Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Veronica gentianoides Gentian speedwell Z. 4-9

    Palest of true blue flowers

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    Palest of true blue flowers bloom on 18″ spikes in early summer.

    Can not ship to: Illinois

    Size: 18" x 18"
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: eastern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    According to Christian tradition, as Jesus carried the cross to Calvary a woman wiped his face with her handkerchief, leaving the imprint of Christ’s features, the vera iconica, meaning “the true likeness.”  When the Catholic Church canonized the woman, the Church gave her the name Saint Veronica.  Medieval gardeners named the plant after her due to a perceived likeness of the flower to her handkerchief.  V. gentianoides was introduced to European garden cultivation in 1784. Grown in American gardens since 1850.

  • Veronica liwanensis Turkish speedwell Z 4-8

    Tiny true blue saucers smother the ground

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    Tiny true blue saucers smother the ground in May & June – groundcover, front of border or rock garden plant.

    Size: 1” x 18” spreader over time
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: NE Anatolia, Caucasus
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: 1997 Plant Select Winner.

    Collected before 1849.

  • Veronica officinalis Common speedwell Z 3-7

    Mat-forming perennial with spikes of blue flowers with darker blue stripes on the petals, May-August

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    Mat-forming perennial with spikes of blue flowers with darker blue stripes on the petals, May-August

    Size: 4-12” x 6”
    Care: sun in dry, well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees

    Used in European traditional medicine as a cough remedy and tonic as well as a salve. Used for centuries as a cure-all medicinal as long ago as ancient Rome.

  • Veronica spicata Speedwell Z 4-8

    Blue spikes with a hint of lilac

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    Blue spikes with a hint of lilac, bloom from June through October, if deadheaded

    Size: 24" x 18-24"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Hilly pastures in Europe and North Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    According to Christian tradition, as Jesus carried the cross to Calvary a woman wiped his face with her handkerchief, leaving the imprint of Christ’s features, the vera iconica, meaning “the true likeness.”  When the Catholic Church canonized the woman, the Church gave her the name Saint Veronica.  Medieval gardeners named the plant after her due to a perceived likeness of the flower to her handkerchief.  Veronicas have been in cultivation since at least Medieval times.  Europeans made tea from V. spicata. In 1693 a symmetrical garden at Versailles used speedwell.  V. spicata is a parent to many hybrid cultivars.

  • Veronicastrum virginianum, Culver’s root Z 4-9

    Tall, graceful ivory spires

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    Tall, graceful ivory spires bloom from mid to late summer

    Size: 4' x 18"
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: From Canada to Texas incl. Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Used by American Indians as a laxative and to induce vomiting and clean blood.  Cherokee cured typhus and inactive livers with Culver’s root. Remember Culver’s Little Liver pills? Seneca Indians used the root in their ceremonies. 1st collected by Rev. John Banister who moved to colonial Virginia in 1678.  A gunman mistakenly shot and killed him while he collected plants.   Colonial Puritan Cotton Mather unsuccessfully attempted to use this plant to cure his daughter’s tuberculosis in 1716.

  • Viola tricolor Johnny jump up, Heartease Z 2-9 RESEEDING short-lived perennial

    Cheery purple, yellow and white small pansies from spring to late fall

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    Cheery purple, yellow and white small pansies from spring to late fall

    Size: 3-5” x 4-6”
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and Asia
    Wildlife Value: Violas are the sole food source for the caterpillar of Fritillary butterflies.

    Viola was named after a mythical young woman who Zeus loved and who Zeus’ wife harassed.  Athens adopted the V. tricolor as its symbol.  Pliny prescribed it for headaches in ancient Rome.  Mentioned repeatedly by Shakespeare.  In the 1500’s the plant was used to make a medicinal tea to cure chest and lung inflammations, (Gerard) and later to cure impetigo and ulcers.  When Napoleon Bonaparte died Viola tricolor found in his locket with a snip of Josephine’s hair.  Thomas Jefferson imported Viola tricolor from France in 1767.  Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Xerophyllum tenax  Turkey beard, Indian basket grass    Z 5-8

    Plume of fragrant white flowers May-August on naked stalks rising from mound of grassy foliage, actually a lily.

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    Plume of fragrant white flowers May-August on naked stalks rising from mound of grassy foliage, actually a lily.

    Size: 3-5’ x 24-30”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil
    Native: British Columbia, to Montana & WY

    Several western Indian tribes wove baskets & hats from the leaves & roasted the roots for food.  Blackfoot applied the plant to wounds to stop bleeding and repair breaks & sprains.  Collected by Meriwether Lewis June 15, 1806 just east of Weippe Prairie and west of Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho.

  • Zauschneria garetii syn Epilobium canum ssp. garrettii Hummingbird trumpet, California fuchsia, Garrett’s Firechalice Z 5-9

    Fiery orange trumpets float above a loose mat of green foliage, evergreen in warm climates.  Blooms July-first frost

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    Fiery orange trumpets float above a loose mat of green foliage, evergreen in warm climates.  Blooms July-first frost

    Size: 4-6” x 15-18”
    Care: Sun to shade in well-drained soil. Prefers afternoon shade in hot climates
    Native: CA, UT, WY, ID, AZ
    Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds, birds and butterflies, Deer and rabbit resistant

    Named for Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner (1737-1799) botanist and professor of medicine at the University of Prague.  Beautiful planted with Nepeta, Agastache and Perovskia atriplicifolia.  Published by Aven Nelson (1859-1952) Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 20(7): 36–37. 1907.  Collected by A. O. Garrett (1870-1948), August 28, 1906 in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT.