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Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

When looking for a milkweed plant for the home garden, Swamp Milkweed is usually the best fit. It is not stocky nor does it spread vigorously by rhizomes. The milkweeds are one of the best nectar plants to attract pollinators, not least of which are the monarchs, which rely on milkweed foliage in the caterpillar stage. Quantities may be limited.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Moist to Average
Height: to 4 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: Pink

Price: $7.95
Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

This robust plant attracts and supports many pollinators. It spreads easily by rhizomes. Common habitats include dry fields and along roads, provided they are not sprayed with herbicide. Larval host for the Monarch butterfly.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: 3 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: Cream/Pink

Price: $7.95
Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

Dainty in appearance with "whorls" of thin leaves and elegant clusters of white flowers. This plant is ideal for that tough spot in dry soil and full sun. Spreads by rhizomes. Larval host to the Monarch butterfly.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Dry
Height: 2 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: White

Price: $7.95
Pale Purple Coneflower

Echinacea pallida

Elegant with thin reclining petals, Pale Purple Coneflower is under-utilized for home garden use and as a cut flower. Attracts bee and butterflies & provides seed for birds if flowering heads are left through winter. Larval host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly and Wavy-lined Emerald moth.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: to 3 feet
Blooms: June-July
Flowers: Pale Purple to Purple

Price: $7.95
Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

A popular plant with good reason. Blooms attracts pollinators in summer and their seed will support birds in the cold months. Beautiful in a home or business planting, restoration and in a vase. One larval host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly and Wavy-lined Emerald moth.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: Purple-Magenta

Price: $7.95
Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Truly stunning carmine flowers borne on tall slender spikes rising from a basal rosette of leaves. Ideal for use in Hummingbird and Rain Gardens.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Moist-Wet
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: Red

Price: $7.95
Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

Spikes of tubular blue-violet flowers attract and support hummingbirds. This plant works well for use in a rain garden, along a waterway or at the edge of a pond.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Moist to Wet
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: Blue-violet

Price: $7.95
Spotted Beebalm

Monarda punctata

Pagoda-like white to pink bracts form a ring below the spotted yellow flowers. A pollinator favorite. Low-maintenance, long-lasting bloom period, and self-sowing. A larval host for the Gray Marvel moth.

Light: Part to Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: Yellow, White-Pink Bracts

Price: $7.95
Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana

White to pink tubular flowers fill the flowering stalk, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Makes a lasting cut flower. Spreads readily. Consider using in contained situation for home garden use.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average
Height: 3 to 4 feet
Blooms: August-October
Flowers: White to Pink

Price: $7.95
Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata

Blue-violet flowers in a multiple spikes resembling a candelabra. Attracts and supports a variety of bee species. Among other uses, a good candidate for Rain Gardens. Larval host to the fetching Common Buckeye butterfly.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 2 to 6 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: Violet

Price: $7.95
Yellow Giant Hyssop

Agastache nepetoides

A "one-stop-shop" for bees and butterflies with many flowers in dense terminal spikes. Deer resistant.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average
Height: to 6 feet
Blooms: July-September
Flowers: Yellow-Green

Price: $7.95
Culver's Root

Veronicastrum virginicum

Tall wispy, white candelabra-like flowers attract a multitude of pollinators and produce an especially strong effect when a number are planted together in a group. Candidate for rain gardens.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 4 to 7 feet
Blooms: May-August
Flowers: White

Price: $7.95
Rose Turtlehead

Chelone obliqua

Attractive especially when planted in a group, such as in a Rain Garden.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Blooms: July-August
Flowers: Pink

Price: $7.95
Rose Mallow

Hibiscus moscheutos

Rose Mallow flowers are large, 4" to 6" across, and showy. Ideal for a Rain Garden, Hummingbird Garden, or grouped along a pond or patio. Trim to desired height. Although NOT a woody plant, this plant fills out like a bush but dies back to the ground each winter. A larval host plant to the following butterflies: Common Checkered Skipper, Painted Lady, and Gray Hairstreak. Larval host to the following moths: Yellow Scallop moth, Io moth-very cool, and Pearly Wood Nymph.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 3 to 7 feet
Blooms: July-October
Flowers: White to Pink with Maroon center

Price: $7.95
Purple Giant Hyssop

Agastache scrophulariifolia

With spikes from 1" to 6" long, this plant makes an excellent source of late-season nectar indeed. Crushed foliage emits a pleasant licorice fragrance.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average
Height: 2 to 5 feet
Blooms: July-October
Flowers: Pale Purple-Lavender

Price: $7.95
Foxglove Beardtongue

Penstemon digitalis

Perfect for a sunny border, the tubular flowers are white, tinged with pink and attract a variety of native bees & hummingbirds. Foliage is a smooth glossy dark green.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average to Dry
Height: 3-5 feet
Blooms: April-June
Flowers: white to pink

Price: $7.95
Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium fistulosum

Billowing clusters of pinkish-purple flowers are lovely en masse, especially in a damp area. Height can be controlled by trimming by up to 1/2 in June. Good for attracting butterflies, as a cut flower and dried.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average to Wet
Height to 7 feet
Blooms July to September
Flowers: Pinkish-Purple

Price: $7.95
Eastern Bergamot

Monarda bradburiana

Excellent choice for a yard, this Bee Balm is clump-forming & short (1' to 2'). It is also less aggressive & more mildew-resistant than other Bee Balms. It has a long bloom period and is a great pollinator plant.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Dry to Average
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Blooms: May to June
Flowers: Light Pink

Price: $7.95
Calico Beardtongue

Penstemon calycosus

Under-used & suitable for home garden use, Calico Beardtongue has pink tubular flowers, each 1" long in terminal panicles that support hummingbirds. Foliage is semi-glossy and may turn purple in fall.

Light: Full Sun to Filtered Shade
Soil: Moist to Dry
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: June to July
Flowers: Violet to Pink

Price: $7.95
Allegheny Monkey Flower

Mimulus ringens

Best used for bordering ponds and waterways for erosion control & to support pollinators. Flowers resemble snapdragons. Rhizomatous perennial.

Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: June to September
Flowers: Pink to Purple

Price: $7.95
Snow Squarestem

Melanthera nivea

Enjoy flocking butterflies from a window from mid-August through late September by planting Snow Squarestem within view. Snow Squarestem treats pollinators with copious amounts of nectar.

Although it has a square stem, it is a member of the Aster Family. The compact inflorescence is white, with disc flowers only. Pruning it back periodically to 2 feet is recommended to encourage a full, rounded shape. In nature it occurs in edge habitat, flood plains, & disturbed openings. Fast-growing & drought-tolerant.

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 5 feet
Blooms: early June to late September
Flowers: White with Black anthers

Price: $7.95
Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Penstemon laevigatus

White to pale purple tubular flowers ascend above verdant basal rosette of leaves. Cheerful for garden & hummingbirds.

Light: Full to Part Sun
Soil: Average
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Blooms: May to July
Flowers: White to Pink-Purple

Price: $7.95
Hairy Beardtongue

Penstemon hirsutus

Front yard worthy! At 18 inches tall, this plant will grow in full sun to shade, moist soil to dry. Lovely purple tubular flowers support the hummingbird & many pollinators. Under-used as a yard plant.

Price: $7.95