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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!

 

Deep glowing red full Hibiscus flowers are held against the deep burgundy foliage of this exceptionally beautiful hardy and compact Hibiscus and Mimi is sure to be a conversation piece in any garden. Begins flowering early and at a young age. This is a cold hardy perennial Hibiscus that is well suited to container culture or in moist garden settings as well as in the shallow edges of water gardens, ponds, and in bog gardens. Item# 11149

Grows To: 3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mojito Elephant Ears

Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito' PP21995

The large minty green elephant-ear shaped foliage is flecked, spotted, streaked and randomly splashed with dark purple to black creating a very cool tropical eye-catching effect. The Mojito Elephant Ear is a rhizomatous tropical perennial in zones 8-10 but is vigorous enough to enjoy as a summer annual in northerly climates. Elephant Ears can be grown in moist to wet fertile soils and can be lightly submerged in water gardens as well as in medium to large containers. Colocasias can be invasive in warm southern climates please plant and dispose of plant parts responsibly. Provide a deep mulch where winters experience hard freezes to promote larger foliage the following season. This variety is  colocasias.  Item# 12177

 

 

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Producing some of the largest flowers of any Perennial Hibiscus cultivars to date, the deep cherry pink to near red flowers of Moy Grande can measure over 12" across! The gray-green fuzzy foliage is pest resistant and this is a vigorous upright to spreading perennial that will enjoy a spot at the back of the garden where it can wow passersby. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a moderately moist fertile soil for the most flowers and vigorous growth. Developed by Dr. Moy at the San Antonio Botanic Gardens. Item# 11172

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A 2016 Louisiana Super Plant selection! The dense neat mound of deep green glossy foliage and red tinged stems is topped by clusters of white flowers in spring which make way to red berries ripening through purple and finally black. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators and the fruit attract songbirds and smaller fructivores. Mrs. Schiller's Delight Viburnum is a selection of the southeastern native Walter's Viburnum, Viburnum obovatum, and its dense mounding habit lends it to use anywhere a small compact shrub is desired in the landscape. It is generally evergreen into zone 8A and tends to be deciduous to semi-evergreen in zones 6 and 7. Use this tough little native shrub in place of Dwarf Yaupon, Indian Hawthorne, or anywhere a small, disease resistant, low maintenance shrub is desired. Provide a full sun to part shade site in an average to well-drained soil for optimum vigor. Images shown are an example of what to expect with this cultivar but are of the common Walter's Viburnum, Viburnum obovatum. Item# 12728

Grows To: 3'H x 3-4'+W potentially to 4-5'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dainty greenish yellow passionflowers are produced throughout summer and are followed by small black edible/inedible fruit. The Native Yellow Passionflower is a small to medium sized perennial vine with apple green tri-lobed foliage that is often splashed with light silvery variegation. Considered to be one of the most cold hardy Passionvines it is also fairly well mannered making it suitable for container culture. The Yellow Passionflower is found throughout most of the central and eastern US within its hardiness range. A host plant for the Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, Julia, and other Heliconian butterflies and the Passionflower Bee. 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# 11046

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: *5,*6,*7,*8,9,10,11
Grows To: 4-6'H in zones 5-6, to 15'H in 7-10
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Rounded clusters of fragrant creamy white nectar rich flowers are produced atop spring's new growth and from the axils and are held against a foil of deep green foliage. The New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus, is a small growing, naturally compact and rounded shrub typically found in deep well-drained sandy soils in our area of Louisiana in full sun to partly shaded sites. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators; foliage and stems are utilized by various species of Blues (a tiny butterfly) caterpillars and are browsed by White Tail Deer; and the seeds attract Wild Turkey, Quail, and other seedeaters. As the name implies, this mintily fragrant foliage of New Jersey Tea was used as a tea substitute around the time of the Boston Tea Party and during the Revolutionary War. Excellent drainage will be key to the plant's longevity. Item# 12395

 

Grows To: 3'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ontario Aster, Bottomland Aster

Symphyotrichum ontarionis, Aster ontarionis

Beginning as early as midsummer the branching stems are cloaked in 1/2" wide white daisies with a contrasting yellow eye eventually becoming reddish. The nectar and pollen laden flowers attract mainly smaller pollinators like bees providing an important late summer source for winter stores. The Ontario Aster, Symphiotrichum ontarionis, is a native perennial that colonizes via rhizomes and grows to about 30-40"H. It is found mainly in the central US from coastal Louisiana north to Canada commonly in semi-shaded sites along stream banks, bogs, and similar consistently moist locations. Deadhead once flowering is complete to minimize reseeding if desired but songbirds may enjoy the small seeds if they are left to ripen. This species is very similar to and is often confused with other white flowered late summer and fall flowering asters. Item# 12775

 

Grows To: 30-40"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Pawpaw

Asimina triloba

3-5" green-yellow fruit with banana custard-like flavor, some say they are best after being frozen. Produces fragrant purple flowers in spring. A small native, normally understory tree, and is the caterpillar host plant of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly. Seedling grown. Plant two different varieties or seedlings for pollination. Item# 786.

