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Butterfly Caterpillar Host Plants

Grow your very own butterflies and watch the entire magical process from egg, to caterpillar, through metamorphosis, and finally to adult butterfly all in your own backyard by planting these butterfly host plants like Passionvine, Butterfly Weed, Fennel, Hibiscus, and more!

Airbrush Effect Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Airbrush Effect' PP29295

Large 8"+ wide pink flowers with overlapping petals 'airbrushed' with white extending to near the middle of the flowers and with a deep red eye are produced over an extended period beginning in late spring to summer (depending on your zone) and flowering into fall. Airbrush Effect Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is an 'indeterminate' flowering selection meaning that it flowers over a longer period than older cultivars. This is a compact 3-4'H x 4-5'W plant with rich green foliage well suited to moist sunny sites in the garden and landscape. Provide a moderately fertile soil to help encourage vigorous growth and flowering. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11710

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Aphrodite's Purple Nightie™ Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora 'Aphrodite's Purple Nightie'

Wow! Excellent flower power on a vigorous vine, Aphrodite's Purple Nightie™ Passion Flower produces an explosion of 3-4" wide flowers composed of purple petals and sepals that are topped by a crown of deep purple, blue, and White filaments. This sterile hybrid has garnered top marks in gardens across the US! Provide ample sunlight in a well-drained, fertile soil and stand back as this Passion Flower may be the star of the show! Item# 11213

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B?, 8A?)
Grows To: 8-12'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large clusters of white late spring flowers produce green berries that ripen to a blue-black. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators and the edible fruits attract a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Arrowwood Viburnum is a vigorous growing, naturally rounded, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with rich green foliage and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Fall color includes yellows, orange, reds, and near purple. Arrowwood Viburnum makes an easy hedge, background specimen, or screen. Easy and reliable. Item# 10320.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Bahama Blue Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora caerulea 'Bahama Blue'

4-5" wide flowers with white petals and sepals are topped by a crown of white filaments with a light purple halo surrounding the central portion of these exotic looking flowers. Bahama Blue Passion Flower is a beautiful and vigorous free flowering selection of the Blue Crown Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea, with all its hardiness and reliability. The nectar rich flowers are adored by larger bees and the foliage is a host to a variety of butterflies. Item# 11222

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Balloon Milkweed, Goose Plant, Giant Swan Milkweed, Hairy Balls Milkweed

Gomphocarpus physocarpus, Asclepias brasiliensis, A. physocarpa, G. brasiliensis

An unusual conversation starting Milkweed that is eagerly consumed by caterpillars of Monarchs, Queens, and possibly Soldier butterflies. Balloon Milkweed is a vigorous heat and sun loving tropical African shrub that is grown as a dieback perennial except in areas with mild winter climates. It produces clusters of 1/2" wide cream to white star shaped flowers with a purplish 'eye' and the flowers attract butterflies along with a variety of other pollinators. Balloon Milkweed is adaptable to a wind range of soil types as long as they are well-drained and is moderately drought resistant once well established. Item# 10974.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Betty Myles Young Passionflower, Passionvine

Passiflora x 'Betty Myles Young'

Large dark, true purple petals and slightly lighter, blue and purple tinged sepals are topped by a corona that has a deep blue outer halo, pure white narrow central halo that quickly fades to dark eggplant purple to near black at its heart. Betty Myles Young is a triploid hybrid (read larger flowers and vigorous) that is a magnificent flower producing machine beginning its display in late spring and early summer and continuing well into fall! This Myles Irvine hybrid that is named after his mother has proven to be an excellent garden addition with good hardiness or it can certainly be enjoyed as a container plant. May produce fruit if cross-pollinated. Item# 11247

Grows To: 10-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 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, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 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 plant is a moderately fast growing and vigorous sun loving tropical that is excellent for the back of the border. Attracts butterflies as well as serves as a host to Sulphur butterfly caterpillars. Reseeds readily. Item# 10017.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clear Sky Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora 'Clear Sky', P. caerulea 'Clear Sky'

