2019 Fall  |  Bee Wise Dormant Bare Root List

Native plants are the foundation of a healthy ecosystem, supporting countless species of insects, birds, animals and other plant species. Native plants also play a tremendous role in the sequestration of carbon from our atmosphere. All species listed are second year perennials, native to La Crosse, Vernon or neighboring Wisconsin counties. All plants have been grown from seed, not wild dug. Native plants can be slow to establish but provide long-term benefits with flowering generally occurring 2-5 years from germination.


Dormant roots will be dug and ready for pickup in mid-October. New species will be added through mid-August as garden beds progress.

Contact us to reserve dormant plants for delivery in October.

 

Andropogon gerardii  |  Big Bluestem

Prairie  |  3-8′ |  An iconic prairie grass, this species is clump forming with large light green to blue leaves. Also called “turkey foot”, three spike-like seed heads spread outward, resembling a birds foot.  Big Bluestem prefers moderately moist to partly dry soil and full to partial-sun.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Anemone cylindrica  |  Thimbleweed   Availability expected – listing will be posted soon.

 

Anemone virginiana  |  Tall Thimbleweed   Availability expected – listing will be posted soon.

 

Asclepias exaltata |  Poke Milkweed

Woodland  |  3-5’  |  A milkweed for full to partial shade, this plant is a monarch butterfly favorite. Poke Milkweed features a globe-like bloom of white widely spreading flowers, resembling a fireworks display and prefers moderately moist to average woodlands.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Asclepias tuberosa | Butterfly Weed (milkweed)

Prairie | 1-3′ | A medium to dry soil-loving milkweed, this native to Wisconsin prairies supports monarch butterflies in addition to a nectar source for a wide variety of pollinators.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Asclepias verticillata  |  Whorled Milkweed   Availability expected – listing will be posted soon.

 

Carex sprengelii |  Long-beaked sedge

Woodland and Savanna  |  1-3’ | This showy sedge forms small colonies and features conspicuous seed clusters. A great grasslike species for moderately wet to average soil moisture and full-sun to moderate shade.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Euphorbia corollata  |  Flowering Spurge   Availability expected – listing will be posted soon.

 

Echinacea pallida  |  Pale Purple Coneflower

Prairie  |  2-3’  |  A classic prairie species, Pale Purple Coneflower is the true Wisconsin native. This species prefers full-sun and moderate to dry soil.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Eutrochium purpuream |  Sweet Joe-Pye Weed

Savanna and Woodland  |  4-6’  |  Sweet Joe-Pye Weed prefers moderately wet to moderately dry soil, with full-sun to moderate shade. Hundreds of pink flowers form a wide cluster.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Monarda fistulosa  |  Bee Balm (Wild Bergamot)

Prairie and Savanna  |  2-4’  |  Bee Balm is a wide-ranging species that can tolerate moderately wet to dry soil and partial shade to full-sun. Mature plants spread to form colonies, so be sure you plant this mint in a place where you would like to see it thrive (and dominate). The leaves are aromatic when crushed.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Pycanthemum virginianum  |  Mountain Mint

Prairie  |  1-4’  |  Mountain Mint is a great pollinator plant, attracting a variety of interesting bees and beneficial insects. The leaves are aromatic when crushed. This wide-ranging species that can tolerate moderately wet to dry soil and partial shade to full-sun. Mature plants spread to form colonies, so be sure you plant this mint in a place where you would like to see it thrive (and dominate).

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Ratibida pinnata  |  Yellow Coneflower  Availability expected – listing will be posted soon.

 

Silphium laciniatum  |  Compass Plant

Prairie  |  3-10’  |  Compass Plant is a robust prairie classic, prefering average to moederately dry soil and full-sun. The large conspicuous leaves often align north to south and have a hairy, sandpaper feel. Slow to bloom, this plant may take 3-8 years before flowering. Once it does a tall shoot displays whorls of yellow composite flowers, a favorite of bees ands openland birds. Some ecologists have estimated that Compass Plant can live to be 100+ years old.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Silphium perfoliatum  |  Cup Plant

Wetland and Prairie  |  3-8’  |  Cup Plant attracts a variety of wildlife, not only for it’s large cluster of yellow composite flowers, but also for water that is trapped by large perfoliate (and cup-forming) leaves. Preferring wet to average soil and full to partial-sun, Cup Plant is a short-lived perennial, but will spread by rhizomes, forming regenerative colonies. Be sure you plant this species in a place where you would like to see it thrive (and dominate).

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Schizachyrium scoparium  |  Little Bluestem

Prairie  |  1-3’  |  This iconic prairie grass is clump forming, with light green to purple-blue foliage during the growing season and intense shades of reddish orange beginning fall through winter. Little Bluestem prefers average to dry soil and full to partial-sun.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Thalictrum dasycarpum  |  Purple Meadow Rue

Wetland and Prairie  |  2-8’  |  Purple Meadow Rue displays attractive blue-green leaves, with inconspicuous yellow flowers. Plants generally exhibit only male or female flowers on separate plants, so multiple plants are needed to re-seed. Ideal growing conditions include wet to moderate soil moisture and full to partial-sun.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 

Thalictrum dioicum  |  Early Meadow Rue

Woodland  |  1-3’  |  An attractive species for shade and partial-sun, Early Meadow Rue displays attractive blue-green leaves, with inconspicuous yellow flowers. Plants generally exhibit only male or female flowers on separate plants, so multiple plants are needed to re-seed. Ideal soil conditions include moderately wet to moderately dry.

$5.00 – 1 year root

 


“We believe that native plants should be grown with the upmost integrity and care, using the inputs that nature intended; sunshine, living soil and rain.”

We always:

grow plants using organic methods only

start plants from seed and never use wild dug roots

grow and sell true native species, never cultivars or “nativars”

disclose the genetic origin of seed used to grow our plants