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western coneflower (Rudbeckia occidentalis)

  Common name: western coneflower Botanical name: Rudbeckia occidentalis Light: part sun Height: 18 – 72 inches Water: moderate to high Soil type: well-drained loam Short-lived perennial wildflower with dark brown to purplish disc flowers but no ray flowers; blooms midsummer to fall; found in moist … Continue reading

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American plum (Prunus americana)

Common name: American plum Botanical name: Prunus americana Light: full sun to part shade Height: 6 – 15 feet Water: moderate Soil type: variety of well-drained soils from sand to clay Deciduous shrub with numerous stems with small sharp-pointed twigs like thorns ;  5-petalled … Continue reading

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American bistort (Polygonum bistortoides)

  Common name: American bistort Botanical name: Polygonum bistortoides Light: full sun Height: 8 – 25 inches Water: moderate Soil type: sandy loam to organic Perennial wildflower with dark green basal leaves and white to pinkish in spike-like clusters of flowers that bloom in midsummer; found in … Continue reading

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broad-leaf penstemon (Penstemon angustifolius)

  Common name: broad-leaf penstemon Botanical name: Penstemon angustifolius Light: full sun Height: 8 – 24 inches Water: low, drought tolerant Soil type: sandy or rocky to loamy soils Perennial wildflower with long tubular purple to pink flowers and smooth, waxy, gray … Continue reading

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Hooker’s evening primrose (Oenothera elata)

  Common name: Hooker’s evening primrose Botanical name: Oenothera elata, Oenothera hookeri Light: full to partial sun Height: 12 – 48 inches Water: moderate to low (blooms longer with water) Soil type: sandy loam to loose clay Biennial or short-lived perennial wildflower with … Continue reading

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big-seed biscuitroot (Lomatium macrocarpum)

  Common name: big-seed biscuitroot Botanical name: Lomatium macrocarpum Light: full sun Height: 4 – 10 inches Water: moderate to low Soil type: well-drained gravelly to sandy loam blooms in early summer; tiny whitish flowers in flat-topped umbels; parsley-like leaves and roots are edible; great for … Continue reading

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ballhead sandwort (Arenaria congesta)

  Common name: ballhead sandwort Botanical name: Arenaria congesta Light: Full sun Height: 6 – 12 inches Water: low, drought tolerant Soil type: well-drained sandy to rocky soils Perennial alpine wildflower with fine leaves (grass-like) with clusters of small white 5-petalled flowers … Continue reading

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prairie tickseed (Coreopsis tinctoria)

Common name: prairie tickseed Botanical name: Coroeopsis tinctoria Light: Full sun Height: 12 – 40 inches Water: moderate to low, flourishes with more water in sunny sites Soil type: sandy to loamy soils Annual yellow to red wildflower with red centers in open clusters … Continue reading

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Wilcox’s penstemon (Penstemon wilcoxii)

Common name: Wilcox’s penstemon Botanical name: Penstemon wilcoxii Light: Full to partial sun Height: 12 – 18 inches Water: low, drought tolerant once established Soil type: sandy, rocky and poor well-drained soils Perennial wildflower with purplish-blue 2-lipped flowers in early summer; reseeds easily; deadheading recommended … Continue reading

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Rydberg’s penstemon (Penstemon rydbergii)

Common name: Rydberg’s penstemon Botanical name: Penstemon rydbergii Light: full to partial sun Height: 8 – 16 inches Water: moderate Soil type: loamy to organic well-drained soils Perennial wildflower with purplish-blue 2-lipped flowers in midsummer; found in mountain meadows; hummingbirds love it! %%wppa%% … Continue reading

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