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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.

 

Early Bird Gold Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold' PP20286

A must have perennial! Early Bird Gold Rudbeckia produces wave after wave of bright golden yellow, 3-4" daisies from late spring to fall on a nicely branching plant. This exciting new day-length neutral and thusly free flowering Black-Eyed Susan was discovered at Dupont Nursery near Plaquemine, Louisiana and is sure to bring in the butterflies and pollinators as well as providing color all summer. Drought tolerant, deer resistant, and reliable. Item# 10626.

Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W (Flower stalks 24''H)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Clusters of blue to light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne in spring on sturdy stems atop the wide foliage. The Eastern Bluestar makes a wonderful garden addition with a mannerly clump forming habit and excellent pest and disease resistance. Yellow fall foliage color adds to its interest. Tolerant of wet to average moist soils. Eastern Bluestar is an easy to grow and reliable native perennial. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Item# 10268

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Ebony Allure™ Purple False Shamrock, Oxalis, Wood Sorrel

Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae 'Ebony Allure'

Exceptionally dark purple to black shamrock-like foliage creates the perfect foil for the white to light pink trumpet shaped flowers that are produced during much of the the growing season. Ebony Allure™ Purple False Shamrock, a selection of Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae, is the latest, darkest foliaged cultivar of this popular container and garden plant which can be enjoyed indoors or out. This is a clump-forming bulbous and non-aggressive Oxalis that slowly multiplies into larger and larger clumps. Ebony Allure™ Purple Oxalis will perform best in a well-draining, average moist, fertile soil under lightly shaded conditions. Easy and rewarding! Images courtesy of AG3, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12456

Grows To: 6-12''H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Cool filtered sunlight, Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Edward Goucher Glossy Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

Edward Goucher Abelia produces large lilac-pink flowers in abundance from late spring to fall on this medium-sized Abelia with rich dark glossy green spring and summer foliage that becomes bronze in fall and winter. One of our favorite selections. The nectar rich blossoms of Abelia attract butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and a variety of garden beneficials. An easy to enjoy salt, drought, and deer resistant shrub that is tolerant of a wide range of soil and growing conditions. Item# 3041.

Grows To: 3-5(-8)'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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Edward's Plateau Buttonbush, Button Willow, Honey Bells

Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Edward's Plateau'

From the heart of Texas' Edward's Plateau comes this alkaline tolerant selection of Buttonbush with slightly narrower foliage with a bronze to gray cast. Like the species it produces tight, white to cream colored, rounded Sputnik-like flowers in late spring and summer that attract an array of butterflies, bees, and garden beneficials with its sweet, honey colored nectar. 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# 11264

Grows To: 6-12'+H x 4-8'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Electric Purple Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Electric Purple'

Electric Purple Salvia produces electrifying dark royal purple, 2" long tubular flowers that emerge from black calyxes along black spikes throughout the growing season. So far it has been very similar to the hybrid Purple Majesty in flower, foliage, and form and we expect its hardiness to be similar as well. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a rich, well-draining garden soil with average moisture. Item# 11574

Grows To: 36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Thrift

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'

A beautiful selection of this durable native, Emerald Blue Thrift creates a mass of lavender to blue, sometimes with a hint of pink, spring flowers that cover the fine trailing foliage. Finely textured, almost needle-like, evergreen foliage adorns the low trailing stems of this easy groundcover. Attracts butterflies. Deer and drought resistant once well established. Item# 10486.

Grows To: 3-6"H x 18-24"W
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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Erin Rachael Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachael'

Brilliant orange fading to pink and finally red and burgundy into the eye. The 4-5" flowers just seem to keep coming all summer long on a compact but vigorous enough tropical hibiscus. Erin Rachael's smaller stature makes it a perfect container specimen or as part of the landscape in frost free locations. Item# 10485.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Dense clusters of large pink tubular flowers with a white lower lip are born in late summer and early fall on this easy native perennial. Excellent for attracting bees. This is the latest flowering Physostegia that we grow. The Fall Obedient Plant will readily spread by rhizomes creating a mass of sturdy, 3-4' stems. An easy and reliable native perennial. Item# 10420.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Fashionably Early Crystal Phlox (White)

Phlox 'Fashionably Early Crystal' PP28679

Large clusters of white flowers with a light purple eye are produced beginning in late spring or early summer and continuing into midsummer with some rebloom in fall. Fashionably Early Crystal Phlox is a hybrid that is similar to Garden Phlox, Phlox paniculata, but begins flowering about 2 weeks earlier, has exceptional disease resistance and thick deep green foliage, and slowly spreads to develop into a mass of foliage and 30" high flower stems. Attracts butterflies. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, www.waltersgardens.com. Item# 11748

