RCE Plant List



Plants listed below are available as of Sept. 1, 2017.  Several additional species will be added later this Fall.

Perennials and grasses are available in quart and/or gallon containers.  In addition, some grasses are available as large plugs.

Trees and shrubs are sold in small tree pots (8 inches deep) and/or large tree pots (12 – 14 inches deep).

Key to abbreviations as well as links to additional resources are provided below the table.



Species Name Common Name Watershed/Ecotype Sun/Moisture Conditions
Conoclinium coelestinum Blue Mistflower Unknown PS/D – M
Coreopsis lanceolata Lancel-leaf coreopsis Unknown


S – PS/D
Elephantopus carolinianus Carolina elephant’s foot CR/Henrico PS – Sh/D – M
Eupatorium hyssopifolium Hyssop-leaved Boneset JR/Richmond S – PS/D – M
Eupatorium pubescens Hairy Boneset JR/Richmond S – PS/D – M
Euthamia caroliniana Slender Flat-top Goldenrod CR/Henrico S/D – M
Eutrochium dubium Coastal Joe-pye-weed CR/Henrico S – PS/M – W
Helianthus angustifolius Swamp Sunflower or Narrow-leaved Sunflower Unknown


S – PS/M
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal flower ES S – PS/M – W
Lobelia syphilitica Great Blue Lobelia Unknown


S – PS/M – W
Ludwigia alternifolia Seedbox AR/Dinwiddie


S – PS/M – W
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm ES (NoVA) S – PS/D – M
Packera aurea Golden ragwort JR/JRP PS – Sh/M – W
Passiflora incarnata Purple Passionflower JR/Richmond S – PS/D – M
Salvia lyrata Lyre-leaf Sage JR/JRP S – PS/D – W
Smallanthus uvedalia Hairy Leafcup JR/Richmond S – PS/D – M
Solidago nemoralis Gray Goldenrod JR/Richmond S/D
Solidago rugosa Rough-stemmed goldenrod CR/Henrico S/D – M
Verbesina alternifolia Wingstem JR/Richmond S – PS/D – M


Species Name Common Name Watershed/Ecotype Sun/Moisture Conditions
Andropogon glomeratus Bushy Bluestem or Lowland


CR/Henrico CP S/M – W
Andropogon ternarius Splitbeard Bluestem JR – Coastal Plain


S – PS/D
Chasmanthium latifolium River oats Pamunkey River S – PS/M – W
Saccharum giganteum Sugarcane Plumegrass CR/Henrico S – PS/M – W
Saccharum brevibarbe


Erianthus brevibarbis (VA atlas)

Shortbeard plumegrass JR/Richmond S/D – M


Species Name Common Name Watershed/Ecotype Sun/Moisture Conditions
Amorpha fruticosa Indigo Bush VA DoF S – PS/D – M
Asimina triloba Pawpaw JR/Richmond PS – Sh/M
Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry Blackwater River/Waverly S – PS/D – M
Clethra alnifolia Coastal sweet pepperbush RC PS – Sh/M
Corylus americana American Hazelnut VA DoF S – Sh/D – M
Ilex opaca American Holly RC PS – Sh/D
Lindera benzoin Spicebush JR/Richmond PS – Sh/M
Quercus montana Chestnut Oak RC S – Sh/D
Quercus rubra Northern Red Oak RC S – PS/D – M
Rubus occidentalis Black Raspberry Unknown – derived from “volunteer” plants in Richmond S – PS/D
Sambucus nigra Black Elderberry Unknown S – PS/M
Ulmus alata Winged Elm RC S – PS/D – M
Ulmus Americana American Elm RC S – PS/M


Agalinis purpurea* Purple false foxglove CR/Henrico CP S/D – M
Impatiens capensis Jewelweed


PS – Sh/M

* A. purpurea is listed as hemiparasitic on grasses.  This plant is offered in association with Schizachyrium scoparium.


Abbreviation Key:

AR = Appomattox River

CR = Chickahominy River

DoF = plants derived from Virginia Department of Forestry plants

Ernst = Ernst Conservation Seeds of unknown ecotype

ES = plants derived from Earth Sangha plants from northern Virginia

JR = James River

JRP = James River Park

RC = Reedy Creek


Light Conditions                                           Soil Conditions

S = Sunny                                                       D = Dry

PS = Part sun                                                  M = Moist

Sh = Shade                                                      W = Wet


Resources to learn more detail about specific species:

  1. USDA Plant Database: https://plants.usda.gov/java/

This is an excellent resource.  For the more common plants, there are “Fact sheets” or “Plant Guides” that provide excellent detail.  In addition, it provides links for other sites such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

  1. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/

This site provides good thumbnail sketches for plants of interest.  It also tends to have more photographs of the plants to provide a sense of how they look in a landscape.

  1. Illinois Wildflowers: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/

Good descriptions and useful information for most plants.

  1. Missouri Botanical Garden: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plantfinder/plantfindersearch.aspx

Level of detail is somewhere between the thumbnail sketches of LBJ Wildflower Center and the fact sheets provided by USDA site.

  1. Chesapeake Bay Native Plant Center: http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/

This is an interactive site that allows you to choose plants based on a variety of factors (light, soil moisture, flower color, bloom time, etc.).  However, it does not include all of the species being propagated by Reedy Creek Environmental.

  1. Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora: http://vaplantatlas.org/

This site provides range maps, thumbnail sketches, and a few pictures.  The maps provide the best information available regarding whether a plant is native to your specific area of Virginia.