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Attract loads of butterflies to your garden with our excellent selection of nectar producing butterfly plants. From Porterweed, Butterfly Bushes, Butterfly Weed, Lantana, Vitex, to Pentas as well as many other beautiful and free flowering nectar producing plants that are sure to bring these fluttering wonders into your garden from spring to fall.

 

African Sky Salvia

Salvia ‘African Sky’ (S. chamelaeagnea x S. scabra)

Tall sturdy branching spikes adorned with tubular, two-lipped, pale sky blue flowers with a slightly darker blue hood are produced from spring or early summer into fall attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. African Sky Salvia is a vigorous, freely flowering, clump-forming, deer and drought resistant, tropical, shrubby perennial with medium green, rough, fragrant foliage perfectly suited to hot sunny sites in well-drained soils. It can be even be grown as a clipped hedge in freeze free, tropical locations. Use African Sky Salvia in containers for an easy care, pollinator attracting plant with a long season of flowering. This is quite different from the similarly named, spring and fall flowering Salvia uliginosa 'African Skies', a selection of Bog Sage. Item# 12552

 

Grows To: 30-36"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'

A vigorous and reliable Oakleaf Hydrangea selection with sturdy stems and good sun tolerance. The 10-14" white bloom panicles, with individual blooms as large as a half-dollar, are borne in spring and fade to pink. Oakleaf Hydrangeas are beloved in the garden not only for their blooms but they also have the beautiful oak-leaf shaped foliage, which turns to shades of pink, red, burgundy, and purple in fall along with the interesting peeling bark on older stems. Item# 9103

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Purple, lavender, and near white 5-petaled flowers practically cover the plant in spring atop the deep green narrow foliage. Alyissa's Purple Prairie Phlox is a groundcover like native perennial whose butterfly pollinated flowers open a dark purple and fade to light lavender and near white as they age. Use this low growing perennial as a groundcover at the front of the border, garden, or landscape or in natural settings like roadsides, meadows, and prairies. This is an Almost Eden exclusive introduction and was discovered in an old fence row in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. Item# 11801

Grows To: 10-14"H space at 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Deciduous shade
3.5 inch Pot/ 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Amante Salvia, Sage

Salvia x 'Amante' PPAF PBRAF

Large 2" long bright fuchsia colored tubular flowers emerge from darkly contrasting black calyxes which adorn the black flower spikes of this exciting new cousin of the deservingly popular Amistad Salvia. Amante Salvia or Sage is considered to be a "genetic breakthrough" in the color of the Salvia guaranitica group and this exciting new color offers a bright and bold addition to the pollinator garden, the landscape, and for medium to large containers as a specimen or in combination with filler and spillers. The breeders state that this new 2019 perennial Salvia has the same form and habit and exceptional flower power as Amistad! Item# 11674 

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia, Coneflower

Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush' PP28498

A 2020 All American Selections Herbaceous Perennial award winner! 2-3" wide dark-eyed golden yellow daisies are produced throughout the summer and even into fall atop a dense and compact well-branched plant. American Gold Rush Rudbeckia was selected with disease resistance in mind as well as this plant's ability to flower throughout summer and a compact habit. It may be most similar to and is considered to be a hybrid of Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii, or the Brown-Eyed Susan, which can reach 3' in height. Like its parent, expect this hardy clump forming perennial to revel in the heat and sun of summer with its disk flowers providing nectar for smaller pollinators and the ripened seeds of fall and winter are sure to attract songbirds. Provide American Gold Rush Rudbeckia with a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Add this easy to grow perennial to the garden and landscape but it is also compact and free-flowering enough to provide a summer long show as a container plant. Item# 12167

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, *Part shade, *Part sun

Amethyst Lips Salvia, Autumn Sage

Salvia 'Dyspurp' PBR

Ooh la la! Oh my my! As sexy as Hot Lips but in an all new shade! The spikes of two-lipped tubular bright white flowers are tipped with a broad band of amethyst, between violet and purple, at the tips of the petals creating a dark and mysterious contrast. Flowers may be solid amethyst when the weather is cool and dreary but quickly revert to their two-toned splendor with a little sunshine. Amethyst Lips Salvia begins flowering in late spring or early summer and continues until fall, all the while attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Amethyst Lips Salvia, a hybrid of the two native species S. greggii and S. microphyllai, a.k a S. x jamesonii, develops into a naturally rounded, shrub-like perennial that may remain evergreen in mild winter climates, like zones 9B-10, but acts like a die-back perennial where temperatures fall much below about 30oF. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained, average moist, fertile soils for maximum flower power. Item# 12473

