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PENSTEMON grandiflorus 'Prairie Snow'
(PEN-steh-mon) (gran-di-FLOOR-us)
PENSPR3
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Common Name: Beardtongue, Firecracker
Description: 2006 GreatPlantsTM Release! A Dale Lindgren selection of the Great Plains. Shell-Leaf Penstemon with large, white flowers.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Hummingbird

PENSTEMON grandiflorus War Axe
(pen-STAY-mon) (gran-di-FLOOR-us)
PENSWA3
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Common Name: Beardtongue, Firecracker
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Release! Exceptionally wide color range including pinks, maroons, reds, and purples.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Hummingbird

PENSTEMON Prairie Splendor
(PEN-steh-mon)
PENSPS3
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Common Name: Beardtongue, Firecracker
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM Release! Introduction from Dale Lindgren at University of Nebraska North Platte Station. Large flowers in white and magnificent shades of rose, lavender, and pink for about four weeks. Another winner from this fine breeding program.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Hummingbird

PHLOX divaricata
(floks)(dy-var-ih-KA-ta)
PHLODI5
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Description: 2011 GreatPlants™ Perennial of the Year. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Masses of blue flowers in spring with durable dark green foliage. Popular variety.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Hummingbird Butterfly

PHLOX divaricata
(floks) (dy-var-ih-KA-ta)
PHLODI3
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Description: 2011 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Masses of blue flowers in spring; durable, dark green foliage. Back by popular request for restoration projects!
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Butterfly

POLYGONATUM multiflorum 'Variegatum'
(pol-ig-on-AY-tum) (mul-tee-FLOOR-um)
POLYVA5
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Common Name: Solomon's Seal
Description: 2013 PPA Plant of the Year. 2004 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! White edged leaves. Tiny, white, bell flowers in spring on arching stems.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Partial Shade Full Shade

PULSATILLA vulgaris
(pul-sah-TIL-lah)(vul-GARE-iss)
PULSVU5
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Common Name: Pasque Flower
Description: RHS Award of Garden Merit. Violet-purple flowers in early spring.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun

PULSATILLA vulgaris Heiler hybrids
(pull-sah-TIL-lah)
PULSHH5
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Common Name: (Pasque Flower)
Description: From dark red to bright red, pink, violet , blue, cream and pure white flowers.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun Hybrid

PULSATILLA vulgaris 'Rubra'
(pull-sah-TIL-lah)
PULSVR5
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Common Name: Pasque Flower
Description: Dark red-violet selection.
Zone: 5
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun

RUDBECKIA fulgida var. speciosa
(rud-BEK-ee-ah) (full-jih-dah)
RUDBFS3
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Description: RHS Award of Garden Merit. Taller than 'Goldsturm', also longer blooming and more persistent with longer lasting flowers.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Butterfly

RUDBECKIA fulgida var. speciosa
(rud-BEK-ee-ah) (full-jih-dah)
RUDBFS1
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Description: RHS Award of Garden Merit. Taller than 'Goldsturm', also longer blooming and more persistent with longer lasting flowers.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Butterfly

RUDBECKIA fulgida var. speciosa [newmanii]
(rud-BEK-ee-ah)(full-jih-dah)
RUDBFS5
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Description: 2014 GreatPlants™ Perennial of the Year! RHS Award of Garden Merit. Taller than Goldsturm', also longer blooming and more persistent with longer lasting flowers.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Full Sun Butterfly

SCABIOSA superba 'Mongolian Mist'
(skab-ee-OH-sah) (soo-PER-ba)
SCABMM3
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Common Name: Pincushion Flower
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Release. Large, dazzling purple-blue, full pincushions arising from substantial stems above elegant, deep green, textured mounds. The originals were collected by GreatPlants members Gustafson, Bieberich, Morrissey, and Hamernik in 1997 on a mountain north of Hohot, Inner Mongolia. Rigorous selection since has given us 'Mongolian Mist'.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Rock Garden Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

SCABIOSA superba 'Mongolian Mist'
(skab-ee-OH-sah)
SCABMM5
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Common Name: Pincushion Flower
Description: 2004 GreatPlants™ Release. Large, dazzling purple-blue, full pincushions arising from substantial stems above elegant, deep green, textured mounds. The originals were collected by GreatPlants member Gustafson, Bieberich, Morrissey and Hamernik in 1997 on a mountain north of Hohot, Inner Mongolia.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Full Sun Partial Shade