Grows To: 24-30"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox (Lavender-Pink)

Phlox 'Fashionably Early Flamingo' PP29911

Large clusters of lightly fragrant, lavender-pink flowers with a darker purple eye, the flowers fade to light lavender as they age, are held atop tall sturdy stems beginning in mid to late spring or early summer, depending on your cold hardiness zone, and continuing into summer with some rebloom in fall. Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox is a highly disease resistant, slowly spreading perennial with deep green, thick waxy foliage. We have truly been impressed by Fashionably Early Phlox series, not only their exceptional flower power and vigor but also by their exceptionally clean healthy foliage. Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox begins flowering a few weeks earlier than Garden Phlox, Phlox paniculata, and provides an intermediate height plant that makes an easy and low maintenance groundcover for the garden and landscape. The flowers of Phlox are mainly butterfly pollinated although they may also draw hummingbirds and larger bees that rob the nectar. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12579

Grows To: 28-32"H x 26-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Fashionably Early Princess Phlox (Light Fuchsia Pink)

Phlox 'Fashionably Early Princess' PP28680

Large clusters of light fuchsia pink flowers with a darker pink eye are produced beginning in mid to late spring or early summer, depending on your cold hardiness zone, and continuing into midsummer with some rebloom in fall. Fashionably Early Princess Phlox is a hybrid that is similar to Garden Phlox, Phlox paniculata, in height but begins flowering about 2-3 weeks earlier (Fashionably Early Princess Phlox is the first of this series to begin flowering), has exceptional disease resistant thick deep green foliage, and slowly spreads to develop into a mass of foliage and 30" high flower stems. Attracts butterflies. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11912

Grows To: 28-32"H x 26-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Producing large, often branched, clusters of large pink tubular flowers in summer atop sturdy 4-7' high stems with narrow medium green foliage. Adored by Hummingbirds and other long-tonged pollinators. Finger False Dragonhead is a rare species that seems quite happy in average garden settings where it readily multiplies by rhizomes. This is evident by the host of new rosettes that emerge in winter for spring's flowers. Item# 10238.

Grows To: 4-7'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Fire Marshall Bee Balm, Monarda, Oswego Tea, Bergamot

Monarda didyma 'Fire Marshall' PP23286

Large whorled clusters of deep red tubular flowers with some pink undertones are held atop sturdy 2-3' high stems and are produced over a long period in summer drawing hummingbirds for miles around, Sulphur butterflies, and may stop nearby traffic. Fire Marshall Monarda is the result of a cross between what are considered two of the best Monardas, Jacob Cline and Marshall's Delight, made by Dr. Jim Ault of Chicago Botanic Gardens and Chicagoland Grows®, Inc. and the resulting hybrid has a midsized habit with disease resistant rich green foliage. This is a clump forming slowly spreading winter deciduous herbaceous perennial that will perform best in a moist to average moist, fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny site. Images courtesy of Dr. Jim Ault, Chicagoland Grows®, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12316

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Fireball Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Fireball' PP13631

Glowing clear red 10" widely flaring flowers are born from summer to fall on this beautiful perennial Hibiscus. A compact habit and free flowering perennial Hibiscus with fine textured red or purple tinged foliage. A showstopper! Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 9914.

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Firecracker Batface Cuphea

Cuphea x 'Firecracker' PP13595

The purplish 1" long tubular flowers open to display the bright red 'ears' typical of Batface Cuphea on a mounding to spreading plant with medium to deep green fuzzy foliage. Firecracker Batface Cuphea appears to be similar to both Torpedo and the smaller Georgia Scarlet Batface plants but may end up being somewhere between the two. Either way it should still be an excellent heat and sun loving annual to tender perennial for summerlong color and for attracting hummingbirds. Utilize this tropical in mixed container gardens, as specimen container plants, hanging baskets, window boxes as well as near the front of the garden and landscape.  Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12413

Grows To: 10-16''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Firecracker Digiplexis

xDigiplexis 'Firecracker' PPAF

Tall dense spikes of foxglove flowers in shades of orange are produced beginning in late spring with the show continuing into fall above the rosettes of dark green foliage. Firecracker Digiplexis, is one of the first cross-generic hybrids between the tropical Canary Island Isoplexis (now classified as a Digitalis) and Digitalis purpurea producing a vigorous exceptionally free flowering hybrid. These new longer flowering Foxgloves can be added to the garden and landscape but also make showy container specimens. The flowers are sure to draw in a variety of pollinators for the nectar rich reward. Firecracker Digiplexis is considered hardy in zone 8, in colder climates it makes a worthy annual. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12303

