Plants I want


Picture from Eastern Colorado Wildflowers


Native Sun

  • Oxytropis sericea cluster of white flowers on a single stem.  Part of the pea family and flowers remind me of the shape of a sweet pea.
  • Lobelia cardinalis
  • Oxytropis lambertii locoweed
  • Robinia neomexicana
  • Thermopsis divaricarpa

Native Shade

  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Lobelia cardinalis
  • ebony spleenwort
  • Perennial Arnica cordifolia heartleaf arnica, heart-leaf leopardbane.  (photo Max Licher)
  • Streptopus amplexifolius


  • Smooth blue aster Aster laevis (Symphyotrichum leave) Lavender; Summer 1 – 2.5 Part sun/ shade; Moist or dry To 7,000 feet Branched heads of small daisies; glaucous green leaves clasp sprawling stems
  • Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Golden yellow with brown; Late summer 1 – 2.5 Part sun/ shade; Moist to dry To 9,000 feet Attracts butterflies; biennial/short-lived perennial that readily reseeds; commonly found in dry mountain meadows
  •  Harebells Bluebells of Scotland) Campanula rotundifolia Lavender; Summer 0.5 – 1 Sun/ shade; Moist to dry To 13,000 feet Delicate dark green foliage bears nodding bell- shaped flowers
  • Purple Fringe (Silky phacelia) Phacelia sericea Purple with orange; Summer 1 – 2.5 Part sun/ shade; Moist but well- drained To 13,000 feet Spikes of “bottlebrush” flowers look great in rock garden; silky-gray divided leaves
  • Kinnikinnick (Bear-berry) Arctostaphylos uva-ursi White to pinkish; Spring 0.5 – 1 Part sun/ shade; Moist to dry/ well-drained To 10,000 feet Mat-forming groundcover with waxy, ever- green, leaves; small, urn-shaped flowers produce red berries relished by wildlife.


  • Thimbleberry Rubacer (Rubus) parviflorus White; Summer 3 – 5 Part sun/ shade; Moist To 10,000 feet Red fruits are edible and consumed by wildlife; large lobed leaves; shredding bark
  • Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus White to pinkish; Summer 2 – 4 Sun to shade; Moist to dry To 8,500 feet Bell-shaped flowers form persistent white berries; arching red stems sucker to form low thickets; attractive rounded, blue-green leaves
  • Wax currant Ribes cereum Pink to whitish; Summer 3 – 4 Part sun/ shade; Moist to Dry To 9,000 feet Waxy lobed leaves on smooth stems; rounded growth habit; tubular flowers followed by red fruits eaten by wildlife

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.

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