True Wisconsin Native Plant Collection Available at Stein Gardens & Gifts

Check out our collection of True Wisconsin Native Perennials, available exclusively at Stein Gardens & Gifts. Create a Native Ecosystem in your yard with this diverse collection. Perfect for meadows, prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Wisconsin Native perennials provide food & habitat for native wildlife, songbirds and butterflies. All of the these varieties will survive in our climate and soil conditions.

*Not all varieties available at all times - please call your local Stein Gardens & Gifts to check on plant availability.


American Columbine
American Columbine
(Aquilegia canadensis )

This true Wisconsin Native plant produces graceful blue-green foilage with nodding flowers in June. The flowers feature delicate red outer petals surrounding an inner ring with yellow centers. Hummingbirds and butterflies gather to drink the sweet nectar from this charming wildflower. Plant it in the native woodland garden or to create splashes of color in the rock garden. The clump forming folIage grows in rich, moist soil in part shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3
Height: 24-30"
Spread: 12-15"
Light Requirements: Part Shade

Canada Wild Ginger
Canada Wild Ginger
(Asarum canadense)

This true Wisconsin Native plant features satiny, heart-shaped foilage with handsome veins. The cup-shaped, purplish brown flowers bloom in spring but are usually hidden from view by the foliage. Use as a groundcover in the native woodland garden and border garden. Plant as fine edging along paths, grouped under trees or rambling through shrubby borders. The vigorous, mat-forming foliage thrives in rich, moist soil in part shade to full shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 12-24"
Light Requirements: Part Shade to Full Shade

Swamp Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed
(Asclepias incarnata)

This true Wisconsin Native plant is noted for its narrow, lance-shaped foliage and tightly branched clusters of fragrant, mauve-pink flowers in June through August. The flowers are followed by seed pods which release long, silvery-white, silky-haired seeds that are easily carried by the wind. These seed pods are great to use in dried arrangements. The sweet nectar from this wildflower attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Use the upright growth habit in the native meadow, native wetland and border garden. Milkweed thrives in rich, moist soil in full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Butterfly Flower
Butterfly Flower
(Asclepias tuberosa)

This true Wisconsin Native plant is virtually hassle-free and noted for its small, lance-shaped foliage, dark stems and clusters of tangerine-orange flowers in July through August. The flowers are followed by spindle-shaped seed pods which release long silvery-white, silky-haired seeds that are easily carried by the wind. These seed pods are great to use in dried flower arrangements. The sweet nectar from this wildflower attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Use the upright growth habit in the native prairie or border garden. Milkweed is slow to emerge in spring and thrives in rich, moist soil in full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 9-18"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Sky Blue Aster
Sky Blue Aster
(Aster azureus)

This true Wisconsin Native plant showcases sprays of daisy-like flowers in September to October that float above the rough, arrowhead-shaped foliage. It is one of the brightest and showiest asters to plant in the native prairie or border garden. It provides good color and contrast in the late summer to early fall landscape. Birds and butterflies gather to drink the sweet nectar from this wildflower. The clump-forming growth thrives in rich, well-drained soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 18"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Pale Purple Coneflower
Pale Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea pallida)

This true Wisconsin Native boldly features rough textured, lance-shaped foliage with drooping, pale purple flowers in June through July. The daisy-like flowers have coppery-orange center cones and are perfect in fresh cut or dried arrangements. This wildflower attracts birds and butterflies to the garden and is beautiful in the native prairie or border garden. It thrives in rich, well-drained soil in full sun and was the 2002 Herb of the Year. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 18"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Rattlesnake Master
Rattlesnake Master
(Eryngium yuccifolium)

This true Wisconsin Native showcases blue-gray, sword-shaped foliage with bristles and branched clusters of globe-like, white flowers in July through August. Use the rosette-forming growth habit to add architectural interest as an accent plant in the back of the border garden or in native prairie plantings. Rattlesnake Master is a host plant for Swallowtail butterfly larvae. It thrives in average, well-drained soil in full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 15"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed
Spotted Joe-Pye Weed
(Eupatorium maculatum)

This true Wisconsin Native plant exhibits rounded clusters of rose-purple flowers in August through September on red stems with coarsely toothed foliage. The blooms heavily attract butterflies to the garden and make great cut flowers in arrangements. Use the tall, upright growth in the back of the border, woodland garden or in native meadow plantings. It thrives in moist to wet locations in the native wetland or bog garden. Joe-Pye Weed is slow to emerge in spring and thrives in rich soil and in part sun to part shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 5-6'
Spread: 3-4'
Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade

