Waterwise Plants for Lincoln and SE Nebraska

As Lincoln's population continues to grow, new pressures will be put on available public water resources. Using water wisely in the landscape is a vital part of water conservation. When you plan your landscape, be sure to include specific goals to reduce water use.

Although the plants listed here are valued for their low water needs, they still require regular watering during the first year. Plants develop healthy root systems when they are watered slowly. This allows moisture to soak into the ground instead of running off.

When planting perennials, prepare the soil before planting by adding organic matter. To enrich the soil, improve aeration and drainage, spread a 2-4 inch layer of organic matter on the soil surface. Dig this layer in to a depth of 6 inches. While compost or well-rotted manure is best, chopped leaves or grass clippings can be used although they may tie up some of the available nitrogen in the soil, making an additional application of fertilizer necessary. In most instances, soil improvement is not recommended when planting trees and shrubs. Testing your soil before planting is always a good idea.

After planting, add a layer of mulch over the soil to retain moisture and reduce runoff. Mulching also helps to control weeds. Three to four inches of mulch is plenty. Lincoln nursery and garden centers will carry most of the plants listed in this brochure. If you have questions about a plant's suitability in your landscape, contact your nursery or the Lancaster County Cooperative Extension Service.

Trees

BUCKEYE, OHIO Aesculus glabra Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
45-50'
Spread:
35-45'
Remarks:
Rounded tree with spring flower panicles followed by seed pods. Displays strong drought tolerance.
Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

CHOKECHERRY Prunus species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
25-30'
Spread:
15-20'
Remarks:
Tough native tree that suckers to form thickets. Mow to keep in tree form. Great drought tolerance. Purple-leafed varieties available.
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) Photo by Sheri Hagwood @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

CRABAPPLE Malus cultivars Full Sun

Color:
White, pink
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
8-25'
Spread:
6-25'
Remarks:
Showy blooms. New varieties with persistent fruit and disease tolerance.
Crabapple (Malus)

GINKGO, MAIDENHAIR TREE Ginkgo biloba Full Sun

Height:
45-50'
Spread:
30-40'
Remarks:
Fan shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. Slow grower. Tolerates air pollution. Smaller varieties available.
Ginkgo biloba Photo by Sunroofguy, on Wikimedia Commons

GOLDENRAIN TREE Koelreuteria paniculata Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
25-30'
Spread:
15-20'
Remarks:
Lovely flowers and pod-like fruit. Tough and very drought tolerant.
Goldenrain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) Photo by H. Zell, on Wikimedia Commons

HAWTHORN Crataegus species Full SunPart Sun

Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
25-35'
Spread:
15-20'
Remarks:
Tough, small tree with nice fall fruit.
Hawthorn (Crataegus)

HONEYLOCUST Gleditsia triacanthos Full Sun

Height:
40-50'
Spread:
35-40'
Remarks:
Graceful habit with yellow fall color. A very tough tree. Look for thornless and seedless varieties.
Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos) Photo by Bostonian13, on Wikimedia Commons

KENTUCKY COFFEETREE Gymnocladus dioicus Full Sun

Height:
50-60'
Spread:
35-45'
Remarks:
Adaptable to harsh conditions once established. Seedpods are poisonous.
Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

LINDEN Tilia species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
40-60'
Spread:
30-50'
Remarks:
Some are native to plains. Nice heart shaped leaves and fragrant blooms.
Linden (Tilia)

MAPLE Acer species Full SunPart Sun

Height:
25-60'
Spread:
25-50'
Remarks:
Many types are drought tolerant. Great fall color. Armur maple is smaller and available as multi-trunked.
Maple (Acer)

OAK Oak species Full Sun

Height:
50-60'
Spread:
40-50'
Remarks:
Beautiful, durable trees. Many are drought tolerant and native. Interesting acorns, bark and leaf texture. Dwarf Chinkapin is available.
Swamp White Oak Photo by Bruce Marlin, on Wikimedia Commons

PINE Pinus species Full SunPart Sun

Height:
50-60'
Spread:
40-50'
Remarks:
Many to choose from. Ponderosa, Bristlecone, Limber and Red Pine for drier soil
White Pine (Pinus strobus)

