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  • Graffiti® series, Star Flower - 2019 Pentas lanceolata
    Graffiti® series, Star Flower
    2019 Pentas lanceolata
  • Graffiti® series, Star Flower - 2019 Pentas lanceolata
    Graffiti® series, Star Flower
    2019 Pentas lanceolata
  • Graffiti® series, Star Flower - 2019 Pentas lanceolata
    Graffiti® series, Star Flower
    2019 Pentas lanceolata
  • Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® - 2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
    Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®
    2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
  • Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® - 2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
    Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®
    2018 Petunia 'Ustuni6001'
  • Firecracker Flower - 2017 Crossandra infundibuliformis
    Firecracker Flower
    2017 Crossandra infundibuliformis
  • Firecracker Flower - 2017 Crossandra infindibuliformis
    Firecracker Flower
    2017 Crossandra infindibuliformis
  • Vinca - 2016 Catharanthus
    Vinca
    2016 Catharanthus
  • Vinca - 2016 Catharanthus
    Vinca
    2016 Catharanthus
  • Vinca - 2016 Catharanthus
    Vinca
    2016 Catharanthus
  • Spider Flower - 2015 Cleome hybrids
    Spider Flower
    2015 Cleome hybrids
  • 'Big Twister' Corkscrew Rush - 2014 Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'
    'Big Twister' Corkscrew Rush
    2014 Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'
  • Dakota Gold - 2013 Helenium 'Dakota Gold'
    Dakota Gold
    2013 Helenium 'Dakota Gold'
  • Dakota Gold - 2013 Dakota Gold
    Dakota Gold
    2013 Dakota Gold
  • Magilla™ Perilla - 2012 Perilla frutescens
    Magilla™ Perilla
    2012 Perilla frutescens
  • Pink Crystal Ruby Grass - 2011 Melinus nerviglumis 'Savannah'
    Pink Crystal Ruby Grass
    2011 Melinus nerviglumis 'Savannah'
  • Pink Crystals Ruby Grass - 2011 Melinus nerviglumis
    Pink Crystals Ruby Grass
    2011 Melinus nerviglumis
  • Silver Falls Dichondra - 2010 Dichondra argentea
    Silver Falls Dichondra
    2010 Dichondra argentea
  • Diamond Frost Euphorbia - 2009 Euphorbia 'Inneuphdia'
    Diamond Frost Euphorbia
    2009 Euphorbia 'Inneuphdia'
  • Spilanthes - 2008 Acmella oleracea 'Peek-A-Boo'
    Spilanthes
    2008 Acmella oleracea 'Peek-A-Boo'
  • Blanket Flower - 2007 Gaillardia
    Blanket Flower
    2007 Gaillardia
  • Wishbone Flower - 2006 Torenia fournirez
    Wishbone Flower
    2006 Torenia fournirez
  • Summer Snapdragon - 2005 Angelonia angustifolia
    Summer Snapdragon
    2005 Angelonia angustifolia
  • Firebush - 2004 Hamelia patens
    Firebush
    2004 Hamelia patens
  • Yellow Bells - 2003 Tecoma stans
    Yellow Bells
    2003 Tecoma stans
  • 'Margarita' Sweet Potato - 2002 Echinacea purpurea 'Margarita'
    'Margarita' Sweet Potato
    2002 Echinacea purpurea 'Margarita'
  • Mexican Zinnia - 2001 Zinnia angustifolia
    Mexican Zinnia
    2001 Zinnia angustifolia
  • Fan Flower - 2000 Scaevola aemula
    Fan Flower
    2000 Scaevola aemula
  • Purple Fountain Grass - 1999 Pennisetum setaceum
    Purple Fountain Grass
    1999 Pennisetum setaceum

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Oklahoma Proven is a plant promotion program coordinated by faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. The goal of the program is to recommend plants well-adapted for use across Oklahoma.

