Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Aster alpinus Alpine Aster Z 5-7

    Frilly little daisies, May-June, lavender, pink or white

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    Frilly little daisies, May-June, lavender, pink or white. Plant where they’ll be seen in the front of the garden.  Also good in rock gardens

    Size: 6-10" x 18"
    Care: Full sun well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & tolerant of Black walnut toxins
    Native: Rockies
    Wildlife Value: attract butterflies

    Aster means star referring to the flower form. Collected by Drummond in the Rockies by 1800.

  • Aster azureus syn. Symphyotricum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense Sky blue aster Z 3-9

    Showy true cornflower-blue daisies in August-October

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    Showy true cornflower-blue daisies in August-October

    Size: 2-3’ x 2’
    Care: full sun to part shade in any soil
    Native: NY to SD, FL to TX incl. WI
    Wildlife Value: Aster species are nectar sources for many butterflies – Checkered white and Checkered skippers, Spring azure, Pearl crescent, Buckeye, Painted lady, Fiery skipper, Sachem, Sleepy orange, Silver-spotted skipper and Monarch.

    Collected before 1889.

  • Aster divaricatus syn. Eurybia divaricatus White wood aster Z 4-8

    Sprays of loose, white daisies brighten the late summer and early fall garden.

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    Sprays of loose, white daisies brighten the late summer and early fall garden.

    Size: 24" x 24"
    Care: part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil, immune to Black walnuts
    Native: East North America, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Gertrude Jekyll, mother of the perennial border, often used this American native in combination with Bergenia. Cultivated in American gardens since 1800’s.

  • Aster novae angliae syn. Symphyotrichum New England Aster Z 4-8

    Masses of violet, pink or magenta daisies cloak bushy New England asters from August to October.

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    Masses of violet, pink or magenta daisies cloak bushy New England asters from August to October.

    Size: 3-5' x 24"
    Care: Full sun dry to moist soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Vt to Alabama, west to N. M., Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Introduced to gardens by Englishman Tradescant the Younger in 1637 when he carried it from Virginia Colony to England. Cultivated by George Washington.

  • Aster oblongifolius syn. Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Aromatic aster Z 3-8

    Purplish blue daisies with yellow center blooming in September to November, Good, bushy mound shape.

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    Purplish blue daisies with yellow center blooming in September to November, Good, bushy mound shape.

    Size: 1-2’ x 1-3’
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Pennsylvania to No. Carolina west to Wyoming & Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Bees collect pollen and nectar from it. Medium sized butterflies collect its nectar. Its leaves support Silvery checkerspot and some moth caterpillars, Deer resistant.

    Meriwether Lewis collected this on the Expedition September 21, 1804, the day after nearly being swept away while Lewis and the Corps of discovery slept on the eroding sandbar, near the Big Bend of the Missouri River in South Dakota. 1st described by planthunter Thomas Nuttall in 1818.

  • Aster sibiricus syn. Eurybia sibirica Siberian aster, Arctic aster Z 3-9

    Lavender daisies from late-summer into fall

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    Aster sibiricus  syn. Eurybia sibirica  Siberian aster, Arctic aster Z 3-9
    Lavender daisies from late-summer into fall, valuable for long-blooming and short size

    Size: 6-10” x 15-24” Care: sun in well-drained, to moist well-drained, acidic soil
    Native: NW US, Alaska, Canada, Arctic & Siberia
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Collected by German plant hunter Johann Gmelin in Siberia before 1753

  • Astilbe andresii ‘Amethyst’ Z 5-8

    pink plumes flowering in July, with oxblood tinged foliage

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    Three foot tall pink plumes flowering in July, with oxblood tinged foliage

    Size: 36"x 24"
    Care: sun to part shade, moist soil essential. Immune walnut toxicity
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Astilbe is Greek from a meaning “without” and stilbe meaning “lustre” referring to the fact that the leaves are not shiny.  Early hybrid by George Arends, nurseryman from Ronsdorf, Gemany (1862-1952).

  • Astilbe andresii ‘Fanal’ Z 4-8

    Marlboro red plumes in June

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    Striking Marlboro red plumes in June

    Size: 24"x 18"
    Care: sun to part shade, moist soil. Immune walnut toxicity
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

    Astilbe is Greek from a meaning “without” and stilbe meaning “lustre” referring to the fact that the leaves are not shiny.  Cross of A. japonica and A. davidii made by Arends, nurseryman from Ronsdorf, Gemany (1862-1952), in 1930.