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Aster, New England
Aster novae-angliae
This hardy perennial blooms late summer to fall and grows 2'-6' tall. Stunning purple-rayed flowers with yellow centers attract bees and butterflies alike. Asters are a larval host plant for some butterflies and will grow in moist sunny sites or drier, shady sites. Pruning the plant back in mid-summer will give you a bushier plant with more blossoms.
New England Aster

Aster, Prairie
Aster tanacetifolius
This annual native wildflower has beautiful lavender petals with a bright yellow center. It grows 1'-2' tall and prefers sand or lighter soils in full sun. Bloomtime is June to September.
Prairie Aster

Aster, Smooth Blue
Aster laevis
A native perennial that is one of most attractive and longest-lived Asters. It blooms September thru October giving butterflies a place to stop even after the first frosts have hit. Prefers sun to partial shade and well, drained soils.

Beardtongue, Large-flowered
Penstemon grandiforus
This very showy perennial will grow to 3 1/2' tall with broad, thick, waxy leaves and stems. The purple tubular flowers can grow 2" long and flare at the ends. It blooms late spring to mid summer in prairies and sandy areas. Native Americans prepared extracts from stems and roots of this plant to treat fevers and toothaches.
Large-flowered Beardtongue


Beardtongue, Pale
Penstemon pallidus
A native perennial that produces elegant clusters of small white and violet flowers. Blooms spring thru early summer in well drained soils. An excellent addition to a rock garden.
Pale Beardtongue

Beardtongue, Slender
Penstemon gracilis
This native plant has reddish-green leaves and small white and violet blossoms. It grows to a height of 1'-2' in flull sun to light sade and prefers dry to medium, well-drained soils.
Slender Beardtongue

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