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Golden Alexanders (Zizia aura) $4.97 for Packet of 50 Seeds with FREE Shipping. Also called Golden Zizia. Host plant for Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) and Ozark Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio joanae). Nectar source for all butterflies.

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) Bloom Period: May-June Flower Color: Yellow Height: ft Location: Sun-Shade

Plants We Love: Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) on http://www.hortmag.com

Plants We Love: Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica

For blue flowers in late summer, plant great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), a cousin of the more widely grown cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

Tiarella cordifolia (Heart-leaf foamflower,) shade plant, once again, acidic moist soil

Tiarella cordifolia (Heart-leaf foamflower,) shade plant, once again, acidic…

Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders). Uncommon classic beauty with golden flowers from late April to early July. Emits a pleasant scent when crushed. Creates a sea of shining yellow waves in wet prairie pockets.

Uncommon classic beauty with golden flowers from late April to early July. Emits a pleasant scent when crushed. Creates a sea of shining yellow waves in wet prairie pockets.

Round-Headed Bush Clover, Lespedeza capitata -full sun (not deer resistant) great butterfly plant

Round-Headed Bush Clover, Lespedeza capitata -full sun (not deer resistant) great butterfly plant

Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida). Dry to moist prairies and open woodlands. 3-5 ft. tall. Gold flowers in Early Fall. Full-Sun. Staple in prairie gardens. great pollen source. Attracts bees & butterflies. Average to infertile, well-draining soils. Rhizome spreading and self-seeding. Good with joe-pye-weed and coneflowers. Lot's of varieties.

Stiff Goldenrod adds a pop of color that will be pleasing to the eye of a pollinator.

Amorpha canescens (Leadplant)  Soil: prefers well-drained or dry soils

Amorpha canescens (Leadplant) Soil: prefers well-drained or dry soils. Sun, part shade perennial shrub.

Goldenrod / Edible parts: All aerial parts of the plant can be used. The flowers are edible and make attractive garnishes on salads. Flowers and leaves (fresh or dried) are used to make tea. Leaves can be cooked like spinach or added to soups, stews or casseroles. Leaves can be blanched and frozen for later use in soups, stews, or stir fry throughout the winter or spring.

Goldenrod The flowers are edible and make attractive garnishes on salads. Flowers and leaves (fresh or dried) are used to make te

All about varieties of Mountain Mints - (Pycnanthemum species). There are over 20 native species of mountain mint in the United States. Attractive, easy to grow, aromatic and deer resistant. Pictured here is Short-toothed Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum). Saw this at the Audobon society crawling with honeybees (they had hives on site) and a variety of other pollinators. Even though its varieties are broadly native across large geographic areas, in some states it is considered endangered.

All about varieties of Mountain Mints I (Pycnanthemum species). There are over 20 native species of mountain mint in the United States I Here is Short-toothed Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)

Prairie Onion.  Sun. Dry.  8-18"

Photos and information about Minnesota flora - Prairie Onion: to round cluster of ¼-inch pink to purplish star-shaped flowers with yellow stamens

Purple Milkweed can take a little longer to flower than other milkweed varieties, but it's worth the wait to finally see in all its purple glory. Get more info on growing Asclepias purpurascens for monarchs...

Asclepias purpurascens- Purple Milkweed for Monarchs

Purple Milkweed can take a little longer to flower than other milkweed varieties, but it's worth the wait to finally see in all its purple glory. Get more info on growing Asclepias purpurascens for monarchs.

Asclepias syriaca

States where Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca grows. Information about states where other native milkweed species are grown.

Amorpha canescens or Leadplant ... this is one of the coolest looking plants, really hope it grows successfully!

Amorpha canescens or Leadplant . this is one of the coolest looking plants, really hope it grows successfully!

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