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Amigo Salvia, Sage

Salvia x 'Amigo' PPAF PBRAF

New in 2021 in the US! The large 2" long violet colored tubular buds open to display a bright pink mouth and tips all emerging from deep black tubular calyxes and flower spikes atop sturdy stems. Amigo Salvia is the latest addition to the Friendship Sage line that began with the super reliable and deservedly popular Amistad Salvia. This easy and vigorous Salvia tops out about 5'H once fully established and expect it to flower from spring until the first killing frost. These sages are clump forming perennials with excellent flower power and are sure to draw in hummingbirds throughout the growing season. Grow Amigo Salvia as a medium to large container specimen or offer it a sunny spot in the garden and landscape. Images courtesy of New World Plants, all rights reserved. Item# 12537

Grows To: 4-5'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Amistad Salvia, Friendship Sage

Salvia x 'Amistad' PP23578

Truly one of the very best perennial Salvias! An endless display of huge purple tubular flowers that emerge from dark colored calyxes are borne from spring to frost on this vigorous growing hybrid Salvia. Amistad Salvia begins flowering even when still small and your hummingbirds, butterflies, and native bees will love you for its continuous supply of rich nectar. Give this big guy plenty of room because it can exceed 4' wide by the end of summer with a mature height of about 4'! Amistad Salvia was selected as a 2016 Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit Winner. Item# 10567

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Anise Hyssop, Blue Agastache

Agastache foeniculum, A. anisatum

Azure blue, 4-6'' spikes are held above the Anise scented foliage in summer.An upright growing clump forming native perennial. This popular herb was used as a healing herb by American Indians and is great for making jellies, potpourris, and teas. An excellent plant for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 3022.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Anne Marie Lantana (Mounding, Yellow and Dark Pink)

Lantana camara 'Anne Marie' PP11310

The rounded flower clusters open sunny yellow, fade to orange, and finally mature to a deep purplish pink to near purple all atop a neatly rounded mound forming plant growing to about 18-24"H x 24-36"W. Anne Marie Lantana's neat full rounded habit lend it to use as a medium-sized container specimen plant for sunny sites or add it to the garden and landscape for spring to fall color. This is a sport of Irene Lantana discovered and introduced by the Kearley family who own Robrick Nursery, Hawthorne, FL and was named in honor of their youngest daughter. The flowers of Lantana attract a myriad of pollinators including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Robrick Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 12432

Grows To: 18-24"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Apple Perfection™ Abelia

Abelia hybrid '00-bc-47-7r' PPTBS

Deep apple-green glossy foliage adorns the dense rounded mound of stems and is topped by nectar rich, nicely contrasting white flowers that are subtended by bronze tinged calyxes. Apple Perfection™ Abelia was selected for its neat, dense, rounded habit as well as for its deep green foliage and clean white flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Abelias are evergreen to semi-evergreen shrubs renown for their toughness and adaptability and this selection is small enough to enjoy as a tidy container specimen as well as in formal and informal gardens and landscapes. Provide Apple Perfection™ Abelia with a full to mostly sunny position in most any well-drained soil for the best color and optimum flowering. Item# 12630

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Apricot Sunrise produces an endless display of soft orange to soft golden yellow tubular flowers in spikes from summer and into fall well above the fragrant foliage. An excellent choice for hummingbird and butterfly gardens with a soft airy texture. Provide a full sun or near full sun location with average moist but well-drained soils. Item# 10210.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Apricot Sunrise produces an endless display of soft orange to soft golden yellow tubular flowers in spikes from summer and into fall well above the fragrant foliage. An excellent choice for hummingbird and butterfly gardens with a soft airy texture. Provide a full sun or near full sun location with average moist but well-drained soils. Item# 10210.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Argentine Skies Salvia, Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies'

Light clear blue, 2" tubular blooms are borne on tall spikes from Spring to Fall on this vigorous perennial. Rich green glossy foliage and an easy and reliable perennial for full to mostly sunny sites in the garden. Argentine Skies Salvia, an Anise Sage, is excellent for hummingbirds and larger butterflies providing a near continuous procession of nectar rich flowers throughout the growing season. Item# 9948

 

Grows To: 36-48''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Aromi's Dancing Rabbit Deciduous Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Dancing Rabbit'

Dancing Rabbit produces deep yellow buds that open to bright yellow azalea blossoms with a deep yellow blotch that sit in full, rounded clusters and absolutely cover up this plant in spring! Exceptionally vigorous as well. A gorgeous spring show, fragrant, and it attracts butterflies and other spring pollinators. In the garden, the Aromi Deciduous Azalea Hybrids have the look, feel, and fragrance of many of, or are improvements upon, our most beautiful, US native deciduous azaleas, sometimes called bush honeysuckles, and yet are easy and vigorous enough for the average gardener to be successful with. Item# 10719.

