Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Salvia nutans Nodding sage Z 5-8

    Nodding clumps of blue flowers over basal leaves, June-September

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    Nodding clumps of blue flowers over basal leaves, June-September

    Size: 3-4’ x 18”
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil.
    Native: Balkans
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies. Deer resistant.

    Collected before 1753. Introduced in 1780 by Chevalier Pallas. First grown in nursery of Joseph Knight, King’s Road, London. Pictured in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine Vol. 50, 1822.

  • Salvia sclarea Clary sage Reseeding Biennial Z 5-9

    Breathtaking pastel panicles of cream, blue or pink, bi-toned bracts

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Breathtaking pastel panicles of cream, blue or pink, bi-toned bracts whorl around the stem, spring – summer on this deer resistant plant.

    Can not ship to: Washington

    Size: 3’ x 12”
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Europe to Central Asia
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Salvia is from the Latin salveo meaning “to heal” referring to the plant’s ancient medicinal uses.  Romans made an eye wash from this plant to clear vision; the name “clary” is derived from this.  Germans added this, plus elder flowers, to wine and occasionally used Clary instead of hops to make beer.  In 1100’s an aphrodisiac.  This species introduced to gardens from the south of Europe in 1562.

  • Salvia verticillata Lilac sage, whorley clary, Salbey Z 5-8

    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October

    $10.95/bareroot

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    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October.  It took 2 years to establish this plant to maturity during which time it was unimpressive but in year 3, it’s fabulous.  You get the benefit of mature plants.

    Size: 24” x 18-24”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Dead head to prolong bloom
    Native: Spain to Ukraine, Caucasus to Iran
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet.

    Collected before 1753.

  • Sanguisorba obtusa Japanese burnet Z 4-9

    A confection - neon Barbie-doll pink dangling bottle-brush spikes

    $10.95/bareroot

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    A confection – neon Barbie-doll pink dangling bottle-brush spikes- spectacular- July – September

    Size: 2-3’ x 2’
    Care: moist to moist well-drained soil in sun
    Native: Honschu Japan
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees and butterflies

    Sanguisorba is Latin meaning “to soak up blood”, for the plant’s reputed ability to clot blood.  This species collected before 1873.