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I've included links to purchase some of my favorite books on landscaping with native plants.

Bringing Nature Home

Everyone should own this book as it really explains the relationships between plants and insects and all life that depend upon them.

Native Trees for North American Landscapes

A book that is great for determining native trees to add to your landscape.


Native Plants of the Midwest

The "Go To" book for selecting plants for your midwest landscape.


Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees

Good book to help determine native replacements for non-native trees/shrubs.


The Midwestern Native Garden

Good book for selecting native plants for a site.

Planting Guide

About this Guide

This guide lists all the species of plants and/or seeds that we sell at Kansas Native Plants. Use it as a guide for planning and planting your garden.


When planning a garden, you need to consider a plant's mature height & width, sun & water requirements, flower color, and season of bloom. To be successful the sun and water requirements of the species must match the site where they are to be planted.

Mature Size

Height: the mature height of the plant measured in feet
Width: the mature width of the plant measured in feet

Sun Needs

Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day

Water Needs

Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope

Plant Species

Scientific Name Common Name Common Family Height (ft) Width (ft) Flower Color Bloom Months Sun Needs Water Needs
Achillea millefolium Western Yarrow Aster 2.0 1.0 WhiteMay-JuneFull SunDrained to Dry
Agastache nepetoides Yellow Giant Hyssop Mint 6.0 3.0 Yellow, CreamAugust-SeptemberPart Sun, Full SunWet to Moist
Ageratina altissima White Snakeroot Aster 3.0 3.0 WhiteJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem Grass 8.0 3.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Drained
Aquilegia canadensis Red Columbine Buttercup 2.0 2.0 Red, PinkApril-MayPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Artemisia ludoviciana White Sage Aster 3.0 1.0 WhiteAugust-SeptemberFull SunMoist to Drained
Asarum canadense Canada Wild Ginger Birthwort 0.5 0.5 Violet, BrownApril-MayPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed Milkweed 5.0 3.0 Red, PinkJuly-AugustFull SunWet to Medium
Asclepias purpurascens Purple Milkweed Milkweed 3.0 2.0 VioletMay-JuneFull Sun, Part SunMedium to Drained
Asclepias sullivantii Smooth Milkweed Milkweed 3.0 2.0 Red, PinkJune-JulyFull SunMoist to Medium
Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed Milkweed 4.0 2.0 Lavender, PinkJune-JulyFull SunDrained to Dry
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed Milkweed 2.5 3.0 Orange, RedJune-JulyFull SunMedium to Dry
Asclepias viridis Green Antelopehorn Milkweed 2.0 2.0 Green, VioletApril-MayFull SunDrained to Dry
Asimina triloba Paw Paw Custard Apple 15.0 8.0 RedApril-MayFull Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Aster drummondii Drummond's Aster Aster 3.0 3.0 Lavender, PinkAugust-SeptemberPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Drained
Aster laevis Smooth blue aster Aster 4.0 3.0 Blue, LavenderSeptember-OctoberFull Sun, Part SunMedium to Dry
Aster novae-angliae New England Aster Aster 4.0 3.0 Blue, VioletSeptember-OctoberFull SunMoist to Medium
Aster oblongifolius Aromatic Aster Aster 0.8 1.0 Violet, LavenderSeptember-OctoberFull SunMedium to Dry
Aster oolentangiensis Sky Blue Aster Aster 3.0 3.0 Blue, LavenderSeptember-OctoberFull SunMedium to Dry
Astragalus canadensis Canada Milkvetch Bean 4.0 2.0 Yellow, CreamJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Drained
Baptisia alba White Wild Indigo Bean 5.0 3.0 WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Bidens polylepis Bur Marigold Aster 5.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Bouteloua curtipendula Side-Oats Grama Grass 3.0 2.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Callirhoe involucrata Purple Poppy Mallow Mallow 0.5 3.0 VioletApril-MayFull SunDrained to Dry
Campanula americana American Bellflower Bellflower 4.0 2.0 BlueJuly-AugustShadeMoist to Medium
