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Water Plants
Egeria densa Zone: 5-10 Cardinal Flower Blue Zone: 4-9
A fast growing annual that is purchased in bundles. This is a Lobelia siphilitica
floater water plant that supplies food and a hiding place for small A hybrid of a treasured native lobelia. Botanists call it Americas
fish. most vivid wildflower. Add this to moist spots and it will bloom
* Flower Color: N/A mid-summer. The tall spires of color will add great interest to any
* Perennial garden. A blue version of the famous red native.
* Floater H: 18-24; S: 18-24 * Flower Color: Blue
* Perennial
* Marginal H: 18-24; S: 12-18
Babys Breath Zone: 4-9
Alisma parviflora Cardinal Flower Fan Scarlet Zone: 4-9
An old-fashioned favorite with double white, pink or rose flowers. Lobelia speciosa Fan Scarlet
* Flower Color: Pink A scarlet red hybrid of the native lobelia. Botanists call it
* Perennial Americas most vivid wildflower. Add this to moist spots and it
will bloom mid-summer. The tall spires of color will add great
* Marginal H: 16-24; S: 40-60
interest to any garden.
BACOPA * Flower Color: Scarlet
Lemon Zone: 7-11 * Perennial
Bacopa carolianna * Marginal H: 18-24; S: 12-18
Lemon scented tropical with trailing habit. An annual that has
bright blue flowers that bloom all summer. Good acent plant for Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria Zone: 3-10
Lobelia fulgens Queen Victoria
the pond. Grow in full to part shade.
A scarlet red hybrid of the native lobelia. Botanists call it
* Flower Color: Blue
Americas most vivid wildflower. Add this to moist spots and it
* Annual
will bloom mid-summer. The tall spires of color will add great
* Marginal H: 2-4; S: 0-12 interest to any garden.

* Flower Color: Red
Dont get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and * Perennial
it just makes you walk funny.
* Marginal H: 24-36; S: 15-18
-Kathryn Carpenter
Dwarf Zone: 3-10
CALLA LILY Typha minima
Zantedeshia aethiopica Zone: 8-10 The dwarf cattail is native to Europe and Asia where it grows in
To bad this plant is native to tropical regions because it is a real swamps and marshes. A herbaceous perennial, it grows as tall as
beauty! Set pre-started plants out in the spring after all danger of 24 inches and produces flexible, slender, green, spike-like leaves
frost has passed. Place at the ponds edge or directly in the pond and a rigid flower stalk. Plant in water depth of 3-6 inches.
utilizing baskets at a maximum depth of 10. When grown in a * Flower Color: Catkins
shady area the plant will elongate and reach the maximum height. * Perennial
Move the plant indoors the first week in September. Remove any
dead or dying foliage and flowers as they decline. * Marginal H: 18-24; S: 12-18

* Flower Color: White/Near White Variegated Zone: 4-11

* Annual Typha latifolia Variegata
* Marginal H: 36-48; S: 12-15 This isnt your common cattail, but a sophisticated hybrid with
striking cream variegation. Growing into dense stands that tower
CANNA an amazing 6 feet. Makes a perfect border screen or eye-catching
Canna Zone: 7-9 backdrop to your pondscape. Plant 1-6 below water level for best
Lush tropical foliage and showy flowers. Cannas make borders results. Relatively fast growing but not as invasive as the native
and beds come alive with color all summer long. Dig and store green variety.
the shizomes in a dark, moist, frost-free place. * Flower Color: Brown
* Flower Color: Varries * Perennial
* Annual
* Marginal H: 4-6; S: 12-18
* Marginal H: 3-4; S: 18-36
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Houttynia cordata Chameleon Zone: 4-11 Siberian Iris Caesars Brother Zone: 3-8
This spreading groundcover of alternate, colorful (pink, yellow, Iris sibirica Caesars Brother
red and green) heart-shaped leaves are perfect for a moist area This tall Siberian Iris produces deep purple flowers in late spring.
where other plants dont enjoy wet feet. Does well in a sunny or Clumps will grow together to snuff out weeds. After bloom, the
shaded location. Spreads by rhizomes and can be invasive. vase-shaped foliage will retain its green color into the fall. Easily
* Flower Color: N/A grown in average soil, will withstand boggy conditions.
* Perennial * Flower Color: Deep Purple
* Marginal H: 6-10; S: 12-16 * Perennial
* Marginal H: 3-4; S: 30-36
Ruellia brittoniana Chi Chi Zone: 7-9 LILY
An aggressive water plant when given access to abundant moisture. Speckled Ginger Zone: 7-11
The quantity of purple blossoms is related to the amount of light Hedychium Dr Moy
the plants receives so give it plenty of sun! A majestic new hybrid with wonderful inflorescence that is half
* Flower Color: Pale Pink coronarium and half coccineum. Nice fragrance with peach
* Annual flowers. Leaves are slightly variegated.
* Flower Color: Peach & Cream
* Marginal H: 36-48; S: 12-18
* Annual
CREEPING BUTTERCUP * Marginal H: 4-6; S: 24-36
Buttered Popcorn Zone: 3-8
Ranunculus repens Buttered Popcorn
A creeping buttercup with bright yellow flowers in the spring.
* Flower Color: Yellow Never undertake anything for which you wouldnt have
* Perennial the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
-G.C. Lichtenberg
* Marginal H: 10; S: 36

King Tut Zone: 9-11
Cyperus papyrus King Tut LIZARDS TAIL
A large glorious umbrella-like annual with stiff stems and large Red Stem Zone: 4-9
tufts of needle-like foliage that kind of resembles a broom. When Saururus cernus Red Stem
they are in bloom the stems actually weep in a graceful way. Tuck This hardy red-stemmed lizards tail has burgundy red stems and

this plant into the rocks of a streambed or along the edge as a fragrant white flowers most of the summer. Grows best in water
specimen. This plant is commonly used to make paper. up to 6 deep.
* Flower Color: N/A * Flower Color: White
* Annual * Perennial
* Marginal H: 24-36; S: 24-36 * Marginal H: 30; S: 76

HORSETAIL Yerba-mansa Zone: 5-9

Dwarf Zone: 2-8 Anemopsis californica
Equisetum scirpoides A perennial water plant with white/green flowers. Grows in wet
This is a dwarf form of the full-sized plant. It obtains its name marshy areas.
from the latin words equus horse and seta bristle, animal * Flower Color: Pale Green/ Cream
hair. Also called a scouring rush, is a reference to its early use for * Perennial
cleaning pots. * Marginal H: 6-18; S: 24-36
* Flower Color: N/A
* Perennial MOSAIC PLANT
Ludwigia sedioides Zone: 9-10
* Marginal H: 6-12; S: 3-6
This plant is native to Brazil and Venezuela. Produces four-
IRIS petaled yellow flowers up to 2 inches in diameter. Although the
Black Gamecock Zone: 4-9 flowers are showy, it is the floating rosette of diamond-shaped
Iris louisiana Black Gamecock leaves that makes the plant a spectacular addition to a garden
This Louisiana Iris has a dark velvety purple, almost black bloom. pond. In bright light, the edges of the center leaves and older
Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun. This iris needs plenty leaves turn red. During the day, the mosaic is fully open. At night,
of water throughout the season to continue to look its best. It can the rosette contracts and the individual leaves pull together until
be used in diffucult banks to prevent erosion. they shingle over each other.
* Flower Color: Deep Purple * Flower Color: N/A
* Perennial * Annual
* Marginal H: 18-24; S: 3 * Floater H: 12-24; S: 8-12
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Myriophyllum aquatica Zone: 6-10 Sweet Flag Zone: 5-9
A delicate and feathery emersed water plant. It frequently trails Acorus gramineus Ogon
along the ground or water surface of ponds, lakes, and canals This grassy-leaved sweet flag has fans of semi-evergreen leaves.
throughout Florida. Can become invasive. Just an annual in the This is an aquatic perennial with showy foliage for shallow water
midwest. margins.
* Flower Color: N/A * Flower Color: Not Showy
* Annual * Perennial
* Marginal H: 6; S: 20-60 * Marginal H: 6-12; S: 9-12


