From colorful Heuchera, bold foliage Hostas, Ajuga, blue star creeper, Mazus and more! When flowering May-July, four terminal stems covered in light pink flower bracts emerge at right angles from the preceding stem. They do this by preventing the sun from heating up the ground that they cover. 2' tall x 1-1.5' wide. This develops later in the summer into a single fruit that looks like a green apple (not edible). The following is a list of NATIVE ground covers that may have been growing here in years past and if we plant them, will again. Red berries and good fall color. Potted Plants. Bobwhite quail: A habitat example Native warm-season grasslands provide many white. The below were selected from Missouri Botanical Gardens Shaw Nature Reserve Native Groundcover List, removing overly tall or incompatible species, adding a few other ideas and adding descriptions from various sources. Houzz: Native Alternatives to English Ivy, Japanese Pachysandra and Periwinkle . The intensely colored flowers almost entirely cover its aromatic foliage. Ground covers with aggressive and invasive tendencies are noted in the plant chart. Purple Poppy Mallow - Callirhoe involucrata - Showy, cup-shaped magenta flowers June through frost. Grows in moist low woods and stream banks. More commonly allowed to grow into its natural graceful floppy habit. In landscaping, the term ground covers usually refers to any one of a group of low-lying plants with a creeping, spreading habit that are used to cover sections of ground while requiring minimal maintenance. 0000101707 00000 n This particular species of ground cover plant is the fastest growing plant on this list, so it needs to be trimmed regularly, especially if you are using it along a pathway or as a border.. Roanoke Park has both Purple Cliff Brake (longer leaves and stems, hairy stems) and Smooth Cliff Brake (shorter leaves, smooth stems, smaller overall plant). Using seed instead of potted plants will stretch your dollar, as this same budget will cover one to two acres! I should say that by "native" I mean indigenous to specific geographical regions. The best ground covers are low maintenance, stop erosion, cool the soil and beautify the landscape. Berries persist late into winter. I know grass has a thick root system that makes it hard for our desirable plants to get water and nutrients. Flowering in March or April as one of the first flowers of spring. 0000037144 00000 n About; Professional Membership; Resource Guide; Top 10 Lists; Native Landscape Plans; Native Plant Database; Contact Us; Grow Native! Planting. And, as with all natives, you'll get the added benefit of helping pollinators. Most of the list below is native to Jackson County, or at least Missouri. It’s well worth the effort, though, if you are the patient sort and have a lot of ground to cover. The foliage is evergreen. Some other unidentified fern is growing there too, perhaps Woodsia. We are looking for a vigorous ground cover to overcome grass that has taken over in our perennial beds. Kansas Landscape Arboretum: Highway 82, Lake Milford, Wakefield, KS 67487 (785)461-5760. Leaves fragrant when torn or bruised. It's other native relatives with the same leaves and berries are much bigger: Strawberry Bush (E. americanicus) 6-12', and Eastern Wahoo (E. atropurpureus) 15'-25', more of a small tree. Oakley, Kansas. Major crops include winter wheat, grain sorghum, alfalfa, and corn. A single white flower in April/May turns into a red fruit perched in the center of the upper leaf. At dusk the spike is hard to see so the flowers can appear to hover or look like a spray of fireworks. native legumes such as partridge pea, lespedezas, aged warm season grasses. Native to within a couple counties south of here. Seed. When the ground heats up, it absorbs heat only to re-radiate it outward. Swamp Dogwood (Cornus amomum var. S. heterolepis grows to 15 inches tall and slightly wider, with pinkish, popcorn-scented summer flower plumes. A number of them are already here if you know where to look. Low clumping habit, 8 … I have recently completed construction of a road to property I own, approximately 1000 feet of road, 20-60 feet wide roadside, steep banks 30 deg + with a roadside ditch. This page contains color photographs of Kansas wildflowers, native grasses, sedges, ferns, trees, and shrubs and descriptive information about each plant. My Amazon Affiliate Marketplace. Creeping thyme id a drought tolerant fast growing ground cover plant that thrives in full sun. Cane ( Arundinaria gigantea ), our native bamboo, is an aggressive groundcover that spreads by underground stems. The trade off (of course there’s one) is that native seed is slow to develop, typically requiring three growing seasons to mature. Only about 4-5 inches tall with 3-4" wide kidney shaped leaves. EPA Ecoregions Map Grows in shaded rich woods and ravines. It will creep into lawn. Ground cover: Characteristic: New Zealand Brass Buttons (Cotula squalida) Forms a mat. Needs a solid 6-8 hours of sun to thrive. 