Classic Tallgrass Prairie Garden Kit

38 plants

Out of Stock


Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
4-7 feet
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, beetles
Bird Favorite: seeds, insects, fruit, nectar, nesting, perch
USDA Zones
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For medium to medium-dry soils and near full sun exposure. Heights range from 4-7 ft. 12 species.  Further filter plants in the Classic Tallgrass Prairie Kit.
The tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. Re-create a piece of it with these tough plants that have evolved to tolerate high winds, difficult soils such as clay, and periods of drought. This layout attempts to replicate the prairie by scattering Wild Indigo, Vervain, Blazing Star and other historic wildflowers among the tall grasses. Blooms peak in July and August, and fall brings out the vibrant purple and yellow of Asters and Goldenrods. The unique structure of Rattlesnake Master, Quinine and Compass Plant will last through the winter, serving as a perch for birds and cover for wildlife, mirroring the seasonal cycles of a native prairie. 

Included with each order, full-color Planting and Care instructions & Layout Suggestions for Planting (see COMPONENTS tab).

Tray details:
• Each of the 38 plant cells are 5” deep x 2” wide at top
• At least 1 tag per species will be provided
• Recommended spacing is one plant / 2-3 sq. ft.; kit covers approx. 75-100 sq. ft. 

*Please note: We may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to unforeseen greenhouse failures or shortages.

Live Plant Shipping Table

Spring Fall Age/Size
Potted Trays of 38 May/June N/A 2" wide x 5" deep plugs

3 Questions asked on Classic Tallgrass Prairie Garden Kit

Do these self seed for next year and if so are any of them poisonous for grazing animals such as horses?
All of the species in this kit are perennials and will come back from their roots each year. They will also set seed and gradually fill in the planted area. None of these plants are poisonous for grazing animals. However, we are not experts on grazing components and encourage you to reach out to your extension office.
What is the tray and box size that I would receive?
Hi Rebecca, Great question! The tray is 12x21x5" and the box is 12x21x10".
Your description of these as prairie plants makes me think they would not be appropriate for my home at 2700 feet in Virginia's Blue Ridge plateau. Should I look elsewhere for natives to establish here?
Several of the species in this Classic Tallgrass Prairie Kit are native to the central plains area. We have 55 different species that are native to VA and available in a Mix and Match option. See the filtered list of species native to VA and available as mix and math here: Filter: Mix and Match AND Virginia

Feel free to call us with any questions!

Potted Plants:

Trays (38 plants) leave our Midwest greenhouse based on species readiness (well-rooted for transit) and based on order date; shipping begins early-May and goes into June. Each of the 38 plant cells are 2” wide at top x 5” deep; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting instructions/care are included with each order.

Download: Tips on Planting and Care of Potted Plants

For the Garden Kit trays, we may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to shortages later in the season or unforeseen greenhouse failures.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
For Potted Plant orders $50.00 and under: $7.50
For Potted Plant orders over $50.00: add 15% of the total plant cost.

We ship potted trays with UPS, and SpeeDee in the Midwest, so we must have a street address. Long-distance shipments (to the East Coast and West) taking 3 or more days are only shipped on Mondays to prevent plants from drying out over the weekend. If you are ordering during the shipping season, please allow at least one week for us to process your order.

Orders ship only when all species in the tray are transit-hardy, and then by order date, typically beginning early May and going into June. Potted plants are seedlings started the previous winter and growth is weather-dependant. Plants must be large and well-rooted enough to stay in their cells during shipment. Our greenhouses are located in the Upper Midwest, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship potted or bare root plants outside the contiguous US or to California due to government regulations.