Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Achillea ageratifolia Greek yarrow Z. 4-8

    Silvery foliage smothered with porcelain white flowers June-August, fragrant

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    Achillea ageratifolia   Greek yarrow   Z. 4-8
    Silvery foliage smothered with porcelain white flowers June-August, fragrant

    Size: 6”x 18”
    Care: sun in dry to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans, Greece & Yugoslavia
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies, deer resistant.
    Size: Good in rock garden & troughs.

    Achillea named for Achilles who used Achillea millefolium to bandage bleeding wounds for his soldiers. According to Philip Miller (1768) Achillea’s common name is “Nosebleed.” Ageratifloia means leaves like an Ageratum.
    Collected before 1796.

  • Achillea clypeolata Balkan yarrow

    Erect, fern-like clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer.

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    Achillea clypeolata Balkan yarrow  Z 3-9
    Erect, fern-like, thick clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer. I first saw this plant at the harbor garden in Port Washington about 6 AM one fall morning. The foliage was so arresting it stopped me in my tracks.

    Size: 18" x 24"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer and drought tolerant
    Native: Balkans

    Collected before 1804. The Balkan yarrow is known to attract butterflies with its Yellow Flowers.

  • Achillea filipendulina Fernleaf Yarrow

    Mustardy-gold saucers

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    Achillea filipendulina  Fernleaf yarrow   Z 4-8

    Mustardy-gold saucers top 3′ tall erect stems from early through late summer. One of the best dried flowers.

    Size: 3’-4’ x 30”
    Care: Full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil, drought tolerant & deer resistant.
    Native: Caucasus

    Introduced to gardens in 1804 when it was sent from the Caucasus Mountains to Europe. 1800’s in America.

  • Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’ Sneezewort

    Frilly ivory pearls flower all summer and fall

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    Achillea ptarmica var. ‘The Pearl’ Sneezewort, Shirtbuttons  Z 3-9
    Frilly ivory pearls flower all summer and fall on this cottage garden classic.

    Size: 12-36”x 24”
    Care: Full sun, well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: North temperate regions

    Named “sneezewort” because its flowers reputedly caused sneezing. English brides carried A. ptarmica at their weddings and called the plant “Seven years’ love.” (After that, you could use Lobelia cardinalis to cure the 7 years’ itch.) Cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages and in America since the 1700’s. The double form ‘The Pearl’ described as “‘The Pearl’ is a pearl indeed,” May 1905, The Garden.

  • Achillea tomentosa Woolly yarrow Z 4-8

    Lemony colored flower heads from June to September, wooly foliage

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    Achillea tomentosa  Woolly yarrow   Z 4-8
    Lemony colored flower heads from June to September, wonderful, wooly foliage. Good in front of the border or on rock gardens.

    Size: 8” x 12”
    Care: Full sun in moist to dry soil, will rebloom if deadheaded. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Southern to Eastern Europe
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Grown in English gardener Tradescant the Elder’s garden 1630. “A splendid plant with fern like foliage and rich golden-yellow flower heads.” H.H. Thomas, 1915.

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  • Aconitum fischeri Fischer’s monkshood syn. A. carmichaelii

    Spikes of cobalt blue hooded blooms September – October

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    Spikes of cobalt blue hooded blooms September – October       POISON

    Size: 24-36”x 10”
    Care: part shade in moist soil
    Native: No. Japan, E. Russia, Korea, China
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

    The name Aconitum is from the mythical hill Aconitus in Pontica where Hercules fought with Cerberus.  Philip Miller in The Gardener’s Dictionary (1768) wrote that the name Aconitum comes from Greek word for dart “because the Barbarians used to daub their darts therewith.” The Monkshood reputedly sprang from the jaws of Cerberus, the guard dog of the underworld.  In China called “bao ye wo tou.”  Wm. Robinson considered this one of the best monkshoods.  Collected before 1820.

  • Adlumia fungosa Allegheny vine, Climbong fumitory, Bleeding heart vine Biennial Z 4-8

    Dangling pink to white  Bleeding heart-like flowers bloom all summer,June-September. Fern-like foliage on twining stems

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    Dangling pink to white  Bleeding heart-like flowers bloom all summer,June-September. Fern-like foliage on twining stems

    Size: 6-10’ x 12”
    Care: part shade to shade in moist to moist well-drained, acidic soil
    Native: Nova Scotia to No. Carolina west to Minnesota Wisconsin native status-special concern
    Wildlife Value: attracts bumblebees

    Named for John Adium (1759-1836), surveyor, judge and planter on 200 acre farm in Georgetown.
    1st described in 1789 (Aiton, Vol. 3 Hortus Kewensis).

  • Aesculus pavia

    Spectacular raspberry colored upright panicles in spring

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    Aesculus pavia Red buckeye Z 5-8
    Spectacular raspberry colored upright panicles in spring

    Size: 15’ x 10’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well drained soil- understory tree
    Native: eastern US
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies & feeds hummingbirds
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit; Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award & Missouri Botanic Garden Award of Merit

    Aesculus is a Latin name for a nut bearing tree. Pavia comes from Peter Pav, a Dutch professor at University of Leyden. This plant collected by John Bartram and sent to England by 1711. Jefferson grew this at Monticello, planted in 1798. Nuts from the tree were used by Native Americans to stupefy fish. Chickasaws pulverized the root, placed it in baskets and violently churned the baskets in the river to poison fish. Cherokee Indians carried the nuts in their pockets for good luck, as well as for curing piles and rheumatism. Pounded nuts also cured swelling, sprains, tumors and infections.