Large, up to 5" wide, fragrant flowers with near white petals and sepals that are topped by a crown of contrasting deep blue filaments with a middle halo of pure white which quickly deepens to dark eggplant purple at its heart. Clear Sky Passion Flower is a complex tetraploid hybrid that was selected not only for its larger flowers and exceptional vigor, but also for its cold hardiness by Passiflora breeder Roland Fischer. Flowering begins in earnest in mid to late spring and continues throughout the warmer months. Item# 11259

Grows To: 15-30'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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.  Item# 11245

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Tiny yellow to greenish passionflowers are produced throughout the year on what at first glance appears to be a small growing, naturally evergreen to deciduous vine but it can reach 30'H with support but is easily maintained on a 3-4'H trellis. The Corkystem Passionvine is a native of Florida and Texas that is mainly grown as a butterfly caterpillar host plant for the Zebra Longwing (a.k.a. Zebra Heliconian), the Julia Heliconian, and the Gulf Fritillary butterflies. Easy and makes a nice dense vine on smaller trellises. Provide a full to partly sunny position for the densest growth and flowering. Pollinated flowers are followed by dark purple, marble-sized fruit. Item# 11258

Grows To: 4-6'H to 30'H in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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This native perennial Hibiscus boasts 6-8" wide white to pink flowers with a dark burgundy eye. Common to moist and wet areas as the name implies but is quite happy in average moist garden soils. A vigorous and hardy native perennial that can reach 7' but is more commonly found at 4'. The foliage may be used as a butterfly larval host by Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and others. Item# 9399.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 5,6,7,8)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Double Pleat Blackberry™ Columbine, Aquilegia

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Double Pleat Blackberry' (sometimes listed as a hybrid also)

The deep dark blackberry purple neatly pleated hose-in-hose flowers of this exquisite Columbine are narrowly edged in contrasting white and are held above a foil of softly textured blue-green foliage. Double Pleat Blackberry™ Columbine flowers over an extended period beginning in spring and continuing into summer under good conditions (we have seen this plant flower on and off through much of summer). Provide midday and afternoon or filtered shade in hot summer climates and a moist but well-drained mineral soil for the longest flowering and best vigor. Columbine make a natural addition to cottage garden settings and can be enjoyed as container plants as well as in the garden and landscape. Columbine are not always long lived perennials but readily reseed on bare soils. Aquilegias also make for good fresh cut flowers. Item# 11658

Grows To: 24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, *Full sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The dwarf form of it's much larger cousin and native to the sandy and sandy loam soils of much of the southeast US. The Dwarf Pawpaw produces 3-5" green-yellow elongated fruit that eventually turn brown to nearly black when ripe. It is reported to have a banana custard-like flavor, some say that fully ripe fruit of the Dwarf Pawpaw is equal to the Pawpaw, while others firmly disagree. Produces small maroon to greenish flowers flowers in spring. A small to medium-sized, spreading to upright, moderately slow growing, native deciduous shrub. A caterpillar host plant of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly. Seedling grown. Plant two for pollination. Item# 10232.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Full sun
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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White petals alternate with lavender sepals that are topped by a wide corona of frilly white filaments that darken to purple. Frederick Passion Fruit is self-pollinating and the flowers are followed by large purple fruit with a sweet tangy flavor once fully ripe that can be eaten fresh or juiced. This is also considered to be one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionfruit varieties surviving well into zone 9. A vigorous dense and free flowering selection. Can be grown as a container plant where not hardy. Item# 11253

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, (8B?, 8A?)
Grows To: 10-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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1" wide dark maroon pipe-like flowers are edged and veined in soft yellow and are edged in a loose yellow fringe and are borne from spring to fall. The 2-3" wide rounded to heart shaped foliage is accented by white veins and is used by the Pipevine Swallowtail as a host plant. Use Fringed Dutchman's Pipevine as a hardy deciduous groundcover, allow it to spill from containers, or in hanging baskets to better display the unusual flowers. Item# 9681.

