Desmanthus illinoensis

Prairie Mimosa                                                       
Family: Fabaceae (Bean & Pea Family)
       
·        Hardiness Zones:  5-8
·        Height: 24-48 inches
·        Spread: 24-36 inches
·        Bloom Time: July to August
·        Bloom: globular flower heads with tiny 5-petalled white flowers, followed by curved dark brown seed pods
·        Light: full sun
·        Soil: average, well-drained; adapts to wide range of soils
·        Moisture: dry to medium; drought tolerant
·        Use: informal prairie, naturalized setting, native plant garden; important range plant due to high protein content
·        Care: low maintenance
·        Concerns: no serious insect or disease problems
·        Native to: North, Central and South America
·        Notes: mimosa-like, compound bipinnate foliage
·        Supplier: The Flower Factory
·        Teaching Garden Location & Code: Naturalistic Garden H038

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Lilium x 'Manado'

Asiatic Lily 'Manado'                                             
Family: Liliaceae (Lily Family)
       
·        Hardiness Zones:  4-8
·        Height: 48-54 inches
·        Spread: 12 inches
·        Bloom Time: mid summer
·        Bloom: watermelon-pink blooms
·        Light: full sun to part shade
·        Soil: average, well-drained
·        Moisture: medium
·        Use: accent plant for bed or border; attracts hummingbirds and pollinators
·        Care: divide bulbs in fall every 2 years; remove spent blooms but leave foliage alone for as long as it is green
·        Concerns: rabbits like Asiatic lilies
·        Native to: hybrid cultivar
·        Notes: deer resistant; salt tolerant
·        Supplier: Jung's Garden Center
·        Teaching Garden Location & Code: Sidewalk Garden G153

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Panicum virgatum 'RR1 Ruby Ribbons'

Switch Grass 'RR1 Ruby Ribbons'                       
Family: Poaceae (Grass Family)
       
·        Hardiness Zones:  4-9
·        Height: 36-48 inches
·        Spread: 24-30 inches
·        Bloom Time: August to October
·        Bloom: airy clouds of seedheads
·        Light: full sun to part shade, but loses columnar form in too much shade
·        Soil: average; tolerates wide range of soil types but prefers sandy or clay soils; tends to flop in rich soils
·        Moisture: medium to wet
·        Use: perennial borders, wild gardens, native gardens, prairies, meadows or naturalized areas; water gardens and bog gardens
·        Care: cut back clumps to ground in late winter to early spring
·        Concerns: no serious insect or disease problems; may self-seed but since cultivar does not come true from seed, self-seeded plants should be removed
·        Native to: species native to North America
·        Notes: blue-green foliage matures by mid-season to red
·        Supplier: The Flower Factory
·        Teaching Garden Location & Code: Naturalistic Garden H057

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