6-12" tall, 12-18" wide. … Large yellow drooping flowers with long twisting petals. Striking white berries on reddish stems. Although Groundcovers are our specialty, Midwest Groundcovers' plant offerings include Evergreens and Broadleaves, Deciduous Shrubs, Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, Vines and Native Prairie, Wetland and Woodland species. Getting Started with Cover Crops. Drought-Tolerant Trees for South-Central Kansas Horticulturists at the K-State John C. Pair Horticultural Center have been evaluating trees and shrubs in south-central Kansas for more than 40 years. Grows and blooms early in the spring but doesn't die down after blooming/seeding, persisting through summer. 3"-6" tall when in flower. Pennsylvania sedge - Carex pennsylvanica - Low, clumped, grass-like perennial, 6-12" high. obliqua ), as well as many other suckering shrub species, can act as important grouncovers, especially when height is needed or when it is necessary to cover large areas. I recently shared my favorite 10 native Southwestern ground covers in my latest article for Houzz. Locations. Ground cover plants for the shade help to provide greenery to areas where other plants don’t grow well. Other options such as deciduous vs. evergreen, woody vs. herbaceous, and flowering or fruiting are also part of the equation as you assess your ground cover choices. All seeds are sold by the packet. A few were seen in the area just west of the point. MoBot.org says it's good for bluff bases and stony ledges. Interesting white four-petaled flowers, always in pairs, covered with a white downy pubescence, turning into bright red berries in the fall. Calamint - Calamintha arkansana - Mint relative, aromatic. You have read all the articles on soil health and you know how important it is. Bottomland prairies, pond edges, ditches. Important spring nectar source for migrating hummingbirds. Ground Covers - Your source for plant information and pictures of over 3500 plants (including ground cover). A native to the United States, wintergreen is a hardy woodland evergreen groundcover that grows only 6 inches high and spreads 3 feet wide. Grows in a clump to 1.5' tall x 1' wide and can spread to form patches in the right environment. - Native: Kansas & Missouri - Sun: Full to Partial Sun - Soil: Medium to Wet - Wildlife Benefit: Nectar Source & Larval Host for Pearl Crescent Butterfly . 3" tall, with 1' tall blooms. ground. Distinctive white flowers that look like puffy pants hanging on a line. Clumped plants bloom spring through summer with large, yellow, fragrant flowers up to 4" across. Mar 24, 2016 - Explore Jen Kollar's board "Garden: Native Groundcover (PA)", followed by 607 people on Pinterest. They do this by preventing the sun from heating up the ground that they cover. California ground cover native plants can create a drought tolerant, shady, sunny or wet garden like no other from San Diego up through Los Angeles, San Francisco and even in parts of Oregon. Kansas native named to President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board Coronavirus . Evergreen. ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Lost City of Etzanoa may have had up to 20,000 Native Americans living on the banks of the Walnut River inside current Arkansas City. 0000003040 00000 n According to one source it prefers north facing limestone cliffs. Ground Covers - Your source for plant information and pictures of over 3500 plants (including ground cover). Fragrant Sumac - Rhus aromatica - Fairly common in the area and seen in Roanoke Park. Gauge soil moisture by probing the ground with a long screwdriver. See more ideas about garden, plants, native plants. Late summer flower / seed heads to 36" tall that smell a bit like coriander. Read on for some hardy ground cover options for your northern garden. A little bit of sun can be expressed but not more than a few hours a day. I would like to seed, and apply Hay/Straw, with affordability in mind to limit erosion over the winter. However, sweet woodruff can be a good ground cover choice for dry shade, such as in areas under big trees. I recently shared my favorite 10 native Southwestern ground covers in my latest article for Houzz. Plant creeping phlox plants where they get sun all day long. By Tanya Allemang, District Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Service Oakley, Kansas. So, using ground covers is just one way to help cool down the landscape by a degree or two. H��Wk�ۺ��_1%`ňz(Z4�E��M�.