attractive foliage and lavender flowers. Spreads over time to create a blanket under the trees. See details

Buy Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Prairie Smoke is a favorite dry prairie flower, blooming early in the spring with red flowers that angle down like a shepherds hook when being pollinated and then raise up to let out a puff of fluffy seed tails that look like smoke. Excellent choice for borders, rock gardens, and dry sandy soils. See details

Buy Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) Wildflowers Minnesota Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

A large wetland flower perfect for rain gardens and shoreline restorations. It compliments other moisture-loving flowers that bloom in the late summer such as Blazing Stars, New England Aster, and Ironweed. It’s also a favorite of pollinators. See details

Buy Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) Wildflowers Minnesota Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

A prairie sunflower with bright yellow flowers and long, lanky stems. Can be short-lived but will spread by seed, maybe too much, in gardens. Good for prairie seedings and restorations where it can run wild. See details

Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata)

Sweet grass is known for its scented foliage and the use of its tough leaves to make braids. It’s also a great soil stabilizer in wet locations, spreading quickly by underground rhizomes (roots). See details

Buy Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata) Wildflowers Minnesota Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata)

A very short iris suited for shady spots. It spreads slowly to form large colonies and is often used as a groundcover. Pretty blue flowers blanket the ground in late spring. See details

Buy Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor) Wildflowers Minnesota Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor)

Blue Flag Iris is a true wetland plant that thrives in wet soil and even under water! Grows well in rain gardens, shoreline restorations under up to 6 inches of water, and even potted and placed in ponds. Can grow in soil with medium moisture, too. Spreads slowly to form tight clumps. See details

Common Rush (Juncus effusus)

Round stems make this plant look like a large porcupine. It’s a wetland plant found around the world, which shows its adaptability. Prefers wet conditions but can handle dry periods in rain gardens. See details

 Buy June Grass (Koeleria cristata) Grasses Minnesota June Grass (Koeleria cristata)

This short grass grows early in the spring, producing puffy seed heads by early summer. Works well in dry, sandy gardens next to other short plants. See details

Buy Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata) Wildflowers Minnesota Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Birds love the seeds on this tall, clump-forming clover. The tall flowers turn a beautiful bronze color in the fall and persist through winter–providing food for birds and interesting texture in gardens. See details

Buy Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) Wildflowers Minnesota Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)

Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, pollinators, and the human eye! Every sunny garden needs a Blazing Star and this one is a good choice. Not too tall, with slender stems that aren’t top heavy. Perfect for dry soils. See details

Buy Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) Wildflowers Minnesota Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

The Monarch Magnet! Attracts swarms of monarch butterflies during August and September. Gets more comments, oohs-and-ahhs than any other flower. A visual reminder while that many plants are said to attract butterflies and pollinators, some are on a whole different level! Needs medium soil moisture, so mulch it well or add it to a rain garden. See details

Buy Dotted Blazing Star (Liatris punctata) Wildflowers Minnesota Dotted Blazing Star (Liatris punctata)

A short Blazing Star for the driest of soils. Perfect for rock gardens and near garden borders. See details

Buy Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Tall, bright stems loaded with flowers make this an eye-catching plant and favorite of hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators. Grows in a clump that can produce dozens of flower stems. Can handle wet, clay soils–perfect for rain gardens and shoreline restorations. See details

Buy Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa) Wildflowers Minnesota Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa)

Short, compact Blazing Star that can handle dry, rocky soils. Great for garden borders where smaller plants are needed. Unique flower heads and slender leaves make it a beauty up-close. See details

Buy Prairie Lily (Lilium philadelphicum) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Lily (Lilium philadelphicum)

This is a classic lily of woodland edges and remnant prairies. It’s short and humble with only a few flower stems, but it stands out among other native plants with its traditional lily flowers. See details

Buy Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Wildflowers Minnesota Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Hummingbirds love the bright red flowers on the tall stems. Very eye-catching when planted in a drift in a rain garden or other location with lots of moisture. Starts out as an inconspicuous clumped mat of leaves, and then shoots up before bursting with color. See details

Buy Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) Wildflowers Minnesota Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Great Blue Lobelia has a short stature and long blooming period which makes it a favorite for rain gardens with some shade or full sun. One of the few plants that can handle wet clay soils. See details

Buy Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) Wildflowers Minnesota Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)

The familiar colonies of Wild Lupine blanket the sides of road ditches in northern Minnesota and said prairies in the south. Perfect for dry, sandy soils and best when plant in a large drift. See details

Buy Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) Wildflowers Minnesota Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

A woodland classic–Virginia Bluebells looks incredible when blanketing a shady garden in spring. The variation of blue, purple, and pink flowers is like cotton candy for the eyes. Goes dormant after blooming, giving other shady plants a chance to stand out. See details

Buy Bradbury's Monarda (Monarda bradburiana) Wildflowers Minnesota Bradbury’s Monarda (Monarda bradburiana)

