Arbor Doctor recommended native herbaceous plants and shrubs

Native pollinator plants are becoming very popular. Here are some of the Arbor Doctor’s favorite herbaceous perennials and shrubs. This list includes native plant cultivated varieties, sometimes referred to as nativars.

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Bottlebrush Buckeye (eastern North American native) Aesculus parviflora
Arkansas Amsonia (Eastern North American native) Amsonia hubrichtii
Blue Star Amsonia (Eastern North American native) Amsonia tabernaemontana
Blue Ice Amsonia (Eastern North American native) Amsonia x ‘Blue Ice’
Columbine (Eastern North American native) Aquilegia canadensis
Red Chokeberry (Eastern North American native) Aronia arbutifolia
Brilliantissima Red Chokeberry (Eastern North American native) Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’
Black Chokeberry (Eastern North American native) Aronia melanocarpa
Swamp Milkweed (Ohio native) Asclepias incarnata

Butterfly Weed (Ohio native) Asclepias tuberosa
Common Pawpaw (Ohio native) Asimina triloba
Purple Dome Aster (Eastern North American native) Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’
October Skies Aster (Eastern North American native) Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’
Raydon’s Favorite Aster (Eastern North American native) Aster oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’
Purple Smoke Baptisia or Purple Smoke Wild Indigo (Eastern North American native) Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Twilite Prairieblues Baptisia (Eastern North American native) Baptisia Twilite Prairieblues™
Wild Blue Indigo or Blue False Indigo (Eastern North American native) Baptisia australis
Carolina Moonlight Baptisia  (Eastern North American native) Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’
Cross Vine  (Eastern North American native) Bignonia capreolata
Tangerine Beauty Crossvine (Eastern North American native) Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’
Carolina Allspice (Eastern North American native) Calycanthus floridus
Silver Sceptre Sedge (Eastern North American native) Carex ‘Silver Sceptre’
Ice Dance Sedge (Eastern North American native) Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’
Wild Senna (Eastern North American native) Cassia hebecarpa
Southern Bush Honeysuckle (Eastern North American native) Diervilla sessilifolia
Autumn Fern  (Eastern North American native) Dryopteris erythrosora
Purple Coneflower  (Eastern North American native) Echinacea purpurea
Kim’s Knee High Coneflower (Eastern North American native) Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’
Red Bishop’s Hat (Eastern North American native) Epimedium rubrum
Little Joe Dwarf Joe Pye Weed (Eastern North American native) Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’
Gateway Joe-Pye Weed (Eastern North American native) Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’
Joe Pye Weed (Ohio native) Eupatorium purpureum
Winterberry Holly (Ohio native) Ilex verticillata
Red Sprite Winterberry Holly (Eastern North American native) Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’
Winter Red Winterberry Holly (Ohio native) Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’®
Dwarf Crested Iris  (Eastern North American native) Iris cristata ‘Alba’
Dwarf Crested Iris (Eastern North American native) Iris cristata ‘Eco Bluebird’
Dwarf Crested Iris (Eastern North American native) Iris cristata ‘Powder Blue Giant’
Yellow Flag Iris (Eastern North American native) Iris pseudacorus
Blue Flag Iris (Eastern North American native) Iris versicolor
Virginia Sweetspire (Eastern North American native) Itea virginica
Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire (Eastern North American native) Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’
Dwarf Blazing Star (Eastern North American native) Liatris microcephala
Blazing Star, Gayfeather (Eastern North American native) Liatris spicata
Spicebush (Ohio native) Lindera benzoin
Beebalm, Oswego Tea, Bergamot (Eastern North American native) Monarda didyma
Raspberry Wine Bee Balm (Eastern North American native) Monarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’
Wild Bergamot (Eastern North American native) Monarda fistulosa
Dallas Blues Switch Grass (Eastern North American native) Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’
Switch Grass (Ohio native) Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
Shenandoah Switch Grass (Eastern North American native) Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
Long-Sepal Beardtongue (Eastern North American native) Penstemon calycosus
Garden Phlox (Eastern North American native) Phlox paniculata
Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Ohio native) Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’
Christmas Fern (Ohio native) Polystichum acrostichoides
Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac (Eastern North American native) Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’
Staghorn Sumac (Ohio native) Rhus typhina
Goldsturm Brown Eyed Susan (Ohio native) Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’
Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa Black-eyed Susan (Ohio naitve) Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa
Viette’s Little Suzy Black-eyed Susan (Eastern North American native) Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’
Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
Black-Eyed Susan (Ohio native) Rudbeckia hirta pulcherrima
Tiger Eye Gold Blackeyed Susan  (Eastern North American native) Rudbeckia hirta Tiger Eye Gold
(Eastern North American native) Rudbeckia lacinata
Great Coneflower  (Eastern North American native) Rudbeckia maxima
Autumn Sun Coneflower  (Eastern North American native) Rudbeckia nititda ‘Autumn Sun’
Sweet Coneflower  (Eastern North American native) Rudbeckia submentosa ‘Henry Eilers’
Cup Plant  (Ohio native) Silphium connatum
Compass Plant (Ohio native) Silphium laciniatum
Cup Plant (Ohio native) Silphium perfoliatum
Prairie Dock (Ohio native) Silphium terebinthenaceum
Goldenrod  (Eastern North American native) Solidago
Ohio Goldenrod (Ohio native) Solidago ohioensis
Fireworks Goldenrod  (Eastern North American native) Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
Solar Cascade Goldenrod (Cincinnati tri-state native) Solidago shortii Solar Cascade
Golden Fleece Goldenrod  (Eastern North American native) Solidago sphaceolata ‘Golden Fleece’
Prairie Dropseed  (Eastern North American native) Sporobolus heterolepis
Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac (eastern US native) Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’ 24 inches to 30 inches
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Southern Bush Honeysuckle (southeastern US native) Diervilla sessilifolia 3 feet to 5 feet
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Also Kodiak Red and Kodiak Black

SE US Native

Arbor Doctor installs native plants. We work with a designer who can design a native plant garden for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information.

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