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ALLIUM senescens subsp. senescens 'Mongolian Gem'
(AL-ee-um) (sen-ESS-senz)
ALLIMG3
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Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM. Handsome blue-green, strap-like leaves followed in late summer with 18" stems of decorative, 2" balls of lavender-pink flowers, growing from clusters of narrow, bottle-shaped bulbs which have had widespread use as healthy food and medicine throughout Europe, Siberia, Northern Asia, and the far East. Use in the garden for a festive or carnival-like feeling. Bronzy-yellow fall foliage.
Zone: 3
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AMORPHA canescens
(a-MOR-fa) (kah-NES-enz)
AMORCA3
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Common Name: Lead Plant
Description: 1999 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year. U.S. native of dry or well-drained sites. Dense, white, hairy leaflets; blue flower spikes in June-July.
Zone: 3
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AMSONIA hubrichtii
(am-SO-nee-ah) (hew-BRIK-tee-eye)
AMSOHU3
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Common Name: Bluestar
Description: 2011 PPA Plant of the Year. 2009 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Pale blue flowers; mostly fine, needle-shaped leaves form a mound that turns bright yellow in fall.
Zone: 4
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ANDROPOGON gerardii 'Pawnee'
(an-dro-PO-gon) (jer-AR-dee-eye)
GRANGE1
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Common Name: Big Bluestem
Description: 2017 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. Colorful, robust native; turns light red after frost.
Zone: 4
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ANDROPOGON gerardii 'Pawnee'
(an-dro-PO-gon) (jer-AR-dee-eye)
GRANGE3
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Common Name: Big Bluestem
Description: 2017 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. Colorful, robust native; turns light red after frost.
Zone: 4
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ANDROPOGON gerardii 'Pawnee'
(an-dro-PO-gon) (jer-AR-dee-eye)
GRANGE5
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Common Name: Big Bluestem
Description: 2017 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year. Colorful, robust native; turns light red after frost.
Zone: 4
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ASCLEPIAS tuberosa
(as-KLAY-pee-us) (too-ber-OH-sah)
ASCLTU1
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Common Name: Butterly Milkweed
Description: 2000 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year. Showy, orange flower heads on this outstanding wildflower. Tough, durable plant once established; well worth the effort. Extreme care must be taken not to overwater in young or dormant stages.
Zone: 5
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ASCLEPIAS tuberosa
(as-KLAY-pee-us) (too-ber-OH-sah)
ASCLTU3
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Common Name: Butterly Milkweed
Description: 2000 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year. Showy, orange flower heads on this outstanding wildflower. Tough, durable plant once established; well worth the effort. Extreme care must be taken not to overwater in young or dormant stages.
Zone: 5
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ASTER fendleri 'My Antonia'
(ASS-ter) (FEND-ler-eye)
ASTEMY3
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Description: 1999 GreatPlantsTM. Pure white flowers with yellow centers from summer through fall on plants with glossy, dark green leaves.
Zone: 4
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BAPTISIA minor
(bap-TEE-zsah) (MY-ner)
BAPTMI3
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Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Indigo blue flowers on what looks like a miniature version of Baptisia australis.
Zone: 4
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BOUTELOUA curtipendula 'Trailway'
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (kurt-ih-PEN-doo-la)
GRBOCU1
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Common Name: Sideoats Grama
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Grass. Fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season native. Delicate, pendant seed heads; graceful foliage.
Zone: 4
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BOUTELOUA curtipendula 'Trailway'
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (kurt-ih-PEN-doo-la)
GRBOCU5
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Common Name: Sideoats Grama
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Grass! Fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season native. Delicate, pendant seed heads; graceful foliage.
Zone: 4
Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

BOUTELOUA curtipendula 'Trailway'
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (kurt-ih-PEN-doo-la)
GRBOCU3
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Common Name: Sideoats Grama
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Grass! Fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season native. Delicate, pendant seed heads; graceful foliage.
Zone: 4
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BOUTELOUA gracilis
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (grah-SIL-is)
GRBOGR5
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Common Name: Blue Grama
Description: 2008 GreatPlants TM Grass of the Year. Most important range grass of the Great Plains. Curly, narrow leaves; long, one-sided seed spikes with eyelash-like inflorescence.
Zone: 4
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BOUTELOUA gracilis
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (grah-SIL-is)
GRBOGR1
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Common Name: Blue Grama
Description: 2008 GreatPlants Grass of the Year! Most important range grass of the Great Plains. Curly, narrow leaves; long, one sided seed spikes with eyelash-like inflorescence.
Zone: 4
Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

BOUTELOUA gracilis
(boo-tel-LOO-uh) (grah-SIL-is)
GRBOGR3
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Common Name: Blue Grama
Description: 2008 GreatPlants Grass of the Year! Most important range grass of the Great Plains. Curly, narrow leaves; long, one sided seed spikes with eyelash-like inflorescence.
Zone: 4
Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Ground Cover

