Ozark Native Plants is getting an early start on spring this year! We will be selling native plants at the Tricycle Farms Seed Exchange from 11 til 2 this Saturday, February 23rd. The event will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1021 West Sycamore Street in Fayetteville.
We have never done a plant sale quite this early before. Our plants live outside year round so, as you can imagine, many of them are still dormant. We’ve already done most of our packing for the sale and were pleased and surprised to find quite a number of plants showing some green. Please don’t expect to see big, lush plants in February. But, it is a thrill to see those first little leaves of spring!Here’s a sample of the plants we’ll be bringing with us. For your shady spots we’ll have woodland phlox, wood poppies, Christmas fern, woodland stonecrop, crested iris. I think it is going to be too early for bloodroot, but I will be sure to check those pots before we leave for the sale.
For your sunny spots we’ll be bringing pale purple coneflower, rigid goldenrod, gray-headed (yellow) coneflower, and rattlesnake master. For those part sun/part shade areas we’ll have royal catchfly, great blue lobelia, ebony spleenwort, wild bergamot, New England aster, purple coneflower, cardinal flower, Ohio spiderwort, wild strawberries, golden alexanders, and more.
We hope to bring a few shrubs with us including elderberry and Missouri Gooseberry. I packed a “cousin” to the strawberry bush, a small tree known as Eastern Wahoo that also has gorgeous red berries. We grew these small trees from seeds we collected out here in southern Madison county near the White River. I think I will have a trumpet honeysuckle with me on Saturday
The native seed company, Prairie Moon, has identified wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) as a champion plant for providing food for pollinators. The unique and lovely lavender flowers of wild bergamot draw butterflies, bees and hummingbirds! This plant is easy to grow and flexible about where you plant it, thriving in varying amounts of sun and all but the wettest soils. Our small pots of wild bergamot had purple leaves all winter long. They are survivors!
Pictured below in full bloom are elderberry and wild bergamot.
See you on Saturday!