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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.

 

A dwarf Joe-Pye Weed producing large clusters of up to 10" wide, nectar rich, reddish-purple flowers are produced over an extended period in summer attracting a variety of pollinators including both bees and butterflies. Euphoria™ Ruby Dwarf Joe-Pye Weed or Eupatorium, a selection of Eutrochium purpureum, is a clump forming, multi-stemmed perennial with dark green foliage growing to about 24-30" high and wide. This Darwin Perennials introduction has garnered high marks in trials across the US: a 2021 Colorado State University Flower Perennial Trials Top Performer, 4.93 out of 5 rating in 2021 Penn State Flower Trials, 4.5 out 5 in 2019 at the UGA Trial Gardens. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist to average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12951

Grows To: 24-30" H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ezo Murasaki Asian Aster, Japanese Woods Aster

Aster ageratoides var. ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki'

Rich purple, 1" wide daisies with a nicely contrasting sunny yellow eye are produced in mass in fall attracting bees and other smaller pollinators with a late season burst of color just in time for LSU Football! Geaux Tigers! Ezo Murasaki Japanese Woods Aster or Asian Aster, a selection of Aster ageratoides var. ageratoides, is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial adorned with deep green ovate foliage that makes an easy warm season groundcover topping out at about 24" high. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in average moist, fertile, average to well-drained soils. Item# 13049

Grows To: 24"H x 24-36"W and spreading, space as close a 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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

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

Fashion™ Cherry Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Fashion™ Cherry' PPAF?

Large, 2" long, bright cherry red, tubular flowers emerge from whorls of burgundy tipped yellow-green calyxes from spring to frost on a semi-compact plant with deep green foliage. Fashion™ Cherry Salvia is similar to the Wish series of Tropical Salvias but has a slightly more compact habit reaching about 30"x30" by the end of summer. It makes an easy, heat and sunloving specimen plant or it can be used in mixed company, as well as providing spring to fall color in the garden and landscape. This Salvia is also daylength neutral and so can flower year-round under warm frost free conditions. Sure to draw hummingbirds and the occasional larger butterfly throughout the growing season.  Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained fertile soil. Images courtesy of Green Fuse® Botanicals, all rights reserved. Item# 12888

Grows To: 24-30"H x 24-30"W space at about 12-18" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
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Spike-like clusters of deep red ball-shaped buds uncurl into fiery red and red-orange hooked flowers that are produced throughout the warmer months of the year to potentially year-round on mature plants all the while attracting hordes of hummingbirds and some larger bees. Fire Sprite Grevillea is a vigorous, naturally evergreen, subtropical shrub with deeply cut, rich green foliage suitable for use as a specimen plant or informal hedge or screen. Grevilleas need little supplemental water once well-established in the garden or landscape. It also makes an easy, low-maintenance and forgiving container specimen that can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Grevilleas may also be utilized as cut flowers. Do not use phosphorous containing fertilizers, especially in soil-less potting mixes and soils low in Iron. Item# 12640

Grows To: 6'H x 6'W potentially reaching 8-12'H x 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

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
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2022 Missouri Botanic Garden Plants of Merit selection! 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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
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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
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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
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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 quinquinervis, 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

Rounded clusters up to 5" wide are composed of a multitude of rich fiery red butterfly shaped flowers that may be produced nearly throughout the year on this rare and unusual tropical vine. The curved butterfly pollinated flowers are produced on a woody twining vine with large rounded deep green foliage. An excellent choice for tropical gardens, indoors, or anywhere a small manageable vine is needed although in the ground plants may reach 12' high. The Flaming Glory Bower Vine truly is one of the most beautiful and free flowering of all vining Clerodendrums. Item# 9346

Grows To: 6-12'H
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, to Full Sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Flaming Glorybower, Java Glorybower

Clerodendrum speciosissimum, C. fallax, C. buchananii

Clusters of flaming red butterfly-shaped flowers are held in large clusters above the velvety heart-shaped tropical foliage. The nectar rich flowers of the Flaming Glory Bower are produced throughout summer and into fall and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Makes an easy, medium to large container plant where not hardy. Prefers light shade to cool sunlight and a moderately fertile, average moist, well-drained soil. Item# 9345

