Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Dicentra eximia Fringed bleeding heart Z 4-8

    May to October, dangling rose pink heart-shaped panicles

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    May to October,  dangling rose pink heart-shaped panicles.  Shade flower that blooms all summer- what could be better?

    Size: 10” x 8”
    Care: Part shade, moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains from New York to Georgia
    Wildlife Value: Nectar source for hummingbirds & White swallowtail butterfly.

    Dicentra derived from Greek dis meaning two and kentros meaning spurs. Introduced to gardens by John Bartram in mid-1700’s.   Recommended by Gertrude Jekyll, mother of mixed perennial borders, in 1908.

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  • Dictamnus fraxinella syn. D. alba Gas plant, Burning bush Z 3-8

    Magestic white or pink spikes of flowers in early summer

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    Magestic white or pink spikes of flowers in early summer, glossy, lemon scented leaves.

    Size: 2-3' x 2'
    Care: full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Europe
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies

    Dictamnus is from the mountain Dicte, located in Crete. Popular Elizabethan cottage garden plant. Gerard called it a “gallant plant.” In the 1750’s Linnaeus’ daughter discovered the gas plant’s ability to light a fire. Grown in American gardens since the 1750’s and by Jefferson at Monticello.

  • Dracocephalum grandiflorum Bigflower dragonhead Z 3-8

    Intense blue hood-shaped flowers in summer

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    Intense blue hood-shaped flowers in summer

    Size: 6”x 8”
    Care: full sun in moist, well-drained soil
    Native: Siberia

    Dracocephalum is Greek meaning “dragonhead” referring to the shape of the flower. Introduced to gardens by 1759.   Grown in American gardens since 1850’s. William Robinson, father of the mixed perennial border, described this as “very dwarf” having “large clusters of intensely blue flowers.” Sanders considered it an “excellent plant for a sunny rockery.” 1913.

  • Echinacea pallida Pale purple coneflower Z 4-8

    Narrow, weeping pink rays surround rusty hedgehog cone

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Narrow, drooping, rosy-pink rays surround rusty hedgehog cone in early summer

    Size: 14" x 2'
    Care: Full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: much of continental US east of Colorado, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, seed heads provide bird food

    Echinacea is Greek meaning “hedgehog” referring to the bristly conehead.  Indians (Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota & Sioux) used this native plant to cure numerous ailments – arthritis, rheumatism, burns, colds, boils, fever, sore mouths, throats & gums, toothaches, snakebites, headaches, stings and distemper in horses.  First collected for gardens by Englishman Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859) who searched much of North America for plants – the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada to Florida and Hawaii.

  • Echinacea paradoxa Bush’s coneflower Z 3-9

    Sulphur yellow petals droop down below the bristly central cone

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    Sulphur yellow petals droop down as a skirt around the bristly central cone – summer

    Size: 2-4' x 14"
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Ozark Mountains
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, birds eat seed heads

    Echinacea is Greek meaning “hedgehog” referring to the bristly conehead.  Paradoxa because yellow petals on a purple coneflower is a paradox.  Collected by 1902.

  • Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower Z 3-8

    Iconic dark pink rays with orange-rust cones from mid-summer to fall  

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    Iconic dark pink rays with orange-rust cones from mid-summer to fall

     

    Size: 3’ x 18”
    Care: sun in well-drained humusy soil
    Native: MI S. to Louisiana, incl. Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: Attracts many butterfly species in the summer. In winter Gold finches feast on the seeds.

    American Indians used Purple coneflower as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, e.g. smoke treatment to cure headaches and sexually transmitted diseases, applied topically to toothaches and mumps and juice used for burns. The Winnebagos used the plant in advance to protect against burns. Also used to cure distemper in horses.   Introduced into garden cultivation by John Tradescant the Younger in 1640.

  • Echinops ritro Globe thistle Z 3-9

    Mid to late summer, round, steel blue flower heads, great dried flowers

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    Mid to late summer, round, steel blue flower heads at 1st prickly then turning soft and fuzzy.   Great cut flower – fresh or dried.

    Size: 3-4' x 18"
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts American painted lady butterflies

    The name Echinops is Greek meaning “like a hedgehog” describing the circular spiny thistles.   Introduced to England in 1570.  By the last half of the 1800’s the Globe thistle became a popular Victorian flower. Cultivated by Washington at Mount Vernon.

  • Echium vulgare Vipers bugloss Self-sowing biennial Z 3-8

    Spikes of true blue blossoms touched with a hint of pink, May through September

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    Spikes of true blue blossoms touched with a hint of pink, May through September. Self-seeds readily, considered noxious weed in Washington.  Bristly hairs on stems can cause skin irritation

    Can not ship to: Idaho, Maryland and Montana

    Size: 2-3’ x 12”
    Care: sun in most any soil
    Native: Europe.
    Wildlife Value: Important pollinator for bees.

    In past leaves boiled for a tea to remedy headaches and fevers.  In mid-1700’s grew on chalky lands over most of England.  Echium is Greek for Viper’s bugloss because a concoction of the root and wine supposedly cured snake bites or acc’d to Gardeners’ Dictionary 1768 “because the ripe seed of this plant resembles the head of a viper.”