Prairie Inventory

All plants are available, but please contact us for exact order size and pricing.

With every native flower we sell, we’re working together to restore Iowa’s heritage of rich fertile soil. Natives will aide is recharging ground water and restore habitat for wildlife and insects.

  • Blooming Prairie Nursery has an established native prairie flower growing center where all the plants are grown.
  • This growing center is responsible for over 100 species of native flowers and grasses that are sold as bare root plants, in 38” cone cells and gallons.
  • Blooming Prairie Nursery is located on an 30 acre piece of land that encompasses two green houses, 32×60 production house, 45×90 equipment storage building and 19 acres are currently dedicated to the conservation reserve program.
  • There are two acres of seed production rows with an additional 5 acres planned for expansion. The production rows are irrigated by an on-site 2 acre pond.

Golden Alexander, Zizia Aurea

Golden Alexander, Zizia Aurea Image

Photo Credit: AlbertHerring

Golden Alexander, Zizia Aurea

Golden Alexander, Zizia Aurea Image

Photo Credit: AlbertHerring

SUN SOIL MOISTURE BLOOMING MONTH(S) COLOR HEIGHT
Common Name Scientific Name Full Part Shade W WM M DM D April – October
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum X X X X June – Sept. Purple 3′
Nodding Onion Allium cernuum X X X X X July – August Purple 18″
Prairie Onion Allium stellatum X X X X X July – August Pink 14″
Canada Anemone Anemone canadensis X X X X May – June White 1′
Columbine Aquilegia canadensis X X X X X X April – June Red 2′
Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum X X X X X April – July Green 2′
Swamp (Rose) Milkweed Asclepias incarnata X X X X X June – August Pink 4′
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca X X X X X X June – August Pink 3′
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa X X X X X June – August Orange 2′
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata X X X X X July – Sept. White 2′
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae X X X X X X August – October Purple 5′
Smooth Blue Aster Aster laevis X X X X X August – October Blue 4′
Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis X X X X May – July Blue 4′
White Wild Indigo Baptisia leucantha X X X X X X June – July White 4′
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia leucophaea X X X X X May – June Cream 2′
Turtlehead Chelone glabra X X X July – Sept. Cream 5′
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata X X X X X June – August Yellow 2′
Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea X X X X X July – Sept. Purple 2′
Midland Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia X X X X X April – June Pink 1′
Narrow-leaved Coneflower Echinacea angustifolia X X X June – July Pink 2′
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida X X X X X June – July Purple 3′
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea X X X X X July – Sept. Purple 4′
Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium X X X X July – Sept. White 4′
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum X X X X July – Sept. Pink 5′
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum X X X X July – Sept. White 4′
Bottle Gentian Gentiana andrewsii X X X X August – October Blue 2′
Cream Gentian Gentiana flavida X X X X X August – Sept. Cream 3′
Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum X X X X X April – July Purple 1′
Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum
Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale X X X X August – October Yellow 4′
Great Saint John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, X X X X July – August Yellow 6′
Southern Blue Flag Iris virginica shrevei X X X X X May – July Purple 3′
Button Blazingstar Liatris aspera X X X X X July – October Purple 3′
Meadow Blazingstar Liatris ligulistylis X X X X X August – Sept. Purple 5′
Prairie Blazingstar Liatris pycnostachya X X X X X July – Sept. Purple 4′
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis X X X X July – Sept. Red 4′
Great Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica X X X X X July – October Blue 3′
Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica X X X X April – May Blue 2′
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa X X X X X X July – Sept. Purple 4′
Foxglove Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis X X X X June – July White 3′
Wild Blue Phlox Phlox divaricata X X X X X April – June Blue 1′
Wild Sweet William Phlox maculata
Prairie Phlox Phlox pilosa X X X X X X May – July Pink 2′
Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana X X X X X August – Sept. Pink 4′
Jacob’s Ladder Polemonium reptans X X X X X X April – June Blue 1′
Hairy Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum pilosum X X X X July – August White 3′
Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum virginianum X X X X X X June – Sept. White 3′
Coneflower, Yellow Ratibida pinnata X X X X July – Sept. Yellow 5′
Sweet Blackeyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa X X X X X August – October Yellow 5′
Brown Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba X X X X X August – October Yellow 5′
Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis X X X X June – August Purple 1′
Royal Catchfly Silene regia X X X X July – August Red 4′
Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum X X X X X X June – Sept. Yellow 8′
Stiff Goldenrod Solidago rigida X X X X X X August – October Yellow 4′
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa X X X X X August – October Yellow 5′
Germander Teucrium chamaedrys). X X X X X July – Sept. Pink 3′
Spiderwort, Ohio Tradescantia ohiensis X X X X X X May – July Blue 3′
Hoary Vervain Verbena stricta X X X X June – Sept. Blue 2′
Common Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata X X X X July – Sept. Purple 6′
Culver’s Root Veronicastrum virginicum X X X X X June – August White 5′
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea X X X X X April – June Yellow 3′
Native Grasses
SUN SOIL MOISTURE BLOOMING MONTH(S) COLOR HEIGHT
Common Name Scientific Name Full Part Shade W WM M DM D April – October
Big Blue Stem Andropogon gerardii X X X X X X June – Sept. N/A 7′
Side-oats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula X X X X X August – Sept. N/A 2′
Kalms (Prairie) Brome Bromus kalmii X X X X X June – August N/A 3′
Common Fox Sedge Carex stipata X X X X X June N/A 3′
Brown Fox Sedge Carex Vulpinoidea X X X X X X June – July N/A 3′
Canada Wild Rye Elymus Canadensis X X X X X X July – October N/A 5′
Virginia wild rye Elymus-virginicus X X X X X X July – August N/A 4′
Switch Grass Panicum virgatum X X X X X X July – Sept. N/A 4′
Little Blue Stem Schizachyrium scoparium X X X X X July – October N/A 3′
Indian Grass Sorghastrum nutans X X X X X August – Sept. N/A 6′
Prairie Cordgrass Spartina pectinata X X X X X July – Sept. N/A 8′
Prairie Dropseed Sporobulus hereolepis X X X X X X August – October N/A 3′
Native Shrubs
SUN SOIL MOISTURE BLOOMING MONTH(S) COLOR HEIGHT
Common Name Scientific Name Full Part Shade W WM M DM D April – October
Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea
Lead Plant Amorpha canescens X X X X X June – August Purple 3′
New Jersey Tea Ceanothus americanus X X X X X June – August White 3′
Redbud Cercis canadensis
Silky Dogwood Cornus obliqua X X X X X May – July White to 10′
Hazelnut Corylus americana X X X X X April Pink to 8′
Wild Plum Prunus americana
Chokecherry Prunus virginiana
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis X X X X X June – August White to 10′
Nannyberry Virburnum lentago X X X X X May – June White to 20′
Arrowwood Viburnum recognitum
Highbush Cranberry Virburnum trilobum X X X X X May – June White to 12′