Native Plants

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The Leadership Dublin Class of 2023 created a Native Planting sight at the City Service Center for their community project. These plants provide a variety of benefits to the ecosystem within the community. In June 2022, the Community Services Advisory Committee recommended that Dublin establish an educational planting bed to encourage native plantings throughout the residential and business communities.

Information sourced from the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder resource and Leaves for Wildlife Native Plant Nursery resources.

Benefits of Native Plants

  • Support a healthy ecosystem by providing food sources for natural pollinators.
  • Reduce irrigation, pesticide, and fertilizer usage and require less maintenance.
  • Decrease the amount of turf space while remaining visually appealing.
  • WELL and LEED-certified buildings recognize the importance of green space design in the “Enhanced access to nature” category and “Sustainable site credits”.

eastern redbud

  • Latin Name: Cercis canadensis
  • Blooming Season: April
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Attracts: Butterflies and bees

Summary: The eastern redbud is a tree that works well as a single tree or in a group. Planting it along streets or paved areas works well. Deer typically avoid the tree, but it can attract Japanese Beetles. It is notable for its pink flowers that bloom in the springtime.

blazing star

  • Latin Name: Liatris spicata
  • Blooming Season: July to October
  • Ideal Condition: Full Sun.
  • Attracts: Birds, bees and butterflies

Summary: The blazing star plant is a perennial that will bloom in the late summer to early fall with purple blooms attached to stalks that are a few feet tall. Uniquely, blazing star plants bloom from the top of their stalk downward toward the base of the plant. These plants prefer to be in well-drained soil and sunny locations.

winterberry holly

  • Latin Name: Ilex verticillata
  • Blooming Season: November to March
  • Ideal Condition: Full to medium sun or average shade
  • Attracts: Birds and bees

Summary: The Winterberry Holly is adaptable to and tolerates most types of soil. Only fertilized female flowers will produce the red berries, so it is important to have at least one male for every 6-10 female plants. Leaves are deep green most of the year but yellow in the fall.

smooth hydrangea

  • Latin Name: Hydrangea arborescens
  • Blooming Season: June to September
  • Sun: Part shade
  • Attracts: Bees and moths

Summary: Hydrangea arborescens, also known as smooth hydrangea. The plant adapts to most soil conditions but tends to thrive in moist watery environments. It does not do well in direct sun or drought. The stems must be pruned during the winter to ensure strong stem growth in the spring. The plant releases seed capsules which ripen in October through November.

blue wood aster

  • Latin Name: Symphyotrichum cordifolium
  • Bloom Time: August to September
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Attracts: Butterflies

Summary: This plant is a perennial that grows in dense groups with stems reaching up to 5ft tall. It’s most commonly identified by its flower which has pale blue petals, a golden yellow center and heart-shaped leaves. As flowers are pollinated, the centers turn purple-pink, helping pollinators know where to focus their efforts. This plant historically served as a medicinal and consumable plant to Native Americans with its roots used in teas for headaches and its leaves cooked in soups.

purple coneflower

  • Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea
  • Blooming Season: June to August
  • Ideal Condition: Full Sun
  • Attracts: Birds, bees and butterflies

Summary: This flower was identified during the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s and was long known by Native Americans prior to that. It is native to Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Louisiana and Georgia. This long-blooming perennial flower stands up to 5 feet tall and is highly tolerable. When the flower is dead, it will continue to stand into the winter and could still be visited by several birds for the seeds.

little bluestem

  • Latin Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Bloom Time: August to September
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Attracts: Butterflies, walking sticks

Summary: The Little Bluestem is an ornamental native grass treasured for its blue-green color. It typically measures 2-4’ tall, and features upright clumps of slender, flat, linear blue-green leaves. Depending on the season, the Little Bluestem’s foliage ranges from fluffy silvery-white seed heads, to its fall bronze-orange fall colors.

wild geranium

  • Latin Name: Geranium maculatum
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade
  • Blooms: May to JuneAttracts: Bees and Butterflies

Summary: Wild Geranium is a clump-forming, native woodland perennial typically occurring in woods, thickets and shaded roadside areas throughout the State. Forms a mound of foliage that grows to 24″ tall and 18″ wide. Features 1 1/4″ diameter, pink to lilac, saucer-shaped, upward facing, 5-petaled flowers in spring for 6-7 weeks.

butterfly weed

  • Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa
  • Light Requirements: Full sun
  • Blooms: June to August
  • Attracts: Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Summary: Butterfly Weed is a tuberous-rooted, native perennial that occurs in dry/rocky open woods, glades, prairies, fields and roadsides throughout the State. It typically grows in a clump to 1-2.5′ tall and features clusters (umbels) of bright orange to yellow-orange flowers atop upright to reclining, hairy stems with narrow, lance-shaped leaves.

foxglove beardtongue

  • Latin Name: Penstemon digitalis
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade
  • Blooms: April to June
  • Attracts: Butterflies, Birds and Bees

Summary: Foxglove Beardtongue is a clump-forming, native perennial typically growing 3-5′ tall and occurs in prairies, fields, wood margins, open woods and along railroad tracks. Features white, two-lipped, tubular flowers (to 1.25″ long) borne in panicles atop erect, rigid stems.


  • Latin Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade
  • Blooms: March to May
  • Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Moths and Hummingbirds

Summary: Bluestar is a native herbaceous perennial that occurs most frequently in rich, open woods and thickets. An erect, clump-forming plant that features terminal, pyramidal clusters of 3/4″, soft light blue, star-like flowers in late spring.

threadleaf bluestar

  • Latin Name: Amsonia hubrichtii
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade
  • Blooms: May to June
  • Attracts: Moths, Butterflies, Caterpillars and Bees

Summary: Threadleaf Bluestar or Hubricht’s bluestar is a herbaceous perennial native to the Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas. An erect, clump-forming plant primarily cultivated for its blue spring flowers, feathery green summer foliage and golden fall color. Powdery blue, 1/2″ star-like flowers appear in terminal clusters in late spring atop stems rising to 3′ tall.

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