Why Native Plants?


humingbird cropNative plants (wildflowers), birds, butterflies and other pollinators are intrinsically connected; one cannot survive and form a whole ecosystem without the others. For this reason HPEC is committed to native plant conservation. With over 20 million acres of suburban lawns in the U.S. we have greatly diminished the community of native plants and subsequently the birds and butterflies that depend on them.The good news is that many Colorado native plants are beautiful, easy to grow, and can help reverse the loss of wildlife.



HPEC Native Plant Nursery


At HPEC we grow native plants from seed at our own nursery, many of which are locally collected ecotypes that are particularly valuable for restoration projects. We are proud to be members of the Colorado Native Plant Society, as well as an affiliate organization of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, with a shared mission to support native plant preservation, conservation and use.







“The first HPEC and Colorado Native Plant Society (CoNPS) plant sale in spring 2016 was a tremendous success. Our CoNPS members were overjoyed to be able to buy some of these impossible-to-find Colorado native species that support the pollinators and wildlife they want to enjoy in their own yards. On distribution day the most common thing we heard was along the lines of ‘wow, these plants are so big and healthy!’ All of the 135 gardeners were thrilled with their plants (zero complaints) and many of those customers have returned to purchase more plants from the sale this fall.” -Jen Bousselot, CoNPS Membership and Marketing Coordinator

“I absolutely recommend ordering native plants from the Colorado Native Plant Society. It’s hard to overstate the importance of planting natives for wildlife and my house looks great! The plants were of an excellent quality, the prices were fair (and for a good cause), and the customer service I experienced (whether it was asking for planting advice or ensuring order accuracy) was top notch!” -Matt E., CoNPS member and plant sale customer




September 2018 Nursery Availability


*This list is an approximate and is subject to change- please call 970.622.9676 or email sara@suburbitat.org for exact availability*


Latin Name Common Name 4″ #1
Achillea lanulosa Western Yarrow 0 0
Agastache aurantiaca Coronado Hyssop 0 0
Anemone canadensis Windflower 4 25
Antennaria parvifolia Pussytoes 7 40
Artemisia frigida Fringed Sage 198 77
Artemisia ludoviciana Prarie Sage 0 1
Artemisia x ‘Shambala’ Shambala Sage 0 0
Aquilegia chrystantha Yellow Columbine 0 0
Aquilegia caerulea Rky Mtn Columbine 0 0
Asclepias incarnata Rose Milkweed 234 82
Asclepias speciosa Showy Milkweed 36 69
Asclepias subverticillata Whorled Milkweed 12 21
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed 0 0
Balsamorhiza sagittata Arrowleaf Balsamroot 0 0
Berlandiera lyrata Chocolate Flower 8 0
Callirhoe involucrata Poppy Mallow 0 5
Clematis ligusticifolia W. Virgin’s Bower 0 40
Coreopsis lanceolata Lanceleaved Coreopsis 18 50
Coreopsis tinctoria Calliopsis 154 0
Dalea purpurea Purple Prairie Clover 72 60
Echinacea angustifolia Narrowleaf Coneflower 0 0
Erigeron speciocus Showy Fleabane 70 80
Erigeron vetensis Early Bluetop Fleab. 6 12
Eriogonum arcuatum James’ Buckwheat 31 50
Eriogonum umbellatum Sulphur Flower 48 0
Gaillardia aristata Blanket Flower 6 60
Galium boreale Northern Bedstraw 32 15
Geranium viscosissimum Sticky Geranium 0 0
Geum trifolium Prairie Smoke 4 5
Helianthus maximiliani Maximillian’s Sunflower 108 100
Heterotheca villosa Hairy Goldenaster 198 152
Ipomea leptophylla Bush Morning Glory 0 0
Liatris ligulistylis Rky Mt Blazing Star 0 0
Liatris punctata Dotted Blazing Star 18 0
Linum lewisii Blue Flax 72 35
Lupinus argenteus Silver Lupine 0 0
Machaeranthera bigelovii Bigelow’s Tansyaster 48 81
Mentzelia decapetala Starflower 0 0
Mimulus guttatus Yellow Monkey Flower 36 0
Mirabilis multiflora Desert 4 O’Clock 6 0
Monarda fistulosa Bee Balm 195 135
Monardella macrantha Coyote Mint 0 0
Oenothera caespitosa Tufted Evening Primrose 2 42
Penstemon barbatus Scarlet Bugler 0 10
Penstemon grandiflorus Shell Leaf Penstemon 5 33
Penstemon x ‘Coral Baby’ Coral Baby Penstemon 0 0
Penstemon palmeri Palmer’s Penstemon 0 26
Pentemon strictus Rky Mtn Penstemon 90 88
Penstemon virens Blue Mist Penstemon 0 0
Penstemon whippleanus Dusky Penstemon 19 50
Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat 36 45
Ratibida col. pulchra Redspike Mexican Hat 0 77
Rudbeckia hirta Small Rudbeckia 306 0
Rudbeckia lacinata Cutleaf Coneflower 0 24
Salvia pachyphylla Mojave Sage 0 5
Sedum lanceolata Spearleaf Stonecrop 0 0
Senecio spartioides Broom Groundsel 90 54
Sidalcea candida White Checkermallow 0 0
Sidalcea neomexicana Pink Checkermallow 0 0
Stanleya pinnata Prince’s Plume 4 10
Thermopsis divaricarpa Golden Banner 0 5
Yucca glauca Soapweed Yucca 67 0
Zinnia grandiflora Prairie Zinnia 4 0



Latin Name Common Name
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem
Bouteloua curtipendula Sideoats Grama
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama Grass
Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hairgrass
Oryzopsis hymenoides Indian Ricegrass
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem
Sorghastrum nutans Yellow Indian Grass
Sporobolus heterolepsis Prairie Dropseed