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Recommended Hort. - spreaders

Native species that are rhizomatous or seedy spreaders that are lovely and/or do a good job colonizing tricky spaces but can be bullies in a smaller garden if they are happy enough.

Last Update: 2019-08-16

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scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-6 ft. detail
Conoclinium coelestinum Blue Mistflower Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
Eupatorium rotundifolium Roundleaf Thoroughwort Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 1/2 ft. detail
Helianthus divaricatus Woodland Sunflower Perennial Forb/herb 2-7 ft. detail
Helianthus microcephalus Small-headed Sunflower Perennial Forb/herb 2-6 1/2 ft. (occasionally taller) detail
Penstemon laevigatus Eastern Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb 1-4 ft. detail
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
Saccharum alopecuroides Silver Plumegrass Perennial Graminoid detail
Solidago rugosa Rough-leaf Goldenrod Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum Calico Aster Perennial Forb/herb detail
Symphyotrichum pilosum Hairy White Oldfield Aster Perennial Forb/herb 1/2-4 1/2 ft. detail
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-7 ft. detail