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Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

Larval host for the Common Buckeye Butterfly. Grows well in hot/dry “bad” soil. Doesn’t compete well with aggressive plants.

Hollowstem Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)

The tallest Joe Pye. Typically avoided by mammals, but a favorite of many pollinators. May flop or you can stake it up.

Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis)

Interesting leaf structure and seed pods.

Illinois Tick Trefoil (Desmodium illinoense)

You often find the seeds of this genus sticking to you after a hike – these seeds are eaten by lots of wildlife. Flowers of this plant aren’t especially showy, but the plant is great for insects, birds, and mammals.

Indian Hemp/Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum)

Host to the hummingbird clearwing Hemaris diffinis. Often confused with common milkweed when it's younger. Popular with many small pollinators. Can be aggressive from horizontal roots.

Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)


Ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii)

Great plant for the pollinators. This species can be aggressive.

Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans)

A forest species for your shade garden with beautiful structure and flowers for spring garden interest. Not preferred by deer.

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

A butterfly magnet. Try in a shady rain garden. Can be tall, floppy, and take up a lot of space, but a stunning statement in the garden.

Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Beautiful spring flower that lasts all summer. Plant in masses to make a dramatic effect. Can spread quickly but typically fades out of the garden in about 8 years.

Large-Flowered Gaura (Oenothera filiformis)

Annual/biennial plant, so allow to self-seed in disturbed soil in order for it to return. A very unique, delicate-looking flower that can spread quickly by seed in disturbed soil but may fade out as other plants take the space.

Lavender Aster (Symphyotrichum turbinellum)

Typically grows as a shrubby upright perennial to 4' tall and to 2 1/2' wide. A study in KC showed that Symphyotrichum is one of the plant genera in our area that attracts the largest number of different bee species.

Lemon Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora)

An annual that will reseed and spread through the garden. Attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
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Littleflower Alumroot (Heuchera parviflora)

A groundcover for a shady area. Try this as a native alternative to hostas.
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Long-head coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

More common in Kansas. "Petals" could be red, or partially red, instead of yellow. Has a deep tap root, which it spends its first year growing so it may not flower until the second year. Best planted in masses or planted with other structural plants.