 


Collector's Choice for 2014

Seven-son-flower

Heptacodium miconioides

Seven-son-flower is an upright, irregular, loose and open shrub growing 15 to 20’ high. Leaves appear early spring soft green maturing to dark green; very attractive and pest free. Flower buds form in early summer, but do not open until September. Individual flowers are tiny, but fragrant and attract butterflies to the garden. Sepals persist and change green to rose-purple and are as attractive as the flowers. Bark is exfoliating, whitish, to rich brown and green.

Seven-son-flower grows best in moist, well-drained, acid soil, but seems adaptable.

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 5-8

 

 

 

Tree for 2014

Desert-willow cultivars

Chilopsis linearis

Desert-willow is not a willow at all, and prefers dry, well-drained soils, compared to true willows, which grow along streams and ponds; in fact, it will not tolerate heavy, wet soils. Because it likes the hotter, drier climates it is an excellent choice for western Oklahoma. Desert-willow grows as a small tree 15’-30’ high and 10’ to 25’ wide. It is a loose, gangly tree favored for its colorful, funnel-shaped flowers that put on their biggest show in early summer, and then bloom sporadically throughout the rest of summer. Flowers can be white, pink, rose, or lavender with purple markings inside and are sweetly fragrant. Foliage is a rich green in summer with no fall color, falling early to reveal the interesting branching structure. Several cultivars exist. Desert-willow makes a great patio or small specimen tree and attracts hummingbirds and other birds.

  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil: Dry, well-drained soils
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-9

 

 

 

Shrub for 2014

‘Christom’ Blue Muffin®

Viburnum dentatum

Blue Muffin viburnum is a small, compact version of the native arrowwood viburnum growing about 3’ to 5’ high and just as wide. Blue Muffin prefers moist, well-drained soils, but is adaptable to a wide range of other soils. Established plants are somewhat drought tolerant, have no serious pest problems, and require very little maintenance making them excellent for the urban landscape. As with many viburnums, Blue Muffin offers season-long interest with white spring flowers, dark green summer foliage that turns red and orange in fall, and blue fruits the birds love in late summer/fall. Prune right after flowering, but only if necessary. Grow Blue Muffin as a specimen, in groupings, in shrub borders, as a foundation planting or as a hedge.

  • Exposure: Sun to part shade
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 3-8.

 

 

 

Perennial for 2014

Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum cultivars

Switchgrass is native throughout North America and is a dominant species of the tallgrass prairies. It doesn’t mind most soils and actually grows well in wet and dry locations. Full sun is the best exposure for switchgrass, but it will grow in part shade; too much shade or rich soils may result in floppy plants. Switchgrass is a warm-season perennial, growing largely as a bunchgrass 3 to 6 feet tall, but may spread by rhizomes or self-seeding. Switchgrass has an upright, stiff form overall. Flower panicles are open, lacy sprays, with a purplish tint that persist into the winter. Leaf color is generally medium green turning yellow, sometimes with orange tints, in fall; however, several cultivars exist – ‘Heavy Metal’, has metallic-blue foliage, ‘Northwind’ is bluish-green, ‘Shenandoah’ has foliage with dark purple tips, and ‘Cheyenne Sky’ turns wine red. Winter color is tan to beige. Once established, switchgrass is very drought tolerant. It is grown as an accent, in groups or masses and can be effective as a screen. It also works well in native plant gardens, wild gardens, meadows, naturalized areas, as well as rain, water, and bog gardens.

  • Exposure: Sun, part shade
  • Soil: Tolerates about any soil
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 5-9

 

 

 

Annual for 2014

‘Big Twister’ Corkscrew Rush

Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'

Corkscrew rush with its uniquely twisted stems, though relatively small (18-24” high and wide), still commands attention in any garden space. The stems curl and spiral creating a tangled mass. Corkscrew rush grows in full sun or part shade and prefers moist soils. Happy even submerged in water, it is perfect for a water garden. Corkscrew Rush also is an excellent accent plant for containers. Though considered hardy to about zone 6, it tends to be more of a tender perennial in our area. Its annual nature may be due to the dry winters and the drastic temperature fluctuations we often experience .

  • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Very moist to wet, acidic
  • Hardiness: Use as an annual