Eco-enhancing Garden and Landscaping Plants Native to America
America Plants, a home grown Philadelphia nursery, provides the Philadelphia area with many unique garden and meadow plants not commonly found in other native nurseries.
As the planet changes, so does its vegetation. We offer plants grown in Pennsylvania from seeds collected east of the Mississippi River and north of Mexico. Did you know that many of our mid-Atlantic garden favorites, such as Purple Coneflower, many Sunflowers, and Asters, were introduced from the South and West?
Today the definition of "native" broadens as climate change rearranges ecosystems, causing plant species to shift their range from warm to warmer and drier to moister. This also brings more native plants to your gardens, landscapes and restoration sites. For instance, there are three commonly sold Blazing Star (Liatris) species out of eighteen available species. America Plants offers an additional six species of Liatris to the common availability list.
But for now, we grow from seed on a small scale so our plants run out quickly. We keep the "availability list" as up to date as possible. So check it out at the end of the catalogue and call for inquiries.
Next Plant Sale June 2020
654 Summit Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128
The following plants will be available for Spring 2020:
Shade tolerant plants are at the end of the list. Those plants will mostly grow well in shade or sun. Ask about placement. If you are on the e-mail list you will be updated before the spring plant sale. If you want to be on the mailing list send that request to
Ozark Bluestar Amsonia illustris
Colorado Columbine Aquilegia caerulea
Tall Milkweed Asclepias exaltata
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
Oval-leaf Milkweed Asclepias ovalifolia
Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata
Pasture Thistle Cirsium discolor
Lance-leaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Tall Larkspur Delphinium exaltatum
Prairie Larkspur Delphinium virescens
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpureum
Tall Sunflower Helianthus gigantea
Meadow Blazing Star Liatris ligulistylis
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya
Northern Blazing Star Liatris scariosa
Prairie Ragwort Packera plattensis
Foxglove Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis
Large Flower Beardtongue Penstemon grandiflorus
Wild Sweet William Phlox maculata
Slender Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Virginia Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum virginianum
Long-headed Coneflower Ratibida columnifera
Green-headed Coneflower Rudbeckia laciniata
Sweet Coneflower Rudbeckia subtomentosa
Petite Coneflower Rudbeckia triloba
Royal Catchfly Silene regia
Starry Campion Silene stellata
Fire Pink Silene virginica
Rosinweed Silphium integrifolium
Wingstem Verbesenia alternifolia
Tall Ironweed Vernonia altissima
Missouri Ironweed Vernonia missurica
Shade or Sun
Tall Thimbleweed Anemone virginiana
Heart-leaf Aster Aster cordifolius
Drummond Aster Aster drummondii
Tall Bellflower Campanula americana
Bottlebrush Sedge Carex retrorsa
Bottlebrush Grass Elymus hystrix
Fringed Loosestrife Lysimachia ciliata
Virginia Waterleaf Hydrophyllum virginianum
Jacob’s Ladder Polemonium reptans
Western Ipecac Porteranthus stipulatus
Celandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum
Wretah Goldenrod Solidago caesia
Zigzag Goldenrod Solidago flexicaulis
Heart-leaf Skullcap Scutellaria ovata
Flower pick of the season
Not all species illustrated are available; and not all available species are illustrated. Check availability list above.
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Aquilegia caerulea 2 ft.
This lovely state flower of Colorado grows naturally in higher elevations but will do fine in Philadelphia’s wide range of garden soils. The attractive bi-colored, blue and white flowers are a good selection for hummingbird gardens.
(Actinomeris) Verbesina alternifolia 5-6 ft.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation recognizes Wingstem as having special value to pollinators because it supports a great diversity of bees and wasps, and is a host plant for Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot butterfly,) Celastrina neglecta (Summer Azure butterfly,) and Basilodes pepita(Gold Moth.)
A native thistle unfortunately lumped in with the non-native aggressive thistles. Grows 3'-5'attracting many pollinators, especially bees. But also benefits many bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, goldfinches.
Less prickly than the weedy, non-native thistles.
Asclepias tuberosa 1 - 2 ft.