REDBUD Cercis canadensis Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
Reddish-purple, white
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
20-30'
Spread:
20-25'
Remarks:
Loaded with Spring blooms. Prefers growing in some shade.
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

SERVICEBERRY Amelanchier species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
Reddish-purple, white
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
15-25'
Spread:
8-12'
Remarks:
Beautiful native tree/shrub. White flowers in spring followed by summer fruit that birds love.
Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

SPRUCE, BLUE, BLACK HILLS Picea species Full Sun

Height:
35-50'
Spread:
25-40'
Remarks:
Blue-green color on this evergreen. Very drought tolerant.
Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

Shrubs

BUFFALO CURRANT Ribes odoratum Full SunShade

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
3-6'
Spread:
2-4'
Remarks:
Native clove-scented shrub with black berries.
Buffalo Currant (Ribes odoratum) Photo by Carolannie--slow return, on Flickr

BUSH CINQUEFOIL Potentilla species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Yellow, orange, white, salmon
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
2-4'
Spread:
3-6'
Remarks:
Heat loving shrub with bright colors and compact habit.
Bush Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) Photo by MPF, on Wikimedia Commons

BUTTERFLY BUSH Buddleia species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Pink, white, purple
Bloom Time:
July-September
Height:
3-10'
Spread:
3-6'
Remarks:
Colorful bloom spikes set on silvery foliage.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Photo by Attaleiv, on Wikimedia Commons

CHOKEBERRY Aronia species Full SunShade

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
5-8'
Spread:
4-5
Remarks:
Native, adaptable shrub with seasonal interest: Blooms, fruit and vibrant fall color.
Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) Photo by Bob Gutowski, on Wikimedia Commons

CORAL BERRY Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Full SunShade

Bloom Color:
White, pink
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
3-6'
Spread:
4-6'
Remarks:
Native. Arching branches are heavy with berries all winter.
Coral Berry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) Photo by Tatiana Gerus, on Flickr

COTONEASTER Cotoneaster species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White, pink
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
2-5'
Spread:
4-6'
Remarks:
Nice fruit display, fall color.
Cotoneaster Photo by M. Martin Vicente, on Flickr

DOGWOOD Cornus species Full SunShade

Bloom Color:
White, yellow
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
3-10'
Spread:
3-8'
Remarks:
Red and yellow twig color adds to winter landscape. Variegated leaves on some types. Seasonal interest.
Dogwood (Cornus) Photo by skvidal, on Flickr

FERNLEAF BUCKTHORN Rhamnus asplenifolia Full SunPart Sun

Height:
10-15
Spread:
6-9'
Remarks:
Willow-leafed shrub has an exotic look. Very tough shrub.

FLOWERING QUINCE Chaenomeles species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White, pink, red
Bloom Time:
March-April
Height:
6-10'
Spread:
4-6
Remarks:
Stems are loaded with delicate blooms in Spring.
Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles) Photo by Shu Suehiro, on Wikimedia Commons

FORSYTHIA Forsythia species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
March-April
Height:
8-10'
Spread:
4-6'
Remarks:
Brilliant yellow flowers in early spring.
Forsythia Photo by Maksim, on Wikimedia Commons

JUNIPER Juniperus species Full SunPart Sun

Height:
1-6'
Spread:
5-8'
Remarks:
Durable evergreen used for screens, hedges and windbreaks.

LILAC Syringa species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
White, lilac, rose-purple
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
6-12'
Spread:
6-8
Remarks:
Very fragrant blooms on shiny green foliage.
Lilac (Syringa species)

MOCK ORANGE Philadelphus species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
6-8'
Spread:
4-8'
Remarks:
Very fragrant white blooms cover entire shrub.

NINEBARK Physocarpus opulifolius Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
5-8'
Spread:
3-5'
Remarks:
Blooms and exfoliating bark on this upright shrub. Showy purple-leafed forms available.
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

PINE Pinus species Full SunPart Sun

Height:
3-8'
Spread:
3-8'
Remarks:
Evergreen that is suitable for small spaces, rock gardens. Mugo is a nice choice.

