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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.

 

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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Large clusters of lightly fragrant lavender-blue flowers are produced in early spring and are held well above the deep dark green foliage. Blue Moon Phlox was selected for its clusters of large full flowers and vigor. This is an excellent choice for lightly shaded gardens or as a groundcover under deciduous trees. Provide shade during the hottest portion of the day in hot summer climates and well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Easy and reliable once established. The flowers provide early spring nectar to butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 11217

Grows To: 6-12"H and slowly spreads
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 6
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Blue Porterweed

Stachytarpheta cayennensis, S. indica

Deep indigo 1/4" blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost above the rich green glossy foliage. Blue Porterweed is an intermediate growing Porterweed and has a fairly dense upright habit. An excellent choice for butterfly gardens or in containers. Also known as Blue Snakeweed, Verbena Azul, Cayenne Snakeweed. Item# 330.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch SQ / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 50
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Blue Star Japanese Aster, Kalimeris

Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star', Boltonia incisa 'Blue Star'

Pale blue frilly 1 to 1-1/2" wide daisies with a nicely contrasting yellow center are produced beginning in late spring and through summer often continuing into fall atop a neat mound of deep green foliage. The Blue Star Japanese Aster is a tidy under-used clump-forming perennial selected for its exceptionally long flowering season that is sure to add delightful color to the garden and landscape but it also makes easy and exceptionally long-flower container specimens. The flowers are sure to attract a multitude of pollinators. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with a well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Heat, sun, and humidity tolerant. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11682

Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun to Mostly sunny is preferred, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Witches Hat, Hedgehog Sage

Pycnostachys urticifolia

Dense broadly conical 3-4" high spikes of intense sapphire blue tubular flowers open from the bottom upwards with the first flowers to open creating the broad brim of the witches hat. Blue Witches Hat, or Hedgehog Sage, begins flowering in autumn and in areas where it is protected from frosts it can flower throughout winter and into spring. It is a medium to short day flowering plant. This tropical South African member of the mint family can develop into a shrub where winters are freeze and frost free reaching up to 8' high, 3-4' high in a container is more typical. Item# 11750

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W and larger in tropical climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Clusters of soft lavender pink, nicely fragrant flowers are borne in loose clusters in spring. The rich dark green, narrow foliage is nearly immune to powdery mildew! A vigorous ground-covering perennial that flowers over an extended period and attracts butterflies. Item# 3062.

Grows To: 12-18''H and slowly spreads
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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
Currently In Stock: 11
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The Brazilian Blue Buttonbush, a.k.a. Pineapple Sangria, produces a near non-stop display of 1" powdery-blue fuzzy flowers from spring to fall on this easy to grow tender perennial to reseeding annual. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators like butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in any well-drained soil for the best results. Item# 324

Grows To: 18''H x 24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 20
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Broadleaf Barbara's Buttons

Marshallia trinervia

Flattened round 1-1/2" wide clusters of tiny light lavender tubular disc flowers are held well above the 12" high rich green foliage beginning in mid to late spring and lasting well into summer. The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Broadleaf Barbara's Buttons, Marshallia trinervia, is a rare low-growing rhizomatous native perennial that develops into a dense ground-covering mass of plants with an unaggressive nature. This easy to grow plant is more vigorous than its rarity might imply when given a moist to average moist, fertile soil rich in organic matter. Deciduous shade seems to be optimum providing full to mostly sunny conditions for the low rosettes of foliage in winter and light shade during the heat of the day in summer. With adequate moisture, it is reported to handle full sun to mostly sunny conditions even in summer, although, an eastern exposure with cool morning sunlight should be about perfect. Broadleaf Barbara's Buttons makes a wonderful low growing companion for Hydrangeas, larger Hostas, clump forming ferns, and other similar shade lovers. Item# 10767

Grows To: 6-12"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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Bronze Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

The dark colored purplish-bronze finely textured foliage makes a beautiful addition to the perennial border or the butterfly garden. Mix it with Golden Delicious Pineapple Sage or other yellow foliaged and flowering plants for a great combination. Item #9121.

Grows To: 24-30''H x 30-48''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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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Buttercream Mounding Lantana

Lantana x 'Buttercream'

Similar to New Gold in habit and flower power, Buttercream Lantana produces clusters of golden yellow flowers that change to a soft golden yellow and finally to white. An excellent Greg Grant introduction with somewhat more of a pastel effect than that of New Gold. Great for butterflies and pollinators! Buttercream Lantana is a low growing mounding Lantana suitable for use as a groundcover, at the front of the garden, or spilling from containers. Item# 9904.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 15
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Buttered Popcorn Cassia, Peanut Butter Senna

Senna didymobotrya, Cassia didymobotrya

Tall spikes of dark golden yellow 1" blooms are born in summer and fall on an upright growing shrub. Called Popcorn Cassia because when brushed or crushed the foliage emits the wonderful fragrance of freshly buttered popcorn. Item# 9018.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 3-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 5
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The rounded white to greenish-white, rounded, flower clusters sit atop thick sturdy stems that emerge from the rosette of soft yucca-like foliage. This is a tough native perennial whose long-lasting summer flowers will attract a myriad of butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.  Item# 9260.

