2024 Native Plant Sale

Plant Your Own Pollinator Paradise

Welcome to Keweenaw Wild Ones’ 2024 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!

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How our sales work

Our plant sales are online, but we are not Amazon. If you have trouble checking out, email your order to [email protected].

Otherwise, 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,” i.e., pay when you pick up.
  4. If you have trouble checking out, email your order to wildoneskeweenaw at gmail.com.
  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.

WHEN: 10 a.m.–noon, Saturday, June 22, 2024
noon-2 p.m., Sunday,
June 23, 2024
WHERE: 1284 Hickory Lane, Houghton

Questions? Email [email protected] 

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Read about these fascinating plants, then visit our shop.

Biennial Gaura

The delicate flowers of this short-lived denizen of the prairies start out light pink, then turn a vibrant red/pink color in the late summer to early fall. These colors make this plant attractive to butterflies. Consider it like a black-eyed Susan; it may disappear after two years, but it reseeds readily. Thank heavens!

Big-Leaved Aster
Eurybia macrophylla

This is your go-to groundcover for dry shade in the Keweenaw, though it doesn’t mind water at bit. Big-Leaved Asters have large, heart-shaped leaves and blossom in partial shade. The plant is very beneficial to birds: seeds are eaten by song birds in winter, seed fluff provides soft nesting material, Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkeys eat the seeds and the foliage.

Big-Leaved Asters are a pollinator favorite and attract a wide variety of insects as well as feed the caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot and Northern Crescent butterflies. Nectar-collecting pollinators benefit late in the season when few plants are in bloom.

Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta

This beloved roadside wildflower tolerates nearly all sunny conditions. A biennial or short-lived perennial, it will return year after year if the seeds land in their happy place.

Blue Iris Iris versicolor

Blue Iris has very showy blue-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds and are beneficial to pollinators. It thrives in wetland habitats in sunny areas that include rain gardens, water gardens, wet meadows, marshes, along shores, in ditches and in swamps, though it will also do well in a tended garden. I’ve seen it thriving in Hancock sand.

Columbine Aquilegia canadensis

Columbine has everything going for it: it’s widely adaptable, it’s beautiful, hummingbirds love it, and it pops up in the most unexpected places. Should you grow columbine? Of course you should.

 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 an aggressive spreader where it is happy, so give this plant some room to run and you won’t be disappointed.

Common Ninebark
Physocarpus optilifolius

A perfect choice for incorporating a shrub layer in your garden, which wildlife use for both food and shelter. Covered with pretty white blossoms in mid-summer, ninebark is also extremely adaptable. Tough and beautiful, it gets up to 8 feet tall in good soil, but I’ve seen it growing only about a foot tall in cracks in rocky outcroppings.

Compass Plant
Silphium lacinifolium

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.

Garden Showstoppers

A great deal on two fabulous plants

This summer, we have an abundance of two of the most garden-worthy native plants, and we thought we’d pass on the joy. Both false sunflower and purple coneflower love similar conditions, and it’s hard to decide which is the showiest. Now you don’t have to. We’re offering three each for $12 in our special Garden Showstoppers collection.

False Sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides

Easy to grow and very pretty, false sunflower (aka early 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.

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 super easy to grow, so long as you give this easy-going plant what it needs: a bit of shade and moisture. A typical woodland setting would be just fine.

Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium maculaum

Even those who don’t know much about wildflowers will recognize this denizen of damp ditches. Native to the Keweenaw (and most of the Upper Midwest and Northeast) Joe Pye weed is a favorite for its striking flowers, which attract butterflies and other insects. Yes, you can grow it in your garden, especially if you have a sunny, soggy place.

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.

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.

Northern Blazing Star Liatris scariosa

Northern Blazing Star (aka rough blazing star) adds vertical accent and a late summer bloom to the prairie garden. Due to the abundance of flowers, the plant may need to be staked. Northern Blazing Star is easily grown, tough and drought-tolerant, happy in the worst places: open rocky woodlands, sand barrens, dry banks, and medium to dry prairies.

The foliage may need to be protected from browse until the plant is fully established. Pair with Purple Coneflower, Goldenrod, Spotted Bee Balm, Little Bluestem and Big Bluestem.

Prairie Coneflower Ratibida columnifera

This cheery plant blooms throughout the summer, filling in happily when others are trying to make up their minds to flower. The blossoms, which can vary in color from golden to red, are held aloft on stiff stems and are generally at their best in a mass planting. As you might expect, this sun lover grows well in a variety of conditions, so long as they aren’t too wet.

Prairie Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana

An attractive–and aggressive–groundcover, prairie sage is sacred to the people who originally settled in the Keweenaw. It loves rocky, sandy soil; installing it in a tough spot where other plants fear to tread would be a good strategy. It’s silvery foliage is lovely, and it smells divine.

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.

And yes, even though purple coneflower looks like it could have leapt off the pages of a conventional seed catalog, it is definitely loved by birds and pollinators—not just us humans.

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 Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

A showy addition to the native garden, wild bergamot has a special advantage in being on deer’s do-not-eat list. The flowers are gorgeous and a favorite of hummingbirds. The long bloom period provides a continuing source of food for many pollinators.

Fair warning: It is susceptible to mildew. Good air circulation helps, as does dividing large plants every two to three years. That said, a little mildew is a small price to pay for this treasure.