One of the most notable orange blossoms in nature. Butterfly Weed thrives in drier, well-drained meadows. Its long tap root extends a foot or more protecting it from drought. They can be transplanted if dug carefully during dormancy but if enough root material is left behind they will regrow.
A fantastic Milkweed for sunny, dry open sites they can grow up to 20 stems two feet high. A must have plant for every pollinator garden.
Asclepias incarnata 3 - 5 ft.
Prefers moist but will do well in any fertile soil. This is the local Monarch butterfly favorite in this region. It is not too fussy about where it grows. As with many wetland plants it will tolerate diverse soil types, but not too dry.
Asclepias exaltata 3-5ft.
Grows best in dappled or indirect sunlight in medium dry soil. It’s white flowers and tall stature make it a unique woodland wildflower with all the benefits of other milkweeds.
Asclepias ovalifolia 2 ft.
A petite, unique and rare plant, prefers dry soil in sun or partial shade. The whitish green blossoms attract milkweed pollinators. Works well with Coreopsis and Anemone.
Looks similar to Common Milkweed (A. syriaca) but not as aggressive. Grows with a tap root rather than rhizomes. The flowers have longer petals this more showy than A. syriaca.
Looks similar to Common Milkweed but is not aggressive, and the blossoms make it a much sought-after plant. A riot of color and texture when massed. Attracts a variety of pollinators large and small.
If a plant can be called handsome, this is it. Interesting white flowers with whorled thin leaves. Unique in itself, Monarchs and other pollinators use it.
Coreopsis lanceolata 2 ft.
An attractive and tough meadow plant often included in meadow seed mixes. It's 2" blossoms make it a popular garden plant for late spring. It is historically native farther west but now common throughout.
Cirsium discolor 4 ft.
One of the few native thistles too often mistaken for the invasive Bull Thistle and Canada Thistle. A boon to bees, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds that adds texture and soft color to open areas. Less prickly than the weedy, non-native thistles.
Delphinium exaltatum 3-4 ft.
Full sun in medium soil, it blooms later than other Delphiniums. Its blossoms range from purple, to violet, to lavender and for that reason it is excellent in a mass planting. Attracts hummingbirds and bumblebees.
Delphinium virescent 3-4 ft.
The showy white flowers offer a unique value to this plant and are attractive attract to bumblebees . Prefers dry soil in full sun. Perfect for rock gardens and dry meadows.
Arguably the most recognized and most used wildflower in the trade, and why not? It is attractive blossoms come in many shades from purple to red to pink. Pollinators love it. A winner all around and every garden should have some in our opinion. Historically native farther west.
Helianthus giganteus 3-8 ft
This plant buzzes in late summer into early fall. In full sun its height and spread make a great border or barrier, but can be aggressive. Blossoms look similar to Woodland Sunflower but distinguished by the leaf patterns.
Heliopsis helianthoides 2-3ft
Shown here with Royal Catchfly in the background and Monarch Butterfly.
Blooms from early to late summer. A showy flower on delicate stems, even massed it doesn’t interfere with other summer blooms. Popular in European gardens where many large-flowered cultivars have been developed.
Prairie Blazing Star
Liatris pycnostachya 1-4ft
Prairie Blazing Star grows to 4' in damp to medium soil. It will also grow in poorer, undrained soils. It's best in full sun, blooming July through September. Like many Liatris species, it blooms from the top down (compare Dalea). Pollinators and hummingbirds visit it all summer. This plant prefers moister soil where it will be prominent in early summer. But does well in any wildflower garden.
Liatris scariosa 2-3ft
Another Blazingstar winner. A rare late summer native for medium to dry soil with sandy, rocky components. Can grow to three feet in moister soils. Its one inch wide flowers particularly attractive to many bees and butterflies. A great addition to native gardens.
Penstemon digitalis 1-3ft
A delicate little thing that would work well with the Dalea and Liatris. The flowers are light violet with turned down lobes, creating tubes that invite bumble bees and other bees to pollinate. The name Slender is for the leaves, toothed and more narrow than the more common Penstemon digitalis. A benefit of this pollinator-friendly plant is that it is drought tolerant.
