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Conservation Plant Releases - Elsberry Plant Materials Center

The Elsberry Plant Materials Center has released the following plants to commercial growers to solve specific resource conservation needs. Click on the link to the Release Brochure (if available) to view more information on each plant release. Click on the Scientific Name for more information on the species.

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Plant Releases

Release Name Scientific Name Common Name Uses Release Brochure
Flame Acer ginnala Amur maple windbreaks, landscape and beautification
Illinois Covey Germplasm Amorpha fruticosa false indigo bush wildlife cover/shelter and for erosion control along shorelines, streams, and wetlands Brochure (PDF; null)
Iowa Covey Germplasm Amorpha fruticosa false indigo bush establish wildlife food/cover, enhance wetland riparian areas, and for erosion control. Brochure (PDF; 206 KB)
Missouri Covey Germplasm Amorpha fruticosa false indigo bush to establish wildlife food/cover and address erosion control of shorelines, streams, and wetlands. Brochure (PDF; null)
Central Iowa Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem roadside revegetation, forage, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration Brochure (PDF; 503 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem roadside plantings, prairie restoration and enhancement, landscaping, and for increasing species diversity Brochure (PDF; 503 KB)
Northern Missouri Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings
OH 370 Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem wildlife habitat and food and restoration
OZ-70 Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem forage production, erosion control, vegetative buffers and filter strips. Brochure (PDF; 198 KB)
Refuge Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem wildlife habitat, vegetative buffers, and landscape use Brochure (PDF; 1.2 MB)
Rountree Andropogon gerardii big bluestem pasture, hay and wildlife plantings Brochure (PDF; 857 KB)
Southern Iowa Germplasm Andropogon gerardii big bluestem roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings Brochure (PDF; 503 KB)
Central Iowa Germplasm Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama erosion control, roadside stabilization, for improving wildlife habitat and for general conservation uses Brochure (PDF; 231 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama erosion control, roadside stabilization, for improving wildlife habitat and for general conservation uses
Northern Missouri Germplasm Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama roadside and wildlife plantings, prairie restorations, field borders, buffers, landscaping and for increasing plant diversity in prairie communities.
Southern Iowa Germplasm Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama erosion control, roadside stabilization, for improving wildlife habitat and for general conservation uses
Northern Missouri Germplasm Coreopsis palmata prairie coreopsis roadside plantings and prairie restoration and enhancement Brochure (PDF; 246 KB)
Western Missouri Germplasm Coreopsis palmata prairie coreopsis roadside plantings and prairie restoration and enhancement
Redstone Cornus mas cornelian cherry dogwood wildlife food and cover, windbreaks landscape, and beautification
Sun Harvest Germplasm Corylus americana hazelnut windbreaks and wildlife food and habitat
Central Iowa Germplasm Dalea purpurea purple prairieclover roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping
Northern Iowa Germplasm Dalea purpurea purple prairieclover roadside and wildlife plantings, creating and restoring prairie, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities.
Alexander Germplasm Desmodium canadense showy ticktrefoil wildlife food and cover and prairie restoration Brochure (PDF; null)
Central Iowa Germplasm Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower roadside and wildlife plantings, prairie creations and restorations, landscaping and for increasing plant diversity in prairie communities.
Northern Iowa Germplasm Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower roadside plantings, prairie creation and restoration, and landscaping
Northern Missouri Germplasm Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower prairie restoration projects, roadside, wildlife and landscaping Brochure (PDF; 468 KB)
Southern Iowa Germplasm Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower roadside plantings, landscaping, and for prairie creation, restoration and diversity
Western Missouri Germplasm Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower prairie restorations projects, roadside, wildlife and landscaping Brochure (PDF; 468 KB)
Central Iowa Germplasm Elymus canadensis Canada wildrye erosion control, roadside stabilization, for improving wildlife habitat and for general conservation uses Brochure (PDF; 196 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Elymus canadensis Canada wildrye erosion control, roadside stabilization, for improving wildlife habitat and for general conservation uses
Southern Iowa Germplasm Elymus canadensis Canada wildrye erosion control, roadside stabilization, for improving wildlife habitat and for general conservation uses
Cuivre River Germplasm Elymus virginicus Virginia wildrye forage, erosion control, vegetative buffers and filters, wildlife food/cover, plant diversity in wetland and riparian plantings, and as a cover crop for woody plantings Brochure (PDF; null)
Northern Missouri Germplasm Elymus virginicus Virginia wildrye riparian areas, soil stabilization, forage, wildlife food and cover, and prairie plantings
Central Iowa Germplasm Eryngium yuccifolium rattlesnake master roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildflower gardens Brochure (PDF; 213 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Eryngium yuccifolium rattlesnake master roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildflower gardens Brochure (PDF; 213 KB)
Southern Iowa Germplasm Eryngium yuccifolium rattlesnake master roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildflower gardens Brochure (PDF; 213 KB)
Bobwhite Glycine soybean wildlife food and cover
Central Iowa Germplasm Heliopsis helianthoides oxeye false sunflower native plantings along roadsides, conservation plantings, and wildlife habitat Brochure (PDF; 131 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Heliopsis helianthoides false sunflower roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration
