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Perennial Flowers, Grasses, Sedges, and Shrubs

YNPN grows over 120 varieties of Michigan natives in biodegradable cardboard plugs designed to encourage healthy root growth. We propagate all plants from seed that is sustainably wild-harvested or purchased from sources in Michigan or compatible ecoregions. None of our plants are wild-harvested. Almost all of our plants have Great Lakes, Michigan, Washtenaw, or Ypsilanti genotypes. 17 have Washtenaw genotypes, with more added every year. 

1.25"-3"-square plugs are sold for $2-$6 each and are available at the downtown Ypsilanti Farmer's Market from June to October. Half-flats of 32 plants are discounted to $60 and whole flats are discounted to $120. All plants include free delivery within Ypsilanti city limits. Second-year and older plants and shrubs are available in larger containers for $6-$15 each.

YNPN offers perennials in 5 planting groups: Butterfly/Pollinator Dry, Butterfly/Pollinator Moist, Rain Garden, Woodland Semi-Shade, and Oak Barrens/Savanna, a mixture of prairie and woodland that once was the original habitat of much of Ypsilanti Township. You can choose plants individually from the habitat group best suited to your yard, or purchase a preselected garden kit of 32 plants, including at least 10 species, corresponding to that habitat group. Below you can find information about the plants in each habitat group.

Butterfly/Pollinator Dry (sunny and dry):

Flowers: Achillea multifolia (yarrow), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed), Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed), Baptisia alba (white wild indigo), Coreopsis lanceolata (lance-leaf coreopsis), Liatris aspera (rough blazing star), Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot or bee balm), Monarda punctata (spotted bee balm), Pycnanthemum pilosum (hairy mountain mint), Rudbeckia fulgida (orange coneflower), Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod), Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod), and Symphyotrichum oolentangiense (sky blue aster).

Grasses: Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue-stem), Sorgastrum nutans (Indian grass), and Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed).

Butterfly/Pollinator Moist (full to part sun, moist):

Flowers: Allium cernuum (nodding onion), Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower), Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower), Lobelia siphilitica (great blue lobelia), Liatris spicata (marsh blazing star), Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot or bee balm), Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower), and Verbena hastata (blue vervain).

Grasses (and a sedge): Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), and Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed).

Rain Garden: (full to part sun, moist to intermittently wet):

Flowers: Allium cernuum (nodding onion), Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower), Eutrochium maculatum (Joe Pye weed), Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed), Geranium maculatum (wild geranium), Monarda punctata (spotted bee balm), Penstemon digitalis (foxglove beardtongue), and Symphyotrichum novae-anglia (New England aster).

Sedges: Carex grayii (Gray's sedge), Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvanian sedge).

Woodland Semi-Shade (part shade, medium moisture):

Flowers: Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine), Eutrochium purpurea (sweet Joe Pye weed), Geranium maculatum (wild geranium), Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower), Penstemon digitalis (foxglove beardtongue), Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox), Prunella vulgaris (self-heal), Rudbeckia triloba (three-lobed coneflower), and Scrophularia marilandica (late figwort).

Grasses (and a sedge): Carex grayi (Gray's sedge), Chasmanthium latifolium (northern sea oats), Elymus hystrix (bottlebrush), and Elymus virginicus (Virginia wild rye).

Oak Barrens/Savanna (mostly sunny to part shade, dry, sandy soil, grassy):

Flowers:  Coreopsis lanceolata (lance-leaf coreopsis), Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge), Liatris aspera (rough blazing star), Lupinus perennis (wild lupine), Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot or bee balm), Pedicularis canadensis (wood betony), Symphyotrichum oolentangiense (sky blue aster), Tephrosia virginiana (goat's rue), and Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

Grasses: Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem), Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge), Elymus canadensis (Canada wild rye), Elymus virginicus (Virginia wild rye), Koeleria macrantha (June grass), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Sorgastrum nutans (Indian grass), and Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed).