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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.

 

White Trailing Lantana, Weeping Lantana

Lantana montevidensis 'Trailing White'

Clusters of pure white flowers are borne from spring to frost on this easy and adaptable perennial. With a low, naturally spreading to weeping habit White Trailing Lantana makes an excellent choice for the garden or as a spiller in mixed containers. Excellent for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Evergreen in mild winter climates and makes a wonderful freely flowering groundcover. Item# 10791.

Grows To: 1-2'H x 4-6'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Wand Penstemon, Tube Flowered Penstemon, Prairie Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon tubiflorus var. tubiflorus, P. tubaeflorus

Large dense spikes of pure white foxglove-like flowers are born over a long period through spring and often well into summer on this beautiful clump forming native perennial. This wildflower's popularity for bouquets has made it nearly endangered in some areas. Great for butterflies, bees, and birds. Item# 9542.

Grows To: 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 28
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Whiteleaf Mountainmint, Sage

Pycnanthemum albescens

Clusters of tiny, light pink, tubular flowers are encircled by a mass of velvety white, bract-like leaves in mid to late summer. Whiteleaf Mountainmint, Pycnanthemum albescens, has a strong minty sage-like fragrance and can be used in place of sage in cooking. It is a clump forming native perennial with an upright to rounded growth habit reaching about 3' high by flowering. The dainty flowers are pollinated by a variety of smaller pollinators but are especially relished by bees. Easy to grow and deer and pest resistant. Whiteleaf Mountainmint is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10669

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(possibly colder)
Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

Clusters of small white to greenish-white flowers are borne mainly in summer among the finely textured, narrow, dark-green foliage of Whorled Milkweed. This is a tough, native, taprooted perennial found throughout all but the most western portions of the US as well as into Canada. Whorled Milkweed is a host to the Monarch and Queen butterflies. Item# 10221.

 

Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Willowleaf Aster, Willow Aster

Symphyotrichum praealtum, Aster praealtus, Aster caerulescens

The tall stems of this native perennial cover up in 1" light purple daisies in late summer and fall. Willowleaf Aster, Symphyotrichum praealtum, produces a multitude of upright to arching stems once well-established and makes a grand statement in the fall garden, prairie, meadow, or roadsides. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators but are an especially important late summer and fall nectar source for native bees. Willowleaf Aster or Willow Aster is long rhizomatous, versus clumpforming, and will slowly colonize an area once established creating a dense stand at maturity. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in moist to average moist soils. Cutback to ground level after flowering to prevent unwanted seedlings if desired. Item# 10693.

Grows To: 36-60"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 19
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Willowleaf Beautyberry, Shui Jin Hua

Callicarpa salicifolia

Clusters of extra large (for a Beautyberry) showy purplish-pink flowers are produced for an extended period beginning in late spring or early summer and continuing into fall all the while ripening clusters of showy rich purple berries. The Willowleaf Beautyberry, Callicarpa salicifolia, is something of a rarity in the horticultural trade but is gaining in popularity for being one of the showiest. This large growing deciduous shrub has a naturally upright to rounded, well-branched habit lending it to use as a specimen plant and as an informal hedge or screen. The fruit attracts songbirds, small mammals, as well as likely deer and other wildlife while the nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Provide the Willowleaf Beautyberry with a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12455

Grows To: 8-10'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

Only one of two Amsonia species to receive a 5-star rating in the Chicago Botanic Gardens trials! Showy clusters of light blue star-shaped 1" wide flowers are produced in spring atop sturdy stems cloaked in dark green willow-like foliage. The Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar has the same basic habit and growth requirements of the more common Eastern Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, but with larger showier flower clusters that seem to cover the plant, a neat dense vase-shaped habit, and clean disease resistant foliage. An easy to grow, clump-forming native perennial that is tolerant of wet to average moist soils preferring a full to mostly sunny site in the garden and landscape. The flowers of Bluestars attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11945

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

Large pyramidal clusters of 1" long, tubular, light lemon yellow flowers are produced throughout summer on this vigorous and easy to grow tropical to subtropical shrub or root hardy perennial. Willow-Leaved Cestrum, or Chilean Jessamine, is an easy to grow and relatively pest free addition to the perennial garden or use it as a hedge or screen in mild winter climates. It grows to about 5' as a perennial and can reach 7-10'H or even 14'H as a shrub. One of the most cold hardy Cestrums. Item# 11317

Grows To: 4-8'H+ x 4-6'W, to 12-14'H in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Winter Cassia, Christmas Senna, Butterfly Bush

Senna bicapsularis, Cassia bicapsularis, S. pendula

Few plants can bring color to the fall garden like the Winter Cassia! Clusters of butterfly-like bright yellow 1" blooms are borne in October-November on this large arching tree-like shrub or root hardy perennial. The Winter Cassia may freeze to the ground in the northern portions of its range but it is quick to return in spring. A host plant to Sulphur butterflies and nectar source for a variety of pollinators. Item# 10659.

