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These plants are for the bees and are beneficial to Honeybees as well as our many native bee species like Bumblebees and Leaf Cutter Bees. Bees generally see flowers that are in the blue and green spectrum better than those in the red spectrum although they can still find red flowers via the scent of the sugary nectar. Plants that have flowers that the bees can rest on are also beneficial, as gathering nectar and pollen is and arduous and all consuming task. Plants in the Bean and Pea Family (Fabaceae), Verbena Family (Verbenaceae), and those in the Mint Family (Lamiaceae) were seemingly designed with these guys in mind. Some plants like Hollies even provide a caffiene kick! So plant these and Bee happy!

 

Pink Sensation Vitex, Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper

Vitex agnus-castus 'Pink Sensation'

An improved pink selection that produces a profusion of 4-6" pink flower spikes that are borne throughout summer on a large shrub or small tree with a spreading to upright habit. A vigorous growing deciduous shrub with virtually no pests or diseases. Selected by the noted plant guru Herbert Kelly, Jr. Item# 891.

Grows To: 10-15'H x 12-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Plains Coreopsis, Golden Tickseed

Coreopsis tinctoria

The golden yellow petals of this Coreopsis are typically marked with red to near maroon at the base of the petals creating a nicely contrasting dark ring in the center of the flowers. Plains Coreopsis or Golden Tickseed is an annual to short-lived perennial native species with fine deep green foliage and an open airy texture to the plant overall. The flowers are borne singly and in loose clusters over an extended period with the main flowering in spring and summer but this species may be found in flower during any of the warmer months of the year. This native readily reseeds and makes a good addition to naturalized areas like meadows and prairies. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, seeds are utilized by songbirds and other fauna, and Plains Coreopsis is used as a cut flower. Tolerant of a wide range of soil types but generally prefers a moist soil. Item# 11621

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: Annual suitable for zones 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Grows To: 12-30''H x 10-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun

This a very easy and strong-growing, perennial vine with beautiful glossy leaves, exotic white and purple flowers, which are followed by large purple, rounded fruit, about the size of tangerines, with a nice flavor. Possum Purple is considered to be a self pollinating Passionfruit but having another cultivar for cross pollination may be beneficial as well. Item# 1191

Grows To: 12-24'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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In mid to late summer and fall, large clusters of frilly deep purple nectar rich flowers are produced atop the sturdy upright 4-5' high stems. Prairie, Common, or Smooth Ironweed is a clump forming native perennial found in the central US and is common to moist soils but it performs quite well in average moist soils. The flowers of Ironweeds attract a variety of pollinators including bees and butterflies and the foliage of Ironweeds are considered a caterpillar host plant for the American Painted Lady Butterfly. Deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11758

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade
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Clusters of 2" wide primrose yellow fragrant 4-petalled flowers are produced in mid to late spring into early summer atop the low growing spreading stems adorned with deep green fuzzy foliage of this native perennial wildflower. Prairie Sundrops, a.k.a. Meadow Evening Primrose, is a dayflowering species of Evening Primrose with a low somewhat bushy habit and it does spread somewhat by rhizomes which is great for naturalistic settings like meadows, prairies and roadside plantings and it is reportedly relatively easy to control in garden settings as well. An adaptable native perennial that is tolerant of wet to dry soils including clay but it seems to prefer an acidic pH. The flowers attract butterflies and larger native bees. Item# 11662

Grows To: 12-24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Primrose Leaved Violet

Viola primulifolia var. primulifolia, V. x primulifolia

Up to 1/2" wide creamy white flowers with purple striped bee guides in their centers are produced on dainty stems held above the clean medium green foliage throughout much of spring. The Primrose Leaved Violet is an exceptionally free flowering, dainty native perennial common in moist, acid, often sandy soils along the edges of bogs, streams, and in moist deciduous woodlands. It will slowly spread by stolons and seeds and  makes a dense groundcover in containers. The flowers are bee pollinated but may be visited by smaller butterflies and other beneficials. The Primrose Leaved Violet is well suited to moist naturalistic settings like bog gardens, moist shaded areas, and stream sides. Item # 11113

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 3-6''H x 3-6''W and spreading
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Light shade, Part sun, Part shade
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Prince Charming Butterfly Bush

Buddleja 'Prince Charming' PP28903

Large conical clusters of deep cerise red, to 10" long, composed of tiny fragrant nectar rich flowers sit atop the sturdy stems of this well-branched Butterfly Bush from summer through fall are held against softly contrasting a backdrop of gray green foliage. Prince Charming Buddleia is a vigorous hybrid and a 2018 Walter's Gardens introductionThe flowers attract loads of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11783

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz./ 591 ml
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Purple Butterfly Bush, Blue Glory Bower, Blue Wings Bush

