Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) is a spring blooming plant most often found in dry rock crevices or dry, rocky soils.  In our area it is found on alvars or limestone pavements.  The pinkish-red flowers are attractive but the grey-pink seed heads are
January 2, 2017



Perennials  B-D                                                                                                 

  • Some species are available only in certain seasons or in small quantities
  • "100-Mile" means the plant grows within a 100 mile radius of the nursery
  • We do not ship live plants.  Contact us to reserve plants or obtain a quote.

Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo) EAST N.A.  

Description: H90cm, W90cm; violet flowers with attractive foliage; spring
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part sun; Woodland edges, Moist Prairies
Where to Use: Perennial border, Prairie, Meadow, Background for lower plants with summer bloom; Drought tolerant

Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats Grama) 100 Mile

Description: H30-60cm, W30-60cm clumps; summer bloom in one-sided racemes
Natural Habitat: Sun; Well-drained Prairie
Where to Use: Prairie, Perennial border

Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) 100 Mile and Prairies (available summer 2018)

Description: H20-30cm, W30-60cm clumps; summer bloom in one-sided racemes
Natural Habitat: Sun; Short-grass Prairie
Where to Use: Dry Prairie, Perennial border  (Photo: Curtis Clark)
 Callirhoe involucrata (Winecups)     Midwest N.A.
Description:  H30cm, W - spreading mat until frost; fuchsia, summer to fall
Natural Habitat:  Sun; Prairie, Meadows, Average to dry soils
Where to Use:  Prairie, Meadows, Rock garden - plant trails and fills between other plants

Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold) 100 Mile   (Not available 2018)

Description: H60cm. W30cm; yellow; spring
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part shade, Wet meadows, Wet woods, Spring-flooded areas
Where to Use: Moist meadows, Pond garden, Beside streams, Perennial border if given plenty of moisture


Sedges are an overlooked group of plants and have a lot to offer the gardener.  Some provide fountains of flowing leaves while others produce interesting seed structures.  They range from bright yellow-green to dark forest green, blue-green to golden brown.  While many prefer a moist site, they can be used in a garden setting drier than their usual habitat.  Many actually thrive in full or part shade.  

Carex grayi

Carex crinita

Carex muskingumensis

Carex lupulina

Carex vulpinoidea





Carex bebbii (Bebb's Sedge) 100 Mile
Description: H60 cm; small, round spikelet seeds heads from grassy clumps; spring - summer
Carex comosa (Bristly Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H40-80cm, W70cm; bright green leaves, large seed heads like a bottlebrush
Carex crinita (Fringed Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H90cm; drooping seed heads in summer; long grassy leaves
Carex grayi (Gray's Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H40-80cm, W70cm; bright green leaves, round spikey seed heads like a mace
Carex granularis (Meadow Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H60cm; upright seed heads in early summer; grassy leaves; sun; moist to average soils
 Carex lasciocarpa (Wooly-fruit Sedge)  100 Mile
 Description:  H80cm; very fine leaves; in shallow water; sun/part-sun; fens and bogs
 Carex lupulina (Hop Sedge)  100 Mile
Description: H60-90cm, W70cm; bright green leaves, upright, spikey seed heads
Carex lurida (Shallow Sedge)     100 Mile
Description:  H80cm; spiky seed heads; summer
Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge) 100 Mile
Description: H50-60cm, W70cm; bright green whorled leaves, small cone-like seed cluster
Carex platyphylla (Broadleaf Sedge)     100 Mile
 Description: H15cm, W30cm; wide, with pleated/quilted look; woodland sedge perfect for shade
 Carex vulpinoidea (Fox Sedge)     100 Mile
Description: H60cm; greenish yellow spikes in summer and fall

Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)     100 Mile

Description: H40cm W 30cm; blue bells in summer
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part sun; well-drained soils, rock crevices, walls/cliffs
Where to Use: Perennial bed, rock garden
   Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet)  100 Mile
Description: Woody vine up to 7m; Orange and red arils (fruit) in the fall
Natural Habitat: Woodland edge, Open woods, Thickets, Old fences
Where to Use: Sun/Part sun; Mature trees, Fences, Trellises (heavy duty); Fruits can be dried and used as decoration; Attracts wildlife
   Chasmanthium latifolia (Northern Sea Oats) EAST N.A.
Description: H90-120cm, W80cm, grass with wide spikelets turning pink/tan in autumn
Natural Habitat: Sun/Light shade; River banks
Where to Use: Meadow, Perennial border; Seed heads provide interest from summer through winter; Excellent contrast with flowering perennials
   Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) 100 Mile
Description: H90cm, W60cm; pinkish white; late summer
Natural Habitat: Sun/Part sun; Moist meadows, Stream and Marsh edges, Moist woods, Shorelines
Where to Use: Moist meadows, Shorelines, Pond gardens, Perennial border (with moisture); Provides good late season flowers; Good nectar plant

 Chelone obliqua (Pink Turtlehead)     Eastern N.A.

Description: H70cm, W60cm; pink, summer
Where to use:  Sun/Part sun, Average to moist soils, Wetland/Pond edge, Moist meadows
Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Snakeroot)   100 Mile
Description: H90-150cm, W90cm, tall white plumes in summer
Natural Habitat:  Part shade/Shade; Moist woodland soils, Mature woods
Where to Use:   Woodland, Shade garden, Background for borders
   Claytonia virginica  (Spring Beauty)  100 Mile 
Description: H15cm, W10cm; pink; early spring; Grows form a small tuber and foliage disappears by June
Natural Habitat: Shade; Moist, woodland soils
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade gardens

Clematis occidentalis (Western Clematis) Western and Eastern N.A

Description: Hardy trailing or climbing vine to 4m; blooms late spring;  large pale purple bells
Where to Use: Part shade; mixed plantings, with shrubs.   (Photo: Allan Carson)
   Clematis virginiana (Virgin's Bower, Wild Clematis)     100 Mile
Description: Vine to 3m; clusters of small white flowers in summer; ornamental seed heads
Natural Habitat: Part sun; Forest edges, clearings, fencerows
Where to Use: Fences, arbors, mixed shrub planting, woodland edges

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lanceleaf Coreopsis)      100 Mile

Description: 30-50cm; yellow blooms in summer
Where to Use: Full sun; well-drained soils; tolerates dry/poor solis; prolific bloomer for meadow or perennial bed; attracts butterflies and birds

Coreopsis tripteris (Tall Tickseed)     100 Mile

Description: H90-180cm, W90cm, yellow, late summer
Natural Habitat:  Clearings, Meadows
Where to Use:  Tall Meadows, Woodland edge, Back of Perennial Border
   Delphinium exaltatum (Tall Larkspur)      Eastern N.A
Description: 90-120cm; pale blue to violet spikes in summer
Where to Use: meadows, Part/Full sun; dry, sandy soils; blooms over a long period and withstands wind
   Desmodium canadense (Showy Tick Trefoil)     100 Mile
Description: H90-120cm, W40cm; pink/mauve spikes in summer
Natural Habitat:  Sun/Part sun, Clearings, Woodland edges, Stream banks
Where to Use:  Border, Shade garden, Meadow garden - can seed if not deadheaded 

Dianthus species (Dianthus)

We seed a variety of Dianthus suitable for the rock garden.  Sizes from 10-30cm; colours from white to pink to mauve; full sun and spring-summer blooming.
Includes Dianthus deltoides,  D. nitidus, D. sylvaticus
   Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's Britches) 100 Mile - Not available 2018
Description: H15cm, W15cm; white; early spring
Natural Habitat: Part shade/Shade; Woodland soils under deciduous trees
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade garden; Plants spread slowly to form ground cover but plants go dormant in summer  

 Dodecatheon spp. (Shooting Star) EAST N.A.

Description: H20, W20; Pink or white; spring
Natural Habitat: Shade/Part shade; Moist (in spring) woodland
Where to Use: Woodland, Shade garden, Rock garden (shaded); Leaves go dormant in summer
   Drosera species (Sundew) 100 Mile  (not available spring 2018)
Description: H5cm; White; sticky pads; Sun/part sun
Natural Habitat: Moist sand, bogs
Where to Use: Bog garden, Containers