Southern Iowa Germplasm Heliopsis helianthoides oxeye false sunflower roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration Brochure (PDF; 131 KB)
Central Iowa Germplasm Koeleria macrantha prairie Junegrass roadside plantings, creating and restoring prairie, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities
Northern Iowa Germplasm Koeleria macrantha prairie Junegrass roadside plantings, creating and restoring prairie, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities.
Central Iowa Germplasm Lespedeza capitata roundhead lespedeza native plantings along roadsides, conservation plantings, and wildlife habitat Brochure (PDF; 160 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Lespedeza capitata roundhead lespedeza roadside plantings, prairie restoration and enhancement, landscaping, and for increasing species diversity
Southern Iowa Germplasm Lespedeza capitata roundhead lespedeza roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration
Central Iowa Germplasm Liatris aspera rough blazing star roadside plantings, prairie creations and restorations, landscaping, and increase plant diversity in prairie communities
Northern Iowa Germplasm Liatris aspera rough blazing star roadside plantings, creating and restoring prairie, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities.
Southern Iowa Germplasm Liatris aspera rough blazing star roadside plantings, creating and restoring prairie, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities
Central Iowa Germplasm Liatris pycnostachya thickspike gayfeather roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildflower gardens
Northern Iowa Germplasm Liatris pycnostachya thickspike gayfeather roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildflower gardens
Northern Missouri Germplasm Liatris pycnostachya thickspike gayfeather roadside plantings and prairie restoration and enhancement Brochure (PDF; 157 KB)
Southern Iowa Germplasm Liatris pycnostachya thickspike gayfeather roadside plantings and prairie restoration and enhancement
Western Missouri Germplasm Liatris pycnostachya thickspike gayfeather roadside planting and prairie restoration and enhancement Brochure (PDF; 157 KB)
Union Germplasm Liriodendron tulipifera tulip poplar woodland revegetation, timber production, landscaping, riparian areas
Central Iowa Germplasm Monarda fistulosa wild bergamont prairie restoration programs, roadside and wildlife platings and landscaping. Brochure (PDF; 169 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Monarda fistulosa wild bergamont prairie restoration projects, roadside, wildlife, and landscaping
Southern Iowa Germplasm Monarda fistulosa wild bergamont roadside and wildlife plantings, creating and restoring prairies, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities
Central Iowa Germplasm Oligoneuron rigidum var. rigidum stiff goldenrod roadside plantings, prairie creation and restoration, and landscaping
Northern Iowa Germplasm Oligoneuron rigidum var. rigidum stiff goldenrod roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration and landscaping
Southern Iowa Germplasm Oligoneuron rigidum var. rigidum stiff goldenrod roadside plantings, landscaping, prairie creation and restoration, and for increasing plant diversity in prairie communities
Cave-In-Rock Panicum virgatum switchgrass summer pasture, wildlife food and habitat Brochure (PDF; 239 KB)
Central Iowa Germplasm Panicum virgatum switchgrass roadside plantings, creating and restoring prairies, landscaping, and to increase plant diversity in prairie communities
Shawnee Panicum virgatum switchgrass pasture and hay
Midwest Premium Germplasm Prunus americana American plum wildlife habitat, erosion control, and for windbreaks Brochure (PDF; 463 KB)
Northern Missouri Germplasm Ratibida pinnata grayhead coneflower range and pasture seeding, prairie restoration, prairie landscaping, wildlife cover, and roadside restoration. Brochure (PDF; 197 KB)
Central Iowa Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration, and pasture Brochure (PDF; 248 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings
Northern Missouri Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings
Ozark Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem pasture seeding, prairie restoration, wildlife cover Brochure (PDF; null)
Southern Iowa Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings
Southern Missouri Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem range and pasture seeding, prairie restoration, prairie landscaping, wildlife cover and roadside restoration
Central Iowa Germplasm Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, prairie restoration
Northern Iowa Germplasm Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration
Northern Missouri Germplasm Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings
Rumsey Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass pasture, wildlife food and habitat Brochure (PDF; 349 KB)
Southern Iowa Germplasm Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass roadside revegetation, forage, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration
Western Missouri Germplasm Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass roadside revegetation, forage, prairie restoration and landscaping, and wildlife plantings
Central Iowa Germplasm Sporobolus compositus tall dropseed native plantings along roadsides, conservation plantings, and wildlife habitat Brochure (PDF; 176 KB)
Northern Iowa Germplasm Sporobolus compositus tall dropseed roadside plantings and prairie restoration and enhancement Brochure (PDF; 176 KB)
Northern Missouri Germplasm Sporobolus compositus tall dropseed roadside plantings and prairie restoration and enhancement
Southern Iowa Germplasm Sporobolus compositus tall dropseed roadside revegetation, wildlife plantings, and prairie restoration Brochure (PDF; 176 KB)
Central Iowa Germplasm Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England aster roadside plantings, prairie creation and restoration, and landscaping
Northern Iowa Germplasm Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England aster roadside plantings, prairie creation and restoration, and landscaping
Southern Iowa Germplasm Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England aster roadside plantings, prairie creation and restoration, wildlife habitat, and landscaping
Elsmo Ulmus parvifolia lace bark elm landscape and beautification, farmstead and field windbreaks, urban and forestry recreation area development.