ROSE, SHRUB Rosa rugosa Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
White, red, pink, yellow
Bloom Time:
June-September
Height:
3-8'
Spread:
4-6'
Remarks:
Easy care, lots of color. Some are fragrant. Landscape roses are also drought tolerant.
Shrub Rose (Rosa rugosa)

SERVICEBERRY Amelanchier species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
6-12'
Spread:
5-10'
Remarks:
White spring blooms followed by edible fruit. Red and orange fall color.

SPIREA Spiraea species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
Pink, white
Bloom Time:
May-October
Height:
3-7'
Spread:
3-6'
Remarks:
Long blooming if sheared. Excellent fall color.
Spiraea

ST. JOHN'S WORT Hypericum species Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
3-6'
Spread:
3-6'
Remarks:
Sunny yellow flowers on compact shrub.
St. John's Wort (Hypericum)

SUMAC Rhus species Full SunShade

Bloom Color:
Red, maroon
Bloom Time:
August
Height:
2-15'
Spread:
5-12'
Remarks:
Native, withstands heat/drought. Brilliant fall color, fruit set.

VIBURNUM Viburnum species Full SunShadeAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
White, blush pink
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
4-18'
Spread:
3-10'
Remarks:
Large genus that offers choices for any space. Attributes include: blooms, fruit clusters, fall color.

Perennials

ANEMONE Anemone sylvestris Part SunShade

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
18"
Spread:
24-36"
Remarks:
Native, vigorous spreader.
Anemone (Anemone sylvestris)

ARTEMISIA Artemisia species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White, very small
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
12-36"
Spread:
18-36
Remarks:
Beautiful silver foliage. Many types available.
Artemisia

ASTER Aster species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
White, purple, pink
Bloom Time:
July-September
Height:
12-24"
Spread:
18-36"
Remarks:
Prairie asters are very drought tolerant. Pinch back stems in early summer for compact habit.
Aster

BABY'S BREATH Gypsophila paniculata Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
36"
Spread:
36
Remarks:
Dwarf cultivar available, great for cut flowers
Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)

BASKET-OF-GOLD Aurinia saxatilis Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold-yellow
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
18
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Shear after blooming.
Basket-of-Gold (Aurinia saxatilis)

BEEBALM Monarda didyma Full SunPart SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Red, pink, purple
Bloom Time:
July-September
Height:
18-36
Spread:
24-36"
Remarks:
Dwarf varieties available. Can be very vigorous in growth.
Beebalm (Monarda didyma)

BERGENIA Bergenia cordifolia Part SunShade

Bloom Color:
Rose pink
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
15"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Glossy, semi evergreen leaves with blooms in spring.
Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia)

BLACK-EYED SUSAN Rudbeckia species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Yellow, gold
Bloom Time:
July-18-24"August
Height:
18-24"
Spread:
18-24"
Remarks:
Native, daisy-like flowers are great for cutting.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

BLANKET FLOWER Gaillardia species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Crimson red with yellow accents
Bloom Time:
June-August
Height:
16-24"
Spread:
16-24"
Remarks:
Very drought tolerant. Provide good drainage.
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

BLUE FALSE INDIGO Baptisia australis Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Indigo blue
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
36"
Spread:
36"
Remarks:
Native prairie plant. Dwarf variety available.
Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

BOLTONIA, FALSE CHAMOMILE Boltonia asteroides Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
White, pale pink
Bloom Time:
August-October
Height:
36"
Spread:
36-42"
Remarks:
Great fall color. Shear back in early summer to prevent from falling over.
False Chamomile (Boltonia asteroides)

BUTTERFLY MILKWEED Asclepias tuberosa Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Orange
Bloom Time:
July
Height:
18-24"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Native prairie plant with clusters of orange flowers
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

CANDYTUFT Iberis sempervirens Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May
Height:
15"
Spread:
18
Remarks:
Shear after blooming
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

CARNATION, PINKS Dianthus species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Pink shades, purple, rose
Bloom Time:
June-August
Height:
6-18"
Spread:
12-24"
Remarks:
Nice blue-green foliage and flowers for cutting.
Carnation, Pinks (Dianthus)

CATMINT Nepeta species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Lavender blue
Bloom Time:
May-August
Height:
12"-18"
Spread:
18-24"
Remarks:
Easy to grow and drought tolerant. Blooms persist all season if faded flowers are cut back.
Catmint (Nepeta)

