Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Sisyrinchium albidum White blue-eyed grass Z 3-10

    White or pale blue star-shaped flowers with yellow centers blossom over short, grass-like foliage in late spring-early summer.

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    White or pale blue star-shaped flowers with yellow centers blossom over short, grass-like foliage in late spring-early summer.

    Size: 18-24” x 6-12”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: East coast from Maine to Florida and west as far as Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies, Deer resistant.
    Size: Menominee kept this in their house or pocket to ward off snakes.

    First published in 1832.

  • Solidago caesia syn. Solidago axillaris Blue-stemmed goldenrod, Wreath goldenrod Z 4-9

    arching wands of clustered gold, with contrasting blue-green stems

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    Graceful, arching wands of clustered gold, with contrasting blue-green stems, in September-October. Clump forming, noninvasive perennial.

    Size: 18-24” x 16-20”
    Care: part shade to shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Nova Scotia to WI, south to FL and west to TX
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet

    The Latin name is a combination of solidus and ago, meaning “I make whole”, referring to its historic medicinal uses. According to William Cullina it  has antioxidant, diuretic, astringent and antifungal properties and is supposed to be used to treat urinary tract and yeast infections, sore throats and diarrhea. (W. Cullina, NEWFS, p. 197)  Collected before 1753.

  • Solidago cutleri Cutler’s alpine goldenrod Z 3-9

    Golden tufts of flowers on this mounding, compact, bone-hardy goldenrod July-September

    $8.25/bareroot

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    Golden tufts of flowers  on this mounding, compact, bone-hardy goldenrod July-September

    Size: 6-10” x 12”
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains of New England and NY, north through Nova Scotia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Named for New England plant explorer Manasseh Cutler , Rhodora 10(113): 87. 1908 by M.L. Fernald

  • Solidago graminifolia Grass-leaved goldenrod Z 3-9

    Golden flat-topped inflorescences August to October, loved by butterflies for its nectar.

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    Golden flat-topped inflorescences August to October, loved by butterflies for its nectar.

    Size: 2-3' x 1-2'
    Care: sun in moist to moist well-drained soil, Deer resistant.
    Native: Nova Scotia across Canada, S. to FL., Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Attracts praying mantises and butterflies.

    The name Solidago from solidus and ago meaning to “bring together.” Gramnifolia  means “grass-leaved.”  Since 1750’s.