Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Synthyris missourica Mountain Kittentails Z 5-9

    Spring flowering, true blue short stalks above leathery, evergreen leaves, circular with tooth margins.

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    Spring flowering, true blue short stalks above leathery, evergreen leaves, circular with tooth margins.

    Size: 5-12” x 12” spreading into clumps by rhizomes.
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains of northeast CA, Washington, Idaho & west to Montana

    Collected by Meriwether Lewis on June 26, 1806 in today’s Idaho near the headwaters of what they named Hungry Creek. Common name kittentails imaginatively named for the flower stalk and its protruding stamens resembling, if you squint real hard and maybe after taking a swig of whiskey,  fuzzy, blue kitten tails.

  • Teucrium hircanicum Iranian germander, Purple Tails, Wood Sage Z 5-9

    Flowering in summer with 3-4” tall veronica-like spikes of dark purple

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    Flowering in summer with 3-4” tall veronica-like spikes of dark purple

    Size: 18” x 28”
    Care: sun in well-drained
    Native: Iran, Southern Europe, Middle East
    Wildlife Value: attract butterflies, deer resistant

    Described and named in 1759

  • Thalictrum aquilegifolium Meadowrue, Feathered columbine Z 5-9

    Strikingly delicate lavender plumes

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    Strikingly delicate looking lavender plumes on 3′ tall foliage resembling a columbine.

    Size: 36" x 18"
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe and North Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    In 1629 Parkinson, apothecary to James I and later, botanist to Charles I, called this “Tufted columbine” a descriptive name, the flowers are tufted and the leaves resemble those of a columbine.  Ancient Romans used it to cure ulcers, the plague and “the Faundife.”  Romans stuffed children’s’ pillows with the flowers to bring them wealth.  Liberty Hyde Bailey described Thalictrum aquilegifolium as:  “A good garden plant and frequently planted,”(1913). Cultivated in U.S. since 1700’s.

  • Thalictrum delavayi Yunnan meadow rue Z 4-7

    Purple flowers with showy sepals and stamens from July to August

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    Purple to lavender flowers with showy sepals and stamens from July to August. One of internationally known garden designer Piet Oudolf’s 100 “MUST HAVE” plants, Gardens Illustrated  94 (2013)

    Size: 30” x 20”
    Care: sun - part shade in moist humusy soil
    Native: Tibet and China
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Black swallowtail butterfly
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Thalictrum is from Greek meaning “to flourish” or “look green.”  This species discovered by and named for Pére Jean Delavay (1838-1895), French missionary to China.  Delavay found about 1500 new species in his three (3) trips to China. He sent his discoveries to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.  In 1880 he contracted bubonic plague while in China, which disabled him the remainder of his life.

  • Thalictrum minus ‘Adiantifolium’ Fernleaf meadowrue Z 5-9

    Yellowish flowers in spring

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    In spring loose panicles of tiny yellowish flowers top fern-like ornamental foliage, 3′ tall.

    Size: 36" x 24"
    Care: part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Europe
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Black swallowtail butterfly
    Awards: Rated as excellent by the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    Grown by English herbalist Gerard in the 1590’s.

  • Thalictrum polygamum syn. T. pubescens Tall Meadowrue, King of the meadow Z. 4-8

    Showy, delicate ivory stamens July to September

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    Showy, delicate ivory stamens July to September

    Size: 3-8’ x 4’
    Care: part shade to shade in moist soil
    Native: along streams & ponds from Newfoundland west to the Mississippi River & south to Mississippi
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Black swallowtail butterfly
    Awards: Rated as “excellent” by the Chicago Botanic Garden
    Size: Iroquois smashed this Meadowrue to wash their heads and necks for nosebleeds. They also used it to remedy gall ailments. For the Montagnais its leaves flavored salmon.

    Thalictrum is from Greek meaning “to flourish” or “look green.”  Collected  before 1793. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Thalictrum rochebruneanum Lavender mist meadowrue Z 5-8

    Airy clusters of lavender blooms

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    Lacy, fine-textured, bluish-green, pinnately compound, columbine-like foliage topped by pendulous, lavender-purple flowers with yellow stamens July-September in airy clusters rising well above the foliage to 4-6′ tall. Extraordinary en mass.

    Size: 4-6’ x 30”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Japan
    Wildlife Value: Attracts Black swallowtail butterfly

    Collected for gardens before 1878. Likely named for Alphonse Trémeau de Rochebrune (1834-1912)

  • Thermopsis caroliniana syn. Thermopsis villosa Carolina lupine Z 4-9

    Dense spikes of buttery yellow in June, resembling Baptisia or Lupin with clover like foliage.

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    Dense spikes of buttery yellow in June, resembling Baptisia or Lupin with clover-like foliage.

    Size: 4’ x 2’ spreading by root
    Care: Sun in well-drained soil. Drought & Heat tolerant.
    Native: forest openings in the Appalachians
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees & butterflies, Deer & rabbit resistant.

    Collected before 1843