�bS�E��j%W����R�U��$ش(�u�̼^-^��vi�,^�V.IZm�p]��jC/}<. A patch of this was recently discovered in the triangle between Belleview and Karnes, in an area otherwise overrun by invasive wintercreeper and a couple plants in the Coleman Highlands Spring. And where wintercreeper is allowed to run wild, nothing grows but wintercreeper. 1' high by 1-2' wide. 6�9��;��Vc`)f �!�-�0���\�9&^� ��|���`q�[ #�X� It’s an attractive ground cover that works well at the feet of taller plants. Often found growing amidst sphagnum moss, in sandy bogs and moist woods. Needs excellent drainage. 0000002074 00000 n Very striking. 0000023192 00000 n Gold Sponsors. Fluffy white seeds are important winter food for birds. Native warm-season grasses provide effective brood rearing habitat for game birds, allowing chicks to move easily on the ground in search of food. Light lavender flowers. You have decided you want to try and plant cover crops, but where do … Needs moist to medium soil. Spreads into a patch of multiple plants. Good for dry rocky sites. This ground cover is most commonly used for underplanting trees and shrubs, on shaded slopes or on the north side of buildings. One to three leaves (usually two) are produced per plant. Plant in the spring in areas with severe winters. They don’t need fertilizers or pesticides, and they don’t need to be mowed or watered once established (learn more from my previous posts here and here).). 1.5-3' tall. Some triangular leaved violets are growing on the bluffs south of Karnes & Roanoke, either this species or perhaps a hybrid. 0000008938 00000 n Potted Plants. Do any of these ground covers have super-thick root systems like grass? Largeflower Bellwort  - Uvullaria grandifolia - Perfoliate leaves (leaves are pierced by the stem) sometimes twisting and drooping. Palm Sedge - Carex muskingumensis - Palm tree like foliage. It prefers part sun to medium shade, medium moisture and fertile loamy soil. ... Irrigated and dryland cropland, and rangeland with a significant amount of bare ground. Grows in shaded woods. Scotch or Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) Not a moss at all, but a perennial that forms a cushiony blooming carpet. Clustered Field Sedge - Carex praegracilis* - Grassy looking sedge. by: Nexstar Media Wire and WJW. 0000090162 00000 n Both buffalo grass and blue grama are native to Jackson County and are used for erosion control. You'll find the right plant to add color, beauty and staying power to your landscape. These emerge very early in the spring and typically die down to the ground by mid to late summer. Sun to part shade. Other native variety has pure white flowers. Blue Star Creeper (Laurentia fluviatilis) Has tiny green foliage, bear up to heavy foot traffic. Common in other woods in the area. Whatever your shade setting might be from partial shade to full shade or whatever soil type you have from clay to sandy. ��w� �g�a��AhFA��а Few ground covers ever look as beautiful as creeping phlox in spring, when it produces an explosion of fragrant, star-shaped, pastel-color flowers. Many clover species are considered decorative ground cover due to their beautiful flowers and soft appearance. What’s the Next Step? Rose Verbena - Verbena canadensis - Rosy pink flowers all summer long. Flowers any color: white, pink, blue, purple. The turf variety 'MoBuff' was developed by the University of Missouri for a longer growing season and better cold hardiness but is available in plugs only. 0000008131 00000 n It is also possible to use standard landscape ornamentals as a ground cover. Grow Native! Blue Star Creeper (Laurentia fluviatilis) Has tiny green foliage, bear up to heavy foot traffic. 1'-2' tall plant with 3-4" pointed oval leaves. The topic of appropriate ground covers for Roanoke Park is a lively one. Narrow It Down! Yellow Violet - Viola pubescens - Part shade. 0000110206 00000 n Pussytoes - Antennaria plantaginifolia - Likes acid soils on dry or rocky slopes. Running Strawberry Bush - Euonymus obovatus - Native to Ozarks and southeast US. Ground covers are fantastic alternatives to a lawn and are tremendously useful as under-plantings as well. Our native ground cover plants are far superior to turf grass, which is not native, because they’re low maintenance. 0000006451 00000 n White-tinged sedge - Carex albicans var. Unless noted these are perennials. Forest cover by U.S. state and territory is estimated from tree-attributes using the basic statistics reported by the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FIA). Bare Root Plants. Not exactly a spring ephemeral, it will last well into late summer, but starts to show its age and will die down in droughty conditions. Nursery cultivar 'painter's palette' is available with variegated leaves and red flowers. 0000007863 00000 n Mat forming, finely wooly plant with plantain like leaves. Tan seed heads. Until recently this stripped ground was considered ruined, but now efforts are being made to restore the land to productive use. White-tinged sedge - Carex albicans var. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Turf grass variety 'Legacy' has been developed by the University of Nebraska for our area and can be purchased in seed or plugs. The seeds are held mostly on one side of a long spike. Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a perennial ground cover that has attractive heart-shaped leaves. Groundcovers are low-growing plants that fill in quickly to make a dense carpet of foliage. 0000094830 00000 n Grows on moist slopes, bottoms and ravines. Bare Root Plants. Low clumping habit, 8-12" tall. Tolerates full shade and some drought. Browse Kansas Wildflower, Grass, & Tree Seeds.All seeds originate in Kansas from naturally local plants. Tolerant of road salt and alkaline soils. Prefers dry rocky soils. Partrige Berry - Mitchella repens - Native to eastern border counties of Missouri and eastern U.S. Great substitute for wintercreeper and vinca (for acid soils)! Wild examples are less dense and have more prominent seed heads than "improved" turf varieties. Deeply rooted sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus) produces graceful clumps of fine-textured foliage for natural meadow settings or as ground covering garden accents. Grows to 2-2.5' tall. When bruised or cut, its leaves yield a fragrance reminiscent of freshly mown hay. Forms a handsome ground cover in forest or savannah on dry to medium soils. Get a Property Evaluation for your yard, acreage, or farm. 0000003472 00000 n 2' to 4' tall, green blue color through late summer, turning to bronze-orange fall color and holding color through winter. Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis - Attractive foliage. ng a native plant as a good ground cover often means it is rhizomatous in nature; it spreads easily and forms colonies, in turn holding soil in place. 12-15" tall. Deeply rooted sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus) produces graceful clumps of fine-textured foliage for natural meadow settings or as ground covering garden accents. Silvery green lacy foliage. Usually grows along streams and in bottom lands and swamps, 12-40" tall. Low-maintenance perennials such as daylily, for example, can be used to cover large expanses or slopes. 0000023277 00000 n Wild ones will stay under 3' tall in the shade but go to 5' with more sun. Drought tolerant with deep roots. Walking Fern - Asplenium rhisophyllum - Low growing, re-sprouts from leaf ends where they touch the soil. Creeping, clumping, or trailing plants are good landscaping solutions that generally require little maintenance. 6"-1' tall/wide, spreading with runners and self seeding. Likes to climb tree trunks but won't go over the top as aggressively as wild grape. You have read all the articles on soil health and you know how important it is. The plants discussed here are native to the eastern U.S. and generally hardy from USDA Zones 4 to 8. Clovers are nitrogen fixing legumes which improve your soil and provide natural nutrients for other grasses and plants. Buffalo Grass - Bouteloua dactyloides - Very thin light green leaves usually staying under 8" tall; spreads by runners (and self seeding if both male and female plants are present). Champion Sponsor. Aster 12” White American Lady Low-growing silvery ground cover ... Information: Kansas Native Plant Society www.KansasNativePlantSociety.org Identification: Kansas Wildflowers & Grasses, compiled by K-State www.kswildflower.org Purchase: Missouri Wildflowers Nursery Jefferson City, MO www.mowildflowers.net Contact: Lenora Larson Long Lips Farm lenora.longlips@gmail.com Regal … These species require large areas. Also exists in park and very common in area woods. Sideoats Grama - Bouteloua curtipendula - Growing in glades, savannas and rocky openings of forests on calcerous (read limestone) soils, sideoats is drought tolerant and favors dry conditions. Seeds. Sources: Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder, www.missouriplants.com, www.wildflower.org, www.critsite.com, and others. 