This little known monarda is a fantastic addition to any garden. It’s short stature and slowly spreading clumps makes it perfect for garden borders. The foliage is attractive on its own, deep green with shades of maroon and purple in spring and fall. Pretty pink flowers turn into interesting round balls after blooming, providing year-round texture and interest. See details

Buy Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) Wildflowers Minnesota Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot, also called bee balm or monarda, forms large bushy clumps with tons of lavender flowers blanketing the top. Swallowtail butterflies and pollinators are attracted to this plant for nectar and pollen. Minty leaves smell good when touched. See details

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa)

A hardy cactus native to Minnesota? No, this isn’t a dream. Prickly Pear Cactus loves dry, sandy locations and produces large yellow flowers in summer, followed by red edible fruits that are also attractive. They do have spines like most cactus, and they do hurt, so be careful when handling them. See details

Buy Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum) Grass Minnesota Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)

A seriously tough and adaptable grass. Able to withstand clay, sand, flooding, and drought. Tall, airy seed heads add a serene look to any garden or prairie, especially when they start to wave in the wind. See details

Buy Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) Wildflowers Minnesota Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Purple Passion Flower is a vine with some of the most fascinating flowers you’ll ever see. It grows very vigorously. It isn’t quite hardy in Minnesota, so grow it in a large pot or dig it up in the fall and store above freezing. See details

Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

One of the few flowers that can handle wet clay. Spreads to form large clumps with loads of white flowerheads that attract butterflies, birds, pollinators, and even hummingbirds. Perfect for large rain gardens where spreading is encouraged. See details

Large Flowered Beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

Large Flowered Beardtongue is a very showy flower for dry soil. It is well liked by bees and hummingbirds. The bright pink flowers are a stand-out in the garden. See details

Buy Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata) Wildflowers Minnesota Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Wild Blue Phlox is a woodland plant perfect for shady gardens. The blue-to-pink flowers bloom in the spring on top of thin stems, making it a good companion for other spring blooming plants. See details

Buy Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa)

Fluorescent pink flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies in late spring. A must-have for any sunny garden. When planted in a long drift, this short plant makes quite the visual impact. Great for short borders and boulevard gardens. See details

Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans)

Jacob’s Ladder is a shade garden classic. Light blue flowers and vigorous, short foliage add much needed color to spring gardens. A necessity for any shady or woodland garden. See details

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

Mountain Mint is a pollinator paradise. It spreads to form large clumps that are covered in small, white flowers that pollinators crave. Minty leaves are a welcome benefit when working in the garden. See details

Buy Long-headed Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) Wildflowers Minnesota Long-headed Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Long-headed Coneflower provides instant blooms to gardens. It grows fast and stays short–creating a mound of yellow flowers that bloom most of the summer. See details

Buy Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) Wildflowers Minnesota Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

The yellow petals drooping from black cones make this a prairie classic. Able to reach above other plants with tall, lanky stems, Yellow Coneflower stands out in a prairie or large garden. It is a survivor and can handle tough soils and drought. Spreads easily by seed. See details

Buy Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida) Wildflowers Minnesota Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)

A favorite of perennial gardens for its large, deep green leaves and almost-orange flowers. Butterflies and pollinators love it, too. Slowly spreads to form large clumps. Blooms later than most yellow flowers, making it a perfect companion for New England Aster and Bottle Gentian in rain gardens. See details

Buy Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Wildflowers Minnesota Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

The classic Black Eyed Susan, with yellow flowers and a short black cone. Short-lived but seeds abundantly, almost too much in gardens. Great for prairie seedings where it blooms quickly and can compete with weeds. See details

Buy Sweet Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa) Wildflowers Minnesota Sweet Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)

This flower can handle clay and soils with a lot of moisture. It’s a large plant with lots of yellow flowers in late summer. Good choice for rain gardens. See details

Buy Brown Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) Wildflowers Minnesota Brown Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)

Brown Eyed Susan blooms in late summer, well into fall. Loads of small yellow flowers cover this plant, attracting pollinators for many months. Can handle more shade than other types of Black Eyed Susans. See details

 Buy Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius) Grasses Minnesota Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius)

One of the most popular ornamental prairie grasses. Little Bluestem has blue-hued leaves in early summer, changing to a warm shade of copper in fall. The seed heads are little white puffs that cover the top and blow gently in the wind. They form a stiff column of colorful stems in fall that stand up throughout winter, providing year-round color. See details

Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus)

Wool grass forms dense clumps of fine textured leaves, and then produces seed stalks with large puffs of seeds on top. It’s a unique addition to rain gardens and the edges of ponds. See details

River Bulrush (Scirpus fluviatilis)

River Bulrush is s staple of shoreline and wetland restorations. It spreads by underground rhizomes (roots) and can form large colonies. See details

 Buy Softstem Bulrush (Scirpus validus) Grasses Minnesota Softstem Bulrush (Scirpus validus)

Softstem Bulrush can often be seen growing in shallow water along lakeshores and ponds. It spreads to form large colonies. Round stems and small seed heads make it an attractive choice for shorelines and water gardens. See details

Buy Royal Catchfly (Silene regia) Wildflowers Minnesota Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)

