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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!

 

A sterile clump forming selection! Machu™ Morado Ruellia produces a summer long display of purple trumpet shaped flowers that attract bees and larger butterflies. This new introduction boasts a slightly more compact habit than the similar Purple Showers but with all the flower power, heat tolerance, and adaptability and with a sterile non-invasive clump forming habit. Machu™ Morado Ruellia or Mexican Petunia is an easy to grow heat and sunloving tropical well suited to container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Adaptable to soil types but prefers a sunny site in a fertile moist to average moist soil. Item# 12072

Grows To: 24-36"H x 18-30"W space at about 12-18" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort, Tradescantia, Lady's Tears

Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Mac's Double Purple'

Clusters of 1 1/2" wide, light lavender double to single flowers sit atop the sturdy stems beginning in late spring with flowering continuing through much of summer on established plants. Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort is a unique double flowered selection of this durable and reliable native perennial. The perfect addition to any cottage garden, low maintenance landscapes, and in containers. Easy and carefree. Item# 11112

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort, Tradescantia, Lady's Tears

Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Mac's Double Purple'

Clusters of 1 1/2" wide, light lavender double to single flowers sit atop the sturdy stems beginning in late spring with flowering continuing through much of summer on established plants. Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort is a unique double flowered selection of this durable and reliable native perennial. The perfect addition to any cottage garden, low maintenance landscapes, and in containers. Easy and carefree. Item# 11681

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Large clusters of 1" wide starry golden yellow flowers with anthers that age to a contrasting red may be produced throughout the year under warm tropical conditions. The flowers attract bees and butterflies and if pollinated they are followed by 3/4-1" wide helicopter-like samaras. Maiden's Jealousy, Tristellateia australasiae, is a naturally evergreen tropical twining woody climber with rich green foliage and purplish stems on the growth. It can be grown in the ground in areas with mild winters and can also be grown as a container plant where not hardy. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum flowering. Maiden's Jealousy should be fairly tolerant of soil types as it is a component of Mangrove swamps and coastal forests in Tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Australia. Item# 12026

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11,(9A-9B? with protection)
Grows To: 6-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Mardi Gras Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Mardi Gras' (Southern Indica hybrid)

The 2-3" wide funnel shaped flowers are deep red at their base with red flecking on the standard (uppermost petal) that spills over into the medium pink central portion of the petals and are broadly edged in a picotee of brightly contrasting white. Mardi Gras is an heirloom evergreen Indica Azalea with a somewhat compact naturally rounded spreading habit and has long been a favorite of ours for the excellent show that it puts on each spring. Dark green medium sized, medium textured rounded foliage creates a wonderful foil for the brightly contrasting flowers. Provide the Evergreen Azaleas with a moderately fertile, well-drained, acidic soil in a site that receives at least 4 hours of direct sunlight for maximum flowering. In hot summer climates provide morning sun or filtered shade during the heat of the day. Item# 11901

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Light shade, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade
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Margarita Carolina Yellow Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower, Woodbine

Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita', Bignonia sempervirens, G. lucidum, G. nitidum, Jeffersonia sempervirens, Lisianthus sempervirens

A more cold hardy selection of the fragrant Carolina Jasmine, Margarita produces masses of primrose yellow trumpets to herald the coming of spring. The fragrance of this easy to grow twining native vine can stop you in your tracks on a night time garden stroll! Makes a low maintenance cover for wire fences or provide it with an arbor or trellis to scramble up. Item# 9071.

Grows To: 10-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Deep true red ruffled petals surround the rounded cones of this spicily colored Helenium beginning in midsummer and continuing well into fall. As the purplish brown disk flowers comprising the cone begin to open they add yellow to mix. The flowers attract smaller butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Mariachi™ Siesta Helenium is an easy to grow and pest resistant perennial that provides a riot of color on sturdy, compact, upright plants. Provide a full to mostly sunny location and average moisture. Image courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12116

Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Maryland Goldenaster

Chrysopsis mariana

Maryland Goldenaster is a clump forming native perennial whose silky-edged rosette of foliage is barely noticed much of the year but in fall it bursts into color producing a multitude of 18-24" stems that are topped by large clusters of nearly 1" wide golden yellow daisies. The perfect native replacement for mums in the fall garden and one of our favorite fall flowering native perennials. The Maryland Goldenaster is generally found in sandy, well-drained soils in full sun to partially shaded locations and is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. This is sure to brighten up the late summer and fall meadow, prairie, or roadside as well. It provides bees and smaller butterflies with a much needed source of pollen and nectar late in the season. Item# 10687

Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-24"W when in full flower
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Mawmaw's Magenta Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Mawmaw's Magenta'

