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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.

 

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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A continuous display of brown-eyed golden-rayed daisy-like flowers are produced from early to midsummer into fall on well-branched plants with deep bronzy green hairy foliage. The Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, is very similar in all regards to the wild forms of the Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, and it begins flowering about the time that the latter species is finished for the year. This biennial to short-lived perennial is a heat tolerant, sun-loving, deer and rabbit resistant native well-suited to both the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings like prairies, meadows, and roadside plantings. It readily reseeds on exposed soils but is not aggressive or difficult to control. It prefers a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained, average moist to semi-dry soils. The flowers of the Brown-Eyed Susan offer pollen and nectar to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. The seeds offer food for songbirds and small mammals. Item# 11725

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Spikes of 2" vivid fuchsia tubular fuzzy flowers emerge from dark colored calyxes and are held atop the dark green, glossy rounded foliage from spring to fall on this compact growing Salvia. Buchanan's Sage is an excellent choice for containers or the garden where it is sure to attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. A popular and easy to grow beauty that is now considered to be very rare if not extinct in its native habitat of Mexico. Item# 9857.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Buzz™ Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'Hot Raspberry' PPAF

Intense raspberry pink, nectar rich, fragrant flowers are produced in dense spikes held at the ends of the arching branches and contrast nicely with the gray-green foliage on compact plants. Buzz™ Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush or Buddleia was selected for its slightly smaller densely branching compact stature as well as its exceptional flower power. The Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes are small enough to be enjoyed as fragrant patio container plants where they can draw pollinators in close as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12113

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'TOBUDMIDNI' PPAF

Intense dark purple, nectar rich, fragrant flowers are produced in dense spikes held at the ends of the arching branches and contrast nicely with the gray-green foliage on compact plants. Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush or Buddleia was selected for its slightly smaller densely branching compact stature as well as its exceptional flower power. The Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes are small enough to be enjoyed as fragrant patio container plants where they can draw pollinators in close as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12112

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Buzz™ Velvet Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'Tobud0703' (a.k.a. B. 'Buzz™ Velvet') PP23462

The orange-eyed, nectar rich, fragrant flowers open magenta and darken into purple shades as they age and are produced in dense conical spikes from spring to fall held against a foil of rich gray-green foliage on compact plants. Buzz™ Velvet Butterfly Bush or Buddleia was selected for its slightly smaller densely branching compact stature as well as its exceptional flower power and full-sized flower spikes. The Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes are small enough to be enjoyed as fragrant patio container plants where they can draw pollinators in close as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Plant Haven International, all rights reserved. Item# 12402

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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 Tree, Senna alata, is a moderately fast growing and vigorous sun loving tropical that is excellent for the back of the border, as a specimen plant singly or in mass, and even as a large container plant. Attracts butterflies as well as serves as a host to Sulphur butterfly caterpillars. Reseeds readily or save seeds in fall to replant in spring. The Candlestick Tree is a heat and sunloving easy to grow tropical to tender perennial where winters are mild. Item# 10017.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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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 Tree, Senna alata, is a moderately fast growing and vigorous sun loving tropical that is excellent for the back of the border, as a specimen plant singly or in mass, and even as a large container plant. Attracts butterflies as well as serves as a host to Sulphur butterfly caterpillars. Reseeds readily or save seeds in fall to replant in spring. The Candlestick Tree is a heat and sunloving easy to grow tropical to tender perennial where winters are mild. Item# 12020

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Large rounded clusters of lightly fragrant 1" wide deep coral pink flowers that lighten to near white toward the base of the petals and with a fuchsia eye sit atop sturdy stems and are produced beginning in late spring and continuing through summer potentially into fall. Coral Crème Drop™ Garden Phlox is another exceptionally disease resistant Phlox paniculata hybrid from the Candy Store series with rich deep dark green often bronze-tinged foliage on well-branched plants that are a little more compact than most Garden Phlox cultivars reaching only about 24" high. This is a slowly spreading clump-forming perennial that will eventually develop into a dense mass of stems and foliage that is topped for weeks by the bright and showy nectar rich flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and hummingbird moths. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained fertile soils for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12206

 

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W space about 12-14" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Large rounded clusters of lightly fragrant 1" wide cotton candy pink flowers that are lightly brushed with white toward the base of the petals and with a contrasting fuchsia eye sit atop sturdy stems and are produced beginning in late spring and continuing through summer potentially into fall. Candy Store™ Cotton Candy™ Garden Phlox is another exceptionally disease resistant Phlox paniculata hybrid from the Candy Store™ series with rich deep dark green often bronze-tinged foliage on well-branched plants that are a little more compact than most Garden Phlox cultivars reaching only about 24" high. This is a slowly spreading clump-forming perennial that will eventually develop into a dense mass of stems and foliage that is topped for weeks by the bright and showy nectar rich flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and hummingbird moths. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained fertile soils for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12580

 

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W space about 12-14" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Large rounded to conical clusters of fragrant 1" wide purple flowers with a red-purple eye and with each petal brushed with 2 light strokes of bright contrasting white are produced beginning in summer and can continue into fall. The flowers of Phlox are butterfly pollinated but they may also attract larger bees and hummingbirds. Candy Store™ Grape Lollipop Garden Phlox is a clump forming selection of the native perennial Phlox paniculata with extra dark green disease resistant foliage that adorns the dark colored sturdy stems. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained, fertile soils for optimum vigor and flowering. Image courtesy of AG3, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12040

 

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W space about 12-14" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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)
3.5 inch Pot / 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Chapel Hill Gold Lantana (mounding, golden yellow)

Lantana 'Chapel Hill Gold' PP21539

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Chapel Hill Yellow Lantana (mounding, soft yellow)

Lantana 'Chapel Hill Yellow' PP19548

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Cherry Chief Salvia

Salvia x 'Cherry Chief'

Bright cherry red, 1" long tubular, two-lipped, nectar rich flowers are produced in spikes beginning in spring and continuing well into fall. Cherry Chief Salvia develops into a naturally rounded mound covered in flowers on this excellent perennial Salvia hybrid. Use Cherry Chief in medium sized containers for a low maintenance show that will bring the pollinators in close or use it in the garden and landscape in a sunny, well-drained location. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Item# 11467

Grows To: 24-36"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Cherry Queen Salvia

Salvia x 'Cherry Queen'

Spikes of deep red, 1" long tubular flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this low growing, semi-spreading Salvia greggii hybrid making it an excellent addition near the front of the garden or landscape. Cherry Queen begins flowering earlier and over a longer period than its parents Salvia greggii and Salvia blepharophylla. Add Cherry Queen Salvia to the garden or enjoy it as a low maintenance container plant in any sunny location. Good drainage and ample sunlight are key and the hummingbirds will surely thank you. Item# 11401

Grows To: 24-36"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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