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A Cute Name of a Native Plant With a Lot of Character

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Name: Yellow puff (Neptunia lutea)

Zones: 9–11

Size: 6 inches tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;
well-drained soil

Native range: Southern United States

For the most part, I already have the plants in my garden that I really want. I’m willing to part with a few (or more) bucks now and then for a luxurious antique rose, or reach out to a landowner for permission to collect a native globe mallow (Sphaeralcea) I’d like to try to cultivate. But I do covet one plant for its beauty and novelty: yellow puff. The “splurge” for me involves effort. Even though I garden within its native range of the south-central United States, I will need to create a sandy location where it can thrive. Honestly, I can’t speak from experience on how best to make this plant happy, except to say that I’ve killed it twice in heavy clay.…

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