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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 Sale $8.35
    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 Sale $9.49
    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. Vic Bruno's Albuquerque Thyme Lawn

    1" tall x 18" wide. Pink Chintz Thyme (Thymus Pink Chintz) is a tight, low growing creeping thyme with thick stems of woolly green foliage that blooms in mid-spring with a profusion ...

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    Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Pink Chintz
    As low as $7.99 Sale $7.59
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    1" tall x 18" wide. Pink Chintz Thyme (Thymus Pink Chintz) is a tight, low growing creeping thyme with thick stems of woolly green foliage that blooms in mid-spring with a profusion of salmon-pink flowers.
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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 Sale $9.49
    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. 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 Sale $9.02
    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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  6. Blue and White Veronica pectinata, Veronica pectinata, Blue Woolly Speedwell

    Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to la...

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    Blue Woolly Veronica Blue Woolly Speedwell Veronica pectinata
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to lavender-blue flowers in early to mid-spring. 2" tall x 18" wide.
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  7. Red Scrophularia macrantha, Scrophularia macrantha, Redbirds in a Tree

    Red Birds in a Tree is a rare perennial from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. It blooms all summer with spires of small red, white-lipped flowers that resemble a flo...

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    Redbirds In A Tree (Scrophularia) Redbirds In A Tree Scrophularia macrantha
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Red Birds in a Tree is a rare perennial from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. It blooms all summer with spires of small red, white-lipped flowers that resemble a flock of red birds perched on a tree branch.
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  8. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow Wild Berry Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long bloomi...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry
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    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.
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  9. Pink and White Aster lateriflorus Lady in Black, Aster lateriflorus Lady in Black, Lady in Black Aster

    Lady in Black is native wildflower with a profusion of rose-red centered white daisies in late summer and attractive purplish-black foliage. A nectar rich plant that attracts butte...

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    Lady in Black Aster Lady in Black Aster Aster lateriflorus Lady in Black
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lady in Black is native wildflower with a profusion of rose-red centered white daisies in late summer and attractive purplish-black foliage. A nectar rich plant that attracts butterflies and bees. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  10. Old Fashioned English Lavender With Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum), Purple Lavandula angustifolia Vera,

    Lavandula angustifolia Vera is an outstanding heirloom English Lavender known for its sweetly fragrant oil, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and compact growth habit. Our selection ...

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    Vera English Lavender Vera English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Vera
    As low as $12.99 Sale $11.69
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia Vera is an outstanding heirloom English Lavender known for its sweetly fragrant oil, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and compact growth habit. Our selection of 'Vera' is also the most cold hardy variety of English Lavender.
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  11. Agastache Blue Fortune Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Agastache 'Blue Fortune' is a European hybrid hyssop known for is vigor, cold hardiness, and adaptability to grow across much of the US. Blue Fortune Hybrid Hyssop's powder blue flow...

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    Blue Fortune Agastache Blue Fortune Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Blue Fortune
    As low as $10.99 Sale $10.44
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Agastache 'Blue Fortune' is a European hybrid hyssop known for is vigor, cold hardiness, and adaptability to grow across much of the US. Blue Fortune Hybrid Hyssop's powder blue flower spikes are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
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  12. Sedum Autumn Fire Fall Color, Red and Pink Sedum Autumn Fire, Autumn Fire Stonecrop

    Autumn Fire is an improved form of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that is larger growing, has larger flower heads and is longer blooming. The flat heads of rose-pink flowers appear in late summe...

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    Autumn Fire Sedum Autumn Fire Stonecrop Sedum Autumn Fire
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Autumn Fire is an improved form of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that is larger growing, has larger flower heads and is longer blooming. The flat heads of rose-pink flowers appear in late summer. Leave the faded flowers on the plant for added winter interest.
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  13. Origanum Rotkugel close up with bee Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Rotkugel is one of the very best ornamental oreganos that blooms in mid-to late summer with a profusion of flower heads filled with small bright pink flowers. A fantastic perennial...