0000003089 00000 n 0000101992 00000 n 0000001156 00000 n Committee’s Top Ten picks of native plants for a particular purpose. So, using ground covers is just one way to help cool down the landscape by a degree or two. / Missouri Prairie Foundation . River Oats - Chasmanthium latifolium - Growing at bluff bases and hillsides below Rocky Point Glades, Swope Park (and just outside the front door of the Discovery Center on Troost as well as in mass plantings outside Kauffman Stadium). Needs richer soil, even moisture and shelter from wind. Purplish brown berries are eaten by wildlife. Spinulose Shield Fern - Dryopteris carthusiana - Upright fern with broad and full semi-evergreen fronds. Trout Lily - Erythronium albidum - Flowering plants have two leaves per plant, sometimes mottled with purple, and a single nodding white flower. Virginia Creeper - Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Already quite common in Roanoke Park and will ramble as a ground cover. Yellow-Fruited Fox Sedge - Carex annectans - Prominent yellow green seed heads, thin leaves. Native grasses are excellent ground coverings for sunny clay sites. Nursery cultivars are available that have bigger berries than our existing wild ones. Clover Ground Cover Seed - Many clover varieties or species are used for ground cover due to their low growing habits and low maintenance. A unique sedum that does best with even moisture in the shade. 0000129143 00000 n Cleft Phlox - Phlox bifida - MO native, white to pink flowers. When the ground heats up, it absorbs heat only to re-radiate it outward. Spreads via rhizomes and self seeding. Rooted cuttings or established plants are normally spaced from 12 to 18 inches apart. Pale green in summer turning sandy tan in fall. Tree volumes and weights are not directly measured in the field, but computed from other variables that can be measured. Ground cover: Characteristic: New Zealand Brass Buttons (Cotula squalida) Forms a mat. White, starlike flowers smother this little sedum for a few weeks every spring. Kansas Native 9 DISCLAIMER: This page contains affiliate links in the right hand panel, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Field Pussytoes - Antennaria neglecta - Mat forming, finely wooly plant with smaller, more ground hugging leaves than its shady cousin A. plantaginifolia. Scotch or Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) Not a moss at all, but a perennial that forms a cushiony blooming carpet. albicans - Pale or bright green, fine-leaved delicate looking sedge. Good fall color to leaves. Many plants already exist in the bluffs south of Roanoke & Karnes. The best ground covers are low maintenance, stop erosion, cool the soil and beautify the landscape. The best thing to have is a mentor or friend that you can bounce off ideas. recognizes our 2020 sponsors (as of February 10, 2020) and thanks them for their generous support. Planting in early spring is recommended as this allows plants time to develop roots before summer heat and drought arrives. At a 6-inch spacing, a complete cover will be produced in one year. Ph: +1-785-532-6170 Fx: +1-785-532-6949 Planting ground covers in zone 5 also helps conserve moisture in summer, reduce weeds and add seamless beauty in broad colorful swathes across the landscape. Platinum Sponsor. Coralberry - Symphocarpos orbiculata - Seen in the park. Semi-evergreen foliage about 4" tall. 0000008562 00000 n Hardy Ground Cover Plants However, that summer the midwest was engulfed in a drought. 0000114722 00000 n Groundcover Plants for Shade. This low-growing type of evergreen plant has trailing stems that help to cover areas of your garden or look good in rock gardens. KNPS Members may submit photographs of Kansas Native Plants here.. American bellflower (Campanula americana) by Emmett Sullivan in Cherokee County, KS American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) by Emmett Sullivan in Cherokee County, KS American bluehearts (Buchnera americana) by Emmett Sullivan in Cherokee County, KS American columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) by … We are undertaking a fund raising initiative to raise money for new plantings similar to what has already been undertaken in the Bioswale/Rain Garden north of the community center, and seeding areas elsewhere in the park. Ebony Spleenwort - Asplenium platyneuron - Looks like a small version of Christmas Fern but not related. 