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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.

 

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
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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 upright to arching stems are brightly adorned with hanging clusters of sunny yellow tubular flowers beginning in late spring and continuing until late summer. Mersea Yellow Pine-Leaved Penstemon or Beardtongue is a selection of the native Penstemon pinifolius whose upright to arching stems are adorned with fine 1" long narrow deep green foliage that arises from what can become a woody base. Pineleaf or Pine-Leaved Penstemon is native to the dry desert regions of SE Arizona and SW New Mexico but is tolerant of moist conditions provided it has a very well-drained sandy to rocky mineral soil. It has been reported to be hardy into zone 3 but may require a 'dry' mulch and a protected area. We are hopeful that since this cultivar was developed in England that it will do well in the humid Southeastern US. Item# 11928

Grows To: 8-12''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mesa Azure Sage, Salvia

Salvia 'Mesa Azure', S. x microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

From dense spikes of dark colored calyxes emerge purple two-lipped tubular flowers that are produced throughout much of the year on a compact dense and low growing plant with bright green quilted foliage. Mesa Azure Salvia is a hybrid selection from the Mesa series and the nectar rich flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and long tongued bees anytime this tidy plant is in bloom. If flowering slows down a light pruning and fertilizing will send back into production. Mesa Azure Salvia will perform best in a well-drained sunny location and is moderately drought resistant once well-established. Item# 11147

Grows To: 12-18''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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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

Large clusters of fiery orange-red tubular flowers are produced from summer through fall to yearround in warm tropical climates and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Clusters of shiny black 3/8" fruit develop on pollinated flowers and are utilized by songbirds. When grown in full to mostly sunny conditions the foliage generally has a reddish tinge. The Firebush, Hamelia patens var. patens, is native to the southern half of Florida and is evergreen under frost free conditions and can develop into a medium to large shrub. *We have grown this species in our zone 8B gardens for over 30 years as a quite reliable 3-4' high die-back perennial. Each winter it freezes back to its crown and then returns in mid to late spring to flower through much of summer and into fall. Provide a full to mostly sunny site, although they are fairly tolerant, for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 898

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W as a shrub, 3-4'H x 4-5'W as a dieback perennial
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Mexican Plume, Mexican Shrimp Plant, Orange Shrimp Plant

Justicia fulvicoma, Beloperone blechiodes, B. comosa, B. fulvicoma, Drejerella comosa, D. fulvicoma

Orange to yellow tubular flowers emerge from spikes of red bracts atop compact plants from spring to fall to year round under warm tropical conditions. The Mexican Plume or Orange Shrimp Plant, Justicia fulvicoma, is a dense and lower growing Shrimp Plant with a more compact growing habit than the Red Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana, reaching about 24" high. It is quite tolerant of light conditions ranging from full sun to light shade but may have the densest habit in sunnier conditions. The flowers attract hummingbirds, larger butterflies, and other pollinators. Use the Mexican Plume to add color in containers, as a specimen or in mixed container gardens, as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12067

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B?,8A?)
Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
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A close cousin of the highly popular Yellow Bells, this new introduction produces huge clusters of clear pumpkin orange trumpets in profusion from summer to frost. A root hardy tropical that makes an excellent addition to the perennial garden. Occasional deadheading promotes more blooms, though it is not required. Mulch deeply in winter for best results. Item # 9357.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Midnight Marvel Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079

Large 8-9" wide glowing deep red flowers are held against the dark burgundy maple-like foliage of this hardy Hibiscus. Midnight Marvel Perennial Hibiscus is a show stopper that absolutely pops in the summer and early fall landscape! Another excellent Walter's Gardens introduction, this hardy Hibiscus is sure to make a statement whether in the garden and landscape or all on its own. Like some of the other Walter's Gardens Hibiscus introduction, Midnight Marvel flowers all the way from the top to the bottom of these naturally rounded plants. Provide full to mostly sun and a moderately rich moist soil. Item# 11420

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Midnight Mexican Bush Sage produces long, rich purple, tubular flowers that emerge from velvety purple calyxes creating long upright to gently arching spikes of flowers in late summer and fall (and spring where protected from freezing). Soft velvety finely textured foliage on a durable and deer proof, reliable, clump forming perennial. Great for hummingbirds and butterflies! Item# 2981.

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

Deep glowing red full Hibiscus flowers are held against the deep burgundy foliage of this exceptionally beautiful hardy and compact Hibiscus and Mimi is sure to be a conversation piece in any garden. Begins flowering early and at a young age. This is a cold hardy perennial Hibiscus that is well suited to container culture or in moist garden settings as well as in the shallow edges of water gardens, ponds, and in bog gardens. Item# 11149

Grows To: 3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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 Manners Obedient Plant, False Dragon's Head

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' PP12637

As well mannered in the garden as it name implies Miss Manners Physostegia stays in a tidy clump. In summer it produces dense spikes of tubular white flowers atop sturdy stems that attract a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds. This is a hardy, perennial that is native to the eastern half of North America and prefers moist to wet soils but performs well with average moisture. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11094

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 2-3'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

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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Missouri Ironweed

Vernonia missurica

Large clusters of rich purple flowers sit atop the sturdy stems of this medium sized Ironweed in summer and can last well into fall. A great perennial for butterflies and other pollinators. As the name implies Ironweed is a tough perennial but is well suited to garden culture. Provide good drainage and ample sunlight for best results though we've found that it will tolerate partial sun as well. Item# 10468.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

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
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Montrose Purple Chaste Tree, Vitex, Monk's Pepper Tree

Vitex agnus-castus 'Montrose Purple'

Montrose Purple Vitex consistently produces extra large spikes of blue-purple flowers from early summer well into fall.  This is a vigorous and disease free and drought tolerant spreading to upright deciduous shrub or small tree that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. A 'Texas Lilac' selection of Vitex. Item# 9620.

Grows To: 15'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Moonbeam Threadleaf Coreopsis, Tickseed

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'

2" primrose yellow daisies top the fine-textured blue-green foliage of this durable native perennial from late spring to late summer and sometimes up until frost. Deadheading will help ensure a fall repeat. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. Provide Moonbeam Coreopsis with good drainage and medium to low moisture. 1992 Perennial Plant of the Year. Item# 9852.

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

Senecio cephalophorus, Kleinia cephalophora

Brilliant, fiery orange balls of flowers are born atop sturdy, succulent gray stems and foliage throughout the year under frost free conditions. Mountain Fire Senecio is a tropical, drought tolerant, low evergreen shrub-like perennial that makes a beautiful addition to mixed cactus gardens or even as a small specimen plant. Provide full sun where possible and keep it on the dryer side of moist. A favorite nectar source of the Sulphur butterflies that enter the greenhouse! Item# 10214

Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 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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