SCHIZACHYRIUM s. 'MinnBlueA' PP17,310 Blue Heaven™
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um) (sko-PAR-ee-um)
GRSCBH5
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Description: 2013 GreatPlants Grass of the Year. Introduction from the University of MN. Blue-gray foliage in the summer turning burgundy-red with purple and violet highlights in September lasting well into November. Taller, more upright form than is typical of little bluestem, remains upright, and does not fall down or 'lodge'. Small, fluffy, white flowers form in August and September. Propagation Prohibited.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium 'Blaze'
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um) (sko-PAR-ee-um)
GRSCBL3
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Common Name: Little Bluestem
Description: 1998 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Colorful, fine-leaved, warm season bunch grass. Russet-red through fall and winter.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium 'Blaze'
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um) (sko-PAR-ee-um)
GRSCBL5
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Common Name: Little Bluestem
Description: 1998 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year! Colorful, fine-leaved, warm season bunch grass. Russet-red through fall and winter.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SCUTELLARIA resinosa 'Smoky Hills'
(sku-te-LAH-ree-a) (res-in-OH-sa)
SCUTSH3
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Common Name: Skull Cap, Helmet Flower
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Release. Deep blue or purplish flowers tipped with two, small white patches from May-July. Growing in a rounded form, the plants have leaves with grayish pubescence. This handsome Great Plains native is an essential.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Rock Garden Wild Flower Full Sun

SCUTELLARIA scoridifolia 'Mongolian Skies'
(sku-te-LAH-ree-a) (scor-ee-di-FO-lee-a)
SCUTMS3
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Common Name: Skull Cap, Helmet Flower
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Introduction. A selection collected by the GreatPlantsTM group in Inner Mongolia. Bluish-purple, tubular, hooded flowers on low mat, rhizome forming, hardy perennial. Shining, deep green, narrow leaves; likes sunny, well-drained location. Available after 4/1.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Full Sun

SEDUM tatarinowii 'Mongolian Stardust'
(SEE-dum) (ta-tar-ih-NOW-ee-eye)
SEDUMS3
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Common Name: Stonecrop (Tall Variety)
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Intro. Clusters of dainty flowers are white to pink with large, purple anthers on a clumper with a large rootstock. Glaucous, dentate leaves become rosy-pink in late summer and fall. This charmer is best suited for the rockery, trough, or raised beds; requires good drainage. Collected by Harlan in northern Inner Mongolia. Choice rock garden, ground cover, or roof garden selection. Requires excellent drainage.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Rock Garden Full Sun Partial Shade

SOLIDAGO rugosa 'Fireworks'
(sol-ih-DAY-go) (roo-GO-sah)
SOLIFW3
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Common Name: Goldenrod
Description: 2007 GreatPlantsTM Perennial of the Year. Lacy, radiating bloom spikes of sparkling golden-yellow from mid September past mid October. Greatly extends garden color and excitement. From North Carolina Botanical Garden.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

SOLIDAGO rugosa 'Fireworks'
(sol-ih-DAY-go)(roo-GO-sah)
SOLIFW5
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Common Name: Goldenrod
Description: 2007 GreatPlant™ Perennial of the Year! Lacy, radiating bloom spikes of sparkling golden-yellow from mid-September past mid-October. Greatly extends garden color and excitement. From North Carolina Botanical Garden.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

SOLIDAGO 'Wichita Mountains'
(sol-ih-DAY-go)
SOLIWM3
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Common Name: Goldenrod
Description: 2005 GreatPlantsTM. Outstanding, long standing, attractive specimen with tall rods of bright gold in late summer. Collected in the Wichitas in Southwestern Oklahoma by Steve Bieberich of Sunshine Nursery.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

SOLIDAGO 'Wichita Mountains'
(sol-ih-DAY-go)
SOLIWM5
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Common Name: Goldenrod
Description: 2005 GreatPlants™. Outstanding, long standing, attractive specimen with tall rods of bright gold in late summer.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade Butterfly

SORGHASTRUM nutans
(sor-GAS-trum) (NEW-tanz)
GRSONU5
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Common Name: Indian Grass
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Stalwart, wide leaf, warm season native with golden, plume-like seed heads.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SORGHASTRUM nutans
(sor-GAS-trum) (NEW-tanz)
GRSONU3
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Common Name: Indian Grass
Description: 2004 GreatPlantsTM Grass of the Year! Stalwart, wide leaf, warm season native with golden, plume-like seed heads.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun

SPOROBOLUS heterolepis
(spor-OB-oh-lus) (het-er-oh-LEP-iss)
GRSPHE3
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Common Name: Prairie Dropseed
Description: 2003 GreatPlants™ Grass of the Year! Narrow-leaved, fragrant, native grass. Incredibly attractive in bloom and seed.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade

THERMOPSIS villosum
(ther-MOP-sis)(vil-OH-sum)
THERVI3
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Description: 2015 Great Plants™ Perennial of the Year. Upright perennial with dense, spike-like racemes of yellow, lupine-like flowers in early spring. Foliage is a blue-green with tiny hairs. Can be used as a cut flower.
Zone: 3
Specifics: Great Plants Cut Flower Wild Flower Partial Shade

TRADESCANTIA tharpii
(trad-ess-KAN-tee-ah) (THARP-ee-eye)
TRADTH3
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Common Name: Spiderwort
Description: 2003 GreatPlantsTM Intro. Exciting, dwarf spiderwort is literally covered with showy flowers in shades of pink, rose, blue, and purple in May. Linear leaves are covered with hairs. Naturally semi-dormant in the heat of summer, with new fans appearing in cooler days of fall.
Zone: 4
Specifics: Great Plants Wild Flower Full Sun Partial Shade