Bring birds to your garden with these native prairie plants that thrive in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

April 01, 2016
ohio spiderwort

A favorite nectar source, spiderwort bloms in May and June. Its pretty three-petal flowers are accompanied by grasslike foliage. Place grow 2-3 feet tall, making them ideal for the edge of a prairie garden. Zones 5-8

Butterfly weed


A calling card for Monarchs at other butterflies, butterfly weed is a bold prairie plant with vibrant orange flowers that grow in June and July on 1 to 2-foot-tall stems. Zones 4-9



Growing a rambunctious four feet tall, rattlesnake-master has prickly, round flowers and smooth, blue-green, swordlike foliage. Take advantage of its sculptural appearance by planting it in a prominent place. Zones 4-8

Fringed loosestrife

fringed loosestrife

Upright or sprawling, this perennial reaches 1-2 feet tall, forming masses of foliage and summer blooms. Native in wetland shores and damp thickets, it prefers wet conditions. Plant it in full sun to light shade. Zones 3-9

Climbing rose


The fragrant, deep summer flowers of the wild climbing rose are followed by scarlet autumn foliage and cherry-red hips. Climing rose grows 5-6 feet tall, and its vigorous canes can be trained up a trellis. Zones 4-8

Golden Alexander

golden alexander

An important nectar source for many beneficial insects, golden Alexander blooms in May on two-and-a-half foot stems. Black Swallowtail caterpillars eat both the leaves and flowers. Zones 4-9

False sunflower


Radiant as the sun, false sunflower unfurls new blossoms for weeks beginning in July. This sturdy, 3- to 5-foot-tall plant has a strong branching habit and will form a large clump of foliage and flowers. Zones 4-9

Starry campion

starry campion

Fringed white details on starry campion lend an airy look and make it perfect for softening bold stands of prairiegrass from June to August. Plants grow 1-3 feet tall. Zones 3-7

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Comments (3)

October 13, 2018
Guys, that "Golden Alexander" does not look like Golden Alexander -- unless there are 2 plants by that name. And the yellow yarrow is not a sunflower.
August 24, 2018
About Spiderwort. It grows wild in every flower bed at my house in Texas. It grows about a foot a day, and is impossible to eliminate. It is choking out everything else I have planted. It is attractive, but not what I want there. I have never een a hummingbird at those flowers.
August 23, 2018
your photos don't match the descriptions. That's definitely yarrow not false sunflower and the loosestrife looks more like phlox.