An unusual color form of this popular butterfly and hummingbird magnet, Mawmaw's Magenta Porterweed produces tall spikes of red-purple colored flowers from spring to fall on well branched vigorous plants. This is a color sport or seedling of Coral Porterweed discovered by the good people at Allen Acres and it is named in honor of Susan Allen, better known as Mawmaw to her grandchildren. Porterweeds make excellent additions to pollinator gardens where their nectar rich flowers and exceptional flower power attract pollinators throughout the growing season. They are suitable additions to garden or landscape and make easy and low maintenance container plants. Generally grown as an annual in zones 9 and colder.  Item# 11733

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The Maypop Passionvine or Passion Flower produces a summer long display of 2-3" wide white, lavender, and purple exotic flowers that are held against medium green tropical foliage. Pollinated flowers are followed by round passion fruit that ripen to yellow and contain a tangy tropical tasting clear flesh that surrounds each of the small black inedible seeds. This easy to grow perennial native vine can grow to 15-18' each year if given a suitable support but it is also happy to clamber along a fence, trellis, or any other support that it can grasp with its strong tendrils. Provide a well-drained soil and a full to mostly sunny position for the best results. The Maypop is the caterpillar host for the Gulf Fritillary and other members of the Longwing family as well as the Variegated Fritillary. Click on "More Details and Growing Info" or the image to learn more about growing Passionvines as perennials in containers or in the garden and landscape. Item# 500

Grows To: 15-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This newly introduced variety of Yellow Bells was selected for earlier and more consistent flowering habits. The large golden yellow trumpets are born in loose clusters from summer to fall on this woody perennial. Occasional deadheading promotes more blooms, though it is not required. Mulch deeply in winter for best results. Item # 9327

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Meehan's Mint, Creeping Mint

Meehania cordata

Whorls of 1" long tubular violet-blue flowers on 3" high spikes are accented with lighter white lips dotted with violet are produced atop the low 1-2" high rich green trailing foliage. The mid to late spring flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Something of a Lamium look-alike and considered a good native replacement for Ajuga, Meehan's Mint, Meehania cordata, is an unaggressive low trailing stoloniferous mat-forming native perennial well-suited to moist to periodically dry, well-drained soils in shaded sites. It appears to be most common in West Virginia with populations spilling over into most adjoing states. Meehan's Mint can be added as a groundcover for shaded gardens or spilling from containers as a specimen for a shaded porch or patio. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11978

Grows To: 1-4"H x 12-15"W space about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Filtered shade, Light shade, Shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Mercedes' Magic Variegated Coral Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Mercedes Magic'

Almost Eden's own variegated form of Coral Porterweed, Mercedes' Magic still produces long spikes of coral colored flowers that are excellent for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees but with a nice backdrop of variegated foliage. The foliage is heavily variegated and starts out a soft yellow and green and matures to creamy white and green. The variegation can be nearly solid white on some leaves ranging through flecks, stripes, and splotches. Mercedes' Magic Variegated Coral Porterweed is named in honor of Jeff''s oldest daughter. Item# 11375

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The typical Mexican Butterfly Weed that produces clusters of orange to red-orange flowers with contrasting sunny yellow centers are produced from mid to late spring to frost or nearly year round under warm tropical conditions. An excellent host plant for Monarch, Queen, and Soldier Butterflies. It has a naturally upright to vase shaped habit and the stems are adorned with medium sized deep green narrow foliage. Mexican Butterfly Weed can be grown as a short-lived (2-3 years usually) die-back perennial in zones 8-9, it should remain evergreen in zone 10, and is commonly grown as an annual in colder zones. Makes a wonderful heat and sunloving plant with something of a tropical look. Use Mexican Butterfly Weed at the back of the perennial border or in mixed combination pots. Item# 502

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

Mexican Hat, Grey Headed Coneflower, Upright Prairie Coneflower, Red Hats

Ratibida columnifera, R. columnaris, Rudbeckia columnifera

Solid burgundy, burgundy tipped with yellow (the typical color), to solid yellow ray flowers surround the tall narrow grayish green cones of disc flowers and may be produced from late spring well into fall under average moisture conditions. The Mexican Hat or Gray Headed Coneflower, Ratibida columnifera, is an exceptionally easy to grow heat and sun-loving tap-rooted native perennial that is tough enough for roadside plantings right up next to the asphalt but colorful enough to be utilized in informal cottage garden settings. The flowers attract smaller pollinators and other garden beneficials and the somewhat lacy gray green foliage contrasts nicely with surrounding perennials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in soils with average or better drainage. Item# 10965

Grows To: 20-30''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Mexican Love Vine (Orange), Mexican Flame Vine

