Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Showing 13–16 of 194 results

  • Alcea rosea var. nigra Black hollyhock BIENNIAL Z 4-9

    Early to late summer spikes of single jet-black/maroon platters.  

    Placeholder

    $9.95/bareroot

    Buy

    Alcea rosea var. nigra  Black hollyhock BIENNIAL Z 4-9

    Early to late summer spikes of single jet-black/maroon platters.

     

    Size: 5-8’ x 24”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: West Asia
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

    Hollyhocks have been cultivated in China for thousands of years where it symbolized the passing of time. They cooked the leaves for a vegetable and also ate the buds. Transported from Middle East to Europe by the Crusaders and introduced to England by 1573. Grown in the Eichstätt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, c. 1600. Culpepper, a 17th century English herbalist, claimed the plant could be used to cure ailments of the “belly, Stone, Reins, Kidneys, Bladder, Coughs, Shortness of Breath, Wheesing, … the King’s Evil,, Kernels, Chin-cough, Wounds, Bruises, Falls. . . (and) Sun-burning.” Both single and double forms grew in England by the time of Parkinson (1629). Parkinson said they came “in many and sundry colours.” John Winthrop Jr. introduced the 1st hollyhock to the New World in the 1630’s.

    In the 1880’s Mr. W. Charter of Saffron Walden in England cultivated frilly doubles, now known as ‘Charter’s Doubles.’

  • Allium cernuum Nodding onion Z 4-8

    Umbels of arching stems with nodding bells of lilac shading to pink

    $6.95/bareroot

    Buy

    Allium cernuum  Nodding onion   Z 4-8
    Umbels of arching stems with nodding bells of lilac shading to pink, June – July.

    Size: 12”-18”x 3-6”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil, Deer resistant
    Native: Canada to Mexico, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Cernuum is Latin meaning “nodding.”  Many groups of 1st Americans ate the bulbs raw, roasted or dried for winter storage or as flavoring for soups and gravies. Cherokee used this plant medicinally to cure colds, hives, colic, “gravel & dropsy,” liver ailments, sore throats, “phthisic,” and feet in “nervous fever.”  Those in the Isleta Pueblo were not quite as creative as the Cherokee and used this only for sore throats and infections.  Collected for garden cultivation by 1834.

  • Allium flavum var. minus Yellow flowered garlic

    Umbels of shatter-shot yellow florets on blue-green stems in July

    $6.45/bareroot

    Buy

    Allium flavum var. minus  Z 4-7
    Umbels of shatter-shot yellow florets, a bit like fireworks, on blue-green stems  in July

    Size: 10” x 3”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Northern Turkey
    Wildlife Value: resistant to rabbits & deer. Attracts bees and butterflies
    Awards: species received Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Described by Swiss botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier before 1885

  • Allium karataviense Turkestan onion, Kara Tau garlic Z 5-9

    Basal rosette of wide, glaucous, arching leaves from which a soft-ball sized soft pink to white flower emerges in early summer, ephemeral

    $7.25/bareroot

    Buy

    Allium karataviense Turkestan onion, Kara Tau garlic Z 5-9
    Basal rosette of wide, glaucous, arching leaves from which a soft-ball sized soft pink to white flower emerges in early summer, ephemeral

    Size: 9” x 6”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: central Asia – the Stans (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan).
    Wildlife Value: value: resistant to rabbits & deer. Attracts bees and butterflies
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanic Garden Great Plant Pick, Royal Botanic Garden Award of Garden Merit

    1st described in 1875 by German botanist Eduard August von Regel (1815-1892) who served as the Director of the Imperial Botanical Garden of St. Petersburg Russia