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These plants are for the birds! Actually, yes they are. These trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines produce fruit or seeds that our native songbirds relish! In order for some of these perennial plants to be useful to birds, you will need to leave the seedheads, unsightly as they may seem to some, through fall and winter where the birds can properly utilize them. This list includes some of the top most important fall and winter fruits for your favorite feathered friends like Hollies, Beautyberries, Coneflowers - both Echinacea and Rudbeckias, and more.

American Elderberry, Common Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, S. canadensis

Huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers are followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit. The American Elderberry is a large growing native deciduous shrub whose cooked fruit and flowers are used to create healthy and delicious confections, syrup, jelly, wine and more. The nectar rich flower clusters host a wide variety of pollinators and its ripe fruit is sure to attract a host of bird species. Elderberries are dioecious, both male and female at the same time, and may be semi-self fertile but it is best to plant at least two for cross pollination and the heaviest crops. Item #10657

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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American Elderberry, Common Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, S. canadensis

The American Elderberry has huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit. It is a large growing native deciduous shrub whose cooked fruit and flowers are used to create healthy and delicious confections, syrups, jellies, wines and more. The nectar rich flower clusters host a wide variety of pollinators and its ripe fruit is sure to attract many bird species. Elderberries are dioecious, both male and female at the same time, and may be semi-self fertile. It is best to plant at least two for cross pollination and to bear the heaviest crops. Item #11269

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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The dainty white flowers of spring are soon followed by bumpy green fruits that mature to pink and then nearly to red. Once fully mature the pods split open to display the bright orange seeds inside giving it the name of Hearts-A-Burstin'. The American Strawberry bush is typically a deciduous to tardily deciduous large shrub (this selection seems to be more consistently evergreen) with green stems and dark to medium green, somewhat glossy foliage that is native to much of the eastern and central US. Excellent fall color in oranges, reds, and yellows. Images of fruit courtesy of Susan Thomas Spell. Item# 10218.

Grows To: 4-6'+H x 3-6'+W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Anna's Choice Yaupon Holly (Yellow Berried)

Ilex vomitoria 'Anna's Choice'

Anna's Choice Yaupon Holly produces loads of golden yellow berries in dense clusters that last well into spring or until the birds decide they are ripe, whichever comes first. Either way we get all fall and winter to enjoy the beauty this durable native evergreen shrub provides. Anna's Choice is a vigorous upright to spreading evergreen shrub that is resistant to deer, salt, and is tolerant of a variety of moisture conditions from periodic droughts to periodic flooding. Item# 10202.

Grows To: 8-15'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Appalachian Mountainmint, Savanna Mountainmint

Pycnanthemum flexuosum, P. hyssopifolium, Koellia hugeri, K. hyssopifolia

Frilly, rounded clusters of dainty white tubular flowers are borne in summer atop sturdy stems and are an excellent nectar source for a variety of smaller pollinators and garden beneficials. Savanna or Appalachian Mountainmint has nicely fragrant, medium green foliage and is considered to be one of the better Mountainmints for garden settings as it is not as prone to spreading by rhizomes. Item# 10765.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Large clusters of white late spring flowers produce green berries that ripen to a blue-black. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators and the edible fruits attract a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Arrowwood Viburnum is a vigorous growing, naturally rounded, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with rich green foliage and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Fall color includes yellows, orange, reds, and near purple. Arrowwood Viburnum makes an easy hedge, background specimen, or screen. Easy and reliable. Item# 10320.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Ashy Sunflower

Helianthus mollis

2-3" wide, yellow sunflowers are born along the tall stems in summer on this durable native perennial. The Ashy Sunflower will spread and develop into a ground covering mass of plants with age. Contrasting soft, gray green foliage. Easy, drought tolerant, and reliable even for tough locations. Use it as a mass planting for large areas or in native gardens and meadows. Native to nearly all of the eastern half of the US. Item# 10418.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 12-24"W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Azure Blue Sage