OUT OF STOCK
Penstemon cobea 2 ft
This one lives up to its showy name. Beautiful purple blossoms in May - early July. Fantastic plant for dry-mesic to dry conditions. Every garden should have some.
Meadow Blazing Star
Liatris liguilistylis 2 - 4 ft
As with most Liatris species, they are deer-tolerant and rabbit-resistant.
And though they look similar, side-by-side they can be striking.
L. liguilistyis is considered THE butterfly magnet. The beautiful blossoms attracting Monarchs and other butterflies in late July throughAugust as Monarchs are migrating.
It can reach 5' in fertile soils such as most garden. Blossoms bloom along the stems well into late summer. Birds find the seeds appealing later in the year. Great for dry, sandy, subsoil open areas as well.
Bottlebrush Blazing Star
Liatris mucronata 2 - 2.5 ft
Bottlebrush Blazing Star is native to the South Central states. It grows from 12 to 30 inches, and 18 inches wide. It has densely-congested, lavender-pink flowers on a long, thick stem. If not picked the seeds provide food for migrants, and resident birds over winter. They flower into early fall months. Best with the sun in dry, sandy soil.
Most Liatris will form deep roots, and become drought-tolerant.
Penstemon grandiflorus 2-3 ft
Grandiflorus meaning grand flowers, and they don't disappoint. It prefers full sun in mesic to dry soil, as well as poor soil containing rocky material or sand. It grows to 2', with large, tubular pinkish to light purple flowers in May or June.
This plant is endangered in some states and rare in the wild. Bees and hummingbirds often visit Large-flowered Beardtongue.
Phlox maculata 2-3ft
A lovely long-time summer bloomer as are all the Phloxes. Enjoyed by butterflies for the narrow corolla tube where they insert their proboscis. Pennsylvania has seven native species.
Narrowleaf Mountain Mint
Pycanthemum tenuifolium 2-3ft
Moist old fields, stream banks, and floodplains. Subtle plants with very narrow leaves in the mint family. It spreads slowly by rhizomes but is not a weedy plant. On the contrary the Mountain Mints add a welcome delicacy to gardens and meadows.
Hairy Mountain Mint
Pycanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum 3-3.5ft
Abandoned fields, swampy meadows, woods. Dense flower heads and pubescent leaves and soft color stand out next to other summer blooms.
It spreads by rhizomes so put it where it has room in average soils and full sun. The white to lavender flowers attract bees, wasps, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies. It indeed is one of THE natives to have to attract pollinators.
Virginia Mountain Mint
Pycanthemum virginianum 2.5-3ft
Boggy meadows and moist thickets woods. The plant becomes covered with small, white flowers, with touches of purple that sparkle in dappled shade. Pycnanthemum means “densely packed flowers." Honeybees, a variety of native bees, other insects, and Pearl Cresecent butterflies visit this plant for its nectar.
Despite its name, it is not restricted to mountains. The plant grows in moist soils and meadows. An excellent plant for rain gardens, and other moist areas.
This plant is deer proof. It's also a mint and has a strong scent when crushed.
Sweet Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 3- 4 ft
All the summer shimmer of Black-eyed Susan but long-lived perennial and taller. Sweet Black Eyed Susan is deep rooted and forms large clumps with strong stems branching at the top forming an impressive fixture in the garden or meadow. The flowers are larger than other Rudbeckias and last throughout summer. It get its name from the pleasant fragrance which also attracts many pollinators.
It does best in a medium, part clay soil, in full sun and will bloom less robustly in partial shade. Plants can be divided to spread in the garden.
Senecio (Packera) plattensis 2ft
Medium to dry meadows. A low, multi-stem beauty more orange than most Ragworts and Rudbeckias. Pollinators love its bloom from May through July.
A common tall prairie plants, it prefers dry soils and can bloom May – July. All seven native Packera species used to be listed in the genus Senecio. It is an attractive short lived perennial that self-seeds where happy.
Ratibida columnifera 2-3 ft.
A must-have in East Coast gardens. Also called Mexican Hat for its unique long-blooming blossoms that resemble a slender sombrero. Its attractive pinnate (feathery) leaves compliment the plant’s appeal. Drought tolerant once established.
Silene virginica 2 ft.
A softer, complimentary red to Royal Catchfly's deeper scarlet. Attracts hummingbirds. Prefers partially shaded rocky environments. Works well in rock gardens, but can do well in average garden conditions.
Silente regia 2-3.5ft
Dry woods and open meadows. Long flowering in woods, openings and meadows. Versatile royal red beauty. Hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies love this flower, growing to 4' in well-drained, sandy, even gravelly soil.
Catchfly is from the sticky glands covering the plant where small insects can become trapped.
Royal Catchfly is endangered in some states but because it's easy to grow a concerted campaign to spread it would be worth the effort as an excellent garden and meadow that blooms from June-August.
Silene stellata 3ft
Woods, edges, open ground. Versatile plant as with Royal Catchfly for summer subtlety and attractiveness. Common names are for "campion: Old French related to a champions garland" and "catchfly: because some species have sticky stems that catch insects."
The Silene genus is related to carnations with five flower petals enclosed by a bell-shaped calyx toothed along the upper rim.
The flowers are pollinated by moths. It's a drought-tolerant, self-seeding (though not aggressive) plant, sometimes with multiple stems (thus more flowers) from its deep taproot.
Silphium integrifolium 3-5 ft
Dry or sandy meadows. Blooms mid through late summer. Flowers attractive to all landscapes. Seeds attractive to many birds. Rosin Weed resembles a Sunflower but blooms earlier in the season. It's shorter than the other Siphiums and matures faster, with a strong stem to support it. But it is aggressive and should be appropriately placed.
Rosin Weed attracts a variety of pollinators but it is especially relished by some of our smaller solitary bees. The plant gets its common name from the sticky rosin it produces, which was used as a chewing gum by the Native Americans. Rosin weed is quick to mature once germinated, reaching flowering size surprisingly fast.
Silphium laciniatum 4 - 10 ft
Open meadows and fields. The tall Silphiums have become popular in gardens and parks. This one is less common in the east but a lovely plant whose flowers tend to face north and south.
This can be a very long-lived plant. In ideal soil and light, an individual plant could to live to a 100 years.
Solidago caesia 2 ft
A good fit in shaded areas, this plant grows in partial sun as well and compliments the woodland asters. Very attractive in late summer-early fall with wands of light yellow
Actinomeris (Verbesina) alternifolia 3 - 6 ft
Rich thickets and borders of woods. Sometimes listed as Genus Verbesina. This is another attractive tall sunflower-like plant with character.
It is native to the Ozark Region, and has high ecological value for pollinators. Wingstem was once marketed as "Golden Honey Plant," for its attractiveness to bees.
The Xerces Society lists Wingstem for its value to pollinators, supporting a diversity of insects, and host plant for Silvery Checkerspot, and Summer Azure butterflies, and the Gold Moth. This is a unique plant with great ecological value.
Solidago flexicaulis 1-3 ft.
An attractive form that literally zigzags through the woods. A woodland favorite that will grow in sun as well. It’s distinguished by its zigzag stems. Flowers in clusters along the stems blooming from mid-summer to fall attracting bees and butterflies. Tolerates many conditions.
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Verbesina (Actinomeris) helianthoides 4 ft
Open woods, thickets and meadows. Species name helianthoides means sunflower-like. A bit similar to Wingstem though shorter and blooms earlier. Good for overlapping blooms.
Vernonia altissima 3 - 6 ft
Damp, rich soils. Blooms August through October. Our local New York Ironweed (V. noveboracensis) blooms earlier. Similar, tough plant rightly called a butterfly magnet.
Vernonia missurica 3 - 5 ft
Rich low ground and meadows. The showiest, longest blooming of the Vernonias, if flowers July through October. Opportunity for longer blooms and more butterflies.
Fall 2019 Availability/Pricing
Potted Plants $5.00 - $8.00 ea.
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