Plants of Merit

Plants of Merit are plants selected for their outstanding quality and dependable performance for the lower Midwest. They grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois, and the Kansas City Metro area.
 

Plants of Merit Selection Criteria

  • Easy to grow and maintain
  • Not known to be invasive in our area
  • Resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects
  • Has outstanding ornamental value
  • Reasonably available to purchase
     

Plants of Merit selections by year (PDF): Plants of Merit: 2000 - 2o20

Plants of Merit selections by botanical name: Go to Plant Finder and select "Plant of Merit" under the Quick Search section
 

New for 2021

Annuals


elephant's ear
Alocasia LOW RIDER





 
 
 
balloon plant
Gomphocarpus physocarpus





 
lantana
Lantana camara LITTLE LUCKY SERIES

 
stonecrop

Bulbs


elephant's ear
Caladium 'Burning Heart'





 
winter aconite
 

Edibles


 

 

Houseplants


 

Perennials


Japanese spikenard
Aralia cordata 'Sun King'





 
common milkweed
Asclepias syriaca





 
 
 
 

Shrubs


Oriental spicebush
Lindera angustifolia
 
 

Trees


Allegheny servicberry
Amelanchier laevis

 


 
silver linden
Tilia tomentosa

 

Vine


rex begonia vine
Cissus javana


 

For a listing of all the Plants of Merit go to the Plant Finder search page and select "Plant of Merit" in the Quick Search section.