2020 Spring  |  Bee Wise Potted Plant List

Native plants are the foundation of a healthy ecosystem, supporting countless species of insects, birds, animals and other plant species. Native plants also play a tremendous role in the sequestration of carbon from our atmosphere. All species listed are second year perennials, native to La Crosse, Vernon or neighboring Wisconsin counties. All plants have been grown from seed, not wild dug. Native plants can be slow to establish but provide long-term benefits with flowering generally occurring 2-5 years from germination.


Asclepias exaltata |  Poke Milkweed

Woodland  |  3-5’  |  A milkweed for full to partial shade, this plant is a monarch butterfly favorite. Poke Milkweed features a globe-like bloom of white widely spreading flowers, resembling a fireworks display and prefers moderately moist to average woodlands.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Asclepias tuberosa | Butterfly Weed (milkweed)

Prairie | 1-3′ | A medium to dry soil-loving milkweed, this native to Wisconsin prairies supports monarch butterflies in addition to a nectar source for a wide variety of pollinators.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Carex sprengelii |  Long-beaked sedge

Woodland and Savanna  |  1-3’ | This showy sedge forms small colonies and features conspicuous seed clusters. A great grasslike species for moderately wet to average soil moisture and full-sun to moderate shade.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Echinacea pallida  |  Pale Purple Coneflower

Prairie  |  2-3’  |  A classic prairie species, Pale Purple Coneflower is the true Wisconsin native. This species prefers full-sun and moderate to dry soil.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Eutrochium purpuream |  Sweet Joe-Pye Weed

Savanna and Woodland  |  4-6’  |  Sweet Joe-Pye Weed prefers moderately wet to moderately dry soil, with full-sun to moderate shade. Hundreds of pink flowers form a wide cluster.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Liatris ligulistylis  |  Northern Plains Blazing Star

Prairie  |  2-4’  |  A mid-summer favorite for butterflies and bees, Northern Plains Blazing Star grows in moderately wet to average soil and full to partial-sun.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Monarda fistulosa  |  Bee Balm (Wild Bergamot)

Prairie and Savanna  |  2-4’  |  Bee Balm is a wide-ranging species that can tolerate moderately wet to dry soil and partial shade to full-sun. Mature plants spread to form colonies, so be sure you plant this mint in a place where you would like to see it thrive (and dominate). The leaves are aromatic when crushed.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Pycanthemum virginianum  |  Mountain Mint

Prairie  |  1-4’  |  Mountain Mint is a great pollinator plant, attracting a variety of interesting bees and beneficial insects. The leaves are aromatic when crushed. This wide-ranging species that can tolerate moderately wet to dry soil and partial shade to full-sun. Mature plants spread to form colonies, so be sure you plant this mint in a place where you would like to see it thrive (and dominate).

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Silphium perfoliatum  |  Cup Plant

Wetland and Prairie  |  3-8’  |  Cup Plant attracts a variety of wildlife, not only for it’s large cluster of yellow composite flowers, but also for water that is trapped by large perfoliate (and cup-forming) leaves. Preferring wet to average soil and full to partial-sun, Cup Plant is a short-lived perennial, but will spread by rhizomes, forming regenerative colonies. Be sure you plant this species in a place where you would like to see it thrive (and dominate).

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Sisyrinchium campestre  |  Prairie Blue-eyed Grass

Prairie  |  1’  |  A short spring-blooming Iris, Prairie Blue-eyed Grass displays intense blue flowers that open during the day. This species grows well in average to moderately dry soils and full-sun.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Schizachyrium scoparium  |  Little Bluestem

Prairie  |  1-3’  |  This iconic prairie grass is clump forming, with light green to purple-blue foliage during the growing season and intense shades of reddish orange beginning fall through winter. Little Bluestem prefers average to dry soil and full to partial-sun.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Thalictrum dasycarpum  |  Purple Meadow Rue

Wetland and Prairie  |  2-8’  |  Purple Meadow Rue displays attractive blue-green leaves, with inconspicuous yellow flowers. Plants generally exhibit only male or female flowers on separate plants, so multiple plants are needed to re-seed. Ideal growing conditions include wet to moderate soil moisture and full to partial-sun.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 

Thalictrum dioicum  |  Early Meadow Rue

Woodland  |  1-3’  |  An attractive species for shade and partial-sun, Early Meadow Rue displays attractive blue-green leaves, with inconspicuous yellow flowers. Plants generally exhibit only male or female flowers on separate plants, so multiple plants are needed to re-seed. Ideal soil conditions include moderately wet to moderately dry.

$5.00 – dormant bare root for transplant

Potted options available in May through early-June. Please check back!

 


“We believe that native plants should be grown with the upmost integrity and care, using the inputs that nature intended, sunshine, living soil and rain.”

We always:

grow plants using organic methods only

start plants from seed and never use wild dug roots

grow and sell true native species, never cultivars or “nativars”

disclose the genetic origin of seed used to grow our plants