Royal Catchfly has brilliant red flowers that stand out in prairie gardens. The flowers attract hummingbirds in late summer. Likes medium to dry soils. See details

Buy Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) Wildflowers Minnesota Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Compass plants rises above the summer prairie with thick stalks loaded with large yellow flowers. Deep roots help it survive droughts. Birds can be seen eating the seeds in fall and winter, making it a valuable plant for bird lovers. See details

Buy Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) Wildflowers Minnesota Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Goldfinches flock to the seeds of Cup Plant in fall and winter. The leaves connect around the stems to form a cup which collects rainwater and dew even during dry weeks, making it a valuable source of water for birds and butterflies. See details

Buy Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Huge elephant-ear leaves grow in short clumps, sending giant stalks high into sky that burst with yellow flowers. A very unique plant and a welcome addition to any garden–whether it’s just one specimen plant, or a backdrop of tall stalks. Birds eat the seeds. See details

Buy Prairie Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium campestre) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

Little blue flowers cover this small plant. Blooms in late spring. Grass-like leaves with a silvery-hue provide a different texture compared to other flowers. Perfect for tidy gardens and borders where short plants are needed. See details

Buy Zig Zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis) Wildflowers Minnesota Zig Zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

A fall blooming flower for shady gardens. Small yellow flowers zig-zag up the stems. Looks great when planted next to fall blooming woodland asters. See details

Grey Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

A short goldenrod for small gardens and close to borders. Vigorous foliage and long, drooping flowers burst from the ground like fireworks. See details

Buy Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) Wildflowers Minnesota Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

Monarchs enjoy the late summer flowers on Stiff Goldenrod, and birds eat the seeds in the fall. Can handle many soil conditions including clay. See details

Buy Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) Wildflowers Minnesota Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Blooming in early fall, the goldenrods provide a splash of yellow color across landscapes and gardens. The late season flowers are valuable for butterflies and pollinators. See details

 Buy Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) Grasses Minnesota Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Graceful golden seed plumes are attractive in both prairies and gardens. In prairies, Indian Grass grows with only a few stems, but in gardens, it forms large clumps that often spread by seed–whether you want it to or not. See details

 Buy Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) Grasses Minnesota Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

An incredibly tough grass that spreads aggressively by underground rhizomes (roots). Effective for stabilizing banks and shorelines. Not suitable for gardens. See details

 Buy Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) Grasses Minnesota Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

The most ornamental of all prairie grasses, Prairie Dropseed forms dense clumps to create a mound of fine-textured leaves. The seed heads are airy and blow gracefully in the wind. The leaves mat down in the winter, providing natural mulch year after year. The seeds give off a spicy aroma that provides another sensory experience in gardens. See details

Buy Prairie Spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata) Wildflowers Minnesota Prairie Spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

Fluorescent blue flowers bloom early and often on this short spiderwort. It spreads by underground roots (rhizomes) to form small colonies on dry to medium soils. A nice addition to garden borders. See details

Buy Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) Wildflowers Minnesota Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Ohio Spiderwort has a small bunch of blue flowers on top of bare stems. It spreads by seed–so plant it in gardens where it is allowed to spread or in prairie restorations. The flowers will eventually be seen scattered throughout, providing a complimentary color to yellow blooming prairie flowers. See details

Buy Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) Wildflowers Minnesota Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Blue Vervain is a fast-growing plant with dozens of blue flowers on top. It establishes quickly in medium to moist soils, and is well suited for rain gardens and shoreline restorations. Great for butterflies and pollinators. See details

Buy Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta) Wildflowers Minnesota Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

A short blue flower that can often be seen growing in gravel field driveways. An important nectar source for butterflies and pollinators. It enjoys dry soils and thrives in sunny gardens, producing long, colorful flower spikes. Short-lived, but will re-seed in garden with open space. See details

Buy Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) Wildflowers Minnesota Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata)

Ironweed is a favorite nectar source of Monarchs and other butterflies. It paints the garden with large brush strokes of purple flowers. When planted next to Marsh Milkweed, expect a constant supply of monarchs in late summer. Great for rain gardens and large gardens with moist soil. See details

Buy Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) Wildflowers Minnesota Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

White flower spikes outlined with orange hairs add a unique color and texture to a garden. Culver’s Root can handle shadier gardens and moist soil, making it a valuable flower for hard-to-grow areas. See details

Buy Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata) Wildflowers Minnesota Bird’s Foot Violet (Viola pedata)

Bird’s Foot Violet is a tidy, non-aggressive flower perfect for dry borders and sandy rock gardens. The flowers are larger than you would expect from such a small plant, and the leaves look like little bird feet. A much sought after plant for gardens. See details

Buy Golden Alexander's (Zizia aurea) Wildflowers Minnesota Golden Alexander’s (Zizia aurea)

An early blooming flower for difficult locations, such as shadier areas and clay soils. The flowerheads are loaded with lots of little yellow flowers, a welcome sight in the spring while many prairie plants have barely started to grow. See details