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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.

 

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

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
4.5 inch R / 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
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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, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 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, 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

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

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
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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, 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, Part sun

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, Part sun, Part shade

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, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
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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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Cheyenne Spirit Purple Cone Flower

Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'

2013 AAS Perennial of the Year! This award winning seed grown Purple Cone Flower produces 3-4" wide daisies in brilliant colors ranging from red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and cream. Sturdy and winter hardy compact plants with excellent flower power. The Purple Coneflower is an excellent plant for pollinators with its nectar rich flowers. Provide ample sunlight and good drainage. Flowers the first year! Image courtesy of Kieft Seed. Item# 10525.

Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Chiapas Sage, Meadow Sage

Salvia chiapensis

Graceful foot-long spikes of fuzzy bright fuchsia tubular flowers are produced from summer through fall and throughout winter under frost free conditions on a mannerly shade tolerant plant with deep green textured foliage. Chiapas Sage develops into a 3' high and wide plant and hails from the Cloud Forests of San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico and should do wonderfully in the humid central and eastern US. It is frost tender but is reported to withstand zone 7 winters if given a breathable protective winter mulch in a well-drained soil. In hot summer climates plan to give Chiapas Sage midday and afternoon shade and it can tolerate light shade and will be sure to brighten up these areas. The nectar rich flowers are a treat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Easy to overwinter as a container plant and floriferous enough to be enjoyed as an annual. Item# 11691 

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Part shade, Full sun (in cool humid summer climates)

Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia, Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Chi-Chi', R. brittonia, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

Medium pink trumpets are produced from spring to fall atop the tall sturdy stems adorned with deep green narrow foliage. Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia or Mexican Petunia was selected and introduced by Scott Ogden the bulb guru of the South. This is neither a seedless nor a clump forming form and so it may spread by both means. It can be controlled somewhat by growing it as a container plant. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and even the occassional hummingbird. Easy and reliable once established. Provide Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia with a moist to average moist fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. This plant will act like a die-back perennial returning from the crown in spring where winters experience freezing temperatures. Item# 12164

Grows To: 24-30"H x 12-18"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Chinese Abelia

Abelia chinensis

An excellent plant for attracting butterflies AND HUMMINGBIRDS,  the Chinese Abelia produces clusters of fragrant white flowers from early summer to fall on an upright to rounded semi-evergreen shrub. The Chinese Abelia is an easy to grow, drought tolerant, and pest resistant, and reliable shrub. Item# 9680.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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The 1/2" lightly fragrant, white tipped in purple tubular flowers of the Chinese Buttonbush are born in 1" wide, Sputnik-looking, ball-like clusters that are produced throughout summer and into fall. Beautiful glossy dark green, fine textured foliage makes this tardily deciduous shrub attractive even before it begins to flower and adds a wonderful backdrop for the interesting flowers. Fairly adaptable to soil types and durable once well-established. Item# 10035.

Grows To: 4-8'H+ x 4-8'W+
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Chocolate Eupatorium, White Snakeroot

Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate', Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Dark maroon to near black stems foliage and stems make this native perennial a standout amongst its garden peers even without its starkly contrasting clusters of white late summer flowers. Chocolate Eupatorium, a cultivar of White Snakeroot and actually a species of Ageratina altissima (not Eupatorium altissimum), is a rhizomatously spreading herbaceous perennial with an upright bushy habit to about 3' high (or to 5' in rich moist soils) that is found throughout the central and eastern US. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for the deepest foliage color and optimum flowering. The flowers attracts bees, butterflies, other garden beneficials. Use Chocolate Eupatorium as a tall informal groundcover, utilize it in mixed perennial borders with other vigorous growing perennials, or as a container plant. Received 5 out of 5 stars in trials at Chicago Botanic Gardens. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11975

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, *Part shade

Claire Grace Beebalm, Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

Rounded clusters of medium purple tubular flowers are produced in late spring to early summer atop sturdy stems. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Claire Grace Beebalm was selected not only for its long-lasting masses of darker purple flowers but also for its glossy green healthy foliage with good resistance to powdery mildew. This was one of the top 3 performing Monardas in trials that included over 40 cultivars at Mt. Cuba Center near Wilmington Delaware. Discovered in Mississippi by Barb and Michael Bridges of the now defunct Southern Perennials and Herbs and named for their daughter. Beebalm makes an easy and reliable addition to the garden and landscape as well as in naturalized areas. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained soils for optimum health and flowering. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11946

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 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, Part sun

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