Researchers have found that Native Americans created shoes from fibers of the tough, spiny-edged, yucca-like plant as early as 8,000 years ago.  Evidence was found in a Missouri cave by archaeologists. From Nat'l Geographic, 1999 article.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 23
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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
Currently In Stock: 20
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Buzz™ Soft Pink Butterfly Bush, Buddleia

Buddleja x 'Buzz™ Soft Pink'

Spikes of deep fuchsia buds open to pale pink flowers with an orange eye. The fragrant, nectar rich flowers of Buzz™ Soft Pink Butterfly Bush are sure to attract loads of pollinators of all shapes and sizes including butterflies, bees, and even hummingbirds. This compact Buddleia flowers even at a very young age and will continue flowering from spring to frost. The Buzz™ series of Butterfly Bushes were developed for their compact habit, large flower spikes, and for their exceptional flower power. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained soils. Item# 11473

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 2
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Tall candles to 18" high that are composed of golden yellow blossoms and buds rise well above the foliage of this popular pass along plant from mid to late summer well into fall for an outstanding show. The Candlestick plant is a moderately fast growing and vigorous sun loving tropical that is excellent for the back of the border. Attracts butterflies as well as serves as a host to Sulphur butterfly caterpillars. Reseeds readily. Item# 10017.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 57
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Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Thrift

Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'

The pink flowers of Candy Stripe are heavily edged in white making this a favorite among gardeners everywhere. In early spring it covers up in 1/2" wide flowers that provide nectar to a variety of pollinators including butterflies and bees. Creeping Phlox or Thrift is a low maintenance, durable, low growing, native groundcover with finely textured foliage that is drought resistant once well established. Item# 10823.

Grows To: 3-6"H x 18-24"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade (Part shade in S regions)
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Canyon Creek Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'

Bright coppery pink new growth matures to golden yellow and finally to green in summer and returns to its colorful side in fall when it reverts to bronze. Large light pink, nicely fragrant, bell shaped flowers are born from May to frost. Excellent for butterflies. Canyon Creek Abelia is an open pollinated seedling of Abelia chinense that was selected through Michael Dirr's breeding program at UGA. The fragrance of the flowers, when used in a bouquet, can be enough to fill a room. Item# 3073

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 5
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Carolina Blue Chaste Tree, Vitex, Monk's Pepper Tree

Vitex agnus-castus 'Carolina Blue'

8-12'' spikes of blue fragrant flowers are borne in summer and are held atop the soft green fragrant blue-green foliage. A large deciduous, drought tolerant shrub or small tree with few pests or diseases and is great for butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. ( #9128 is another great selection!!) Item# 9115.

Grows To: 15'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Egg yolk yellow clusters of nectar rich flowers shine brightly against the dark glossy green foliage of Chapel Hill Gold Lantana throughout the growing season. An improvement over New Gold with larger flower clusters, increased vigor, as well as improved cold hardiness. Use Chapel Hill Gold as a groundcover in the garden and landscape or allow it to spill from large containers. Item# 10897.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 15
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A vigorous mounding to spreading Lantana whose flowers opens egg yolk yellow and fade to a clean white while still retaining the dark yellow eye all against a backdrop of deep green foliage. Chapel Hill Sunny Side Up is one of the newest additions to this popular cold hardy Lantana series from the breeding work of Dr. Michael Dirr and company. The nectar rich flowers attract a myriad of pollinators including butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. Use Chapel Hill Sunny Side Up Lantana in medium to large containers and in the garden or landscape. It is vigorous and floriferous enough to be used a summer annual where not cold hardy. Item# 11470

Grows To: 18-24"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Not just another yellow Lantana, Chapel Hill Yellow is a superior selection that has the habit of New Gold but with the cold hardiness of Miss Huff. It produces clusters of primrose yellow flowers from spring to frost on a low and spreading plant and like all Lantana the flowers attract loads of butterflies and other pollinators. It is sure to brighten up gardens throughout zone 7 and easily lends itself to use as a groundcover in the garden and landscape or spilling from large containers. Item# 10808.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 4-5
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 6
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A sport of the ever popular Miss Huff Lantana, Chapel Hill™ Pink Huff produces clusters of flowers that open primrose yellow and fade to a medium rosy pink with an orange eye on a slightly more compact plant but with the reliable hardiness of its parent. Lantana are excellent pollinator plants attracting a myriad of bees, butterflies, and numerous other garden beneficials are lured in by the promise of rich ample nectar. These are die-back perennials in zones 7,8, and 9 that return from the crown once soil temperatures begin to warm in spring. Not only are they excellent for pollinators, Lantana provide a continuous display of color from spring to frost. Provide a full to mostly sunny position and average or better drainage. An easy and low maintenance addition to the garden, landscape, and for larger containers. Expect Chapel Hill™ Pink Huff Lantana to have a mounding to bush-like habit. Item# 11626

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 13
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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
Currently In Stock: 10
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