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    Rotkugel Ornamental Oregano Rotkugel Ornamental Oregano Origanum Rotkugel
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rotkugel is one of the very best ornamental oreganos that blooms in mid-to late summer with a profusion of flower heads filled with small bright pink flowers. A fantastic perennial for feeding bees and butterflies .
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  14. 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
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    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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  15. White Physostegia virginiana Crystal Peak White, Physostegia virginiana 'Crystal Peak White', Crystal Peak White Obedient Plant

    16-18" x 15-16" wide. An award winning variety of our native Obedient Plant, 'Crystal Peak White' blooms in mid-summer with numerous bright white flower spikes that attract lots of p...

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    Crystal Peak White Obedient Plant Crystal Peak White Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana Crystal Peak White
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    16-18" x 15-16" wide. An award winning variety of our native Obedient Plant, 'Crystal Peak White' blooms in mid-summer with numerous bright white flower spikes that attract lots of pollinators.
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  16. Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink Close Up Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most bea...

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    Elfin Pink Penstemon Elfin Pink Beardtongue Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most beardtongues making it a great choice for much of the U.S. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. 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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  18. Agastache Blue Blazes

    Blue Blazes is a large growing hybrid hummingbird mint with lavender-purple flower spikes. Very long blooming, its flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees making it an es...

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    Blue Blazes Agastache Blue Blazes Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Blue Blazes
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    Blue Blazes is a large growing hybrid hummingbird mint with lavender-purple flower spikes. Very long blooming, its flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees making it an essential perennial for pollinators.
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  19. 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
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    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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  20. 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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  21. White Anthemis tinctoria Susanna Mitchell, Anthemis tinctoria Susanna Mitchell, Susanna Mitchell Marguerite Daisy

    24-30" tall x 24" wide. Susanna Mitchell blooms most of the summer with large, creamy white daisies. A vigorous and easy-to-grow, It's attractive, fine textured foliage shows off the...

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    Susanna Mitchell Marguerite Daisy (Anthemis) Susanna Mitchell Marguerite Daisy Anthemis tinctoria Susanna Mitchell
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    24-30" tall x 24" wide. Susanna Mitchell blooms most of the summer with large, creamy white daisies. A vigorous and easy-to-grow, It's attractive, fine textured foliage shows off the flowers to great advantage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. Blue Eryngium planum Blue Glitter, Eryngium planum Blue Glitter, Blue Glitter Sea Holly

    Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ (Blue Glitter Sea Holly) is an outstanding perennial that thrives in hot dry planting situations and blooms in summer with tall stems of spiny, g...

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    Blue Glitter Sea Holly (Eryngium) Blue Glitter Sea Holly Eryngium planum Blue Glitter
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ (Blue Glitter Sea Holly) is an outstanding perennial that thrives in hot dry planting situations and blooms in summer with tall stems of spiny, glistening blue flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  23. First Snow Heath Aster, Aster ericoides 'First Snow' close up

    First Snow Heath Aster (Aster ericoides 'First Snow') is a star of the fall garden, that blooms with a profusion of tiny white flowers held on husky, densely branched stems. The nect...

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    First Snow Heath Aster First Snow Heath Aster Aster ericoides First Snow
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    First Snow Heath Aster (Aster ericoides 'First Snow') is a star of the fall garden, that blooms with a profusion of tiny white flowers held on husky, densely branched stems. The nectar-rich flowers are magnets for attracting all kinds of bees and butterflies including migrating Monarchs. This native aster selection is a sun-lover and easily grown in all types of soil including clay. First Snow Heath Aster is a must-have perennial for late season flowers.
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  24. Red and Yellow Coreopsis Redshift, Coreopsis Redshift, Redshift Tickseed

    24-30" x 18-24" wide. 'Redshift' is a vigorous hybrid Tickseed that blooms all summer with large, red and yellow flowers that change colors as the seasonal temperatures change from c...

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    Redshift Coreopsis Redshift Tickseed Coreopsis Redshift
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    24-30" x 18-24" wide. 'Redshift' is a vigorous hybrid Tickseed that blooms all summer with large, red and yellow flowers that change colors as the seasonal temperatures change from cool to hot.
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