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Butterfly Plants

Attract butterflies to your garden each summer with this collection of nectar-rich perennials. Plants that attract butterflies are usually beneficial to other pollinators such as honeybees. To choose the perfect butterfly garden plants for your yard, use the Plant Finder filters at left and select by zone, rainfall and soil conditions. Learn more: How To Plant A Butterfly Garden

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  1. Blue Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Hardy Plumbago

    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is one of the most versatile groundcovers for cold climates growing in both sun and shade and most soil types. Plumbago blooms in late su...

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    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma) Hardy Plumbago, Leadwort Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
    As low as $8.79
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is one of the most versatile groundcovers for cold climates growing in both sun and shade and most soil types. Plumbago blooms in late summer with deep blue flowers followed by the foliage that turns burgundy red in fall.
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  2. Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
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  3. Phenomenal Lavender Plant,  Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal field

    Phenomenal French Hybrid Lavender (Lavandula intermedia 'Phenomenal' PP24193) is a French hybrid lavender notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high hu...

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    Phenomenal Lavender Phenomenal Lavender Lavandula intermedia Phenomenal PP#24,193
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Phenomenal French Hybrid Lavender (Lavandula intermedia 'Phenomenal' PP24193) is a French hybrid lavender notable for its outstanding cold hardiness and tolerance to heat and high humidity. The plants grow into a beautiful mounded shape, with purple flowers on tall stems in mid-summer.
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  4. Yellow Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm, Black Eyed Susan

    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter ...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter food for seed-eating songbirds as well. Reliable and tough, Rudbeckia tolerates both drought and clay plus easy to maintain.
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  5. Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires

    Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires (Blue Spires Russian Sage) is the best large growing Russian Sage selection blooming with dark blue flower spikes appearing in mid-summer. Though...

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    Blue Spires Russian Sage Blue Spires Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires (Blue Spires Russian Sage) is the best large growing Russian Sage selection blooming with dark blue flower spikes appearing in mid-summer. Thought to be a hybrid of two species, this plant has amazing vigor and blooms for many months.
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  6. Salvia sylvestris May Night, May Night Meadow Sage, Purple Salvia sylvestris May Night

    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and toleran...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
    As low as $9.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
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  7. Red and White Callirhoe involucrata, Callirhoe involucrata, Poppy Mallow, Winecups

    Commonly known as Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups, Callirhoe involucrata is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A spraw...

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    Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Poppy Mallow, Winecups Callirhoe involucrata
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Commonly known as Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups, Callirhoe involucrata is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A sprawling grower, Callirhoe involucrata's long branches spread out across the ground to create a colorful mat of flowers and foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  8. Blue and Purple Lavandula angustifolia Munstead Violet, Lavandula angustifolia Munstead Violet, Munstead Violet English Lavender

    This exclusive HCG selection of English lavender has some of the darkest colored flowers youll ever see making it a stand-out in your garden! Faster growing than other dark colored L...

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    Munstead Violet English Lavender Munstead Violet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Munstead Violet
    As low as $10.99 Sale $9.89
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    This exclusive HCG selection of English lavender has some of the darkest colored flowers youll ever see making it a stand-out in your garden! Faster growing than other dark colored Lavender selections like 'Hidcote'.
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  9. New Snow Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea New Snow, Small white flowers on tall upright stems

    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has attractive silver-gray wooly foliage and clusters of tiny white flowers held on top of tall, upright stems. This native plant...

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    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis) New Snow Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea New Snow
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    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has attractive silver-gray wooly foliage and clusters of tiny white flowers held on top of tall, upright stems. This native plant is highly attractive to butterflies. Resilient and easy to grow, it’s excellent for use in meadows and perennial pollinator-friendly gardens with dry, poor soil. Drought tolerant.
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  10. Blue Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacy Blue, Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacy Blue, Lacy Blue Dwarf Russian Sage

    Lacy Blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue) is a true dwarf cultivar discovered in an English garden and just recently introduced to the US. Its smaller size makes ...

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    Lacey Blue Russian Sage Lacey Blue Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Lisslitt PP#20,845
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lacy Blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue) is a true dwarf cultivar discovered in an English garden and just recently introduced to the US. Its smaller size makes it very useful when space is an issue and a smaller version of Russian Sage is required. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  11. Hymenoxys hoopesii, Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed, close up of  huge golden-yellow flowers

    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and ce...

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    Owl's Claws (Hymenoxys) Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed Hymenoxys hoopesii
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    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and center cone, the graceful flowers are eye-catching. Highly attractive to many types of butterflies and bees, this durable perennial likes average to wet soil moisture and cool growing conditions, not for hot climates.
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  12. Salvia sylvestris Marcus Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    ‘Marcus’ is a tidy, dwarf selection that blooms all summer with deeply colored violet-purple flowers. It is extremely cold hardy, browse resistant to deer and a lover of clay soi...

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    Marcus Dwarf Blue Salvia Marcus Dwarf Blue Sage Salvia nemorosa Marcus
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Marcus’ is a tidy, dwarf selection that blooms all summer with deeply colored violet-purple flowers. It is extremely cold hardy, browse resistant to deer and a lover of clay soils.
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  13. Salvia sylvestris Blue Hill Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Blue Hill is a superb selection grown for its late spring display of clear blue flowers held over sturdy compact mounds of green foliage. It is extremely cold hardy, resistant to bro...

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    Blue Hill Salvia Blue Hill Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris Blue Hill
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Blue Hill is a superb selection grown for its late spring display of clear blue flowers held over sturdy compact mounds of green foliage. It is extremely cold hardy, resistant to browsing deer and rabbits and loves heavy clay soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  14. Bluebird Smooth Aster

    Bluebird Smooth Aster (Aster laevis 'Bluebird') covers itself with a profusion of violet-blue flowers that bloom in late summer through fall. It is a highly-rated wildflower that att...

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    Bluebird Smooth Aster Bluebird Smooth Aster Aster laevis Bluebird
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Bluebird Smooth Aster (Aster laevis 'Bluebird') covers itself with a profusion of violet-blue flowers that bloom in late summer through fall. It is a highly-rated wildflower that attracts all types of native bees and butterflies including migrating Monarchs.
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  15. Star Frost Echinops frosty white circular blooms, Echinops 'Star Frost', Echinops bannaticus

    ‘Star Frost’ Echinops (Echinops bannaticus), also called Globe Thistle, is an eye-popping beauty in frosty white with spherical flowers on sturdy stems. Rising from thistle-like ...

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    Star Frost Echinops Star Frost Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus Star Frost
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    ‘Star Frost’ Echinops (Echinops bannaticus), also called Globe Thistle, is an eye-popping beauty in frosty white with spherical flowers on sturdy stems. Rising from thistle-like deep green leaves with silvery undersides, ‘Star Frost’ will bloom from mid-summer to early fall. Plant them in a sweep for dramatic effect. At 3-4 feet tall they are just right for a perennial bed, cutting garden, or pollinator garden - bees and butterflies love them too.
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  16. Blue Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice, Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice, Blue Mist Spirea First Choice

    First Choice is a newer selection with particularly deep blue flowers and a more compact mature size than other Blue Mist spirea. Blooming late summer it is an invaluable nectar sour...

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    First Choice Caryopteris First Choice Blue Mist Spirea, Bluebeard Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    First Choice is a newer selection with particularly deep blue flowers and a more compact mature size than other Blue Mist spirea. Blooming late summer it is an invaluable nectar source for bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. Yellow Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kanah Creek, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum, Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat

    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing mont...

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    Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kannah Creek
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    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing months of low care color. A 2007 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  18. Pink Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Dianthus Firewitch is a great Garden Pink with strongly fragrant rose-pink flowers and attractive gray-blue evergreen foliage. The 2005 Perennial Plant Assoc. Plant of the Year. Drou...

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    Firewitch Dianthus Firewitch Garden Pinks Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch
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    Dianthus Firewitch is a great Garden Pink with strongly fragrant rose-pink flowers and attractive gray-blue evergreen foliage. The 2005 Perennial Plant Assoc. Plant of the Year. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  19. FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Salvia with rose pink flowers, FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Sage

    A new native hybrid sage, FlowerKisser™ ‘Royal Rose’ is enjoyed for its sumptuous deep rose pink flowers. This Salvia is an exceptionally long bloomer, attracting pollinating h...

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    FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Salvia FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Sage Salvia Royal Rose (WW04 FlowerKisser™)
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    A new native hybrid sage, FlowerKisser™ ‘Royal Rose’ is enjoyed for its sumptuous deep rose pink flowers. This Salvia is an exceptionally long bloomer, attracting pollinating hummingbirds and bumblebees from late spring through early fall. The foliage is delightfully aromatic, releasing a pleasing sweet herbal scent when brushed or touched. Discovered by HCG Chief Horticulturist David Salman, and available exclusively from High Country Gardens.
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  20. Pink Mirabilis multiflora, Mirablis multiflora, Wild Four O'clock

    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extr...

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    Wild Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Wild Four O'Clock Mirablis multiflora
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extra water once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  21. Agastache Tango with bright orange flowers, Photo Courtesy of Jelitto

    ‘Tango’ Agastache (Agastache aurantiaca) is a compact, cold hardy, native hybrid perennial that blooms all season long. This dwarf variety features a profusion of bright orange f...

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    Tango Agastache Tango Hummingbird Mint Agastache aurantiaca Tango
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Tango’ Agastache (Agastache aurantiaca) is a compact, cold hardy, native hybrid perennial that blooms all season long. This dwarf variety features a profusion of bright orange flower with hints of pale purple, and exotic-looking nectar rich flowers attract hummingbirds and bumblebees. Both the flowers and foliage have a strong minty scent when touched, and aromatic foliage helps to deter deer and rabbits. Also known as Hummingbird Mint or Hyssop.
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  22. Verbena bipinnatifida Valley Lavender, Valley Lavender Plains Verbena close up

    Valley Lavender® Plains Verbena (Verbena bipinnatifida) blooms much of the summer with gorgeous purple flowers held over compact green foliage. This groundcover grows best in poor s...

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    Valley Lavender Plains Verbena Valley Lavender Plains Verbena Verbena bipinnatifida Valley Lavender
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    Valley Lavender® Plains Verbena (Verbena bipinnatifida) blooms much of the summer with gorgeous purple flowers held over compact green foliage. This groundcover grows best in poor soils with less water. An improved selection of the Great Plains native Verbena.
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  23. Delosperma Lavender Ice

    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)...

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    Lavender Ice Ice Plant Lavender Ice Ice Plant Delosperma Lavender Ice
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    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  24. Salvia sylvestris Caradonna Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens

    Caradonna’ is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar sou...

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    Caradonna Salvia Caradonna Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris Caradonna
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    Caradonna’ is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar source for honeybees.
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