Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Native Plants - That Prefer Shade to Part Shade

These are the plants that we are growing that prefer shade; in some cases you will find plants listed on both this page and the sun section. Many of the native plants are flexible and adaptable, capable of handling light shade or filtered sun.

It is fun to experiment and see how different plants handle various conditions, in some cases a plant can adapt to full sun but the care and time necessary to keep it healthy doesn't justify the cost or effort. I have to remind myself that the beauty of native plants is; if they are in an area that suits them they will require less water and less care. Not zero care just less.

Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion

Aquilegia candensis - Wild Columbine

Arisaem triphyllum - Jack in the Pulpit

Asarum canadense - Wild Ginger

Asclepias exaltata - Poke Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias sullivantii - Prairie Milkweed

Aster  shortii - Short's Aster

Baptisia australis - Wild Blue Indigo

Chelone glabra - Turtlehead

Dicentra cullaria - Dutchman's Breeches

Lobelia 'Alba' - White Cardinal Flower

Lobelia Cardinalis - Cardinal Flower

Lobelia siphilitica - Blue Lobelia

Penstemon digitalis - Foxglove beardtongue

Penstemon hirsutus - Hairy Beardtongue

hairy beardtongue
Click on link for cultivation details. Plant handles part shade

Physostegia virginian - Obedient Plant

Ratibida pinnata - Yellow Coneflower

Rudbeckia lacinata - Cut-leaved Coneflower

Silene virginica - Fire Pink

fire pink - jim whol
Click on link for cultivation details - filtered sun - Image by Jim Wohl

Veronicastrum virginicum - Culvert's Root