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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.


A crown of deep sapphire blue filaments create a striking contrast with the white petals and sepals that are held against the rich green foliage throughout the growing season. The Blue Crown Passionflower is a vigorous growing tropical vine and can easily reach 20' once well-established. This is also one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionvines with foliage remaining evergreen in the mildest 8B winters but dying back to the ground in severe winters and returning readily in spring. The Blue Crown Passionflower may spread somewhat by rhizomes but it is generally much more tame than the Maypop. Cross pollination may produce tropical tasting tangy fruit that surrounds the dark seeds inside. 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# 733

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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A rare or at least uncommon color form of the ever popular Blue Pea Vine producing large white blossoms held against medium green to blue green foliage on a small vine with excellent flower power. The White Pea Vine makes the perfect vine for container culture on small trellises, mailboxes, and fences that will flower from spring nearly all the way until frost. By some accounts it is a tender perennial in mild winters but is more generally grown as an annual and it readily returns from seeds saved the previous winter. Provide a full to partial sun location in a moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11952

Grows To: 6-10'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Rose of Montana, White Coral Vine

Antigonon leptopus 'Album'

An uncommon selection of Rose of Montana, this is a beautiful climbing perennial which produces sprays of lacy white flowers all summer and fall. It dies to the ground in winter, but faithfully returns from the ground each spring. Item # 826. 

 
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Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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White Showers Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells, Mexican Bluebells

Ruellia brittoniana 'White Showers', R. simplex, R. tweediana

The large pure white trumpets are born freely from summer to fall on upright to arching plants with contrasting rich green glossy foliage. White Showers Mexican Petunia is a white sport of the sterile Purple Showers allowing the plants to spend more energy on an endless supply of white trumpets instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It does spread via rhizomes creating a tall, weed smothering, ground-covering mass of foliage and stems. This wonderful and vigorous selection produces slightly larger flowers and foliage than most other Mexican Petunias. Item# 10834

Grows To: 30-40"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop

Duranta erecta 'Alba'

Pure-white 1/2" blooms are born in grape-like drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'. Item# 737.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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White Spider Azalea, Koromo White Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Koromo White'

Beautiful and unique spidery white flowers absolutely cover this semi-dwarf evergreen shrub in mid-spring. The rare Koromo White Azalea's naturally compact growth habit, durability, and rare flower form make this a definite conversation piece. The lavender form of this Azalea, Koromo Shikibu or Purple Spider, lines the eastern border of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Gardens at Stephen F Austin's Mast Arboretum. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10813

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, Full sun
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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 tubaeflorus var. tubaeflorus, P. tubiflorus

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. White Wand Penstemon, Penstemon tubaeflorus var. tubaeflorus, is a rosette forming native perennial whose rich green foliage often exhibits deep maroon tinges, edges, or the entire rosette may be maroon during portions of the year. Great for butterflies, larger bees, and the small black seeds may be utilized by smaller songbirds. Item# 9542

Grows To: 3-4'H x 1'W space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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 brandegeeana, is a heat loving, naturally evergreen, bushy, tropical plant with dark olive green foliage and grows to about 24" high by about 18" wide. It is both full sun and bright shade tolerant but tends to have the densest branching habit where it receives at least 4 hours or more of direct sunlight. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Attracts hummingbirds and the occasional larger butterfly 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
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Unusual for the Florida Flame Azalea! Whorls of deep rich rosy pink to near red, pointed, tubular buds open to display the large light to medium pink, lightly fragrant, butterfly pollinated flowers that are produced in early spring atop the still bare stems. The Yellow River Pink Florida Flame Azalea, Rhododendron austrinum typically produces flowers in shades of yellow and orange and so this is quite uncommon for this species, was discovered by Ron Miller along the banks of the Yellow River in Alabama. As is typical for the native deciduous Azaleas, this is a naturally upright to vase shaped growing plant that rounds out somewhat at maturity and the foliage and new growth begin to emerge about the time the flowering season ends. As with other Azaleas and Rhododendrons, the Yellow River Pink Azalea will need a well-drained, acidic soil rich in organic matter with average moisture and will benefit greatly from an organic mulch, such as pine straw, to help maintain more even moisture levels during the growing season. They can be grown in full sun under good conditions but may benefit from midday or afternoon shade to filtered shade, especially in drier conditions. Images courtesy of Ron Miller, all rights reserved. Item#12743

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-8'W potentially larger with age
Outdoor Light: Full sun (N regions), Mostly sunny (N regions), Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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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

A crown of deep sapphire blue filaments create a striking contrast with the white petals and sepals that are held against the rich green foliage throughout the growing season. The Blue Crown Passionflower is a vigorous growing tropical vine and can easily reach 20' once well-established. This is also one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionvines with foliage remaining evergreen in the mildest 8B winters but dying back to the ground in severe winters and returning readily in spring. The Blue Crown Passionflower may spread somewhat by rhizomes but it is generally much more tame than the Maypop. Cross pollination may produce tropical tasting tangy fruit that surrounds the dark seeds inside. 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# 733

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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