Salvia azurea var. azurea

Large spikes of deep blue, tubular flowers are born in summer, late summer, and sometimes into fall on this clump forming native perennial wildflower. Under natural conditions Azure Blue Sage produces tall arching stems that terminate into large, often branching, spikes of flowers that are quite suited to use by Hummingbirds and butterflies. Great at the back of the garden or in natural settings. Item# 10460.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Beebalm, Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Round clusters of lavender to white tubular flowers are born in summer on this durable native perennial. Wild Bergamot is a clump forming native perennial with good deer resistance. Excellent for hummingbirds and butterflies. This tough little native is drought tolerant and prefers to be on the dry side of moist and is resistant to drought once well-established. The fragrant foliage has been used in teas, perfumes, potpourri, and more. Item# 10484.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Large clusters of deep burgundy berries whorl around the arching stems of this Mexican Beautyberry and last through much of winter or until the birds find them sweet enough to enjoy. In all other regards Callicarpa acuminata very much resembles our native American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana, though it may be slightly shorter in habit. The Black Beautyberry flowers and fruits on new wood. Item# 11380

Grows To: 4-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part Shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The 2-3" wide dark eyed daisies are composed of deep golden yellow rays that surround the dark brown to black cones are produced in late spring to summer (depending on your zone). The flowers attract bees and other small pollinators and the seed heads attract songbirds. The Black-Eyed Susan is an annual - atleast in our area, biennial, to short-lived perennial with dark green hairy foliage that adorns well-branched plants and each plant can produce 20-30 or more flowers. This is a widespread species found along roadsides, meadows and prairies, savannas, and in open Longleaf Pine forests mainly in soils with average or better drainage. The Black-Eyed Susan is a common addition to seedmixes and readily reseeds on exposed soils, although it is not an aggressive species. Item# 11725

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sturdy spikes of brilliant blue to lavender-blue, two-lipped flowers are borne for an exceptionally long period in late summer and into fall on this hardy, native, clump-forming perennial. Suitable for consistently moist to wet soils. The Blue Cardinal Flower is enjoyed by hummingbirds, butterflies, and an variety of other pollinators as well as making a beautiful cut flower. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10159.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun (moist-wet soils), Morning sun, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Danube Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube'

Large, 3-4", blue, cornflower-like daisies are born in summer on this durable and reliable US native perennial. Stoke's Aster comes highly recommended and its easy to see why with moderate drought resistance, few pest or disease problems, deer and rabbit resistance and it revels in the heat and sun of our southern summers. Plants readily multiply into dense clumps. Super easy and tough. Item# 1212.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Frills Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Synstokhar' PP#28305

Blue Frills Stokesia produces large, light purple, 3-4" wide, cornflower-like daisies in early and midsummer atop short sturdy stems on a well branched compact perennial. Blue Frill's Stoke's Aster was selected for its compact and well-branched habit, exceptional flower production, and its beautifully colored flowers on an already tough native perennial. Stoke's Aster comes highly recommended and it's easy to see why with moderate drought resistance, few pest or disease problems, deer and rabbit resistance and it revels in the heat and sun of our southern summers. Plants readily multiply into dense clumps. Super easy and tough. Item# 11488

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Glitter Sea Holly, Eryngium

Eryngium planum 'Blue Glitter'

Large branched clusters of long lasting deep silvery blue flowers sit atop the basal rosette of foliage beginning in early summer. The prickly flowers of Blue Glitter Sea Holly or Eryngium attract a myriad of pollinators including butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. Sea Holly also makes a long-lasting addition to cut flower arrangements. Provide a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum flowering and plant vigor. This Sea Holly is a cut above the rest and does not require vernalization (periods of winter cold) in order to flower making this what is usually a cold climate species better suited to gardens with our warm southern winters. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11637

Grows To: 8-12'' H in foliage 30-40''H in flower. Space about 12-18'' apart.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Mistflower, Wild Ageratum, Hardy Ageratum, Blue Boneset

Conoclinium coelestinum, Eupatorium coelestinum

Flat topped clusters of bluish-purple Ageratum-like flowers are born atop sturdy stems in summer and sometimes into fall. Blue Mistflower is a rhizomatous colonizing native perennial that may be best suited to naturalistic settings or among larger growing plants as a tall groundcover. Excellent for pollinators, particularly native bees. Item# 10458.