Wild Geranium
Wild Geranium
(Geranium maculatum)

This true Wisconsin Native plant presents delicate clusters of soft blue to lilac-pink saucer-shaped flowers in July with green, deeply divided foliage. Wild Geraniums require little maintenance and create a beautiful mass in the woodland garden, border garden or along the native woodland edge. Butterflies gather to drink the sweet nectar from this wildflower. The clump forming growth thrives in rich well-drained to moist soil in part shade to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 18"
Light Requirements: Part Shade to Part Sun

Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke
(Geum triflorum)

This true Wisconsin Native plant features branched clusters of nodding, light maroon to almost yellow flowers in June to July with soft, fern-like foliage and divided leaves. As the flowers fade, they form feathery, coppery-pink seed heads which resemble a plume or puff of smoke. Use the clump-forming foliage in the native prairie or border garden. Geums thrive in average, well-drained soil in full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 2.
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 12"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Prairie Blazing Star
Prairie Blazing-Star
(Liatris pycnostachya)

This true Wisconsin Native plant presents dense spikes of bright rosy-purple flowers in August through September above narrow, grass-like foliage. Plant the clump-forming foliage in large sweeps in the native prairie, native meadow or border garden. This wildflower makes a great fresh cut or dried flower. It is a magnet for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. This plant is slow to emerge in spring and thrives in average, well-drained to moist soil in full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 36-60"
Spread: 12-15"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)

This true Wisconsin Native plant flaunts spikes of brilliant, cardinal-red flowers in July through August above dark purple, lance-shaped foliage. It is one of the most strikingly beautiful wildflowers that can be seen in late summer with brilliant flashes of red along stream banks, marshes and low woodland gardens. Use the clump-forming habit in the native meadow, native wetland and bog garden. It is a magnet for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Grow this lobelia in rich, moist soil in part sun to part shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 2.
Height: 30-36"
Spread: 12-18"
Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade

Great Blue Lobelia
Great Blue Lobelia
(Lobelia siphilitica)

This true Wisconsin Native plant presents spikes of tubular, bright blue flowers in July through August above light green foliage. Use the clump-forming growth habit along the shoreline, in the native meadow or woodland garden. Lobelias thrive in moist locations in the bog garden or native wetland garden. Butterflies and hummngbirds gather to drink the sweet nectar from this wildflower. Grow it in rich soil in part shade to full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 12-18"
Light Requirements: Part Shade to Full Sun

Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells
(Mertensia virginica)

This true Wisconsin Native plant features dangling pink buds that open to charming clusters of pendulous sapphire-blue bells of flowers in May. The flowers are truly breathtaking when planted in mass amoung bulb plants like daffodils or when allowed to naturalize in the native woodland garden. The bluish-gray foliage goes dormant by mid-summer, so mix this plant with perennials like hostas or ferns. This bluebell thrives in rich, moist soil in part shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 12-15"
Light Requirements: Part Shade

Wild Bergamot
Wild Bergamot
(Monarda fistulosa)

This true Wisconsin Native plant showcases whorls of fragrant, lavender-lilac flowers in July through August with aromatic, mint-like foliage. Monarda provides color and contrast in the native meadow, native woodland edge or border garden in midsummer. Butterflies and hummingbirds gather to drink the sweet nectar from this wildflower. The upright growth thrives in rich, moist to well-drained soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24-36"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Golden Groundsel
Golden Groundsel
(Packera aurea)

This true Wisconsin Native plant features branched clusters of golden-yellow daisy-like flowers in April to June and shiny, deep green, heart-shaped foliage with purple undersides. The profuse spring blooms add bright color to the native meadow, native wetland or bog garden. Use the rosette forming foliage planted in mass as a groundcover or as an edging along streams. Butterflies gather to drink the sweet nectar from this wildflower. Packera thrives in rich, moist to wet soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 24"
Spread: 18-24"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Mayapple
Mayapple
(Podophyllum peltatum)

