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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
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Wild Flower Full Sun

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
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Hummingbird Butterfly

ERAGROSTIS trichodes
(err-ah-GROS-tiss) (trik-OH-des)
GRERTR5
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Common Name: Sand Love Grass
Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Lovely, delicate, warm season, native bunchgrass with arching seed heads.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

ERAGROSTIS trichodes
(err-ah-GROS-tiss) (trik-OH-des)
GRERTR3
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Common Name: Sand Love Grass
Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Lovely, delicate, warm season, native bunchgrass with arching seed heads.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

EUONYMUS carnosus
(yew-ON-ih-mus) (kar-NO-sus)
EUONCA5
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Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Release. Large shrub or small tree with marvelous, red fruit in fall and winter. (carnosus=flesh colored flowers) The species is destined to rate high in the GreatPlants quest to find an ideal, small, ornamental tree. Harlan collected it in northern China for its hardiness, stature, colorful fruit, and the possibilities of fall foliage color.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Full Shade Ground Cover

EUPATORIUM altissimum 'Prairie Jewel'
(yew-pa-TOR-ee-um) (al-TISS-im-um)
EUPAPJ3
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Common Name: Mist Flower
Description: 2009 GreatPlantsTM Release. Clusters of lovely white flowers adorn this handsome, rugged, pest-free Prairie Jewel. An attractively cream-speckled and mottled foliage variation of an Eastern Great Plains native selected by Ed Rassmussen of The Fragrant Path.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Butterfly

EUPATORIUM purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Gateway'
(yew-pa-TOR-ee-um) (pur-pur-EE-um)
EUPAGA3
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Common Name: Mist Flower
Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year. Choice selection with clusters of red flowers July-September. Coarsely toothed foliage with wine red stems. Prefers rich, moist soil.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Butterfly

FALLOPIA aubertii 'Lemon Lace'
(fal-OH-pee-ah) (aw-BER-tee-eye)
FALLLL5
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Common Name: Lemon Lace Vine
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM. A sparkling, golden-leafed sport discovered by Pam Hamernik of our staff. This exciting, lemon colored vine also features red stems and petioles; foamy-white flowers in late summer. Slower growing than the species. It's ideal to add a crisp brightness to the trellis, fence, or small tree for contrast. Use in combination with clematis.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Vine Full Sun

FALLOPIA aubertii 'Lemon Lace'
(fal-OH-pee-ah) (aw-BER-tee-eye)
FALLLL3
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Common Name: Lemon Lace Vine
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM. A sparkling, golden-leafed sport discovered by Pam Hamernik of our staff. This exciting, lemon colored vine also features red stems and petioles; foamy-white flowers in late summer. Slower growing than the species. It's ideal to add a crisp brightness to the trellis, fence, or small tree for contrast. Use in combination with clematis.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Vine Full Sun

FILIPENDULA rubra 'Venusta'
(fil-i-PEN-dew-la) (REW-bra)
FILIVE8
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Common Name: Martha Washington's Plume
Description: 2013 GreatPlants™ Perennial of the Year. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Very large, pink flower heads from summer until fall. Showy, vigorous plants.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade

GERANIUM sanguineum
(jer-AYE-nee-um) (san-GWIN-ee-um)
GERASN3
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Common Name: Bloody Crane's-Bill
Description: 2002 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Bowl-shaped, magenta flowers cover plants late spring-early summer; may re-bloom if sheared. Durable, deeply cut foliage forms a mound that turns blood red in fall.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Partial Shade Ground Cover

GERANIUM sanguineum
(jer-AYE-nee-um) (san-GWIN-ee-um)
GERASN5
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Common Name: Bloody Crane's-Bill
Description: 2002 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Bowl-shaped, magenta flowers cover plants late spring-early summer; may re-bloom if sheared. Durable, deeply cut foliage forms a mound that turns blood red in fall.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Partial Shade Ground Cover

GEUM triflorum
(JEE-um) (try-FLOOR-um)
GEUMTR3
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Common Name: Prairie Smoke
Description: 2008 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Nodding, pink flowers and feathery seed heads on this native.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Wild Flower Full Sun

HEPTACODIUM miconioides
(hep-tah-KO-dee-um) (mik-on-ee-OY-deez)
HEPTMI5
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Common Name: Northern Crepe Myrtle, Seven-Son Flower
Description: 2011 GreatPlantsTM Shrub of the Year. 2008 Plant Select®. Clusters of fragrant, white flowers in fall followed by rosy-red sepals on large Chinese shrub or small tree with exfoliating bark.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants PlantSelect Full Sun Partial Shade Hummingbird Butterfly

HIBISCUS moscheutos 'Pink Clouds'
(hi-BIS-cus) (mos-KEW-tas)
HIBIPC5
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Common Name: Mallow, Rose Mallow
Description: 2011 GreatPlantsTM Release. An outstanding, large-flowered Bluebird selection features intense deep pink flowers that catch the eye from a long distance. This robust Hibiscus blooms over a long period and has beautiful, mature leaves that are the size, color, and shape of Norway maple. Hibiscus are late to break dormancy in spring. Please do not request shipment before growth starts, as we cannot assume responsibility for them breaking dormancy under your conditions. Plant hibiscus 3" deeper to protect buds from winter damage.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Water Plant Hummingbird

HIBISCUS moscheutos 'Pink Clouds'
(hy-BIS-kus) (mos-KEW-tas)
HIBIPC3
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Common Name: Mallow, Rose Mallow
Description: 2011 GreatPlantsTM Release. An outstanding, large-flowered Bluebird selection features intense deep pink flowers that catch the eye from a long distance. This robust Hibiscus blooms over a long period and has beautiful, mature leaves that are the size, color, and shape of Norway maple. Hibiscus are late to break dormancy in spring. Please do not request shipment before growth starts, as we cannot assume responsibility for them breaking dormancy under your conditions. Plant hibiscus 3" deeper to protect buds from winter damage.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Water Plant Hummingbird

HYDRANGEA quercifolia
(hy-DRAIN-jah) (kwer-sih-FOE-lee-ah)
HYDRQU5
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Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea
Description: 2001 GreatPlantsTM Shrub of the Year! RHS Award of Garden Merit. Among the best of our native shrubs. Highly textured, 3-8", lobed, dark green leaves turn rich red, orange-red, and burgundy in fall persisting into December. Bountiful inflorescences are 8-10" cones of showy white flowers beginning in June, turning purplish-pink as they age and an attractive light brown for winter. This beauty also features peeling cinnamon-like bark. Likes moist, neutral to acid, organic soil.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Partial Shade

IRIS spuria 'Fontanelle'
(EYE-riss) (SPUR-ee-ah)
IRISSF5
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Common Name: Flag, Fleur-De-Lis
Description: Found years ago at an old farmstead. An unsurpassed, neat garden plant with elegant, large flowers of violet-blue, whose lavender-rose falls each bear a bright yellow spot. Flowers first two weeks of June. Wonderful, sword-like foliage.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Full Sun Hummingbird

LIATRIS ligulistylis
(lee-AT-tris) (lig-yew-lis-STY-lis)
LIATLI3
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Common Name: Large-headed Liatris
Description: 2017 GreatPlants™ Perennial of the Year. Outstanding, Great Plains native. Large, purple florets on long spike with terminal flower being the largest. Blooms July to September. An Eastern South Dakota ecotype.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

LIATRIS microcephala White Sprite Strain
(lee-AT-tris) (mik-ro-SEF-a-la)
LIATWS3
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Common Name: Blazing Star, Gayfeather
Description: 2010 GreatPlantsTM Release. A neat mound with many, small, white flowers in late summer on each of its multiple stems. This jewel fits perfectly in many landscape situations.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

