Prairie Nursery: Another Favorite Native Plant Catalog
Recently I’ve written about a couple of my most beloved plant catalogs, and I can’t turn away from this subject without mentioning Prairie Nursery.
Located in central Wisconsin, Prairie Nursery grows all kinds of native wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, and woody plants.
The Prairie Nursery catalog makes great bedtime perusing. It’s beautifully laid out, and the photography, which incorporates plenty of bees and butterflies, is wonderful.
By my count, the catalog includes more than 200 species of plants. Some are common, others are quite rare. New offerings in the 2019 catalog include Silky Prairie Clover (Dalea villosa), Wavy Hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa), White Tinged Sedge (Carex albicans), and Creek Sedge (Carex amphibola).
Silky Prairie Clover is a close cousin of Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea), but adapted to poor, drier soils.
I’m tempted to give Wavy Hairgrass a try this year. It looks like a shorter but highly ornamental native grass for medium shade. The seed heads are appealing to me than those of Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa). (Also, Tufted Hairgrass sounds like something regrettable you that happened at the barber shop.)
There’s one plant I want to mention that isn’t new but is carried only by Prairie Nursery: Butterflyweed for Clay (Asclepias tuberosa var. Clay). This plant is worth trying if you’ve had difficulty establishing Butterflyweed on sites with clay or rich, moist soil. It’s worked pretty well for me.
Finally, I was glad to see that Prairie Nursery now let’s consumers save money by buying trays of 16 or 32 plants in 3 inch pots – any combination, shopper’s choice.
Have you ever ordered plants from Prairie Nursery? What’s your favorite plant catalog?