Plants

2018 GreatPlants recommendations for the Great Plains

2017 GreatPlants recommendations for the Great Plains

Cumulative list of GreatPlants 1998-2020
Tree of the Year
Baldcypress, Taxodium distichum
Birch, sweet, Betula lenta (2019)
Buckeye, Ohio, Aesculus glabra
Catalpa, northern, Catalpa speciosa (2020)
Coffeetree, Kentucky, Gymnocladus dioicus
Dogwood, Corneliancherry, Cornus mas
Dogwood, pagoda, Cornus alternifolia
Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba
Hickory, shagbark, Carya ovata
Hophornbeam, American, Ostrya virginiana
Hornbeam, American, Carpinus caroliniana
Maple, shantung, Acer truncatum
Oak, black, Quercus velutina
Oak, bur, Quercus macrocarpa,
Oak, chinkapin, Quercus muehlenbergii
Oak, Hill’s, Quercus ellipsoidalis
Oak, Shumard, Quercus shumardii
Oak, swamp white, Quercus bicolor
Serviceberry, apple, Amelanchier xgrandiflora
Sycamore, American, Platanus occidentalis (2018)
Tuliptree, Liriodendron tulipifera
Yellowwood, American, Cladrastis kentukea

Evergreen of the Year
Douglasfir, Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca
Fir, Canaan, Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis
Fir, concolor, Abies concolor
Fir, Korean, Abies koreana
Pine, border, Pinus strobiformis
Pine, Domingo, Pinus strobus x ayacahuite ‘Domingo’ (2020)
Pine, lacebark, Pinus bungeana
Pine, pinyon, Pinus edulus (2018)
Pine, Ponderosa, Pinus ponderosa
Pine, red, Pinus resinosa
Pine, Swiss stone, Pinus cembra
Spruce, Norway, Picea abies (2019)
Spruce, Serbian, Picea omorika
Spruce, white, Picea glauca

Shrub of the Year
Buckeye, bottlebrush, Aesculus parvifolia
Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis
Chokeberry, black, Aronia melanocarpa
Coralberry, Chenault, Symphoricarpos xchenaultii
Currant, clove, Ribes odoratum
Elderberry, American, Sambucus Americana (2020)
Hazelnut, American, Corylus Americana (2018)
Hydrangea, oakleaf, Hydrangea quercifolia
Mahonia, creeping, Mahonia repens
New Jersey tea, Ceanothus americanus
Purple beautyberry Callicarpa dichomata
Rose, redleaf, Rosa glauca (R. rubrifolia)
Sandcherry, ‘Pawnee Buttes’ western, Prunus besseyi,
Serviceberry, Regent, Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’
Seven-son flower, Heptacodium miconioides
Spirea, Korean, Spiraea fritschiana
St. Johnswort, Kalm, Hypericum kalmianum
Viburnum, ‘Redwing’ American cranberrybush, Viburnum trilobum
Viburnum, blackhaw, Viburnum prunifolium
Viburnum, Deam’s arrowwwood, Viburnum dentatum var deamii
Viburnum, Koreanspice, Viburnum carlesii
Wahoo, eastern, Euonymus atropurpurea
Witchhazel, Hamamelis vernalis (2019)

Perennial of the Year
Aster, aromatic, Aster oblongifolius (2019)
Black-eyed Susan, showy, Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa
Blazing star, meadow, Liatris ligulistylis,
Butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Coneflower, Echinacea species
Cranesbill, Geranium sanguineum
Dwarf blue indigo, Baptisia minor
Goldenrod, Fireworks, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
Joe-Pye plant, Gateway, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’
Bluestar, narrowleaf, Amsonia hubrichtii
Prairie smoke Geum triflorum
Leadplant, Amorpha canescens
Lupine, Carolina, Thermopsis villosa
Pasque flower, Pulsatilla species
Penstemon species
Phlox, woodland, Phlox divaricata
Poppy mallow, purple, Callirhoe involucrate (2020)
Primrose, Fremont’s, Oenothera macrocarpa var fremontii
Queen of the Prairie, Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
Solomon’s seal, variegated, Polygonatum multiflorum ‘Variegatum’
Turtlehead, Chelone lyonii
Virginia Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum virginianum (2018)

Grass of the Year
Bluestem, big, Andropogon gerardii
Bluestem, little, Schizachyrium scoparium
Bluestem, little, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘MinnBlue’
Dropseed, prairie, Sporobolus heterolepis
Giant sakaton, Sporobolus wrightii
Grama, blue, Bouteloua gracilis
Grama, sideoats, Bouteloua curtipendula
Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans
Lovegrass, sand, Eragrostis trichodes
Miscanthus, Autumn Red, Miscanthus sinensis v. purpurascens ‘Autumn Red’
Reedgrass, Korean feather, Calamagrostis brachytricha
Sedge, bristleleaf, Carex eburnea (2018)
Sedge, Gray’s, Carex grayi
Sedge, palm, Carex muskingumensis
Sedge, Pennsylvania, Carex pennsylvanica (2019)
Sedge, rosy, Carex rosea (2020)
Switchgrass, ‘Dallas Blues’, Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’
Switchgrass, Northwind, Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’
Switchgrass, Shenandoah, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

GreatPlants® Releases and Introductions
(plants below are Releases unless specified as Introductions after the year)
Allium senescens ‘Mongolian Gem’
Aspen, Prairie Gold quaking, Populus tremuloides ‘Prairie Gold’
Aster fendleri ‘My Antonia’
Big bluestem, Andropogon ‘Silver Sunrise’™
Clematis fremontii
Clematis fruticosa ‘Mongolian Gold’
Clematis tenuiloba ‘Pixie Parasols’
Dianthus ‘Prairie Pink’
Dianthus ‘Wink’
Dwarf spiderwort, Tradescantia tharpii
Eupatorium ‘Prairie Jewel’
Evening primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa 'Comanche Campfire'
Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Pink Clouds’
Iris spuria ‘Fontenelle’
Juniper, Juniperus virginiana ‘Taylor
Lemon Lace vine, Fallopia ‘Lemon Lace’
Liatris microcephala ‘White Sprite’
Liatris pycnostachya ‘Eureka’
Monarda ‘Prairie Gypsy’
Mongolian Silver Spires littleleaf peashrub, Caragana microphylla
Oak, dwarf chinkapin, Quercus prinoides
Penstemon grandiflorus ‘Prairie Snow’
Penstemon grandiflorus ‘War Axe’
Penstemon x ‘Prairie Splendor’
Poppy mallow, Callirhoe alcaeoides 'Logan Calhoun'
Prairie clover, purple, Dalea purpurea 'Stephanie'
Prairie Lode sundrops, Calylophus serrulatus ‘Prairie Lode’
Scabiosa superba ‘Mongolian Mist’
Sedum tatarowinii ‘Mongolian Stars’
Skullcap, Scutellaria resinosa
Skullcap, Scutellaria scoridifolia 'Mongolian Skies'
Solidago ‘Wichita Mountains’
Viburnum ‘Copper Ridges’
Viburnum ‘Prairie Classic’