Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem.

Bronze, 4 feet, blooms Aug - Feb,

dry-medium soil moisture, full sun.  Many types of skippers and grasshoppers feed on the foliage. Host plant for the Leonards Skipper. Songbirds eat the seeds.


Liatris ligulistylis, Meadow Blazing Star.

​Rose/purple, 3-4 feet tall, spread 2 feet,

​blooms July-Sept, medium-dry soil moisture,

​full sun.  Bees, butterflies and skippers for the nectar and pollen. 

Rudbeckia fulgida, Orange Coneflower.

​Orange/yellow, 3 feet tall, spread 3 feet,

blooms June-Oct, medium-dry soil moisture,

​full sun. Many types of bees, butterflies, skippers and various flies for the nectar and pollen.

Monarda braduriana, Bradbury's Monarda.  Pink/purple, 2 feet tall,  spread 2 feet, ​blooms May, medium-dry soil moisture, full sun-part shade. Bumblebees, butterflies, skippers, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths all visit the flowers for the nectar. Host plant for the Raspberry Pyrausta.

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England Aster.  ​Deep pink/purple, 4 feet tall, spread 3 feet,

blooms Aug-Sept, medium soil moisture,

full sun.  Bees, bee flies, butterflies and skippers. The larvae of many moths feed on the foilage. 


Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower.

Red, 3-4 feet tall, spread 2 feet,

​blooms July-Sept, medium-wet soil moisture, full sun-part shade. The nectar of the flowers attracts hummingbirds and various swallowtail butterflies.

Baptisia alba, White Wild Indigo. White,

4 feet tall, spread 2.5 feet, blooms

June-July, dry/medium moisture,

full/part sun. Bumblebees pollinate the flowers.

Silene regia, Royal Catchfly.

​Scarlet, 3-4 feet, spread 2 feet,

​blooms July-Aug, medium-dry soil moisture, ​full sun-part shade.  Hummingbirds and larger butterflies for the nectar. 

Callirhoe bushii, Bush's Poppy, Pink,

2 feel tall, spread 3 feet, blooms 

June- Aug, dry/medium moisture

full sun. The flowers are pollinated by bees.

All pictures shown are from Natives Haven's gardens!

Geum triforum, Prairie Smoke.

​Reddish pink, 1.5 feet, spread 1 feet, blooms

​ ​May-June, dry soil moisture,

​full sun.  Bumblebees seeking nectar from the flowers.

Lobelia siphilitica, Great Blue.

Blue, 3 feet tall, spread 2 feet,

​blooms July-Sept, medium-wet soil, ​full sun-part shade.  The nectar and pollen of the flowers attracts bumblebees and other long-tongued bees.

Ascelpias incarnata, Rose Milkweed.

​Pink, 4-5 feet tall, spread 3 feet,

​blooms July-Aug, medium-wet soil moisture, ​full sun. Bees, predator wasps and butterflies visit for the nectar. A host plant for the Monarch and Queen butterflies.

Senna Hebecarpa, Wild Senna. Yellow,

5 feet tall, spread 2.5 feet,

blooms July-Aug, medium moisture,

full/part sun. Bees seeking pollen. Caterpillars of some butterflies feed on the foliage.

Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower.

Purple, 4 feet tall, spread 2 feet, blooms

July- Sept, Medium moisture,

full/part sun. Bees, butterflies and skippers pollinate the flowers. Host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly.

Gentiana andrewsii, Bottle Gentian. Blue,

3 feet tall, spread 1.5 feet, blooms Sept-Oct,

medium moisture, Part shade. Bumblebees are the primary pollinators of the flowers.



Ascelpias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed.

Orange, 2 feet tall, spread 2 feet,

blooms June-Aug, ​dry soil moisture,

​full sun. Bees, butterflies and predator wasps for the nectar.  Host plant for the Monarch butterfly.

Polemonium reptans, Jacob's Ladder. blue,

1.5 feet tall, spread 1.5 feet,

blooms April-June, medium moisture,

full/part sun. The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract bees primarily.


Liatris Pycnostachya, prairie Blazing Star. Purple, 4 feet tall, spread 2 feet,

blooms July-Sept, dry/medium moisture,

full sun. The flowers are pollinated by bees, butterflies and skippers.