COLUMBINE Aquilegia species Full SunShadeAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Blue, purple, red, pink, yellow
Bloom Time:
May-July
Height:
12-24"
Spread:
12-24"
Remarks:
Versatile plant for sun or shade.
Columbine (Aquilegia)

CONEFLOWER Echinacea species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
White, pink, purple
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
18-24"
Spread:
18-24"
Remarks:
Drought tolerant native plant.
Coneflower (Echinacea)

CONEFLOWER, MEXICAN HAT Ratibida Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
24-36"
Spread:
24-36"
Remarks:
Native plant with showy blooms.
Coneflower, Mexican Hat (Ratibida)

CORAL BELLS Heuchera species Part SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Red, pink
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
8-12"
Spread:
12-18"
Remarks:
Leaf colors range from purple to marbled greens. Nice stems of tubular flowers.
Coral Bells (Heuchera)

CRANESBILL Geranium species Full SunPart SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Blue, rose, pink, white, pale pink, magenta
Bloom Time:
May-September
Height:
12-24"
Spread:
12-36"
Remarks:
Hardy, dependable plant for any area. Showy blooms. Many sizes and colors.
Cranesbill (Geranium)

DAYLILY Hemerocallis species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Yellow, pink, red and more
Bloom Time:
June-September
Height:
18"-36"
Spread:
24"-36"
Remarks:
Many cultivars are repeat bloomers.
Daylily (Hemerocallis)

FLAX, GOLDEN Linum flavum Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
12"-24"
Spread:
12"-24"
Remarks:
Dislikes heavy clay soil. Amend soil with gravel.

GAYFEATHER Liatris species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Purple, white
Bloom Time:
July-September
Height:
18"-24"
Spread:
18"-24"
Remarks:
Attractive spiked blooms.
Gayfeather (Liatris)

GOLDENROD Solidago species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Golden yellow
Bloom Time:
August-September
Height:
18-36"
Spread:
18-36"
Remarks:
Easy to grow, compact hybrids available.
Goldenrod (Solidago)

HOSTA Hosta species Part SunShade

Bloom Color:
White, lavender
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
12-40"
Spread:
12-40"
Remarks:
Many varieties. Drought tolerant once established.
Hosta

IRIS Iris species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Purple, blue, white, pink, yellow
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
12-36"
Spread:
18-24
Remarks:
Drought tolerant and tough. Do not bury rhizomatous root too deep for risk of rotting.
Iris

LAMB'S EAR Stachys byzantina Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Pale pink (small)
Bloom Time:
July
Height:
12-18"
Spread:
18-36"
Remarks:
Great fuzzy silver foliage. Is a vigorous grower that thrives in poor, dry soils.
Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)

LEADPLANT Amorpha canescens Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Lavender blue
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
24-36"
Spread:
18-24"
Remarks:
Tough native shrub-like plant.
Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

LENTEN ROSE Helleborus orientalis Shade

Bloom Color:
White, rose, purple
Bloom Time:
April-May
Height:
18"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Leathery leaves and nice early spring blooms.

MEADOW SAGE, SALVIA Salvia x sylvestris Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Dark purple, violet
Bloom Time:
May-October
Height:
18-24"
Spread:
18-24"
Remarks:
Showy spikes of flowers. Shear back all spent flowers to get continual blooms.
Meadow Sage, Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris)

OZARK SUNDROPS, EVENING PRIMROSE Oenothera macrocarpa Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
May-July
Height:
6-12"
Spread:
24"
Remarks:
Large, cup shaped flowers on this native plant. Exceptional drought tolerance.
Ozark Sundrops, Evening Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa)

PENSTEMON, BEARDTONGUE Penstemon species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Red, purple, rose, white, pink
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
12-36"
Spread:
18-24"
Remarks:
Showy tubular flowers on long stems. Needs well drained soils
Penstemon, Beardtongue

PEONY Paeonia lactiflora Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Many
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
36"
Spread:
36-48"
Remarks:
Fragrant, showy spring blooms. Drought tolerant once established.
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

PINCUSHION FLOWER Scabiosa columbaria Full SunPart SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Lavender blue
Bloom Time:
May-September
Height:
12-18"
Spread:
12-18"
Remarks:
Showy flowers set on long, tubular stems. Semievergreen foliage.
Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columbaria)

