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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.

 

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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)
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia, Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Chi-Chi', R. brittoniana, 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

Chickasaw Plum, Sandhill Plum

Prunus angustifolia

A small native tree or large thicket forming, suckering shrub which is covered with lightly fragrant white flowers in late winter or early spring before the leaves emerge and are followed by about 1" diameter or slightly larger red to yellow fruit. The Chickasaw Plum, Prunus angustifolia, is widely distributed throughout the south central and southeastern portion of the US and is typically found on well-draining sandy sites although it is considered to be fairly adaptable even in clay soils. Fruit quality varies from tree to tree with some fruits being tart to sweet while that on other trees may be bitter and typically ripens in early to midsummer. The dense growing canopy offers protection to nesting birds, the flowers attract a variety of pollinators especially bees, and the fruit can be eaten fresh or made into preserves or jelly. Provide this deciduous native with a full to mostly sunny site, with average or better drainage, and an average moist soil. Item# 1097

Grows To: 6-12'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, 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+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Cinderella Swamp Milkweed, Pink Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

Large deep rose rounded clusters of buds open to show off the contrasting lighter pink to white 'eye' and are lightly scented of vanilla for venturesome noses. Cinderalla Swamp Milkweed, a selection of our native Asclepias incarnata, has a naturally upright habit reaching about 4' when flowering begins. This is one of the easier to grow native milkweeds and it slowly spreads by rhizomes but still plays well with other garden perennials. It is native to moist habitats and is quite happy in low areas of the garden, as part of the rain garden complex as well as in more naturalistic moist prairies and meadows. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators and the plant is utilized as a host to the Monarch butterfly. Provide a full to mostly sunny site and beyond its preference for moisture it is fairly adaptable. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12253

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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

Climbing Aster, Carolina Climbing Aster

Ampelaster carolinianus, Aster carolinianus, Symphyotrichum carolinianum, Virgulus carolinianus

Masses of 1"+ wide light purplish pink fragrant daisies with bright yellow centers are produced over several weeks beginning in late summer and fall adorn the climbing and arching stems of this unusual native perennial. The Climbing Aster, Ampelaster carolinianus, is an easy to grow small, vine-like, clump forming native perennial found in moist sites mainly in Florida but also in South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi and maybe extirpated (extinct in that area) in North Carolina. Even though it is found in moist areas it does quite well in average moist, well-drained soils and prefers a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. The climbing stems are deciduous in areas that experience hard freezes but readily regrow each spring. In mild winter regions, like its native Florida, it may remain evergreen flowering much of the year on the previous year's growth. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Item# 12350

Grows To: 6-12'H space about 3' or more apart, may also be used as an informal groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Up to 6" wide, fragrant, slightly rounded, white flower clusters arch away from their structure on semi-lax stems showing off numerous small white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. The dark green glossy foliage creates a strong contrast to the brilliant white flowers. This native Climbing Hydrangea is typically found growing where soils are consistently moist in shaded to filtered shade conditions. It is a hardy deciduous woody vine that uses a multitude of rootlets along its stems to grab onto structures for support and may be used as a groundcover as well. Only mature vertical growing stems produce the new growth that creates the early to midsummer flowering stems. A west central Louisiana selection. Item# 11080

Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Shade, Filtered shade, Cool morning sunlight

Clio™ Magenta Cleome

Cleome x 'Clio Magenta'

No seeds equals more flowers when it comes to the Cleome or Spiderflower and Clio™ Magenta is no slacker when it comes to flower power! This durable hybrid produces rounded clusters of spidery pinkish purple flowers from spring to fall on a very well branched, compact, sturdy, and spineless plant with rich green foliage. Great in the garden or in mixed containers. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Item# 10573.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: Annual - 4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Grows To: 20-30"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Considered by many to be the best of the Mountain Mints, Clustered Mountain Mint produces an abundance of tiny whitish tubular blooms touched with purple or lavender in tight clusters held above the attractive bluish white bracts. The bracts are probably more showy than the flowers but the flowers attract loads of pollinators including bees and small butterflies. The foliage is wonderfully fragrant and can be used in teas and cooking. This is a durable and slowly spreading native perennial that flowers throughout the summer months. Item# 10029.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 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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Colorwheel Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Colorwheel' PP12718

