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Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' (Big Bluestem)

Flat upright foliage emerges deep green to dark purple and deepens to an elegant almost-black colour in fall. Plumes of purplish finger-like flowers rise above the foliage adding interest to the landscape.

Blooms midsummer
4-5 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts birds
Drought tolerant

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Zone Zone 3
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar
Patent Info PP27949

Bright orange/yellow flowers bloom on top of tall hairy stems, and give way to seed pods. Leaves are speared and narrow. Despite it’s common name, this particular species of milkweed has no milky sap. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid summer to early fall
1-3 ft tall x 1-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
Drought resistant
Moderate salt tolerance

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Dark violet, thin daisy-like flowers grow thickly on green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to late fall
1.5-2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Moderate salt tolerance

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This tall, slender perennial features widely branched inflorescence bearing fluffy blooms of purple, red, or white flowers that are a magnet for Monarch butterflies. The bright green, narrow grass-like foliage turns a shade of rich bronze in fall. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late-summer
2-4 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Bright yellow, brown cone, leaves covered with bristly hairs, moderate growth rate, blooms early summer to early fall, full sun to partial shade, 2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide.

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Blue green with red tinges, purple red blooms, copper orange brown fall foliage, fast growth rate, blooms late summer, 3 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun.

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(Mad About Mangave® Collection) This hybrid perennial succulent sports dark green sword-like leaves with burgundy spotting, making it appear purple, with the latter shade becoming more intense when exposed to more sunlight. The spiny arms are much less thorny than its Agave parent.  Slow growth rate. 

Blooms mid-spring
1-1.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant 

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Metallic blue blades grow in a dense clump around stiff blue flowering stems topped by wheat-like light blue-green flower spikes that rise above the leaves. Medium-fast growth rate.

Blooms early spring to late summer
0.75-1 ft tall x 0.75-1 ft wide
Heat tolerant
Attracts butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant

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