PITCHER SAGE Salvia azurea Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Blue-violet
Bloom Time:
late July-early September
Height:
36-48"
Spread:
36"
Remarks:
Native prairie plant. Exceptional drought tolerance.
Pitcher Sage (Salvia azurea)

POPPY MALLOW, WINECUPS Callirhoe involucrata, Callirhoe alcaeoides Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright rose-purple, white
Bloom Time:
June-August
Height:
12"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Native groundcover. Excellent drought tolerance.
Poppy Mallow, Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata, Callirhoe alcaeoides)

PURPLE PRAIRIE CLOVER Dalea purpurea Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Purple
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
12-18"
Spread:
12-18"
Remarks:
Native prairie plant with round purple flower heads. Needs excellent drainage.
Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

PUSSYTOES Antennaria species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
June
Height:
6"
Spread:
12"
Remarks:
Flower resembles cat's paw.

RATTLESNAKE MASTER Eryngium yuccifolium Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
24"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Yucca-like foliage topped with rounded blooms.
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

ROCK CRESS Arabis caucasica Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
6"
Spread:
12-18"
Remarks:
Variegated foliage available
Rock Cress (Arabis caucasica)

RUSSIAN SAGE Perovskia atriplicifolia Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Lavender
Bloom Time:
July-September
Height:
36-48"
Spread:
36"
Remarks:
Delicate silver-gray foliage with spikes of blooms. Exceptional drought tolerance.

SEA LAVENDER Limonium latifolium Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Lavender
Bloom Time:
June
Height:
18"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Easy to grow. Provide good drainage. Nice cut flowers.

SEDUM Sedum species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Pink, salmon, yellow, white
Bloom Time:
July-October
Height:
3-18"
Spread:
12-36"
Remarks:
Many types available from ground covers to tall varieties.
Sedum

SKULLCAP Scutellaria species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Purple
Bloom Time:
June-August
Height:
10-12"
Spread:
12-18"
Remarks:
Native variety 'Smoky Hills' is very drought tolerant. Shear back after blooms fade for second flush.

SNEEZEWEED, HELEN'S FLOWER Helenium autumnale Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Yellow, orange, red
Bloom Time:
August-September
Height:
24-36"
Spread:
24
Remarks:
Native plant. Good with ornamental grasses.

SNOW IN SUMMER Cerastium tomentosum Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
8"
Spread:
12"
Remarks:
Silvery leaves forms carpet.
Snow In Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)

STOKE'S ASTER Stokesia laevis Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Blue, purple, white
Bloom Time:
July-August
Height:
12-18"
Spread:
18"
Remarks:
Showy blooms. Needs soil that drains well.

THYME Thymus species Full Sun

Bloom Color:
White, lavender
Bloom Time:
June-July
Height:
3-6"
Spread:
12-24"
Remarks:
Use as ground cover or between paving stones.

TICKSEED Coreopsis species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Lemon-yellow, gold
Bloom Time:
May-September
Height:
12-36"
Spread:
12-36"
Remarks:
Cut off spent blooms for continuous color.
Tickseed (Coreopsis)

VERONICA Veronica species Full SunPart SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Purple, blue, white, rose
Bloom Time:
May-August
Height:
2-24"
Spread:
12-24
Remarks:
Many types available from ground covers to upright varieties. Moderately drought tolerant.

VINCA Vinca minor Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color:
Lavender
Bloom Time:
May-June
Height:
3-6"
Spread:
36" +
Remarks:
Easy to grow groundcover.
Vinca minor

YARROW Achillea species Full SunAttracts Butterflies

Bloom Color:
Yellow, gold, red, rose, orange, pink, white
Bloom Time:
June-September
Height:
12-24"
Spread:
18-24
Remarks:
Exceptional drought tolerance. Some species are native. Cut back faded flowers to promote more blooms. Vigorous grower.
Yarrow (Achillea)

YUCCA, SOAPWEED Yucca glauca, Yucca filamentosa Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Creamy white
Bloom Time:
June-August
Height:
36"
Spread:
36"
Remarks:
Spiny foliage not a good choice for high traffic areas. Yucca glauca is native to central U.S. Extremely drought tolerant.