LIATRIS pycnostachya 'Eureka'
(lee-AT-tris) (pik-no-STAK-ee-a)
LIATEU3
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Common Name: Button Snakeroot
Description: 2006 GreatPlantsTM Release! Outstanding native of Great Plains wet prairies. Bred and selected by Dr. Sotero Salac and kept going by Dr. William Gustafson, both of UNL. Breath-taking in the garden and vibrantly vivacious as a florist's crop. Produces a 1'+ dense spike crowded with reddish-purple, long lasting flowers.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

MISCANTHUS sinensis var. purpurascens 'Autumn Red'
(mis-KAN-thus) (sih-NEN-sis)
GRMIAR8
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Description: 2006 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Compact, 3-4', early blooming variety. Red-purple fall color. Extra nice.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Full Sun

MONARDA bradburiana 'Prairie Gypsy'
(mo-NAR-da) (brad-bur-EE-an-ah)
MONAPG3
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Description: 2009 GreatPlantsTM Release. Scores of exciting, extra large, 1 1/2", raspberry-pink, floral tubes with two lips; the upper, narrow and very hairy with stamens; the lower, wide with fine hairs on the lip edges and colorful lines of narrow spots. These large, 3"+, fragrant, flower clusters form at the terminals. The nectar attracts many species of butterflies. Fragrant, minty scent.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Hummingbird Butterfly

OENOTHERA macrocarpa 'Comanche Campfire'
(e-NOTH-er-a) (mak-roe-KAR-pa)
OENOCC3
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Common Name: Evening Primrose, Sundrops
Description: 2001 GreatPlantsTM Introduction. The large, shiny silver, drought and sun resistant leaves are complimented by glowing ruby stems topped with huge, delicious yellow flowers until fall. Cutting propagated from an outstanding seedling grown from seed collected in Western Oklahoma by the GreatPlants for the Great Plains group of Nebraska. Limited supply after 4/15.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Full Sun Partial Shade

OENOTHERA macrocarpa subsp. fremontii
(e-NOTH-er-a) (mak-roe-KAR-pa)
OENOFR3
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Common Name: Evening Primrose, Sundrops
Description: Large, light yellow flowers beginning in May; most have glaucous leaves, narrower than species. Drought tolerant plants, native to NE & KS.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade

PANICUM virgatum 'Dallas Blues' PP# 11,202
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPADB8
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Common Name: Switch Grass
Description: 2016 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year! Steely blue-purple foliage selection with many, very large flower panicles from early September to frost. Robust plants. Outstanding! Propagation Prohibited.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Northwind'
(PAN-ih-kum)
GRPANW5
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Common Name: Switch Grass
Description: 2014 PPA Plant of the Year! 2012 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year! Considered the best landscape Panicum. 'North Wind' is an outstanding, upright, blue selection made by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in Wisconsin. Wide, substantial, greenish-blue grass blades become a lovely blue in summer and turn golden-yellow in fall. Rust resistant. Vigorous.
Zone: 2
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Northwind'
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPANW8
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Common Name: Switch Grass
Description: 2012 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year. Considered the best landscape Panicum. 'Northwind' is an outstanding, upright, blue selection made by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in WI. Wide, substantial, greenish-blue grass blades become a lovely blue in summer and turn golden-yellow in fall. Rust resistant. Vigorous.
Zone: 2
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Shenandoah'
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPASH5
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Common Name: Red Switch Grass
Description: 2009 GreatPlants TM Grass of the Year! Dark red leaf tones in July, burgundy in August, to wine colored in September. Striking contrast plant.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun

PANICUM virgatum 'Shenandoah'
(PAN-ih-kum) (ver-GAY-tum)
GRPASH8
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Common Name: Red Switch Grass
Description: 2009 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year. Dark red leaf tones in July, burgundy in August, to wine colored in September. Striking contrast plant.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun