Plant Sale 2016

Twin Cities and Big River Big Woods Chapters 2016 Plant Sale

Thanks to members who donated plants for our annual Wild Ones native plant sale on May 22nd! 

Our 10th Annual Native Plant Sale offered 6 collections and 14 individual favorites for pre-order. We're pleased, this year, to partner with Big River Big Woods, our newest chapter in the metro area. Additional native plants donated by members were for sale on Pick-up day. Keep this in mind as you divide your native plants next spring, and donate extras to help support your local Wild Ones Chapter!

2016 collections and individual plants:

Six Native Plant Collections

FLAT A – Hot, Dry Boulevard ($55)
48 plants, 6-packs of 8 species; 7 forbs and a grass
Hot dry boulevards, steep slopes, rock gardens
Short plants, generally less than 18” tall
Full sun
Dry to well-drained soil

June Grass – Koeleria macrantha
Hairy Penstemon – Penstemon hirsutus
Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
Purple Prairie Clover – Dalea purpurea
Silky Aster – Symphyotrichum sericeum *
Gray Goldenrod – Solidago nemoralis
Prairie Alumroot– Heuchera richardsonii
Heath Aster – Symphyotrichum ericoides *

FLAT B – Sunny Pollinator, Beneficial Insects Garden ($55)
48 plants, 6-packs of 8 species
Medium tall, up to 48"
Full to partial sun
Medium to moist soil
Smooth Penstemon – Penstemon digitalis
Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
Dotted Mint – Monarda punctata
Prairie Blazing Star – Liatris pycnostachya
Rattlesnake Master – Eryngium yuccifolium
Showy Goldenrod – Solidago speciosa
Virginia Mountain Mint – Pycnanthemum virginianum

FLAT C – Blended Garden, Introducing Natives ($55)
48 plants, 6-packs of 8 species, 7 forbs and a sedge
Medium tall, up to 36”
Full sun
Sandy loam to loamy, well drained soil
Plains Oval Sedge – Carex brevior
Rattlesnake Master – Eryngium yuccifolium
Lanceleaf Coreopsis – Coreopsis lanceolata
Hoary Vervain – Verbena stricta
Swamp Milkweed– Asclepias incarnata
Meadow Blazingstar – Liatris ligulistylis
Dotted Mint – Monarda punctata
Great Blue Lobelia – Lobelia siphilitica

FLAT D – Deer Resistant ($55)
48 plants, 6-packs of 8 species, 7 forbs and one grass
Short plants, 18-24” tall
Full to partial shade
Dry to well-drained soil
Prairie Dropseed – Sporobolus heterolepis
Nodding Onion – Allium cernuum
Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
Fragrant Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum
Heart Leaved Golden Alexander – Zizia aptera
Rattlesnake Master – Eryngium yuccifolium
Meadow Blazingstar – Liatris ligulistylis
Large-Flowered Beardtongue – Penstemon grandiflorus

FLAT E – Clay Busters ($55)
48 plants, 6-packs of 8 species
Medium tall, 24-36” tall
7 forbs and one grass
Full to partial sun
Indian Grass – Sorghastrum nutans
Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
Prairie Blazing Star – Liatris pycnostachya
Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
Showy Goldenrod – Solidago speciosa
Heath Aster – Symphyotrichum ericoides *
Gray-headed Coneflower – Ratibida pinnata
Ironweed – Vernonia fasciculata

FLAT F – Woodland Starter Garden ($62)
29 plants, 6-packs of 4 species, individual pots per below
Medium tall plants, up to 48"
Full to partial shade
Medium soil
Palm Sedge – Carex muskingumensis
Large-leaved Aster – Eurybia macrophylla *
Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis
Zig-zag Goldenrod – Solidago flexicaulis
Wild Geranium (3 plants) 3.5” pots – Geranium maculatum
False Solomon's Seal (1) #1 pot – Maianthemum racemosa
Blue Woodland Phlox (1) #1 pot – Phlox divaricata

Individual Native Plants

Hummingbird Feeders

3.5-inch pots ($5 each)
Royal Catchfly – Silene regia
Foxglove Beardtongue – Penstemon digitalis
Great Blue Lobelia – Lobelia siphilitica
Wild Lupine – Lupinus perennis
Turtlehead – Chelone glabra
Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis 