Rotheca myricoides 'Purple', Clerodendrum myricoides

A purple form of the Blue Butterfly Bush, producing large clusters of violet and purple butterfly-shaped flowers beginning in spring and early summer and continuing into fall under good conditions. For years the only cultivar of Blue Butterfly Bush available was 'Ugandense' the common Blue Butterfly Bush, Rotheca myricoides (syn. Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense'), a.k.a. Oxford Blue and Cambridge Blue, this darker purple to violet flowered cultivar was shared with us by plantsman Heidi Sheesley of Treesearch Farms, Inc., Houston, Texas. The specialized butterfly-shaped flowers are pollinated by Bumblebees and Carpenter Bees. The Purple Butterfly Bush can be enjoyed as a colorful container plant or in the garden and landscape where hardy. Item# 11765

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(*9A-8B? with protection)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W and larger in mild winter climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Pinkish-purple, rarely white, foxglove-like flowers are produced singly and in small clusters beginning in midsummer and continuing into fall. The flowers attract bees and other pollinators and the plant itself serves as a caterpillar host plant for Buckeye Butterflies. Purple False Foxglove, Agalinis fasciculata, develops into a generally single-stemmed, loosely branching upright growing plant with fine deep green foliage. This native annual is common along the Gulf Coast and southern East Coast and as far north as southern Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia. This excellent summer flowering native may only be an annual but it produces copious amounts of tiny seeds to help ensure its return the following season. Interestingly, Purple False Foxglove is a hemi-parasite (it can be grown alone in a container and so this does not seem to be a requirement) on herbaceous plants and grasses though it does not seem to do its neighbors any real harm. Item# 11789

Grows To: 2-3'H+ x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Purple Glaze® Japanese Anise Tree

Illicium anisatum 'Murasaki-no-sato'

The nearly 1" wide creamy white starry spring flowers are streaked with pink and are soon followed by glossy deep purple new growth that matures to deep green. The Purple Glaze® Japanese Anise Shrub, Illicium anisatum 'Murasaki-no-sato', is a shade tolerant medium-sized to large growing evergreen shrub with a slow to medium rate of growth and naturally has an upright to rounded habit. It is somewhat resistant to short periods of drought once well-established and should be grown in a site with good drainage and average moist to moist soils in an area that receives shade during the hottest part of the day, especially in hot summer climates. Anise flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Not a spice plant. Item# 12003

Grows To: 8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
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Purple Haze Agastache, Hyssop

Agastache 'Purple Haze'

Moderately dense spikes of medium blue-purple short tubular nectar-rich flowers are held well above the deep green foliage from late spring-summer until fall on this vigorous and reliable Agastache. The flowers are excellent for bees and other pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. Purple Haze Agastache is more tolerant of wet winters than many of its Agastache rugosum/Agastache foeniculum like cousins according to North Creek Nurseries and has been a long-lived selection even in their zone 6 Pennsylvania winters. Well-drained sandy soils are still preferred for winter survival. Enjoy this clump-forming perennial in the garden and landscape as well as in containers. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11714

Grows To: 24-36"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Purple Porterweed

Stachytarpheta frantzii

Deep velvety purple blooms are produced continuously from spring to fall on this upright to spreading perennial. The Purple Porterweed is a medium sized variety becoming fairly dense as it matures. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 578.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Purple Showers Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells, Mexican Bluebells

Ruellia simplex 'Purple Showers', R. brittoniana, R. tweediana

The large 2" deep bluish-purple trumpets are born freely from summer to fall on upright to arching burgundy stems with deep bronzy green glossy foliage. Purple Showers Mexican Petunia is sterile and so it can spend more energy on an endless supply of beautiful purple trumpets instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It does spread via rhizomes creating a tall ground covering mass of foliage and stems. This wonderful and vigorous selection produces larger flowers and foliage than other Mexican Petunias. Item# 9841

Grows To: 30-40"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Purple Smoke Baptisia, Wild Indigo

Baptisia x 'Purple Smoke'

Dark sturdy spikes are covered by smokey purple pea-like blossoms with a darker purple eye in mid spring. Purple Smoke Baptisia can produce up to 50 of the sturdy 4'+ flowering stems once mature. An accidental hybrid of our native Baptisia alba and B. australis this beauty seems to have garnered the best of both worlds. Baptisias are naturally durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. They make an excellent addition to the perennial or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable, and easy. Item# 11451

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Clusters of purple flowers that sit atop tall airy stems are produced over an extended period beginning in mid to late spring or early summer, depending on your cold hardiness zone. Purple-Top Vervain has long been a popular heirloom whether grown as a short-lived perennial or as an annual. Its flowers are popular with pollinators including bees, butterflies, and the occassional hummingbird. An excellent choice for the back of the perennial border or in cottage garden settings. Easy in any sunny garden setting. Purple-Top Vervain is both a Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit and a Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 9405

Grows To: 3-4'H x 18-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Rangoon Creeper, Drunken Sailor, Chinese Honeysuckle

Quisqualis indica, Combretum indicum

Clusters of long tubular buds open to fragrant  single white starry flowers that quickly change to pink, red, and finally a deep maroon. The Rangoon Creeper is a vigorous twining tropical climber that flowers profusely throughout summer. Well-established plants are considered root hardy into zone 8A and a mulch will help to ensure their return. The flowers are intensely sweetly fragrant when they first open but lose their fragrance as they age. Item# 595

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11 as woody vine - 8,9 as dieback perennial if protected
Grows To: 30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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The large glowing red 'parent' flowers of the original El Capitolio Hibiscus appear to have a second smaller double bloom that is held out away from it creating a 'poodled' effect. The El Capitolio Hibiscus have the potential to flower throughout the year under good conditions and with enough warmth and sunlight.The large blooms often have a streak of white adding to their tropical beauty. Their unique form, flower size, vigor, and flower power all make the El Capitolio Hibiscus types some of our favorites for large tropical specimens. They can be used as formal or informal shrubs for hedging and screens, as tree forms, or even trained into large espalier. Item# 610.

Grows To: 8'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Red Grape Spiderwort, Tradescantia

Tradescantia 'Red Grape'

Red Grape Spiderwort produces up to 1-1/2" wide, dark fuchsia pink flowers atop loads of sturdy stems and blue-green foliage in spring and summer. It was given four stars in trials by the Chicago Botanic Gardens for its long season of flowering, disease resistance and cold hardiness among other factors. Spiderwort is an easy and reliable perennial that lends itself to cottage gardens, naturalistic settings, and containers. Item #10766.

Grows To: 16-24''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Red Mexican Love Vine, Sao Paulo, Senecio "Sao Paulo", Mexican Flame Vine (red)

Senecio confusus 'Sao Paulo', Pseudogynoxis chenopodiodes 'Sao Paulo'

Deep reddish-orange, 2" daisy-like blooms with orange centers are borne on a vigorous twining vine with rich green foliage. Blooming spring to fall. Item # 612.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 12-16'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Each golden yellow petal is heavily splashed with burgundy and surround the tall brown central cone of each daisy-like flower. Finely textured blue-gray foliage on a plant that becomes more dense with age. Blooms from late spring through summer. This is a tough and hardy, perennial US Native. Great for smaller pollinators. Item# 9141.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

2-3" wide reddish orange to brick-red orchid-like blossoms are produced in clusters from summer and into fall are held against the blue-green bi-lobed foliage. The Red Orchid Tree is a naturally sprawling medium to large evergreen to deciduous tropical shrub and can easily be trained into a small tree, pruned into a shrub form, or even as a vine over a small arbor in mild winter climates. This beautiful Bauhinia can also be enjoyed as a container plant or espalier. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators including butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. A South African species, Pride of de Kaap is drought resistant once well established but will flower best with average moisture, a well-drained, fertile soil, and full sunlight. Wind tolerant as well. Item# 11012 

Grows To: 6-10'H x 10-20'W and larger in mild winter climates. 3-4'H x 4-5'W as a die-back perennial or container plant.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Exotic 4", glowing scarlet blooms are borne summer to fall on a this vigorous bronze leaved passion vine. The Red Passion Flower, Passiflora vitifolia, can become quite large, reaching 25' or more in a season. This is not considered a suitable caterpillar host and is considered to be toxic to species native to the US. Where not hardy it can be overwintered indoors with sufficient light. Click the image for more info on growing Passionvines. Item# 614.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(9? With protection)
Grows To: 12'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Deep dark red, 2-3" wide daisies are born all summer long on this exciting new perennial. Red Satin Coreopsis is a sterile selection from Darrel Probst so it can spend all summer flowering. The non-fading, dark daisies of this easy perennial are held above and among the fine dark green foliage. A slowly spreading clump former that prefers average moisture. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10619.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (a.k.a. 'Nana', 'Compacta', 'Macrocarpa')

Extra large, reportedly to nearly 1/2" in diameter, brilliant red berries literally cover up this dwarf and compact deciduous shrub throughout much of winter and may last into spring. Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly, a.k.a 'Nana', 'Compacta, and 'Macrocarpa', is a USDA release that won the 2010 Holly of the Year Award from the Holly Society of America. This adaptable native shrub drops its foliage early to better show of its display of colorful berries. It can be used en masse to great effect, as a low informal hedge, or as a specimen plant near the front of the garden or landscape. Red Sprite is even small enough to enjoy as a medium-sized container plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Needs a male holly, of any species, for pollination that flowers at the same time. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Item# 11887

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Pink Sensation Vitex, Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper

Vitex agnus-castus 'Pink Sensation'

An improved pink selection that produces a profusion of 4-6" pink flower spikes that are borne throughout summer on a large shrub or small tree with a spreading to upright habit. A vigorous growing deciduous shrub with virtually no pests or diseases. Selected by the noted plant guru Herbert Kelly, Jr. Item# 891.

Grows To: 10-15'H x 12-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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