Grows To: 8-12'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Woolly Rose-Mallow, Hairy Swamp Mallow

Hibiscus moscheutos var. lasiocarpos

Clusters of medium to large cupped white flowers that are centered by a deep burgundy eye are produced in summer and sit atop a sturdy stems cloaked in grayish to nearly white foliage. The Woolly Rose-Mallow or Swamp Mallow, a form of Hibiscus moscheutos var. lasiocarpos, is sure to be a standout hardy clump-forming perennial that will produce more and more flowering stems each year eventually developing into a rounded mass of nearly white foliage topped by clusters of flowers. The flowers normally remain open until about midday but may stay open nearly all day on overcast or cloudy days. The Woolly Rose-Mallow is adaptable to moist to wet to average moist, fertile soils and is an easy choice for pondside and bog plantings. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12197

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Yellow Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis 'Aurea', Tecomaria capensis, Bignonia capensis, T. petersii

A beautiful clear yellow Cape Honeysuckle that produces masses of 2" tubular flowers in large clusters in summer and fall or nearly continuously throughout the year under frost free conditions. This easy heat and sun loving tropical can be grown as a medium to large arching shrub or hedge, vine or espalier, and can be trained into tree standards. The tubular flowers are a treat for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Where not hardy it is easily maintained as a container plant. Item# 746.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W, to 20' as a vine in frost free climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Yellow Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine, Trader's Compass

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Lutea', (T. jasminoides 'Star of Toscane'?, T. jasminoides 'Mandianum'?)

Loose clusters of sweetly fragrant, creamy yellow, star shaped flowers are produced over a long period beginning in late spring and early summer on this vigorous and durable evergreen twining climber. This cultivar of Confederate Jasmine appears to flower a good deal longer than the more common white flowered selections. An excellent choice for arbors, trellises, and evergreen screening on a lattice work or fence. Confederate Jasmine can also be used as a deep groundcover that will grow to 12-24" high. Where not hardy they can be maintained as easy and low maintenance container specimens. This may be the same as Woodlander's 'Mandianum' which may yet be the 'Star of Toscane'. Item # 11020

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Round clusters of 1" light yellow to white tubular flowers are produced from about mid to late spring atop sturdy square stems adorned with lightly fragrant foliage. Newly described to science in 2011 by Jason Singhurst and Walter Holmes, the Yellow Flowered Beebalm has as yet only been found in northeastern Texas and Miller county in Arkansas. This is a slowly spreading native perennial well suited to naturalistic settings such as meadows, prairies, or roadside planting as well as in mixed perennial borders and pollinator habitats. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. We have to say thank you to SFA Gardens for making this species more widely available. Item# 11988

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9, probably into 5,6,7 but untried as yet
Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Round clusters of 1" light yellow to white tubular flowers are produced from about mid to late spring atop sturdy square stems adorned with lightly fragrant foliage. Newly described to science in 2011 by Jason Singhurst and Walter Holmes, the Yellow Flowered Beebalm has as yet only been found in northeastern Texas and Miller county in Arkansas. This is a slowly spreading native perennial well suited to naturalistic settings such as meadows, prairies, or roadside planting as well as in mixed perennial borders and pollinator habitats. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. We have to say thank you to SFA Gardens for making this species more widely available. Item# 11988

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9, probably into 5,6,7 but untried as yet
Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

From spring to fall a near continuous display of the 2-3" wide bright sunny yellow trumpets are held against a foil of deep green glossy foliage. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The Yellow Mandevilla, Pentalinon luteum or Urechites lutea, is a vigorous twining, naturally evergreen, tropical vine native to southern Florida, the Caribbean, and Honduras. It is vigorous enough to cover a small arbor or medium-sized trellis but is mannerly enough to be maintained on a smaller 3-4' high support where it can be enjoyed as container plant for a sunny patio. Provide the Yellow Mandevilla with a fertile, average moist, average to well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for maximum flowering and vigor. Item# 12385

Grows To: 10-15'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Yellow Native Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens var sulphureus

Beautiful yellow tubular blooms are born from spring to fall. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies make this a lovely vine for fence, arbor or trellis. It is evergreen and vigorous, but easy to control. Item # 1075.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A rare or uncommon color form of the common Red Shrimp Plant, the Yellow Queen Shrimp Plant produces a continuous display of upright to arching spikes composed of large showy light yellow to chartreuse colored bracts from which the individual white tubular flowers emerge in spring and summer to year round under warm tropical conditions. It displays the same habit and exceptional flower power of its maroon-red bracted cousin making a beautiful display as a container plant specimen and in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The common Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandeegeana, seems to be happiest where it has some respite from hot midday sun in hot summer climates. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies and is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 1170

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 31
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Zagreb Threadleaf Coreopsis, Tickseed

Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'

Nearly 2" wide golden yellow, dark-eyed daisies top the fine-textured blue-green foliage of this durable native perennial beginning late spring to to early summer and may continue into early fall. Zagreb Coreopsis is a slightly more compact Coreopsis verticillata selection topping out at about 20" high and it has received high marks in trials at Mt. Cuba Center and the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is an easy and reliable, clump-forming to slowly spreading, deer and drought resistant perennial with deep green fine-textured disease resistant foliage. Provide Zagreb Coreopsis with good drainage and medium to low moisture. 2001 RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 10966.

Grows To: 16-20"H x 16-24" wide, space at about 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Loose spikes of 2-3" wide lavender pink hibiscus-like bowl-shaped flowers with nicely contrasting dark purple veining are produced on sturdy stems beginning in early summer and may continue until frost. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. An heirloom and common pass-along plant, the Zebrina Hollyhock, Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina', is a short-lived perennial, biennial, to annual herbaceous plant with a shorter somewhat bushier habit than true Hollyhocks. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with a fertile well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings if desired. Item# 12260

Grows To: 24-48"H x 18-24"W space about 12-18" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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White Trailing Lantana, Weeping Lantana

Lantana montevidensis 'Trailing White'

Clusters of pure white flowers are borne from spring to frost on this easy and adaptable perennial. With a low, naturally spreading to weeping habit White Trailing Lantana makes an excellent choice for the garden or as a spiller in mixed containers. Excellent for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Evergreen in mild winter climates and makes a wonderful freely flowering groundcover. Item# 10791.

Grows To: 1-2'H x 4-6'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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