Missouri Native Plants
Missouri, with its diverse topography and ecosystems, is home to a wide array of native plants perfectly adapted to the region’s climates. They enhance local biodiversity, are low-maintenance, and provide a habitat for local wildlife.
- The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a striking choice for any garden. With its vibrant pink flowers blooming in early spring, it creates a magnificent display even in smaller spaces. Another notable native tree is the Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), bearing white blossoms in spring and brilliant red leaves in autumn.
- For flower beds, Missouri Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa) produces bright yellow flowers that contrast beautifully with its foliage. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), with its characteristic spiky, central disk, and purple petals, attracts butterflies and bees, promoting pollination.
- In wetter areas, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) thrives with its tall stems adorned with bright red flowers, a favorite among hummingbirds. Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), on the other hand, is a lovely option for drier soils, offering lilac flowers and aromatic foliage.
- Missouri’s native grasses shouldn’t be overlooked. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) offers a beautiful backdrop for flowering plants, changing colors throughout the seasons, and Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) adds texture and movement with its tall, graceful stalks.
When choosing native plants for your Missouri garden, consider their preferred conditions (light, soil, water) and plan accordingly. It will result in a resilient, vibrant garden that offers a slice of Missouri’s diverse natural beauty.