The 3" wide, cornflower-like daisies open white, slowly work their way through shades of lavender, and finally deepen to a violet blue creating a rainbow of cool-colored flowers even on the same flower stalk. Colorwheel Stokesia is just as tough and reliable as its brethren creating a mound of foliage on a durable and dense clump forming native perennial. Stokesia Daisy is one of those plant it and forget it perennials, once they become established in nearly any garden or landscape they require almost no additional care. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10928.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Small clusters of large 4-petaled sunny yellow flowers are lightly fragrant and open in the evening to attract pollinating moths and may last until about noon the following day when they attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Ripe seeds are utilized by songbirds. Common Evening Primrose is a tall growing tap-rooted native biennial species found throughout most of the lower 48 states and into Canada. It is common in disturbed areas, meadows and prairies. The first year it produces a rosette of foliage and the second year it shoots up to 3-6' high and begins flowering in summer and may continue into fall under good conditions. The Common Evening Primrose will readily reseed on exposed soils. It is a good addition to naturilized areas or add it to the Moon Moth Garden. Item# 11761

Grows To: 3-6'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Large clusters of star-shaped of purplish pink flowers are borne in summer among the large, tropical looking, somewhat gray-green foliage. This root hardy native perennial will often develop into a colony of plants spreading by underground rhizomes as well as reseeding. Common Milkweed is native to the eastern 2/3's of the US as well as occurring in WA, MT, and Canada and is considered by many to be one of the most important milkweed species for the regal Monarch butterfly. Item# 10162.

Grows To: 3-4(-6')H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Compass Plant

Silphium laciniatum

3-4" wide, yellow,  sunflower-like flowers are born on 4-8'H+ sturdy stems over an extended period in summer on this durable, native, clump-forming, tap-rooted perennial. The dark green, deeply dissected foliage of the Compass Plant was used as a compass as the large leaves generally point north and south. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 10309.

Grows To: 4-8'+H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Constance Elliot Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot'

An old and reliable favorite, Constance Elliot Passion Flower produces solid white flowers that shine brightly against the deep green to blue-green foliage.  This 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 pure white Constance Elliot 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# 11245

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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Beautiful deep red to coral, yellow throated tubular blooms are born from spring to fall. Attracts hummingbirds and occasional butterflies. Its tame habit and long blooming season make this manageable Honeysuckle an choice for covering a fence, arbor or trellis.  Item# 1171.

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
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1/2" salmon pink blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost. The flowers are filled with nectar from before dusk until nearly dark making this a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Coral Porterweed is a vigorous grower making it a good choice for the back of the border. It is also known as  Pink Porterweed, Orange Porterweed, Pink Snakeweed. Item# 372.

Grows To: 6'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Coronado Red Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Coronado Red'

A 2012 American Rhododendron Society Rhododendron of the Year award winner! The glowing clear red flowers of Coronado Red Evergreen Azalea are produced in spring and again in fall on this compact growing, rounded, small evergreen shrub which matures to about 3-4' high and wide. 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# 10203

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Coronado® Red Hummingbird Mint, Jewel of the Sierra Madre, Agastache,

Agastache aurantiaca 'Pstessene' (a.k.a. A. aurantiaca 'Sonoran Sunset')

Spikes of red rounded buds open to deep orange, 1" long tubular flowers that darken to deep red and contrast nicely with the gray-green fragrant foliage. Coronado® Red Hummingbird Mint flowers from late spring to fall and attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Provide a full to mostly sunny location with excellent drainage and good air circulation for the best results. Enjoy this Hummingbird Mint as a low maintenance container plant or use it en masse in the garden and landscape. Moderately drought resistant once well-established. Deer and rabbit resistant. Coronado® Red Agastache is a Plant Select® Award winner. Item# 11428

Grows To: 12-24" H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Correll's False Dragonhead is a rare but wonderful, seemingly more refined garden species that is as vigorous as it is beautiful. The dense spikes of purplish-pink, tubular, often speckled, flowers are held atop sturdy, 3' high stems in summer. Like most other Physostegias, Correll's False Dragonhead does spread by large rhizomes even in average soils. The leaves of this species are toothed, widest in the middle, sessile, and are almost always a rich dark green. Item# 10236.

Grows To: 3-7'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Costa Rican Blue Sage or Salvia, Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage

Salvia 'Costa Rican Blue', S. guaranitica 'Costa Rican Blue'

Cost Rican Blue Salvia produces large spikes of exceptionally large bluish purple tubular flowers that emerge from darkly colored calyxes in summer and fall above the soft, somewhat bluish green foliage. Considered by some to be a selection of Salvia guaranitica, and possibly a tetraploid or hybrid, it differs in its larger more robust habit, larger flowers that start later in the summer, and its very pubescent foliage. Excellent for hummingbirds and other long tongued pollinators. Provide a full sun to part shade location in an average moist to moist acidic well-drained moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item#10233

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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