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9,10,(7?) - Annual elsewhere
Grows To: 20-32''H x 12-20''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 17
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18" long arching spikes composed of numerous dark golden yellow flowers burst onto the scene in late summer and fall creating a much needed feast of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies including migratory Monarchs, and other garden beneficials. Fireworks is an award winning selection of the native Roughleaf Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa, and it won top marks in the Goldenrod trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is a hardy, clump-forming slowly spreading (a.k.a. short rhizomatous) herbaceous perennial that is both adaptable and manageable. Fireworks Goldenrod prefers a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist to moist fertile soil although it is tolerant of part shade, part sun conditions. Use this easy to grow native perennial in naturalistic settings and in mixed perennial gardens and landscapes. Item# 12313

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-5'W space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Fireworks Sundrops, Narrowleaf Evening Primrose, Southern Sundrops

Oenothera fruticosa subsp. glauca 'Fireworks', O. fruticosa 'Fyrverkeri', O. fruticosa 'Illumination'

A dwarf selection of our native Sundrops, Fireworks is the ultimate Oenothera cultivar producing vigorous but compact sprawling plants with red tinged foliage and even redder new growth and winter rosettes. The plants are absolutely covered by 2" wide, widely flaring, 4-petalled, glowing sunny yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10160.

Grows To: 15-18"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Tall dense spikes of fiery orange buds open to honey colored tubular flowers that darken as they fade and are produced throughout the growing season above the fragrant medium green foliage. First Light® Sunrise™ Orange Agastache or Hummingbird Mint's excellent flower power ensures that it will keep your hummingbirds happy throughout the growing season. 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. First Light® Sunrise™ Orange Agastache received high marks in trials at Penn State in 2018, 4.47 out of a possible 5.  Images courtesy of Green Fuse® Botanicals, all rights reserved. Item# 12400

Grows To: 18-24" H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Tall dense spikes of red tubular flowers are produced throughout the growing season above the fragrant medium green foliage. First Light® Sunrise™ Red Agastache or Hummingbird Mint is the reddest taller growing cultivar to date and its excellent flower power ensures that it will keep your hummingbirds happy throughout the season. 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. First Light® Sunrise™ Red Agastache received high marks in trials at Penn State in 2018. Images courtesy of Green Fuse® Botanicals, all rights reserved. Item# 11998

Grows To: 18-24" H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Tall dense spikes of pastel orange buds open to light purplish-pink tubular flowers that darken as they fade and are produced throughout the growing season above the fragrant medium green foliage. First Light® Sunrise™ Rose Agastache or Hummingbird Mint's excellent flower power ensures that it will keep your hummingbirds happy throughout the growing season. 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. Images courtesy of Green Fuse® Botanicals, all rights reserved. Item# 12401

Grows To: 18-24" H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Tall dense spikes of sunny yellow tubular flowers that turn orange/apricot when they fade creating an almost butterscotch overall effect and are produced throughout the growing season above the fragrant medium green foliage. First Light® Sunrise™ Yellow Agastache or Hummingbird Mint's excellent flower power ensures that it will keep your hummingbirds happy throughout the growing season. 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. First Light® Sunrise™ Yellow Agastache received top marks in trials at Penn State in 2018, 4.75 out of a possible 5.  Images courtesy of Green Fuse® Botanicals, all rights reserved. Item# 12399

Grows To: 18-24" H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Five-Veined Dogwood, Xiao Lai Mu

Cornus quinquinervis, C. paucinervis

Clusters of white to yellowish white flowers seemingly cover up the plant in spring and are held against a foil of deep green foliage. Flowers are followed by clusters of black fruit. The Five-Veined Dogwood, Cornus quinquinerva, is an evergreen medium-sized shrub with a spreading upright habit growing about as wide as tall at maturity. This plant is rare in the US at present but is being trialed at SFA Gardens and as JC Ralston Arboretum at present and has shown to be a promising ornamental Dogwood with excellent disease resistance to Dogwood anthracnose. Provide the Five-Veined Dogwood with an average moist soil and full sun to partly shaded site. It is reported to be tolerant of clay and mildly alkaline soils. Item# 12243

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade

Early Bird Gold Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold' PP20286

A must have perennial! Early Bird Gold Rudbeckia produces wave after wave of bright golden yellow, 3-4" daisies from late spring to fall on a nicely branching plant. This exciting new day-length neutral and thusly free flowering Black-Eyed Susan was discovered at Dupont Nursery near Plaquemine, Louisiana and is sure to bring in the butterflies and pollinators as well as providing color all summer. Drought tolerant, deer resistant, and reliable. Item# 10626.

Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W (Flower stalks 24''H)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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