Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Symphyandra pendula Bellflower Z 5-8

    Panicles of creamy white bell-shaped flowers dangle over heart-shaped foliage March-June  

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    Panicles of creamy white bell-shaped flowers dangle over heart-shaped foliage March-June

    Size: 20” x 12”
    Care: Full to part sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, butterflies and birds

    Collected before 1830

  • 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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    Teucrium hircanicum    Iranian germander, Purple Tails, Wood Sage   Z 5-9
    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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    Thalictrum aquilegifolium    Meadowrue,  Feathered columbine  Z 5-9
    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.