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Plants which attract bees.

Aquilegia caerulea 'McKana Giant'

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Common Name: McKana Giant Columbine
Bloom Season: Spring to Early Summer
Bloom Color: Blend of all different colors
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Part-Shade

Mature Height: 24"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Great plants for part shade, protect from harsh SW winds. Blooms following spring. Not long lived, but good mix of colors.


Garden Notes: Plan to replace every three years. Give regular light feedings. Check for and wash off aphids with soap water.

Amorpha fruiticosa

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Common Name: Indigo Bush
Bloom Season: Late Spring
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 72"
Mature Width: 60"
Description:

Deciduous 6-8 ft shrub. Purple flowers, Butterflies. Purported to be a larval host plant for the Orange Sulphur butterfly.


Garden Notes: Native to PH- sandy soils along streams. I have had it for six years and have not had a volunteer on my clay soil. Rapid seed spread along waters edge. Little to no seed spread in drier growing conditions. Easy to grow in yard settings.

Agastache aurantiaca 'Apricot Sprite'

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Common Name: Apricot Sprite
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Orange
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 14"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Compact form, bushy, branching plant. Aromatic silver-green foliage, durable. Prefers good drainage. Soft orange flowers all summer.


Garden Notes: A great plant, nice summer blooms, unique color. Somewhat short lived for me, but worth planting every few years.

Aethionema schistosum

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Common Name: Fragrant Persian Rockcress
Bloom Season: Spring
Bloom Color: Pink
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 10"
Mature Width: 15"
Description:

Evergreen, good winter foliage and spring bloom. Somewhat rough in summer, Provides among the first blooms of spring. Very showy for a short time and has attractive gray-green foliage.


Garden Notes: Deadhead to get to evergreen leaves or leave for reseeding. Reseeds nicely.

Berlandeira lyrata

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Common Name: Chocolate Flower
Bloom Season: Spring to Fall
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Extreme Enviroment Tolerance Full Sun

Mature Height: 12"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Chocolate scent, blooms in morning closes in afternoon, showy, flowers dry to brown seed. Plant Select® award winner.


Garden Notes: This is one of my favorite Panhandle Natives. My yard in the mornings will often be filled with the scent of chocolate thanks to this plant. Keep Chocolate Flower on the dry , lean side. Too much water and too rich soil can cause it to grow too fast. It will then lose it's natural mounding shape and be a large flowering clump. (Not all bad, just not quite as nice) It can be cut back in the middle of the growing season to get it back into shape.