3.5-inch pots ($5 each)
Pennsylvania Sedge – Carex pennsylvanica
Bottle Gentian – Gentiana andrewsii
Dwarf Crested Iris – Iris cristata
Queen of the Prairie – Filipenda rubra

#1 pot ($10 each)
Michigan Lily – Lillium michiganense


#1 pot ($10 each)
New Jersey Tea  – Caenothus americanus, tall to 10’ sun
#2 pots ($22 each)
Pagoda Dogwood – Cornus alternifolia, short to 3’, edible fruit
Nannyberry Viburnum – Viburnum lentago, tall to 20’, sun to dapple, drained

* New botanical name

PLEASE NOTE: Species may be substituted if there is a crop failure.
  • All flat and plant reservations will be accepted in the order they are received.
  • We suggest you make a note of everything you have ordered for reference as you design your garden.
  • Please use the Order Form when placing your order. Thank you.

Images on this page courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Sally and Andy Wasowski, R.W.Smith Collection), Minnesota Wildflowers (Katy Chayka, Peter M. Dziuk), Illinois Wildflowers and Go Botany: New England Wildflower Society, Friends of the Wildflower Garden, Missouri Botanical Society, Mount Cuba Center, and chapter member, Julia Vanatta. 


Native plants were here long before lawnmowers, sprinklers and garden chemicals. Once established, plants native to this region are low maintenance and do not require care typically associated with gardens. Native perennials build a strong, deep root system before focusing on the production of leaves, stems and flowers, resulting in plants that are sturdy and drought tolerant. Native plants are beautiful, and provide food and shelter for wildlife including butterflies, dragonflies, pollinators and birds.

It is important to match species requirements with the site features such as soil type, light conditions, moisture and drainage for the planting to be successful. Many plants cannot thrive in clay - try our specially designed Clay Buster flat.

You can start now! Proper site preparation gives your plants a great head start. Removal of competitive weeds and grasses must be accomplished before planting begins. One option: cover the area with 10-15 layers of newspapers to block out sunlight. Saturate the newspaper with water to prevent it from blowing away, then apply a clean shredded mulch or compost. Later, after the newspaper has softened but is damp, punch holes in it and insert your new plants.


Flats include 6-packs, 3.5-inch and/or #1 and #2 size pots, and have been designed to cover about 30 to 45 square feet, depending on flat selected. Plants should be spaced 12-18 inches apart as most will spread out as they mature. A good rule of thumb: One plant per square foot. Species may be substituted if there is a crop failure.


Native Plant Garden Signs

Available at Wild Ones Twin Cities' meetings 
as well as at the the Design With Nature Conference on February 18th, 2017!

$3 each, or 
$69 for a complete set of all 25!

Grey Headed Coneflower  Ratibida pinnata
Cup Plant    Silphium perfolatium
Starry False Solomon’s Seal    Smilacina stellata
Large Flower Beardtongue  Penstemon grandiflorus
Giant Hyssop  Agastache foeniculum
Golden Alexander   Zizia aurea
Sweet Joe Pye Weed    Eutrochium purpureum
Jack-in-the-Pulpit  Arisaema triphyllum
Jacob’s Ladder   Polemonium reptans
New England Aster  Aster novae-angliae
Pale Purple Coneflower   Echinacea  pallida 
Obedient Plant   Phystostegia virginiana
Pasque Flower   Anemone patens
Purple Prairie Clover   Petalostemum purpureum
Rattlesnake Master   Eryngium yuccifolium
Meadow Blazing Star   Liatris ligulistylis
Solomon’s Seal   Polygonatum pubescens
Stiff Goldenrod    Solidago rigida
Swamp Milkweed    Asclepias incarnata
Common Milkweed   Asclepias syriaca
Brown Eyed Susan   Rudbeckia triloba
Wild Bergamot   Monarda fistulosa 
Wild Columbine   Aquilegia canadensis
Wild Ginger   Asarum canadense
Wild Geranium Gernanium maculatum


Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, is a national non-profit organization that informs and teaches people how to use native plants in their landscapes. Wild Ones distinguishes itself from other garden organizations by encouraging gardening with native plants and moving away from the use of chemicals, watering, excessive mowing and other practices commonly used by traditional gardeners.

Support Wild Ones educational programs by joining our organization. Include a check for $37 with your plant sale order (a separate check from the check for your plant order). Your membership fee is also a tax deductible donation. For more information, visit