Grows To: 5-7'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Part shade, Morning sun, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Flat-Top Goldenrod, Shiny Goldenrod

Oligoneuron nitidum, Solidago nitida

Large, flat displays of rich yellow flowers are born over an exteded period in summer that lasts until early fall. Flat-Top or Shiny Goldenrod provides a perfect landing platform for pollinators while they enjoy its rich nectar and pollen. Unlike many of the Goldenrods this is a true clump forming perennial that stays where you put it. It gets the name Shiny Goldenrod from its shiny foliage. Item# 10683.

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

Spikes of soft reddish-orange, fan-shaped flowers are produced from spring to frost, or year round under warm tropical conditions, atop this upright to spreading, naturally evergreen tropical. Florida Flame Crossandra or Firecracker Flower appears to be a hybrid selection with many similarities to the red Nile Queen Crossandra, Crossandra nilotica, but it has a taller, more vigorous, somewhat more upright habit with glossy very dark green foliage. *In areas with hot summer climates Crossandras generally tend to prefer cool sunlight, like filtered or morning sun, or very late afternoon sunlight. In cooler climates they can tolerate full sun. Use Crossandras as specimen container plants, in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Easy, vigorous and floriferous enough to use as a summer annual but can be grown as perennials in tropical climates. They can also be overwintered as container plants where not hardy. Item# 12835

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 12-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Cool morning or filtered sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Light shade, Part sun, Part shade, *Full sun, *Mostly sunny

Florida Sunset Firecracker Flower, Crossandra

Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Florida Sunset'

Spikes of soft orange flowers are produced from spring to frost, or year round under tropical conditions, on this upright to spreading naturally evergreen tropical plant. Florida Sunset Crossandra has a moderately compact upright to spreading habit with rich green foliage whose endless procession of flowers are sure to brighten any tropical scene. In hot summer climates Crossandras generally prefer shade during the heat of the day. Use Crossandras as container plants as specimens or as companion plants or in a shady garden or landscape where they can flower for months on end. Item# 12111

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Full sun*

An award winning Butterfly Bush, Flutterby Petite® Tutti Frutti produces wave after wave of fragrant fuchsia colored flowers with a contrasting orange eye in dense spikes from spring to fall. This Buddleia is a densely branching compact deciduous shrub with gray-green foliage that makes colorful addition to the garden and landscape but is small enough to use in medium-sized containers. The fragrant flowers of Buddleias are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees, and a host of other garden beneficials. Flutterby Petite® Tutti Frutti Butterfly Bush was selected as an LSU Super Plant in 2014.  Item# 11438

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Fountain Clerodendrum, Tube Flower

Clerodendrum minahassae

Clusters of fragrant, starry white flowers that open from the end of long tubes are produced from spring through summer on this large fountaining tropical shrub. Clerodendrum minahassae, a.k.a. Fountain Clerodendrum or Tube Flower, naturally develops into a 10' x 10' arching shrub with a vase shaped habit but can be kept smaller with pruning. The flowers of this rare tropical attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and most likely hummingbird moths. Pollinated flowers produce bright red calyces that subtend the blue-black berries and creating a nice contrast with the white flowers. Begins flowering even as a small plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny location for the best flowering and densest growth habit. Item# 11489

Grows To: 8-12'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A dwarf Joe-Pye Weed producing large clusters of up to 10" wide, nectar rich, reddish-purple flowers are produced over an extended period in summer attracting a variety of pollinators including both bees and butterflies. Euphoria™ Ruby Dwarf Joe-Pye Weed or Eupatorium, a selection of Eutrochium purpureum, is a clump forming, multi-stemmed perennial with dark green foliage growing to about 24-30" high and wide. This Darwin Perennials introduction has garnered high marks in trials across the US: a 2021 Colorado State University Flower Perennial Trials Top Performer, 4.93 out of 5 rating in 2021 Penn State Flower Trials, 4.5 out 5 in 2019 at the UGA Trial Gardens. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist to average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12951

Grows To: 24-30" H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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