Popular Plants

Popular Plants

These are some of the most popular native plants for gardens. They are garden favorites because they have beautiful blooms and foliage, are long-lived perennials, and they don’t spread aggressively in gardens. Most of them are valuable for butterflies and pollinators too–either providing nectar and pollen or food for larvae.

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We sell plants 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 blazingstargardens@gmail.com or call us at 507-402-8337.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

 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 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