 

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun (N regions), Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Aromi's King's Wizard Deciduous Native Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Kings Wizard'

Large rounded flower clusters are composed of large, nicely fragrant, golden yellow touched with bright red and have a darker orange blotch. Aromi's King's Wizard Deciduous Azalea flowers just before and as the new foliage is emerging in early spring and the nectar rich flowers attract butterfly pollinators. In the garden, Aromi Hybrid Deciduous Azaleas have the look, feel, and fragrance of many of our US native deciduous azaleas, sometimes called Bush Honeysuckles, and yet are easy enough for the average gardener to be successful with. Item# 11104

Grows To: 6-12'H x 4-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun (N regions), Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Aromi's Spring Sensation Deciduous Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Spring Sensation'

Large, full, rounded clusters of soft pink, fragrant flowers are borne in late spring on this deciduous hybrid azalea. Spring Sensation was bred and selected for heat and humidity tolerance for southern gardens by Dr. Eugene Aromi of Mobile, Alabama as well as for its ability to load up with exceptionally large flower clusters.In the garden, Aromi Hybrid Deciduous Azaleas have the look, feel, and fragrance of many of our US native deciduous azaleas, sometimes called Bush Honeysuckles, and yet are easy enough for the average gardener to be successful with.Item# 10150.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun (N regions), Part sun, Part shade, Filtered Shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 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# 10922

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of button-like purple-blue buds open to frilly blue mistflower-like blossoms flowering from spring to fall on this new heat tolerant Ageratum. Artist® Blue is a new line that doesn't fade out once the heat of summer arrives and once a flower cluster has begun to fade a new set of buds are already growing to to take its place slowly building into a mass of foliage and flowers that attract smaller pollinators throughout the growing season. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Use Artist® Blue Ageratum as specimen container plants as well as in mixed container gardens or in the garden and landscape. These Ageratums have been a standout in trials as the Dallas Arboretum, flowering continuously from early spring to early fall, as well as being a top performer in trials at Ohio State and Mississippi State. Item# 12193

Grows To: 8-12"H x 10-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Australian Waxflower, Australian Hoya, Honeyvine

Hoya australis, H. bicarinata, H. pilosa, H. pubescens

The clusters of fragrant starry white flowers with a touch of contrasting red to burgundy at the base of the corona may be produced throughout the year under warm tropical conditions. The sweet and almost honey-like, spicily fragrant flowers attract butterflies, hummingbird moths, and other pollinators. The Australian Waxflower, Hoya australis, is an exceptionally vigorous growing, twining, evergreen, tropical vine with glossy rounded ovate foliage and burgundy new growth. It naturally wants to climb and the vines can reach 30' long if offered support but it can also easily be trained to a small 3' high trellis or as a hanging basket specimen. This appears to be one of the easier to grow species and is reported to tolerate some cool sunlight although the leaves may become more olive or yellowish green than the typical deep green coloration under high light conditions. Item# 12343

Grows To: Climbing to 30'H but can be maintained on a smaller 3' trellis or other support
Outdoor Light: Some cool direct sun - very early or very late in the day, Bright or Light shade, Filtered Shade

An unusual bicolored Mexican Petunia, Aztec Pink and White™ Ruellia produces pure white trumpets with contrasting magenta throats that are born freely from late spring or early summer until first frost to year round under warm tropical conditions atop medium-sized sturdy stems. This Mexican Petunia is a relatively new, compact, seed and pollen sterile selection that can spend more energy on flowering instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It is a naturally evergreen, rhizomatous or spreading, tropical perennial that is grown as a die-back perennial in zones 8-9. It can be grown as a low maintenance container specimen plant, in mixed container gardens, as well as in the garden and landscape. It can also be used as a medium-sized groundcover in difficult sites. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Provide Mexican Petunias with a full to part sun site in an average moist to wet, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12599

Grows To: 18''H 18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Bahama Blue Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora caerulea 'Bahama Blue'

4-5" wide flowers with white petals and sepals are topped by a crown of white filaments with a light purple halo surrounding the central portion of these exotic looking flowers. Bahama Blue Passion Flower is a beautiful and vigorous free flowering selection of the Blue Crown Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea, with all its hardiness and reliability. The nectar rich flowers are adored by larger bees and the foliage is a host to a variety of butterflies. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moderately fertile, average moist, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. 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# 11222

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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African Sky Salvia

Salvia ‘African Sky’ (S. chamelaeagnea x S. scabra)

Tall sturdy branching spikes adorned with tubular, two-lipped, pale sky blue flowers with a slightly darker blue hood are produced from spring or early summer into fall attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. African Sky Salvia is a vigorous, freely flowering, clump-forming, deer and drought resistant, tropical, shrubby perennial with medium green, rough, fragrant foliage perfectly suited to hot sunny sites in well-drained soils. It can be even be grown as a clipped hedge in freeze free, tropical locations. Use African Sky Salvia in containers for an easy care, pollinator attracting plant with a long season of flowering. This is quite different from the similarly named, spring and fall flowering Salvia uliginosa 'African Skies', a selection of Bog Sage. Item# 12552

 

Grows To: 30-36"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

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