2022 Plant Sale

Welcome to our native plant sale. Check out the plants below and think about what you’d like in your garden. Then visit our shop and place your order. Simple!

Create a wildlife oasis in your yard! The Wild Ones Keweenaw chapter is holding its first sale of the summer to help you bring a little more life to your yard. We  are offering a selection of native plants to get you started gardening for butterflies, birds, and pollinators.


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How our sales work

Our plant sales are online. Here’s what to do:

  1. Browse our plant selection below. You can link to detailed plant information sheets for each offering.
  2. Go to our Shop and pick out your plants.
  3. Check out. You may use PayPal or “pay on delivery.”
  4. If you have trouble checking out, email your order to [email protected]
  5. Pick up your order, bringing cash or a check if you have not paid with PayPal. You will receive an email reminding you when and where.
  6. If you are unable to pick up your order at the scheduled time, email [email protected] to make arrangements.

WHEN AND WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR PLANTS

10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 9, 2022
1–3 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2022
1284 Hickory Lane, Houghton

Questions? Email [email protected] 


Butterflyweed
Asclepias tuberosa

AVAILABLE LATER THIS SUMMER
This dandy plant grows in miserable sandy soil in full sun; once established, it is hardy as stone. Beloved by pollinators and humans alike, its blooms are regularly bedecked by monarchs. Plant butterflyweed and help keep our favorite butterfly coming back year after year.

Lance-leaf coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata

Lance-leaf coreopsis is the hands-down workhorse of the summer garden, throwing an exuberant display of flowers when it seems like every other plant has thrown in the towel. Dead-head to keep the show going on, and on, and on. As you would expect, lance-leaf coreopsis is not fussy. It just likes lots of sun and not too much water.

Cup Plant Silphium perfoliatum

Cup plant (or cupplant) is one impressive creature, maybe too impressive for some tastes, but with such magnificence, we thought, why not let you decide whether you want to chance it or not? Cup plants can get eight or even 10 feet tall and maybe four feet wide, and you bet they reseed themselves. Why grow them? Birds love the seeds. Pollinators love the cheery yellow flowers. Birds and bugs drink the water that collects where the leaves join the stem (thus “cup plant”). It’s a great screen and a stunning presence in the back of the garden. And of all the plants you grow, cup plant will be the one that causes visitors to do a double take. It does prefer moist soil, and while it droops when it’s dry, it will perk right up after a rain.

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Will grow in nearly all soils, so long as they aren’t too wet. Plant in full to partial sun 1 foot apart. Beloved by butterflies, especially monarchs, which only lay their eggs on milkweed plants. Common milkweed is a spreader where it is happy, so give this plant some room to run and you won’t be disappointed.

Dense Blazing Star
Liatris spicata

This gorgeous midsummer bloomer deserves a place in most any garden, so long as it’s not too dry; it might appreciate a drink during those occasional midsummer droughts. Consider pairing with another showstopper, purple coneflower.

False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides

Easy to grow and very pretty, false sunflower loves sun and just about any soil or moisture condition, though it does appreciate a little extra dampness. It can form a focal point at the back of the garden and is beloved by pollinators and birds. Bonus! Beautiful sunflower-type flowers  without sunflowers’ tendency to spread.

Gray-headed Coneflower Ratibida pinnata

Found in the wild along woodland edges, it adapts readily to the garden, where you can appreciate its shuttlecock flowers up close. Fair warning: those long, graceful stems do tend to flop, so consider the back of the border or tucking them amidst sturdier customers like purple coneflower.

Gray-headed coneflower is drought-tolerant, always a plus with our unpredictable summers, and deer resistant.

Green-headed Coneflower Rudbeckia laciniata

Found in damp, partly shady places in the wild, this eye-catching plant does fine in full sun with some moisture. The flowers, which look like shuttlecocks, float on the end of long, graceful stems. FYI, green-headed coneflower, aka golden glow, aka cutleaf coneflower, can grow to statuesque heights. It’s great for the back of the border or filling in a big spot with very little effort. It may droop in hot sun; don’t worry. It will pop right back up overnight.

Helen’s Flower Helenium autumnale

This delightful plant loves full sun and all kinds of soils, doing best if they are damp. The charming flowers bloom en masse late in the season—maybe plant several together in a nice clump. The genus is thought to have been named by Linnaeus (the guy who began giving plants scientific names) for the world’s most beautiful woman, Helen of Troy. Legend has it that the flowers sprung up from the ground where her tears fell.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum

Who doesn’t love Jack-in-the-Pulpit? It’s one of those rare plants that delights the eye mainly though its clean lines and elegant structure. As for color, green and maroon are colors, plus the berries ripen to a brilliant scarlet. And guess what? It’s easy to grow, so long as you give it what it needs: a bit of shade and moisture.

Lance-leaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata

Lance-leaf coreopsis is the hands-down workhorse of the summer garden, throwing an exuberant display of flowers when it seems like every other plant has thrown in the towel. Dead-head to keep the show going on, and on, and on. As you would expect, lance-leaf coreopsis is not fussy. It just likes lots of sun and not too much water.

Mini-Gardens for Butterflies and Pollinators

Our three mini-gardens for butterflies and pollinators provide nectar and pollen over a long season. The butterfly gardens feature different types of milkweed: red milkweed for damper conditions and common milkweed for dryer places where this racehorse has room to run.

New England Aster Aster novae-angliae

Tons of gorgeous pink to purple blooms in the fall are a late-season godsend for butterflies and other pollinators. Good luck counting how many species you can find at one time nectaring on this aster. Can get tall and leggy, so if that bugs you, pinch back in early summer or put in the back of the border. Likes sun and partial shade and almost all soils, so long as they aren’t super dry.

Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea

This underused plant thrives in sun and sandy soil with a bit of moisture. It’s a great filler, and the blossoms are charming. It is a host plant for caterpillars of the American lady butterfly, but it can handle being munched on once it is established. These two species have known each other for a long time.

Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea

The gateway plant leading to a lifelong addiction to native gardening. With a handful of other natives (black-eyed Susan comes to mind), purple coneflower can lure even the most conventional gardener to consider transforming a corner of their yard into a wild paradise. It’s gorgeous, familiar, adaptable, and well-behaved.  Not to mention easy to grow in average well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

Red Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata

Also known as Swamp Milkweed or Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed has a lovely fragrance and is a host for Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies. It’s flowers are less red than rose and are held above the plant, where you can watch pollinators of all stripes settling in for a banquet. Red Milkweed is happy in damp and will tolerate temporary flooding. But it is pretty adaptable; I’ve seen it growing in a hot, dry strawberry bed. However, don’t expect to be able to transplant it once it grows up. It has a taproot and would rather die than change its address.

Wild Lupine Lupinus perennis

OUT OF STOCK

Lovely bluish-purple, tapering spires prefer the worst soil you can throw at them: dry sand. Of benefit to hummingbirds and butterflies, it will reseed where it is happy, so put it in its happy place. This is not the common, big-leaf lupine found in local gardens and roadsides, which was introduced from the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the introduced lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) hybridizes easily with Wild Lupine and crowds out native plants.

Woodland Sunflower Helianthus divaricatus

This cheery sunflower brings a welcome splash of gold to the forest edge. It spreads by rhizomes, like many sunflowers, so it will naturalize like crazy in the right conditions. Be aware.