Butterfly Plants

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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. 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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  2. 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
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    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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  3. 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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  4. Red and Orange Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler, Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine

    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the lon...

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    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the longest blooming variety of honeysuckle and a superior flower for the hummingbirds. 2010 Plant of the Year.
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  5. Asclepias syriaca

    Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) is a gorgeous plant that produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love and spreads quickly. This native perennial is a prima...

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    Common Milkweed Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) is a gorgeous plant that produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love and spreads quickly. This native perennial is a primary food source for the Monarch butterfly providing large leaves for caterpillars and big pink globe-like flowers that provide nectar for the adult butterflies. Planting it will help to support Monarch populations. Perennial.
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  6. Yellow Solidago rugosa Fireworks, Solidago rugosa Fireworks, Fireworks Goldenrod

    Fireworks is well named. In late summer, the bright yellow sprays of tiny flowers look just like an exploding skyrocket on the 4th of July. A tall sturdy grower, it is a great compan...

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    Fireworks Goldenrod (Solidago) Fireworks Goldenrod Solidago rugosa Fireworks
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Fireworks is well named. In late summer, the bright yellow sprays of tiny flowers look just like an exploding skyrocket on the 4th of July. A tall sturdy grower, it is a great companion for ornamental grasses and other late summer blooming perennials.
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  7. Yellow Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Maximilian's Sunflower

    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for d...

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    Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for difficult growing conditions, it blooms in mid-September. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  8. Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One', Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Lavandula angustifolia Wee One is a special dwarf English Lavender that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10" tall. It is the most compact Lavender cul...

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    Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Wee One
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia Wee One is a special dwarf English Lavender that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10" tall. It is the most compact Lavender cultivar in cultivation.
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  9. Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere, Red Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere, Beauty of Livermere Oriental Poppy

    Beauty of Livermere blooms in late spring with huge deep red flowers. This oriental poppy is an outstanding seed grown variety....

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    Beauty of Livermere Oriental Poppy Beauty of Livermere Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere
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    Beauty of Livermere blooms in late spring with huge deep red flowers. This oriental poppy is an outstanding seed grown variety.
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  10. Blue and Purple Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet, Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet, Royal Velvet English Lavender

    ‘Royal Velvet’ English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet) is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to...

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    Royal Velvet English Lavender Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Royal Velvet’ English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet) is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to 4-inch long flower spikes, which are much longer than ‘Hidcote’, hold their dark color superbly as a dried flower.
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  11. 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
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    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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  12. Fallugia paradoxa seed head with bee. Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed...

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    Apache Plume (Fallugia) Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray Lavender, 63116P

    Mitcham Gray is a rarely offered cultivar of English lavender similar to 'Hidcote Superior' with a compact growth habit, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and gray-green foliage. But...

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    Mitcham Gray English Lavender Mitcham Gray English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Mitcham Gray
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Mitcham Gray is a rarely offered cultivar of English lavender similar to 'Hidcote Superior' with a compact growth habit, dark lavender-blue flower spikes, and gray-green foliage. But it is a faster grower than the slow-to-mature 'Hidcote Superior'.
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  14. Soulmate Swamp Milkweed with clusters of pink petals, Asclepias incarnata 'Soulmate'

    ‘Soulmate’ Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) lights up the mid-to-late summer garden with clusters of pink petals surrounding a white heart. This native star attracts and nour...

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    Soulmate Swamp Milkweed Soulmate Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Soulmate
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Soulmate’ Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) lights up the mid-to-late summer garden with clusters of pink petals surrounding a white heart. This native star attracts and nourishes hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and pollinators of many shapes and sizes – especially Monarch butterflies. With a sweet vanilla scent, it’s deer and rabbit resistant. This easy-care plant brings as much pleasure to the gardener as it does to the pollinators in sunny borders and meadows with average-to-moist soil.
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  15. Papaver orientale Brilliant

    Brilliant Oriental Poppy was made famous by New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Papaver orientale Brilliant blooms in late spring with huge scarlet-orange flowers and is ...

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    Brilliant Oriental Poppy Brilliant Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Brilliant
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Brilliant Oriental Poppy was made famous by New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Papaver orientale Brilliant blooms in late spring with huge scarlet-orange flowers and is an outstanding variety.
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  16. 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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  17. Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Superior Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc

    Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Superior (Hidcote Superior Lavender) is sweetly fragrant, uniformly compact and blooms with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spring....

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    Hidcote Superior English Lavender Hidcote Superior English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Superior
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Superior (Hidcote Superior Lavender) is sweetly fragrant, uniformly compact and blooms with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spring.
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  18. Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece

    Golden Fleece is a small growing goldenrod with sprays of arching golden-yellow flower spikes in late summer. A strong but compact plant, it is a great companion planted in front of ...

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    Golden Fleece Goldenrod (Solidago) Golden Fleece Dwarf Goldenrod Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece
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    Golden Fleece is a small growing goldenrod with sprays of arching golden-yellow flower spikes in late summer. A strong but compact plant, it is a great companion planted in front of taller, late blooming perennials. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  19. Blue Salvia reptans, Salvia reptans, West Texas Grass Sage

    West Texas Grass Sage is an amazing plant originally collected from the mountains of West TX. Blooming in early fall with hundreds of cobalt blue flowers, this xeric species is very...

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    West Texas Grass Salvia West Texas Grass Sage Salvia reptans
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    West Texas Grass Sage is an amazing plant originally collected from the mountains of West TX. Blooming in early fall with hundreds of cobalt blue flowers, this xeric species is very cold hardy and a hummingbird favorite. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  20. 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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    ‘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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  21. Lavandula angustifolia Buena Vista with bee, Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Buena Vista is a compact English lavender with deep blue bi-colored flower spikes. A hard-to-find, twice blooming cultivar flowers in late spring and again in September. Sweetly frag...

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    Buena Vista English Lavender Buena Vista English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Buena Vista
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Buena Vista is a compact English lavender with deep blue bi-colored flower spikes. A hard-to-find, twice blooming cultivar flowers in late spring and again in September. Sweetly fragrant flowers and foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. 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
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    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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  23. 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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  24. 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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