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Kentucky Native Plants with Landscape Potential

This UK Nursery Crops Development Center site is to discuss Kentucky Native Plants with Landscape potential. Some have already become popular plants in landscapes; the use of others has been limited for one reason or another. It is hoped that those who read the native plant pages will e-mail Winston Dunwell, Extension Professor - Nursery Crops with their experiences and observations of native plants in the landscape.
See Tom Barnes blog for some great images and information:

Resources (books)


Apios americana, Groundnut

Asarum canadense, wild ginger

Arisaema dracontium - Green Dragon

Baptisia australis – false indigo

Bignonia capreolata - Cross Vine

Cephalanthus occidentalis - common buttonbush

Frasera caroliniensis - American Colombo

Hymenocallis caroliniana [formerly H. occidentalis] (L.) Herbert - Carolina spiderlily

Lindera benzoin - Spicebush

Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum

Polemonium reptans, Jacob’s ladder

Quercus phellos, Willow Oak

Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink

Trillium recurvatum, recurved trillium

Resources (see Ornamental and Environmental Horticulture Books: book reviews and descriptions):

Native Trees of Kentucky by UK Department of Horticulture,

Armitage, Allan M. Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-hardy Perennials. Timber Press, 2001.

Armitage, Allan M. Armitage’s Native Plants for American Gardens. Timber Press, 2006.

Armitage, Allan M. Herbaceous Perennial Plants. Stipes Publishing, 1997.

Barnes, Thomas G. and S. Wilson Francis. Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky, 2004

Baskin, Carol C. and Jerry M. Baskin - Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination. Academic Press 2001

Cappiello, Paul and Don Shadow. Dogwoods. Timber Press, 2005.

Chester, Edward W. and William H. Ellis. 2000. Wildflowers of the Land Between the Lakes Region, Kentucky and Tennessee, 2nd Edition. Miscellaneous Publication No. 15, The Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN 37044

Cullina, William - The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada. Houghlin Mifflin, 2000

Darke, Rick - The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest. Timber Press, 2002.

Del Tredici, PeterWild Urban Plants Of The Northeast: a field guide. (Cornell University Press, 2010.

Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing, 1998.

Duncan, Wilbur H. and Marion B. Duncan. Wildflowers of the Eastern United States. The University Press of Georgia, 1999.

Jones, Ronald L. – Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide ti the Vascular Plants. University Press of Kentucky, 2005.

Kirkman, L. Katherine, Claud L. Brown, and Donald L. Leopold. Native Trees of the Southeast: An Identification Guide. Timber Press, 2007.

Levine, Carol. A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter. Yale Univ. Press, 1995

Louv, Richard. Last Child In The Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005: there is an Updated and Expanded edition as of April 10, 2008). And The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012).

Seymour, Randy. Wildflowers of Mammoth Cave National Park. The University Press of Kentucky, 1999.

Sternburg, Guy with Jim Wilson.  Native Trees for North American Landscapes. Timber Press, 2004.

Towe, L. Clarence . American Azaleas. Timber Press, 2004.

Uva, Richard H. , Joseph C. Neal, and Joseph M. DiTomaso. Weeds of the Northeast. Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1997.

Wharton, Mary E. and Roger Barbour. A Guide to the Wildflowers & Ferns of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky, 1971, 1979 edition

Wharton, Mary E. and Roger Barbour. Trees & Shrubs of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky, 1973


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