Cassia marilandica Maryland Senna Bean 5.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustPart Sun, Full SunMoist to Medium
Chamaecrista fasciculata Partridge Pea Bean 3.0 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Drained
Chasmanthium latifolium Indian Woodoats Grass 3.0 0.1 GreenJuly-AugustShade, Part SunMoist to Medium
Claytonia virginica Spring Beauty Purslane 0.5 0.5 White, LavenderMarch-AprilPart Sun, Full SunMedium to Dry
Clematis pitcheri Pitcher's Leather Flower Buttercup 6.0 3.0 Violet, LavenderJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMedium to Drained
Corylus americana American Hazelnut Birch 8.0 2.0 WhiteApril-MayShade, Full SunMoist to Drained
Cynanchum laeve Climbing Milkweed Milkweed 10.0 3.0 White, GreenJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Dry
Dalea multiflora Roundhead Prairie Clover Bean 1.5 2.0 WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Dalea purpurea Purple Prairie Clover Bean 1.5 2.0 VioletJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Delphinium virescens Plains Larkspur Buttercup 3.0 0.5 White, LavenderMay-JuneFull SunMedium to Dry
Diarrhena obovata American Beakgrass Grass 1.5 1.0 GreenJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Dichanthelium clandestinum Deertongue Panicgrass Grass 1.0 3.0 GreenMay-JunePart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Echinacea pallida Pale Coneflower Aster 3.0 2.0 Violet, PinkJune-JulyFull SunMedium to Dry
Elymus canadensis Canada Wildrye Grass 3.0 1.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Elymus villosus Hairy Wild Rye Grass 1.5 1.0 GreenJune-JulyFull Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Erigeron philadelphicus Philadelphia Fleabane Aster 2.0 1.0 WhiteApril-MayFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Medium
Eryngium yuccifolium Rattlesnake Master Parsley 4.0 3.0 White, GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Euonymus atropurpureus Eastern Wahoo Bittersweet 8.0 6.0 Red, VioletApril-MayShade, Full SunDrained to Dry
Eupatorium altissimum Tall Boneset Aster 5.0 3.0 WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Drained
Eupatorium purpureum Sweet Joe-Pye Aster 5.0 3.0 Violet, PinkJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Euphorbia marginata Snow on the Mountain Spurge 3.5 1.0 White, GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Glandularia canadensis Rose Verbena Vervain 0.5 2.0 Violet, LavenderApril-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed Aster 3.5 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunWet to Moist
Helianthus annuus Annual Sunflower Aster 10.0 4.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Dry
Helianthus hirsutus Hairy Sunflower Aster 4.0 1.0 YellowJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMedium to Drained
Helianthus salicifolius Willow Leaf Sunflower Aster 7.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Helianthus tuberosus Jerusalem artichoke Aster 8.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Medium
Heliopsis helianthoides False Sunflower Aster 4.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Medium
Hydrophyllum virginianum Virginia Waterleaf Waterleaf 1.0 1.0 Lavender, WhiteApril-MayPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Liatris aspera Button Gayfeather Aster 3.0 1.0 Violet, LavenderSeptember-OctoberFull Sun, Part SunDrained to Dry
Liatris pycnostachya Thickspike Gayfeather Aster 4.0 2.0 Violet, LavenderJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Lithospermum incisum Fringed Puccoon Borage 0.8 1.0 YellowApril-MayFull SunDrained to Dry
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower Bellflower 3.0 1.0 RedJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunWet to Moist
Lomatium foeniculaceum Desert Biscuitroot Parsley 0.5 1.0 YellowMarch-AprilFull SunDrained to Dry
Monarda fistulosa Mint-leaf Beebalm Mint 3.0 2.0 Violet, LavenderJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Drained
Oenothera macrocarpa Missouri evening primrose Evening Primrose 0.8 1.0 YellowApril-MayFull Sun, Part SunMedium to Dry
Onosmodium molle Western Marbleseed Borage 2.0 3.0 Green, WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Osmorhiza longistylis Anise Root Parsley 3.0 3.0 WhiteJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Ostrya virginiana Hop Hornbeam Birch 18.0 10.0 GreenApril-MayShade, Full SunMedium to Dry
Packera plattensis Prairie Ragwort Aster 1.0 0.5 YellowApril-MayFull SunDrained to Dry
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass Grass 4.0 2.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Drained
Penstemon cobaea Showy Beardtongue Figwort 2.0 1.0 White, PinkMay-JuneFull SunDrained to Dry
Penstemon digitalis Foxglove Beardtongue Figwort 2.0 1.0 WhiteJune-JulyFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Medium
Penstemon grandiflorus Large-flower beardtongue Figwort 3.0 1.0 Pink, VioletApril-MayFull SunDrained to Dry
Phlox divaricata Blue Phlox Phlox 2.0 1.0 Blue, LavenderJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant Mint 4.0 2.0 Violet, PinkAugust-OctoberFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Medium
Polanisia dodecandra Clammy-weed Caper 3.0 3.0 Pink, WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Polygonum virginianum Virginia Knotweed Buckwheat 3.0 2.0 WhiteJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Prenanthes aspera Rough Rattlesnake Root Aster 4.0 2.0 YellowSeptember-OctoberFull SunMoist to Medium
Prunus virginiana Choke Cherry Rose 18.0 12.0 WhiteApril-MayFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Dry
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Slender Mountain Mint Mint 2.0 1.0 WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Ratibida columnifera Prairie Coneflower Aster 3.0 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Ratibida pinnata Gray-headed Coneflower Aster 4.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Drained
Rudbeckia hirta Black Eyed Susan Aster 2.0 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Drained
Rudbeckia laciniata Cutleaf Coneflower Aster 5.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Ruellia humilis Prairie Petunia Acanthus 0.8 1.0 Violet, LavenderJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Salvia azureus Blue Sage Mint 4.0 2.0 BlueJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem Grass 3.0 2.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunDrained to Dry
Silene stellata Starry Campion Pink 3.0 2.0 WhiteMay-JunePart Sun, ShadeMoist to Medium
Silphium integrifolium Wholeleaf Rosinweed Aster 5.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Silphium laciniatum Compass Plant Aster 8.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Dry
Silphium perfoliatum Cup Plant Aster 8.0 3.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Solidago nemoralis Gray Goldenrod Aster 2.5 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Solidago petiolaris Downy Goldenrod Aster 3.0 1.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull Sun, Part SunMedium to Dry
Solidago rigida Stiff Goldenrod Aster 4.0 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Solidago ulmifolia Elmleaf Goldenrod Aster 3.0 2.0 YellowJuly-AugustPart Sun, ShadeMedium to Dry
Sorghastrum nutans Indiangrass Grass 5.0 3.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Drained
Staphylea trifolia Bladdernut Bladdernut 8.0 4.0 WhiteApril-MayShadeMoist to Medium
Tradescantia ohiensis Ohio Spiderwort Spiderwort 3.0 1.0 Blue, VioletJune-JulyFull SunMoist to Drained
Tripsacum dactyloides Gama Grass Grass 5.0 4.0 GreenJuly-AugustFull SunMoist to Medium
Verbena hastata Blue Verbena Vervain 5.0 2.0 Blue, VioletJuly-AugustFull SunWet to Moist
Verbena simplex Narrowleaf Verbena Vervain 1.0 0.5 White, LavenderJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Verbena stricta Woolly Verbena Vervain 3.0 2.0 Violet, LavenderJuly-AugustFull SunMedium to Dry
Vernonia baldwinii Baldwin Ironweed Aster 4.0 2.0 VioletJuly-AugustFull Sun, Full SunMedium to Dry
Veronicastrum virginicum Culver's Root Figwort 4.0 3.0 WhiteJuly-AugustFull SunWet to Medium
Zanthoxylum americanum Prickly Ash Citrus 10.0 5.0 GreenApril-MayPart Sun, Full SunMoist to Medium
Zizia aurea Golden Alexanders Parsley 3.0 3.0 YellowApril-MayFull Sun, Part SunMoist to Drained

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