Annual and Perennial Flowers
Kansas State University has evaluated annual and perennial flowers that are most adapted to our prairie climate. Prairie Star Annuals and Prairie Star Perennials are the best from this testing program.
Programs We Offer
The Spring Gardening Workshop and the seminars at the Outdoor Living and Landscape Show both include a range of seminars related to growing annual and perennial flowers.
On Our Grounds
There are a wide variety of both annual and perennial flowers on our grounds. Annual flowers are primarily found in our Demonstration Garden and at the building entrances. Perennials are found in the shade garden, the hosta collection, the Great Plants of the Great Plains Garden, and the daylily collection. We also have a garden of hardy cacti and succulents near the Ridge Road entrance to our grounds.
What plants will do well in a shady location?
How do I divide my perennials?
What are some native plants that I could consider for my garden?
"The story of the making of a Prairie Star Annual. In the mid 1990's Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener Lisa Johnson brought us some crested celosia plants to put into our demonstration plantings in the Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum. Lisa received the seeds when she was a student at the Wichita Area Technical College Horticulture program. The technical college had received the seeds from an "old German man" who liked this plant and had grown them from seed for years. At the Extension Education Center we were involved with the Prairie Star trials and evaluations in demonstrating some great new varieties. At the end of the season we noticed that this "old German man's celosia" was just as good, if not better than the latest varieties in the Prairie Star Trials. That fall, Dr. Alan Stevens asked for some seed to put into the Prairie Star Trial the next spring. The problem was - in order to be in the trial, the plant needed a name. Extension Horticulture Agent Bob Neier gave it the name of WATCH Celosia in recognition from where it came - the Wichita Area Technical College Horticulture program.
It is fun to compare the new varieties next to the old varieties just to see how far we have come in plant breeding and development. In this case, the old heirloom"pass-down" plant performed well enough to make the Prairie Star list of the "best of the best" for Kansas conditions.
The plants are available in limited supply from greenhouses that grow the plant and collect seed each fall. This is a plant that you only need to buy once and then collect seed each year for your next year's planting.
Plant in full sun, attractive foliage
13" tall and 15" wide, hot pink flowers
Very uniform growth