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July 20, 2012
Native Late Summer Wildflowers for Home Landscape
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Native plants in home landscapes are carefree, low maintenance and beautiful according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"I'm a big fan of using natives," said Byers. "For late summer color in the landscape, we can look to our native prairie wildflowers."
There are several species of sunflowers that are native to southwest Missouri. "One that I like is the ashy sunflower. The individual flowers are small, but the overall show of a group is spectacular," said Byers.
Ironweed is another tough native plant with lovely dark lavender blossoms.
Bee balm or bergamont is a member of the mint family. This native has fragrant foliage as well as beautiful flowers and it is popular with butterflies.
Goldenrod is pretty and there are many species native to Missouri.
Partridge pea is a beautiful annual plant that blossoms in summer, and also provides seeds that are favored by birds.
"Grasses are the backbone of the prairie, and if you have room, a clump of big bluestem is of interest," said Byers.
For more information, call the Greene County Extension Center at 417-881-8909 or visit them online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.
Source: Patrick Byers, (417) 881-8909