What are some good, long-lived perennials?


What are some good, long-lived perennials?


When selecting perennials for the home landscape, it’s important to consider their size, bloom period, hardiness, and cultural requirements.  Another consideration is their longevity.  Some perennials are short-lived.  Short-lived perennials persist for several years and then decline and fade away.  In contrast, some perennials are extremely long-lived.  It’s not uncommon to see 50- to 60-year-old peonies in the yards of older homes in Iowa. 

Long-lived perennials include:

  • black snakeroot (Actaea racemosa)
  • lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
  • goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus)
  • butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • false blue indigo (Baptisia australis)
  • gas plant (Dictamnus albus)
  • ferns (various species)
  • hardy geranium (Geranium spp.)
  • ornamental grasses (various species)
  • daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)
  • hosta (Hosta spp.)
  • Siberian iris (Iris sibirica)
  • blazing star (Liatris spp.)
  • daffodil (Narcissus spp.)
  • peony (Paeonia spp.)
  • balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
  • lungwort (Pulmonaria spp.)
  • black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’)
  • stonecrop (Sedum spp.)
  • Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa

When given favorable growing conditions and good care, long-lived perennials often thrive for 20 or more years. 


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