CALAMAGROSTIS brachytricha
(kal-ah-mah-GROS-tiss) (bray-kee-TRY-ka)
GRCABR3
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Common Name: Reed Grass
Description: 2007 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! RHS Award of Garden Merit. Fall blooming reed grass. Fine textured, rosy inflorescence in September; looks good all fall.
Zone: 5
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CALLICARPA dichotoma
(ka-lee-KAR-pa) (di-KO-to-ma)
CALLDI5
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Common Name: Purple Beautyberry
Description: Most graceful and refined species with long, slender branches that arch to the ground. Clusters of lilac-violet fruits September-October. All bloom on current year's wood, can be cut down to 6" in late winter and treated as a herbaceous perennial.
Zone: 5
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CALLIRHOE alcaeoides 'Logan Calhoun'
(ka-lee-RO-ee) (al-see-OY-deez)
CALLLC3
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Common Name: Poppy Mallow, Winecups
Description: 2000 GreatPlantsTM. Sparkling white 'wine cups' on this outstanding Great Plains native found by the late, dedicated, native American plantsman, Logan Calhoun and named in his honor.
Zone: 4
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CARAGANA microphylla 'Mongolian Silver Spires'
(kar-a-GAW-na) (mik-ro-FIL-a)
CARAMS5
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Description: 2007 GreatPlantsTM Introduction. Sparkling, ferny, silver leaves. Narrow, upright habit on this xeric shrub. Large, yellow flowers produce red seed pods. Selected from seed from Mongolian steppe. For hedge or low windbreak; somewhat spiny.
Zone: 3
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CAREX grayi
(KARE-eks) (GRAY-eye)
GRCAGR3
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Common Name: Gray's Sedge
Description: Large, showy seed heads for moist shade.
Zone: 4
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CAREX muskingumensis
(KARE-eks) (mus-king-u-MEN-sis)
GRCAMU3
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Common Name: Palm Sedge
Description: 2011 GreatPlants TM Grass of the Year. Effective as a specimen near water.
Zone: 4
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CEANOTHUS americanus
(see-ah-NO-thuss) (a-mer-ih-KAH-nus)
CEANAM3
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Common Name: New Jersey Tea, Wild Snowball
Description: Clusters of white flowers; native shrub.
Zone: 3
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CEPHALANTHUS occidentalis
(sef-ah-LAN-thus) (oks-ee-den-TAL-is)
CEPHOC3
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Common Name: Button Bush, Button Willow, Honey Bells
Description: Attractive, native landscape shrub. Unusual, showy, honey-scented, white flowers in a perfectly dense sphere with protruding stamens. Tolerant of wet or dry sites. Excellent winter interest.
Zone: 4
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CHELONE lyonii 'Hot Lips'
(kee-LO-nay) (ly-ON-ee-eye)
CHELHL5
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Common Name: Turtlehead, Snakehead
Description: 2012 Great PlantsTM Perennial of the Year. Deeper colored, hot pink flowers on this recent selection of the wetland native. Glossy, dark green leaves tinted bronze in spring and its red stems add interest.
Zone: 3
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CLEMATIS columbiana var. tenuiloba
(klem-AT-iss) (kol-um-bee-AH-nuh)
CLEMTN4
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Common Name: Rock Clematis
Description: 2006 GreatPlantsTM Release. Not every clematis was meant to grow on a trellis. Small, umbrella-shaped flowers of violet, pale blues, and pale pinks. Native to the Rocky Mountains. Does well in the well-drained soils of rock gardens. PG1.
Zone: 3
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CLEMATIS fruticosa 'Mongolian Gold'
(klem-AT-iss) (froo-tih-KO-sa)
CLEMMO4
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Description: 1999 GreatPlantsTM. Yellow flowers in summer; glossy, dark green foliage. Attractive seed heads late summer and fall. Erect, woody shrub. Collected by Great Plants group in Northern Inner Mongolia. PG3.
Zone: 4
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CLEMATIS hexapetala 'Mongolian Snowflakes'
CLEMMF4
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Description: 2009 GreatPlants™ Release. Masses of 1.5" fragrant, white flowers followed by feathery, bright silver seed heads covering this shrubby Clematis in late spring. Both flower stems and seed heads make excellent cuts with a long vase life. Drought tolerant. It forms a sprawling, 3' high mound of dark green foliage. Selected for its extra large flowers. PG3
Zone: 5
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DALEA purpurea 'Stephanie'
(DAY-lee-ah) (pur-pur-EE-ah)
DALEST3
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Common Name: Prairie Clover
Description: 2002 GreatPlantsTM. Bright lavender flowers on compact, bushy plants with as many as 40 stalks per plant! Great selection with darker green foliage; does not lodge. A prize from UNL breeder, Dale Lindgren.
Zone: 4
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DIANTHUS 'Prairie Pink'
(dy-ANN-thus)
DIANPR3
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Description: 2006 GreatPlantsTM Release! Introduction from Dale Lindgren of the University of Nebraska. Large, double, bright fuchsia-pink, fragrant flowers all season; glaucous foliage.
Zone: 5
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