Grows To: 20'H x 20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, AM sun in S regions
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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The huge white flowers of Peppermint Flare are randomly speckled and lightly striped with purplish pink. This hardy perennial Hibiscus is sure to be a conversation piece! This nearly sterile hybrid produces a continuous display of huge flowers, has excellent vigor, and pest resistant foliage. This root hardy die-back perennial has a compact 4-6' x 4-6' habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average to wet. The Flare Series Hibiscus were developed near San Antonio so in the the words of Heidi Sheesley they are 'Texas tough' as well as big and beautiful! Item# 11171

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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3" wide creamy white flowers with a burgundy eye are produced from summer to fall on an upright growing perennial with small, trilobed, rich green foliage. The Pineland Hibiscus or Comfortroot is an uncommon native perennial Hibiscus found at the edge of pine forests, along rivers, and streams. It is not always long lived (3-6 years typically) but is certainly a worthy component of wildflower gardens, meadows, other natural settings, and near the back of the garden or landscape. Item# 9804

Grows To: 3-6'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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Huge bright cherry pink, 10" wide, widely flaring flowers are born from summer to fall on this beautiful perennial Hibiscus. Pink Flare is a showstopper with its continuous display of massive flowers, excellent vigor, and and pest resistant foliage. This root hardy die-back perennial has a compact 4-6' x 4-6' habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average to wet. The Flare Series Hibiscus were developed near San Antonio so in the the words of Heidi Sheesley they are 'Texas tough' as well as big and beautiful! Item# 11452

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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With flowers to 10" across that are a brilliant purplish-pink with a magenta eye and dark bronze-green foliage who wouldn't be Plum Crazy about this gorgeous perennial Hibiscus. If you can't tell, this is one of my personal favorites for it's unique color and crape paper-like petals. This root hardy die-back Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus has a relatively compact habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average moist to wet. Provide a full to mostly sunny site and a moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. See our Hardy Hibiscus Growing Guide to learn more about how to get the most out this hardy perennial. Item# 10158.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This a very easy and strong-growing, perennial vine with beautiful glossy leaves, exotic white and purple flowers, which are followed by large purple, rounded fruit, about the size of tangerines, with a nice flavor. Possum Purple is considered to be a self pollinating Passionfruit but having another cultivar for cross pollination may be beneficial as well. Item# 1191

Grows To: 12-24'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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In mid to late summer and fall, large clusters of frilly deep purple nectar rich flowers are produced atop the sturdy upright 4-5' high stems. Prairie, Common, or Smooth Ironweed is a clump forming native perennial found in the central US and is common to moist soils but it performs quite well in average moist soils. The flowers of Ironweeds attract a variety of pollinators including bees and butterflies and the foliage of Ironweeds are considered a caterpillar host plant for the American Painted Lady Butterfly. Deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11758

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Pura Vida Passion Flower, Passionvine

Passiflora 'Pura Vida'

3-5" wide exotic looking flowers with dark purplish-red petals and sepals are topped by a corona of contrasting indigo, purple, and white filaments that are produced throughout the warmer months or nearly year round under warm frost free conditions. Pura Vida Passionflower is a vigorous growing and exceptionally free flowering tropical vine that may reach 30'H if given support but can be easily maintained on a 3-6'H trellis. The nectar rich flowers are adored by larger bees and the foliage is a host to a variety of butterflies like the Gulf Fritillary and Zebra Longwing. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moderately fertile, average moist, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering although it seems to flower nearly as vigorously in bright shade to part sun conditions. 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# 11241

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(8A?, 8B?, 9A? potentially with protection)
Grows To: 12'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered sunlight, Bright shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 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# 11436