2'-3.5' tall blue-green bamboo like leaves turning yellow in fall. Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a perennial ground cover native to Eurasia that readily naturalizes in USDA zones 4 to 8.This plant thrives in moist, shady areas and quickly forms dense coverage in woodlands, rock gardens and borders. Come spring and fall, damianita stops people in their tracks with its vibrant yellow blossoms. A warm-season perennial short grass. Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides - Glossy deep green, lance shaped fronds stay green into winter. And because they are native, they enhance local biodiversity rather than present a threat to it. 0000036941 00000 n MissouriPlants.com says it grows in bluff bases, rich woods and limestone outcrops. Rhizomatous plants that colonize and spread easily work best. Signup to for Roanoke Park news and events! Squaw-weed - Packera obovata / Senecia obovatus - Can tolerate dry shade. The spring of 1874 provided good rains during the spring and the farmers looked forward to the harvest in Kansas. Kansas Native Plants • Plant Guide Guide to Plants of Kansas, native & alien. You can tell it from wild grape by the simpler, smoother leaf shape and lack of tendrils. Green succulent leaves on pinkish stems. 6-12" long dagger shaped leaves. Soloman's Seal - Polygonatum biflorum - Patches here and there can be seen growing in Roanoke Park. The Best Drought-Tolerant Ground Cover. Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria - Related to Bleeding Heart. A single sweet smelling white flower is produced in May at the base of the stems. Native Coral Bells / Alumroot - Huechera americana - Small flowers on 2' tall slender wiry stems in late spring/early summer, above a 12-15" basal clump of leaves. A few scattered plants can be found in Roanoke Park. Do you need native plant seed? 0000001677 00000 n There ain't nothing like wandering through the redwoods and coming upon the very same plant growing in your yard. Spreading primarily by self seeding, the beaked seed heads are held within the tuft, shorter than the leaves. Native grasses are excellent ground coverings for sunny clay sites. Asked October 13, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT. It gives you a one-of-a-kind back-to-nature thrill. Get a Property Evaluation for your yard, acreage, or farm. Loose umbrella shaped bunches of yellow flowers on 12" stems, April-June. Trailing stems will hang over rocks and walls. Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium - Upright clump-forming warm season perennial grass. Yellow flowers. Map provided by KARS. Leaves growing to 6"-12" tall (8-10" wide) after flowering and persisting until August. Prairie Dropseed - Sporobolus heterolepis - Clump-forming warm season perennial grass. endstream endobj 46 0 obj <> endobj 47 0 obj <> endobj 48 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC/ImageI]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> endobj 49 0 obj <> endobj 50 0 obj <> endobj 51 0 obj [/Indexed/DeviceCMYK 255 76 0 R] endobj 52 0 obj [/Indexed/DeviceCMYK 255 77 0 R] endobj 53 0 obj <> endobj 54 0 obj <> endobj 55 0 obj <>stream All seeds are sold by the packet. Horticulture & Natural Resources 2021 Throckmorton PSC 1712 Claflin Road Manhattan, KS 66506. Examples commonly are plants unwanted in human-controlled settings, such as farm fields, gardens, lawns, and parks. Crinoids, trilobites, and other fossils may be found in this area. Adaptable to dry or moist conditions and sun or shade. Forms a dense, low-growing foliage mat on slightly alkaline, medium moisture, well drained soils. The dark green leaves are small and needle-like. Pale green in summer turning sandy tan in fall. Where Should I Start? 0000094029 00000 n 0000052252 00000 n Silver Sponsors. Copyright © 2020 Roanoke Park, Kansas City, MO. 6" to 1.5' tall, 1'-2' wide. Note how the land cover of Kansas has changed since settlement. 0000000016 00000 n Native warm-season grasses are generally associated with a greater number of important food sources, such as broadleaf forbs, legumes, and insects, than are cool-season grasses. 10" tall by 1-1.5' wide. 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