 

Grows To: 18-30"H x spreading, space at 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Spikes of deep blue to near purple pea-shaped flowers are produced in spring atop the gray-green foliage in mid to late spring. Blue Wild Indigo is a long-lived easy to grow native that develops and extensive taproot and so it prefers not to be moved once it begins to get established. Baptisias are durable pest and disease resistant perennials that should be considered the Lupine of the South. Provide a sunny position for optimum flowering. Like a fine wine these natives only get better with age. Item# 11593

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Bravado Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Bravado'

An improved 'Magnus' type purple coneflower with large outward facing pinkish-purple petals and an orange 'cone' and are borne in summer and often last into fall. The flowers are held on sturdy, 2-3' stems. An outstanding selection of our native Purple Coneflower! A superb butterfly nectar plant. Item# 9696.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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A paradoxically yellow flowered purple coneflower with deep sunny yellow ray petals that surround the dark bristly rounded cone. This is the only species of Echinacea that naturally produces yellow flowers. The Ozark, Bush's, or simply the Yellow Coneflower is a native of the Ozark regions of northern Arkansas and central Missouri. In midsummer it produces the fragrant, nectar rich yellow flowers atop sturdy 2-3' high stems. Attracts butterflies, bees, and a variety of other pollinators. This is a clump forming, taprooted perennial that prefers well-drained soils Item# 11446

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-1-1/2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Buttonbush, Button Willow, Honey Bells

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Lightly honey scented, white to cream, tight ball-like flower clusters are produced on new growth in late spring and summer and attract an array of butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. The Buttonbush is a vigorous, medium-sized to large growing, deciduous shrub that does best in consistently moist soils with most of a day of sunlight. A moderate to severe annual pruning of established plants in late winter helps to promote fuller plants and the most flowers. Item# 9247.

Grows To: 6-12'+H x 4-8'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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2-3' high spikes of glowing scarlet tubular flowers are produced in late spring or summer on this US native wildflower. A rosette forming herbaceous perennial to biennial, the Red Cardinal Flower is commonly found along stream banks, marshes, and bogs and will perform well in average to wet garden soils. Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators. Item # 1217.

Grows To: 18-36''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, *Part sun, *Full sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 20
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Carolina Yellow Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower, Woodbine

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

Beautiful bright yellow trumpets herald the coming of spring! This is an easily grown and vigorous, yet dainty evergreen vine native to the SE U.S. The fragrance can stop you in your tracks on a night time garden stroll!  Item # 1208

Grows To: 10-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Cheyenne Spirit Purple Cone Flower

Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'

2013 AAS Perennial of the Year! This award winning seed grown Purple Cone Flower produces 3-4" wide daisies in brilliant colors ranging from red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and cream. Sturdy and winter hardy compact plants with excellent flower power. The Purple Coneflower is an excellent plant for pollinators with its nectar rich flowers. Provide ample sunlight and good drainage. Flowers the first year! Image courtesy of Kieft Seed. Item# 10525.

Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Considered by many to be the best of the Mountainmints, Clustered Mountainmint produces an abundance of tiny whitish tubular blooms touched with purple or lavender in tight clusters held above the attractive bluish white bracts. The bracts are probably more showy than the flowers but the flowers attract loads of pollinators including bees and small butterflies. The foliage is wonderfully fragrant and can be used in teas and cooking. This is a durable and slowly spreading native perennial that flowers throughout the summer months. Item# 10029.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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American Elderberry, Common Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, S. canadensis

Huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers are followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit. The American Elderberry is a large growing native deciduous shrub whose cooked fruit and flowers are used to create healthy and delicious confections, syrup, jelly, wine and more. The nectar rich flower clusters host a wide variety of pollinators and its ripe fruit is sure to attract a host of bird species. Elderberries are dioecious, both male and female at the same time, and may be semi-self fertile but it is best to plant at least two for cross pollination and the heaviest crops. Item #10657

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 2
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