Grows To: 8-14"H x 12-24"W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Clusters of white to lilac, up to 1" wide, star-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers are produced nearly continuously throughout the warmer months of the year. The large velvety, white to gray green, large rounded tropical foliage of the Giant Milkweed make excellent fodder for Monarch caterpillars and one leaf can provide a substantial amount of food. A large growing shrub in tropical climates where it can be trained into a tree form, grown as a shrub, or hedge. The Giant Milkweed can easily be maintained as a large container plant. Item# 11038

Grows To: 8'H x 4-6'W, to 12-15'H in tropical climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Golden Cassia, Quebracho, Alcaparra

Senna condolleana, S. bicapsularis var. condolleana var. chilensis

Large clusters of deep golden yellow flowers are produced over an extended period in spring and summer on this naturally evergreen shrub to die-back perennial. The flowers of the Golden Cassia attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. In all regards this plant looks very similar to Cassia (or Senna) corymbosa but flowers in summer. The foliage may be used as a caterpillar food source for Yellows and Sulphur butterflies. Item# 11512

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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This native perennial Hibiscus produces 5-6" wide white, cream, or pink flowers with a deep burgundy eye over a long period in summer. Native to moist acidic soils but will perform nicely in average garden soils in full sun. The perennial native Hibiscus are hosts to a wide variety of butterfly species. Item# 9744.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Considered by many to be one of the most fragrant Passionvines with a strong gardenia-like perfume emanating from the 2" white flowers that have a purple stripe centered on the frilly corona. May produce delicious passionfruit under good conditions and with cross-pollination. The beautiful silvery-green delicate trilobed foliage makes it a great contrast for darker colored trellises and backdrops. A vigorous growing vine that is adaptive to containers as well. Can be successfully grown indoors. A host plant for the Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, and other Heliconian butterflies. Item # 9229.

Grows To: 20-40'H, Smaller in containers
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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1/2"-3/4" wide, white to greenish white, mimosa-like flowers sit atop short stalks that emerge from the leaf axils. The flowers are often followed by an unusual and decorative curling cluster of brown to black seedpods that are excellent for wildlife. The fine, fern-like foliage and stems may also be browsed by wildlife and also serve as the host plant for the Northern and Southern Cloudywing Skipper butterflies. Attracts pollinators. Item# 10459.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Incense Passionflower, Passionvine

Passiflora x 'Incense'

The deep purple 3-4", richly fragrant exotic looking flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this vigorous Passionvine with medium green foliage. Incense is considered to be one of the hardiest passionvines for US gardens along with the native Maypop Passionvine, Passiflora incarnata, one of its parents, and the US native Yellow Passionvine, Passiflora lutea. In our experience Incense rarely produces fruit on its own and some sources suggest that hand pollination is required. Like the native Maypop Passionflower, Incense readily spreads by rhizomes. A caterpillar host for the Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, and other Heliconian butterflies. Item # 464.

Grows To: 15-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The dark coppery to burgundy colored cloak of foliage is topped by a summer long display of large full light pink to near white flowers that are delicately marked with darker pink veining and a burgundy eye. A truly remarkable contrast that is impossible to miss in the landscape! A clump forming moisture loving perennial, Kopper King's compact habit and dark foliage make it a stand out when sited behind Louisiana Irises or next to the chartreuse foliage of Maui Gold Elephant Ears. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10925

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Airbrush Effect Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Airbrush Effect' PP29295

Large 8"+ wide pink flowers with overlapping petals 'airbrushed' with white extending to near the middle of the flowers and with a deep red eye are produced over an extended period beginning in late spring to summer (depending on your zone) and flowering into fall. Airbrush Effect Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is an 'indeterminate' flowering selection meaning that it flowers over a longer period than older cultivars. This is a compact 3-4'H x 4-5'W plant with rich green foliage well suited to moist sunny sites in the garden and landscape. Provide a moderately fertile soil to help encourage vigorous growth and flowering. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11710

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 36
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