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Plant Attributes Leggy Plants White Sage Artemisia ludoviciana This species tends to leave only in the upper 2/3 of the plant giving it a leggy appearance.

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1 Plant Attributes Leggy Plants White Sage Artemisia ludoviciana This species tends to leave only in the upper 2/3 of the plant giving it a leggy appearance. Goldenglow (Coreopsis) Coreopsis tripteris This species has an upright structure with little leaf structure; it makes a nice background planting. Blazing Star (Gayfeather) Liatris pycnostachya This species averages about 4 ht. it should be planted with other species and as a background planting. Foxglove (Penstemon) Penstemon digitalis This species requires other plants to provide stability and competition, in low light areas it will drop its leaves (such as at the base of the plant) giving it a leggy appearnce. Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea This species has a tight basal rosette but the blossom can cast as high as 3; use behind other species that will block the stem. False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides This species averages about 4 ht. it should be planted with other species and as a background planting. General Rule: If you plant full sun plants in shade you will reduce the flower production and increase legginess as plants reach for the sun.

2 Plant Attributes Floppy Plants Yellow Coneflower Ratibida pinnata This species has a tight basal rosette but the blossom can average about 4 tall; use behind other species and with competitive species to encourage upright growth. Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii This species averages about 5-6 ht.; it requires other material or fencing for structural support. Blazing Star (Gayfeather) Liatris pycnostachya This species averages about 4 ht. it should be planted with other species to provide support. Indian Grass Sorghastrum nutans This species averages about 3-5 ht.; it requires other material or fencing for structural support. Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida This species has a tight basal rosette but the inflorescence is large and can become too heavy for the stem. False Sunflower Helianthus annuus The floret is often heavier than the stem can sustain. General Rule: Tall grass species will become floppy without adequate competition and structural support.

3 Plant Attributes Aggressive Plants Red-twig Dogwood Cornus stolonifera This species is a wetland species but does well in drier conditions as well; it is also a large shrub (10-12 ht). It is excellent for screening. Wild Strawberry Fragaria virginiana This species makes an excellent groundcover, but in good garden soil, regular moisture, and full sun it can become a nuisance. False Aster Boltonia asteroides This species does well in dry years and will spread aggressively by seed in open or disturbed soils. General Rule: Use these plants sparingly, appropriately, and where there will be suitable constraint or competition. Monarda (Bergamot) Monarda fistulosa In rich garden soil this species can become larger than intended and will spread easily in disturbed or open soil. New England Aster Aster novae-angliea This species is a wetland species but does well in drier soils it is easily wind spread. Black-eyed Susan Rudbecki hirta This species is biannual but will seed in disturbed and open soil easily; it can dominate a first year or second year planting.

4 Native Substitutes Solomon Seal or False Solomon Seal OR Hosta Black-Eyed Susan OR FOR Mayapple Daylily FOR Blue-Eyed Grass

5 Native Substitutes Butterfly Milkweed OR Sedum Blue-Joint Grass OR FOR Joe Pye Weed Miscanthus FOR Indian Grass

6 Native Substitutes Geum OR Periwinkle Prairie Dropseed OR FOR Lupine Miscanthus FOR Fox Sedge

7 Native Substitutes Bottle Gentian OR Asian Lily Big Bluestem Grass OR FOR Michigan Lily Blood Grass FOR Indian Grass

8 Native Substitutes Lead Plant OR Lambs Ear Pasque Flower OR FOR White Sage Crocus FOR Trout Lily

9 Native Substitutes Lead Plant OR Salvia Soldier Mallow OR FOR Catnip Rose FOR Prairie Rose

10 Native Substitutes Witch Hazel Forsythia St. Johns Wort Potentilla FOR

11 Native Substitutes Arrowwood Viburnum Lilac Maple Leaf Viburnum Rhododendron FOR

12 Thank You


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