Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Scutellaria incana syn. Scutellaria canescens, Scutellaria villosa Downy skullcap Z 5-8

    Showy, open spikes of two-lipped Blue-violet florets from June-Sept  

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    Showy, open spikes of two-lipped Blue-violet florets from June-Sept

    Size: 2-3’ x 2’
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained acidic soil
    Native: Eastern US, west to WI, south to TX
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, deer resistant

    Described in Plantarum Novarum ex Herbario Sprengelii Centuriam 25. 1807 Johann Friedrich Theodor

  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ syn ‘Herbstfreude’ syn Hylotelephium ‘Autumn Joy’ Z 4-9

    Classic, large flat flower heads turn from green to rose

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    Classic, large flat flower heads turn from green to rose blooming in September and October.  A staple for autumn in the garden.

    Size: 30” x 12”
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Sedum means “plant that sits.”  “Live forever” is an ancient Greek name for sedums. The Roman Pliny claimed that sedum’s juice treated wounds.  In the 1500’s English herbalist Gerard called sedums “very full of life,” referring to succulent’s quality of being very easy to grow.  Autumn Joy introduced to gardens before 1920 by the George Arends Nursery in Ronsdorf, Germany.

  • Selinum wallichianum syn. S. tenuifolium Milk parsley Z 6-10

    All summer filigree of lacy, fern-like foliage then in late summer -fall white domes, 8” across, each dome made of multiple balls atop purple-red stems.

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    “Queen of umbellifers,” EA Bowles. All summer filigree of lacy, fern-like foliage then in late summer -fall white domes, 8” across, each dome made of multiple balls atop purple-red stems.

    Size: 3-5’ x 3’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Himalayas
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Originally named Cortia lindeyi in 1830 Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 4: 186. Named for Dutch physician and botanist Nathanial Wallich (1786-1854).

  • Senna hebecarpa syn. Cassia hebecarpa Wild senna Z 4-8

    6” long taxicab yellow racemes in July – August

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    6” long taxicab yellow racemes in July – August

    Size: 4’ x 2-6’
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Ontario; Maine south to Georgia and northwest to Tennessee and Wisconsin.
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, butterflies, birds & hummingbirds

    Collected before 1937. Very similar to Senna marilandica except a bit taller, flowers prettier and a slightly bulbous gland as the base of the petiole.

  • Sidalcea malvaeflora Checker bloom Z 5-8

    Fuchsia-pink mallow type blooms on upright stems

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    Fuchsia-pink mallow type blooms on upright stems, looking like miniature hollyhocks from midsummer to fall.

    Size: 18-24" x 10"
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: western No. America
    Wildlife Value: Attracts large white skipper butterflies.

    Collected by botanist Charles Wright (1811-1885) before 1880.

  • Silene caroliniana Wild Pink, Carolina campion, Sticky catchfly Z 4-8

    April-May loose clusters of rose-pink flowers with five spreading wedge-shaped petals

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    April-May loose clusters of rose-pink flowers with five spreading wedge-shaped petals

    Size: 12” x12”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: eastern and central North America
    Wildlife Value: attracts Bees and Butterflies

    Named and described by Thomas Walter, 1788.

  • Silene flos-cuculi syn. Lychnis flos-cuculi Ragged robin Z 4-9

    May-June, pink star shaped cymes  

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    May-June, pink star shaped cymes

    Can not ship to: Connecticut and Maryland.

    Size: 30” x 32”
    Care: Sun to part shade, damp soil
    Native: Europe, Caucasus, Russia
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly plant, attracts Small Pearl Bordered Frilillary and Common Blue

    Flos Latin word for “flower.” In 1851 Breck called the Ragged robin “an old inhabitant of the flower garden.” According to Parkinson (1629) Ragged robin was used to cure wounds as early as Roman times.   Grown by Washington at Mount Vernon.

  • Silphium laciniatum Compass plant Z 3-8

    Yellow daisies from late summer to early fall  

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    Yellow daisies from late summer to early fall

     

    Size: full sun to part shade in moist, fertile soil
    Care: 6- 10’ x 24”
    Native: East and central U.S., Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees & butterflies
    Awards: Missouri Botanic Garden Plant of Merit

    Grew in Bartram’s colonial nursery. Named “Compass plant” for its leaves which face north and south to catch maximum sunshine. The plant’s sap was used as chewing gum.