Senecio confusus, Pseudogynoxis chenopodiodes

Intense orange, 2" daisy-like blooms with yellow centers are borne on a vigorous twining vine. Blooming spring to fall. Item# 505.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mirage™ Cherry Red Salvia, Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii 'Balmircher' PP28527; EU PBR49561

Spikes of deep dark red two-lipped tubular flowers are produced from spring to fall atop this dwarf densely branching perennial Salvia. Mirage™ Cherry Red Salvia, a form of Autumn Sage or Salvia greggii, was selected for its heat and cold tolerance, and exceptional flower power. Its dwarf and compact habit is perfectly suited for use as a low maintenance and forgiving container specimen as well as in hot and sunny garden and landscape settings. The dark colored flowers are sure to attract low flying hummingbirds as well as the occassional butterfly and larger bees with its nectar rich flowers. Provide a well-drained soil in full to mostly sunny conditions and never keep soggy wet. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12204

Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Miss Molly Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja x 'Miss Molly' PP23425, CBR 4446

Miss Molly has deep magenta fragrant flowers that are born in elongating conical clusters on this wonderful new Butterfly Bush with a somewhat compact and refined growth habit. The 'red' coloration of this butterfly magnet is often most pronounced in southern climates. Item #9454.

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Grows To: 4-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Miss Pearl Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja x 'Miss Pearl' PP28553, CBRAF

Snowy white fragrant flower spikes adorn this medium sized free flowering Butterfly Bush from spring to fall. Miss Pearl is the latest release in the Miss series from the breeding work of Dr. Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University where he has developed sterile Buddlejas with greater flower power and compact habits for the garden and landscape. Item# 10899. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners -www.provenwinners.com

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Miss Violet Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja x 'Miss Violet' PP28448, Can 5950

Spikes of deep violet, nectar rich, fragrant flowers are borne all summer on this vigorous yet compact Butterfly Bush. Miss Violet is another excellent introduction from the breeding work of Dr. Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University. Item# 10887. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners -www.provenwinners.com

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Monarch® Dark Dynasty Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'Dark Dynasty' PP27834

Spikes of deep royal purple fragrant flowers are held at the ends of sturdy stems against a backdrop of soft gray-green foliage from summer to fall. Monarch® Dark Dynasty Butterfly Bush is a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with a densely branching compact habit that mature to about 3'H x 3-4'W. The fragrant dark flowers attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other garden beneficals with their nectar rich flowers. Provide a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12061

Grows To: 3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Monarch® Queen of Hearts Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'Queen of Hearts' PP27987

The 7-9" long conical panicles are composed of numerous fragrant magenta flowers that attract pollinators of all shapes and sizes throughout summer and into fall. Monarch® Queen of Hearts Butterfly Bush is a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with a densely branching compact habit that matures to about 3'H x 3-4'W. The fragrant dark reddish-pink flowers attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other garden beneficals. Provide a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12062

 

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The common name Muck Sunflower somehow seems less than up to the task for a plant that has the potential to provide such a brilliant show of color that begins in late summer and lasts into fall. Loose clusters of 2-3" wide brilliant golden yellow sunflowers are poised on tall stems adorned with rich deep green lance-shape foliage. Depending on moisture levels and fertility this vigorous, native, perennial, fall sunflower may reach up to 8' high. To create fuller, sturdier, and shorter plants tip the Muck Sunflower in late spring. A single tip pruning in late spring will keep them fuller and bushier as well as causing them to produce more flowers than vertical growth. Our plants are seedling grown and originated from a collection in southwestern Louisiana. Item# 10872.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun

Mutabilis Rose, The Butterfly Rose

Rosa chinensis 'Mutabulis'

The single 2" flowers open a creamy yellow, change to orange, then deep pink, and finally to crimson, with all of these blooms open at the same time it gives the appearance of a multitude of butterflies are covering the bush. Mutabilis Rose is a conversation starting repeat flowering heirloom garden rose with good disease resistance and average vigor. In time, and especially in the warmer parts of its range, you can expect this rose to build to 5-6' high and equally as wide. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 523

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11,(6B?)
Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A sterile clump forming selection! Machu™ Morado Ruellia produces a summer long display of purple trumpet shaped flowers that attract bees and larger butterflies. This new introduction boasts a slightly more compact habit than the similar Purple Showers but with all the flower power, heat tolerance, and adaptability and with a sterile non-invasive clump forming habit. Machu™ Morado Ruellia or Mexican Petunia is an easy to grow heat and sunloving tropical well suited to container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Adaptable to soil types but prefers a sunny site in a fertile moist to average moist soil. Item# 12072

Grows To: 24-36"H x 18-30"W space at about 12-18" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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