This true Wisconsin Native plant showcases distinctive, palmate leaves and creamy-white flowers in May that are quite showy, but usually hidden beneath the leaves. The flowers produce edible, fleshy fruits that turn golden when ripe and may be used to make preserves and jellies: however, the leaves and roots are poisonous and not edible. The first signs of this plant in spring are the charming large leaves that resemble closed umbrellas. In late summer the foliage goes dormant. Use Mayapple for naturalizing in native woodland gardens. The vigorous, upright growth thrives in rich, moist soil in full shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 9-12"
Spread: 12-18"
Light Requirements: Full Shade

Creeping Jacob's Ladder
Creeping Jacob's-Ladder
(Polemonium reptans)

This true Wisconsin Native presents nodding, loose clusters of glossy bright blue, bell-shaped flowers in May to June with fern-like foliage. Jacob's Ladder gets its common name from the oval leaflets that are arranged like the rungs of a ladder. Create splashes of color in the native woodland garden, border garden or as a groundcover. The spreading growth thrives in rich, moist soil in part shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 12-16"
Light Requirements: Part Shade

Grey-Headed Coneflower
Grey-Headed Coneflower
(Ratibida pinnata)

This true Wisconsin Native plant features drooping, daisy-like clear yellow flowers in July through August with a dull gray central cone. Use the deeply cut, upright foliage in the native prairie or border garden. The flowers bloom in profusion and attract butterflies to the garden. This coneflower may need staking. The clump forming growth thrives in rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 18"
Light Requirements: Full Sun

Black-Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)

This true Wisconsin Native plant features daisy-like bright yellow flowers in July to August with dark chocolate-brown cones and slightly hairy, lance-shaped foliage. The flowers bloom in profusion and attract birds and butterflies to the garden. Add bold, stunning color to the native prairie, native meadown or border garden. This biennial thrives in rich, well-drained to moist soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 12-18"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Sweet Coneflower
Sweet Coneflower
(Rudbeckia subtomentosa)

This true Wisconsin Native superstar features branched stems of bright yellow flowers in August to September with dark chocolate-brown cones and downy, lance-shaped foliage. The daisy-like flowers bloom in profusion and attract birds and butterflies to the garden. Add bold, stunning color to the native prairie, native meadow or border garden. This clump forming coneflower thrives in rich, well-drained to moist soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 28-30"
Spread: 24"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Little Bluestem Grass
Little Bluestem Grass
(Schizachyrium scoparium)

This true Wisconsin Native grass has a bluish-green, soft foliage which turns a beautiful bronze to orange in fall. It produces tall stems of attractive, tufted silver flower heads in July to August with outstanding bronze-orange fall foliage color. This clump-forming grass is ideally planted in native prairies, border gardens or used as a groundcover. It is a natural food source for attracting songbirds to the landscape. The foliage of this warm season grass is late to emerge in spring. It thrives in any well-drained soil in full sun to part sun and is hardy in Zones 4-9.

It is hardy in Zones 4-9
Height:
24-36"
Spread: 12-18"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Prairie Dock
Prairie Dock
(Silphium terebinthinaceum)

This true Wisconsin Native plant showcases loose, open sprays of yellow flower clusters in July to August high above huge, upight, heart-shaped foliage. Use the sun-flower-like blooms in the native prairie, native meadow or border garden. The clump-forming growth thrives in rich, well-drained to moist soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 7-8'
Spread: 3'
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Stiff Goldenrod
Stiff Goldenrod
(Solidago rigida)

This true Wisconsin Native plant displays dense clusters of tiny, bright yellow flowers in August to September above large, broad foliage. The flowers bloom in profusion and attract birds and butterflies to the garden. For good color and contrast in the late summer to early fall landscape, plant goldenrod with the lavender blooms of Aster azureus. Use it in the native prairie, native meadow or border garden. The upright growth thrives in average, moist to well-drained soil in full sun to part sun. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 3.
Height: 24-60"
Spread: 18-30"
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun

Large Flowered Trillium
Large Flowered Trillium
(Trillium grandiflorum)

This true Wisconsin Native plant showcases distinctive 3-petaled, white flowers in May with whorled, 3-leafed, lance-shaped foliage. The foliage becomes dormant after blooming. Use trillium in the native woodland garden or border garden. The upright growth thrives in rich, moist soil in part shade to full shade. Add an organic mulch to your soil and feed with a slow release fertilizer for season long results.

It is hardy in Zone 4.
Height: 12-18"
Spread: 6-12"
Light Requirements: Part Shade to Full Shade