Pontederia cordata Zone: 3-9 Taro Zone: 7-11
A popular rush with deep green calla-like leaves. It produces deep Colocasia esculenta
blue flowers on spikes. Remove spent flowers as they appear. Commonly called Taro, is widely grown in the tropics for food
* Flower Color: Medium Blue and as a ornamental planting. The edible tubers are used in Poi
* Perennial and the young shoots are blanched and used as a winter vegetable.
* Marginal H: 36-48; S: 3-6 Grow in several inches of water or in a rich, well-drained soil.
The tuber should be lifted and stored for the winter.
RUSH * Flower Color: Not Showy
Soft Zone: 4-9 * Annual
Juncus effusus
* Marginal H: 36-48; S: 36-48
Soft rush is a wetland plant that grows in a clump and spreads by
vigorous underground rhizomes. It has bright green stems (no Black Magic Zone: 7-11
leaves) that taper to a bristle. Grows normally in areas that are Colocasia esculenta Black Magic
periodically flooded but can withstand periods of drying out. Commonly called Taro, Black Magic is a favorite variety. Grow in
* Flower Color: White several inches of water or in a rich, well-drained soil. This variety
* Perennial leafs out with green leaves that change to deep dark purple as they
get more light. The tuber should be lifted and stored for the winter.
* Marginal H: 14-20; S: 14-20
* Flower Color: Bright Yellow
Silk Stockings Zone: 5-10 * Marginal H: 36-48; S: 36-48
Sagittaria australis Benni
Often called Arrowhead, this variety has handsome burgundy Imperial Zone: 7-11
Colocasia esculenta Illustris

leaves followed by spikes of white flowers June through September.
Commonly called Taro, Imperial is an elegant plant that has black
Plant in 1-6 inches of water.
and green variegated leaves. Grow in several inches of water or in
* Flower Color: White
a rich, well-drained soil. The tuber should be lifted and stored for
* Perennial
the winter.
* Marginal H: 1-2; S: 1-2 * Flower Color: N/A
SORREL * Annual
Sorrel Zone: 3-7 * Marginal H: 24-36; S: 36-48
Rumex acetosa

We cannot command nature except by

Commonly called garden sorrel or sour dock, is grown as a
culinary herb for its leaves which are used in salads and cooking.
Leaves have a tangy, acidic, sour-lemonly flavor. Flower spikes
can produce a somewhat showy effect. obeying her.
* Flower Color: N/A
* Perennial
-Francis Bacon
* Marginal H: 18-24; S: 9-12


Dichromena colorata Zone: 7-10 Red Stem Zone: 7-11
Thalia geniculata
A white-topped sedge native to marshes and swamplands from
Tall, upright lance-shaped leaves top the tall stems which can be
Virgina south to Florida and the Keys. This upright sedge with
a brilliant red at the base. Interesting pink flowers appear mid to
drooping thin leaves produce flowers in a star-shaped cluster with
late summer. Commonly known as Alligator Flag, it can mature
a bold white center.
to a size of 6-8 feet. Will lose some color with lower light intensity.
* Flower Color: White/Near White
* Flower Color: Burgundy
* Annual
* Annual
* Marginal H: 24-36; S: 36-48
* Marginal H: 60-72; S: 152-182
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Giant Zone: 8-11 Colorado Zone: 3-11
Cyperus alternifolius Nymphaea Colorado
Also known as the Umbrella Plant or Umbrella Paprus, is an A sensational bloomer, this hardy water lily produces medium
excellent accent plant for ponds or patios. Tall stems with thin to large salmon-pink blooms. The mottled leaves are a dramatic
blades arranged like an umbrella make this a interesting specimen. contrast. Blooms all season in full sunlight.
* Flower Color: N/A * Flower Color: Pink/Salmon
* Annual * Perennial
* Marginal H: 4-6; S: 18-24 * Floater H: 0; S: 4-6
Joey Tomocik Zone: 3-11
WATER CELERY Nymphaea Joey Tomocik
Oenanthe javanica Zone: 4-10 The most vivid yellow hardy water lily known. Even young plants
Also known as tape grass is an aquatic plant that grows in both show a remarkable depth of color. Young flowers are often cup-
still and moving water. Each leaf has a prominent light green shaped but as plants mature subsequent blooms are more stellate
midrib running down the center with white & pink variegation. A (star-like). A vigorous plant that holds its flowers high above the
colorful plant to add to your water garden collection. foliage.
* Flower Color: White * Flower Color: Yellow
* Perennial * Perennial
* Marginal H: 6-12; S: 9-12 * Floater H: 0; S: 4-5
WATER HIBISCUS Texas Dawn Zone: 4-11
Hibiscus moscheutos Zone: 8-10 Nymphaea Texas Dawn
These glorious plants with impressive large flowers make This lily can produce up to 8 green pads flecked with reddish
showy accents. The Hibiscus produces the largest flower of any brown. Lemon yellow blooms with a lemony fragrance are
perennial! It not only grows perfectly in average garden soil but produced.
also does well in moist, windy areas. These plants will die back to * Flower Color: Pinks/Yellows
the ground level during the winter. Be careful not to overwater * Perennial
until plants show signs of growth. This plant will tolerate * Floater H: 0; S: 3-5
occasional wetness and a little salt.
* Flower Color: Varries

Water Gardening
* Annual
* Marginal H: 4-6; S: 24-36

Pistia stratiotes Zone: 9-11 Yearning for the sound of babbling
Pale green rosette-shaped leaves float atop the water. Good
oxygenators and provide shape for your water garden. Reproduce
brooks and rushing waterfalls in your
quickly in warm weather! own backyard? Have Grimms Gardens
* Flower Color: N/A create a custom water garden for you and
* Annual
enjoy your own natural tranquility with or
* Floater H: 0-6; S: 9-12
without fish.
Sium serave Zone: 5-8
The water parship is an aromatic perennial herb of the carrot
Ask about a Pondless waterfall! This
family. Grows in wet meadows, slow moving water and muddy is a water garden without the mess and
shores. Produces tiny white flowers in the summer. fuss of fish. Our systems are based
* Flower Color: White
* Perennial on natural ecosystem with bio-filtering
* Marginal H: ; S: 2-6 for low maintenance and no chemical
WATER ZINNIA treatments. We also offer pond cleaning
Rabbits Paw Zone: 9-11 and remodeling services to enhance your
Wedelia trilobata
A tropical bog plant with glossy green foliage. Produces typical
water gardening experience.
yellow zinna-like flowers and has a low spreading habit.
* Flower Color: Bright Yellow
* Annual
* Marginal H: 6-12; S: 24-36

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Cacti & Succulents

Aloe barbadensis Crassula coccinea
Although the aloe vera plant looks a lot like a cactus, its actually Also called Red Crassula. This succulent has brilliant red
a member of the lily and onion family. Usually found in hot, dry blossoms and is found hangin from the cliffs in the mountains
climates. It is a short-stemmed succulent perennial. Called a of the Cape Peninsula. Grow in sandy soil with good drainage.
Miracle Plant or Natural Healer, there are many species of aloe Water every 2 weeks, feed every second or third watering.
but only a few have powerful medicinal propertys. The Aloe H: 12; S: 12
Barbadensis Miller plant has been found to contain the most
powerful blend of nutrients. The aloe is a succulent, which means CHRISTMAS CACTUS
its fleshy leaves hold a lot of water and gel. This gel can be used as Schlumbergera bridgesii
an ointment for burns. A beautiful holiday plant, blooms at Christmas time if cared for
properly. A month prior to Christmas the tips of the leaves begin
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to grow, growing darker each day until a bud forms. The buds
BLUE open to a beautiful flower that will add color and warmth to any
Senecio talinoids mandralis holiday season.
Blue, also called Blue Fingers, is a winner with densely packed,
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small silvery leaves. Use in containers, beds and as a houseplant.
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Escobaria dasyacantha
April has put a spirit of youth in everything! Escobaria cactus is also called the Cob Cactus or Big Bend Foxtail
-William Shakespeare Cactus. Native to southern New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico.
Needs good drainage, very rot-prone. Small round cactus with
white fuzzy spines, blooms Pink/white.
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Senecio vitalis
Blue Chalk Fingers is aqua-blue with very slender leaves. One COPIAPOA
of the slower growing Senecios with a nice powdery blue/green Copiapoa ahremephiana
appearance. found in Chilean deserts. A genus of globular plants, some of
H: 18; S: 12 which may develop a cylindrical stem and form clusters with age.
The yellow or reddish bell-shaped flower arises from the woolly
BLUE GLOW structure at the top. Needs full sun or dappled light. Keep dry in
Agave Blue Glow the winter. Not tolerant of high air humidity.
A magnificent succulent hybrid with red-tinged leaves. The
rosettes of smooth foliage have a distinctly blue tint. Easy to grow,

plant alone or in combination. DISCOCACTUS

H: 2; S: 18 Discocatus aurespinus
A genus of tropical cactus named from the ancient Greek diskos
BROMELIAD because of its disc shape. Found in southern Brazil, eastern
Bromeliaceae archmea fasciata Bolivia and northern Paraguay. These species are in the risk
Tall and urn-shaped with spiny edged leaves. They are usually of extinction in the wild. The plants have a slightly flattened
epiphytic (a plant that grows on another plant). Often have spherical shape and bear sharp spines. Flowers are pink or red.
variegated, banded or mottled foliage. The inflorescence is short
lived but very colorful.
H: 18-24; S: 18 ECHEVERIA
BLIND PRICKLYPEAR Echeveria nodulosa
Painted Echeveria, a succulent with variegated green/bronze
Opuntia rufida foliage. Blooms yellow. Good houseplant, native to central
A very large genus of cacti, varying in size from 2 inch tall
miniature plants to 100 foot tall trees. Opuntias have normal
spines, and they also have thin, barely visible, barbed spines called H: 1-2; S: 2-3
glochids. These can get stuck in your skin and be very irritating.
Opuntias often have large, colorful flowers. The fruit is also large To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the
and generally edible. verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment.
-Jane Austin
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Graptopetalum panaquayense Sedeveria Hummelii
A silvery-blue succulent with rosettes that cover the bluish stems Exotic sedum with rounded light green leaves that form spiraling
and accasionally will develop white blooms. Originated in Mexico, rosettes. Yellow bloom, lovely houseplant.
is very delicate to the touch. An exotic houseplant that has H: 6; S: 6
delicate leaves that drop when touched. Easy to propogate.
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Crassula ovata
HAWORTHIA Crassula is a large genus of succulent plants, including the popular
Haworthia fasciata Jade Plant. Native to the Eastern Cap of South Africa. Jade Plant,
A small plant with dark green spikes (similar to aloe plants) with long-lived houseplant. We carry three additional varieties:
narrow white crested stripes on the reverse. At the end of the * Baby Jade- miniature version
leaf, is a spine. Often confused with Aloe aristata because of their * Large Jade- large rubbery leaves
similar appearance. * Variegated Jade- variegated rubbery leaves
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Haworthia mutica Trailing
The name mutica is suggested by the leaf tips which are rounded Senecio jacobsenii pendulus
(meaning without a point). This variety has a bluish-brown Only one species in this category. A plant that is similar to the
coloration and has purplish-veined flowers as opposed to green in Jade plant but has a trailing habit. Beautiful orange blooms. A
similar species. Found in the southern most part of Africa. long-lived houseplant.
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Haworthia nigra JET BEADS
This is a favorite dwarf form that is very slow growing with odd
sculptured black leaves. When successfully grown it can be a very Sedeveria Jet Beads
nice form similar to the overlapping roofs of an oriental pagoda. A distinctive hybrid of sedum and Echeveria with dark bronze
Found predominantly from the Karoo desert in the Eastern tinted green foliage. Pointy tipped leaves are arranged along
Cap of South Africa. It grows very well hidden under bushes or stems like a string of beads and take on a near black tone in cooler
sometimes in the full sun among stones. weather. Yellow flowers in summer months. Irrigate occasionally
to very little.
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Haworthia reinwardtii
One of the 160 species native to South Africa, the dark leaves with KIWI
white tubercles will reach 6 inches tall. Blooms tiny white flowers Aeonium Kiwi
in the spring, not particularly showy. Needs full sun to light shade, This succulent forms rosettes of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves that
warm temperatures, and a well-drained soil mix. Allow soil to dry are brilliantly colored. The edges of the leaves are red. Native to
in between watering. Clay pots are best. Morocco Africa. Yellow flowers bloom in the summer.
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Haworthia retusa
Also called Star Cactus, is a native of the Cape Province of South

Africa. It is a rosette forming plant with stubby, deltoid pale green Pachycereus marginatus

Cultivated all over Mexico. Columnar and may grow up to 12

leaves up to 2 inches long. The terminal area is translucent with
feet tall or more with 5 to 7 ribs. Little water is needed when
pale lines.


Sempervivum Kalanchoe tomentosa
Hardy succulents found in mountainous regions of central and A native plant of Madagascar, it is a beautiful succulent with dense
southern Europe and Mediterranean Islands. Produce star- white felt-like hairs covering the entire leaf. Leaf tips have shallow
shaped flowers, typically in pink or red (a few are yellow). Most notches that are marked brown. With great age they will reach
Sempervivums are quite frost resistant and very easy to grow about 18 inches tall.
outside in rock gardens, planters, and troughs. Prefer full sun and
well-drained soil. H: 18; S: 18


Echinopsis chamaecereus
HOBBIT A much branched succulent, up to 4 inches tall. A native plant to
Crassula obvata Hobbit Argentina. Produces small joints in quantities (peanuts) and they
Crassula is a large genus of succulent plants, including the popular root easily when they touch the ground.
Jade Plant. This variety Hobbit is a miniature version. Native to
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the Eastern Cap of South Africa.
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Echeveria gibbiflora Pearl Von Numeberg Blue-green Sedum
A native plant of Mexico, this beautiful rosette forming succulent Sedum clavatum
has interesting colored leaves that are a pale grayish brown with A native plant to Mexico, has elegant powdery blue-green leaves
pink highlights and have a white powdery dusting. Noted for at the end of trailing stems. Excellent variety for hanging baskets.
its tolerant to a wide range of conditions, most attractive when Attractive clusters of large white flowers.
younger so it benefits from being deheaded and rerooted every H: 1; S: 1
3-4 years.
H: 1; S: 1 Sedum nussbaumerianum
PINWHEEL A native plant to Mexico, this is a subshrub with striking colorful
foliage. Smooth succulent leaves are vivid orange-tan if grown
Aeonium haworthii Pinwheel in the sun. Works well in hanging baskets. Lightly fragrant pure
A native plant of the Canary Islands. The most commonly grown
Aeoniums. In nature they reach 2 feet in height, but in containers white flowers appear from January to April. Tender but will
they only reach 1 foot. Creamy-yellow flowers 4-5 inches long. handle a couple of light frosts.
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Red Carpet Large
PINEAPPLE PLANT Crassula nadicans Large Red Carpet Stonecrop
Ananas comosus A native plant to the Eastern Cap of South Africa. Large leaf
Native to Paraguay and the southern part of Brazil. A bromeliad. succulent with reddish margins.
Sword-like leaves.
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Red Carpet Small
Crassula nadicans Small Red Carpet Stonecrop
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain A native plant to the Eastern Cap of South Africa. A small leaf
succulent with reddish margins.
-William Shakespeare H: 1; S: 1

Kalanchoe pumila
A native plant to Madagascar, a lovely trailing succulent plant with
PINE attractive silvery foliage. Silvery-pink flowers appear in mid-
Miniature winter which makes it a lovely indoor house plant.
Crassula tetragona
A native plant to South Africa with upright leaves with a tree-like H: 1; S: 1
habit. Used in dish gardens for their pine-like appearance, slow
growing. Bloom in spring, very small white blooms. TOPSY TURVEY
H: 2; S: 2 Echeveria runyonii
A very striking succulent with the original species being native to
Crassula muscosa Mexico. It is a mutation of the original form found in California.

A native plant to South Africa with the appearance of undersea Plants form clumps and freely produce off sets. The grey-green