Grows To: 8'H x 4-6'W, to 12-15'H in tropical climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Producing larger than normal white and purple flowers that are self-fertile and produce medium-sized egg shaped red fruit filled with juicy tangy tropical flesh surrounding the black seeds. Red Rover Passion Fruit, a Patrick Worley hybrid reportedly from a cross between the Yellow and Purple Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa x P. edulis f. edulis), that is reported to be a good producer with moderate vigor and does not require a pollinator for fruit set. The fruit can be eaten fresh or juiced. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site, midday shade is often recommended for hot summer climates, in a fertile, average moist, average to well-drained soil for optimum vigor and fruit production. The Passion Fruits can be planted out in areas that experience mild winters like zones 9-10 but may need protection during hard freezes. Red Rover Passion Fruit can also be overwintered as a container plant if provided with a warm sunny location. Item# 12751

Grows To: 10-15'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'BBSAL01301′ PP32694, Can PBRAF

Similar to Black and Blue Salvia or Anise Sage but with contrasting lighter blue lips that open from 1" long indigo tubes that emerge from dark tubular calyxes that adorn the black flower spikes. Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ Salvia, a hybrid selection of Salvia guaranitica now S. coerulea, flowers from spring to fall attracting hummingbirds and larger butterflies atop the rich deep green foliage on a compact well-branched plant that slowly spreads into a clump of flowering stems. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, well-drained fertile soil. Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ is compact enough for medium to large containers and it is sure to make a statement in the garden and landscape. It has received high marks in trials across the US. Item# 11984

Grows To: 30-40"H x 18-24"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW 4.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Bbsal00301' PPAF

Dense black spikes of dark tubular calyxes produce 2" long bright fuchsia tubular flowers beginning in spring or early summer and continuing until fall atop compact plants with rich green foliage. Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia is a Salvia guaranitica hybrid similar to but more compact than Black and Blue Salvia but in an exciting breakthrough color. Its compact habit lends this Salvia for use in medium-sized containers as well as in the garden and landscape. The summer long supply of tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Provide a sunny location in an average moist well-drained fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering.Item# 11985

Grows To: 18-30''H x 16-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW 4.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Rockin'® Playin' the Blues® Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Balsalmispim' PP29604

A continuous summer long display of short deep blue tubular flowers emerge from dark calyxes on dense tall dark spikes. A seedling of Mystic Spires Salvia, Rockin'® Playin' the Blues® Salvia is similar to the ever popular Indigo Spires Salvia with the same reliable flower power and slightly lighter blue flowers on a somewhat more compact upright growing plant. The nectar rich flowers are especially attractive to larger bees as well as butterflies and hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, well-drained fertile soil. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11983

Grows To: 36-48''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW 4.25 inch Grande Pot / 27 fl.oz. / 831 ml
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Ruby Glow Passion Flower, Passionflower

Passiflora phoenicia 'Ruby Glow', P. x 'Ruby Glow', P. alata 'Ruby Glow', P. alata var phoenicia

The large deep purplish red petals of Ruby Glow Passionflower are topped with a halo of deep bluish purple filaments. A heady sweet fragrance fills the air when this beautiful passionvine is in flower and it may produce very large, up to 3"W x 5"L, yellow tropical fruit if the flowers are cross pollinated by another species, cultivar, or seedling passionflower. Ruby Glow is a vigorous growing, heat loving tropical vine that can reach 20'H under good conditions. Item# 631.

Grows To: 20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Silky Red Butterfly Weed, Mexican Butterflyweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Red'

Vibrant yellow and red flowers are borne from Spring to frost on an upright to spreading perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth.Item # 3078.

Grows To: 4'H x 2'W
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3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Solid yellow blooms are borne from spring to fall on this vigorous and fast growing upright perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth. item # 643.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Slim Milkweed

Asclepias linearis

Rounded clusters of small white and green starry flowers emerge from the leaf axils in spring and summer from the seemingly delicate upright to arching stems. Slim Milkweed could easily be confused with Whorled Milkweed and the difference is that Slim has opposite leaves and is rhizomatous whereas Whorled Milkweed of course has whorled leaves and is clump forming. Exclusive to the coastal prairies and prairies of southeastern and southcentral Texas, Asclepias linearis does well in clay soils and in well-drained soils and has been one of the easiest and most reliable species for us to grow and so it should be for gardeners. The flowers provide fodder for Bumblebees and other native bee species and you can expect the foliage to be used by the Monarch, Queen, and Soldier butterfly caterpillars. Item# 11661

 

Grows To: 10-20"H x 10-20"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Deep glowing red full Hibiscus flowers are held against the deep burgundy foliage of this exceptionally beautiful hardy and compact Hibiscus and Mimi is sure to be a conversation piece in any garden. Begins flowering early and at a young age. This is a cold hardy perennial Hibiscus that is well suited to container culture or in moist garden settings as well as in the shallow edges of water gardens, ponds, and in bog gardens. Item# 11149

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