- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Mature Height: 1-2' tall
- Mature Width: 2-3' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 2-3' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Prairie Alumroot?
Plant breeding has given us Alumroot varieties, a.k.a. Coral Bells, in a rainbow of outlandish colors, from peach to purple to red to neon yellow. While color-crazed gardeners may have a lot of fun collecting these hybrids, those who favor a more natural approach to gardening will opt for something more subdued. Our Prairie Alumroot is a pure, unadulterated species of Alumroot that is beautiful in a quieter way. Plant it en masse at the edge of your backyard bird habitat, where its tidy green foliage and frothy, cream-colored flowers will make a lovely border—as well as support native pollinators!
Prairie Alumroot’s native range forms a triangle whose three points are Montana, Michigan, and Missouri. It grows in open spaces, where it’s visited by a variety of pollinators in early summer. Several species of cellophane bees, a.k.a. polyester bees, collect its nectar and pollen. These gentle native bees get their name from the plastic-like substance they produce for waterproofing their underground nests. (They also manufacture their own fungicides to keep their nests clean.) One cellophane bee species in particular that relies Prairie Alumroot pollen is rarely seen anymore. You can support this remarkable creature by planting this species in your own garden!
How to use in the landscape?
There are about 50 species of Alumroot in the world, all of them native to North America. Plant breeders have taken a special interest in Prairie Alumroot lately, because it is native to some very cold areas (it can survive winters where the mercury drops to -40ºF!). By hybridizing it with other species, they can develop new forms that are more cold-hardy.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 1-2' tall
Mature Width: 2-3' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 2-3' apart
How To Plant
Most Alumroots are happiest in part shade. Prairie Alumroot will grow in part shade, too, but it is actually better adapted to full sun. Sharp drainage is critical, as this plant doesn’t like to sit in water, especially in winter, when it isn’t actively growing. Prairie Alumroot’s foliage is evergreen; wait until spring to remove any unsightly foliage. The only other maintenance you will want to do is to divide the clumps every three years or so. Simply dig them up in spring, pull apart healthy pieces, and replant. This will keep your plants growing strongly.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9