corral. Small yellowish-green flowers appear along with the leaves leaves are found in rosettes that are 3 inches long. They are very
tight along the stems in spring to mid-summer. fast growers. Blooms in the fall with tall arching racemes of bright
reddish orange flowers.
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Crassula pellucida
A native plant to the Eastern Cap of South Africa. Provide more Euphorbia trigona
water in the spring when the plant is growing. A lovely shaped Euphorbia is one of the most diverse genera in the plant kingdom
leaf is the highlight of this delightful Crassula. Rounded with a with over 2000 species. The majority of euphorbias are found in
pointed tip, edged in reddish purple. Starry flowers add to its tropical regions in Africa and the Americas. The most widely
elegance. cultivated euphorbia is the poinsettia. Most Euphorbias are
succulents. A key difference between cacti and euphorbias is the
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presence of leaves. Euphorbias are drought resistant like other
RED STEM succulent plants. Some flower while others are grown for their
Portulacaria afra Red Stem foliage.
A native plant to Africa, commonly called Porkbush or Elephants H: 6-8; S: 24-36
Food, is a popular succulent plant in use around the work and is
often used for bonsai. Thicket vegetation in semi-arid landscapes
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Lampranthus blandus 2. Natives are Natures way of Controlling Species
It is true certain introduced species are so successful in their adopted homes
A native plant of the Cape Province of South Africa. In nature, the that they thrive more luxuriantly than the natives growing beside them.
shrub will reach up to 2 feet, in containers it will only get 18 tall. Kudzu & Purple Loosestrife come to mind.
The gray-green leaves are equally 3-sided elongating to 1-2 inches One of the most awe-inspiring things about nature is not simply its
with translucent dots. Literally covered in pale pink flowers all overwhelming diversity but the incomprehensible interconnectedness of all of
summer long, very showy and free-blooming. its parts. Stop and think about the mychorrizal fungi that grow on the trees
that feed the mice that eat the mushrooms that spread the spores that grow
H: 18; S: 18 the fungi that nurture more trees. If you counted the native moths that come
VARIEGATED LAVENDER SCALLOPS to your backyard lights you would realize all the species that depend on God
knows-how-many native plants to feed their caterpillars. The web of life is a
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi miracle to behold.
Originated from Madagascar, a small shrubby succulent that Plants are at the base of the food chain and every plant has come to support
grows 1-2 feet tall with stems that spread outa nd root along the all manner of insects, birds, reptiles, bacteria, fungi and mammals. A plant in
ground to form large colonies with thick and fleshy lavender gray- its native environment is certainly not an island! It is the center of a bustling
green leaves and a cream colored variegation along the scalloped community of life. When we humans recklessly import certain novel species
like kudzu, we bring them without their cohort of diners. The predictable
leaf margins. Late spring to early summer appear the 3/4 inch result is that they become invasive, crowding out native plants while providing
long bell-shaped reddish brown colored flowers that hang in loose little for insects, birds, reptiles, bacteria, fungi and mammals to feed on.
clusters from upright stems. Invasive plants are the ecological equivalent of putting plastic into milkshakes.
H: 1-2; S: 1- They take up space while providing little if any nutritional value. I never tell
customers that native plants are necessarily less pest prone than exotics. In
ZWARTKOP many cases native plants will have more munched leaves and chewed stems.
But those green caterpillars eating my dill will soon turn into beautiful
Aeonium arboreum Zwartkop Monarch Butterflies, so I can forgive some temporary disfigurement. In fact,
A striking succulent originating from the Canary Islands. The I say Bring it on!
long bare stems hold large terminal rosettes of very large dark
purple leaves. Yellow star-shaped flowers appear on mature older
plants in the summer.
3. Natives Foster Regional Identities
H: 3-4; S: 3-4 Traveling from state to state we realize that we are in the midst of the great age
of homogenization. Architecture and chain stores look the same in Milwaukee
as they do in Memphis. Native plants foster a regional identity or sense of
place as effectively as architecture or local cuisine. Whether it is live oaks in


Louisiana; cabbage palms in Florida; or sugar maples in Vermont, local plants
T celebrate what is unique about your neck of the woods or stretch of the prairie.
We are constantly barraged by bad news these days and it is tempting to just

TO GROW NATIVES shrug and say who cares? What does it matter? But I firmly believe that
we in the green industry have an ecological responsibility to do no harm. We
have contributed to the problems of environmental pollution (including the
Nadine Champlin, Landscape Designer & Kansas Native Plant Society Member introduction of invasive species) and degradation, but it is never too late to
change our ways.
1. Natives are Better Adapted
So what is a native plant? A native plant is defined as one indigenous to and I would encourage you to plant natives! For more information check out the
growing in North America prior to European colonization in the 16th and Kansas Native Plant Societys website www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org.

17th century. There is much information about what plants were here when

the Europeans arrived. For example, the common wild plant Queen-Annes-
Lace is an introduced or naturalized species.
Some people argue that fossil evidence from fairly recent geological
times, say 60 million years ago, shows that Dawn Redwood Metasequoia
glyptostroboides, grew in what is now North American. Now it is only found
in China. The reason being this tree no longer grows wild in North America
because the climate has changed so much it can no longer regenerate here
naturally without human intervention.
Plants that are native to a region are better adapted to life in that region.
Many plants are routinely damaged by late spring frosts, while native plants
nearby escape unscathed.
Plants that have evolved under our unpredictable weather are not fooled by
the first warm days of winter. They know to remain dormant a bit longer
until the real danger of a freeze has passed.
Assuming you situate a plant properly (dont plant a wetland plant on a
dry hillside) most native plants will perform consistently. That is secret to
keeping gardeners happy!

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