6 Easy-Care Midwest Native Plants
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)
Blooms This late-summer to late-fall bloomer exudes cheer with its mustard yellow flowers. Try well-behaved stiff goldenrod or Ohio goldenrod.
Attracts Bees and at least 18 butterfly species, such as the painted lady and giant swallowtail. "They even attract their own moth: the goldenrod flower moth," Charlotte adds. Native sparrows and goldfinches devour the seeds.