The Native Plant Store can Now be Found Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all the species moved to the new page and all the quirks worked out in the new software so it can function as a searchable library.
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information in this existing library to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Physocarpus opulifolius, Prairie Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius

Prairie Ninebark

  • Shrub
  • Average to moderately wet or moderately dry soils
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • 8’ tall, 4’ to 8’ wide, can be kept pruned to 6’ tall and 4’ wide if space is limited.
  • Early Summer Blooms, followed by Seed Pods
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in Woodlands and open areas

Grown from seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery 

Ninebark cultivars with gold and bronze foliage are common in Ontario landscapes, so you’ve likely seen these before. This is the straight native species, with green foliage but an otherwise similar form of a large shrub with slightly arching branches. They become covered in clusters of small white blooms in the late spring, which mature into seed capsules that ripen to a bright pinkish-red before drying to tan in the fall. Their fall foliage is yellow to gold.

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing at the link above for more details. 

Photos by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT, Eric Hunt, Laval UniversityLaval University and Laval University

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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality