Chasmanthium/Uniola latifolium (Sea Oats)
A very showy Native Grass, getting about 2' to 2 1/2 feet tall here.
Likes a well draining soil with just a bit of shade.
Hardy to zone 4.
Wildlife Benefits: Larval host plant for the Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly and many Skippers, (Common Roadside Skipper, Roadside Skipper, Linda's Roadside Skipper and Bell's Roadside Skipper.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Delphinium exaltatum
This is one gorgeous native Delphinium! 
Tall spires reaching about 5 feet in height, and sooooo many blooms, yet never flops!
Likes a moist acidic soil with good drainage and quite a bit of sun.
Wildlife benefits: Important nectar source for Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and one serious butterfly magnet! (Also a favorite of the Hummingbird Moth.) Larval host plant for 10 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Eupatorium/Ageratina coelestinum (

Perennial Ageratum)
If you are looking for loads of long lasting, late season color, (AND the hard-to-find true blue bloom), this native is a real workhorse in the sunny perennial bed!
Likes sun to partial shade and a well draining soil.
Wildlife benefits: Skipper and Swallowtail Butterflies are particularly drawn to this native's nectar. Important nectar plant for many late season, when little else is still blooming.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

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Cassia marilandica (Or Senna marilandica)
Wild Senna! This is such a beautiful late season bloomer, liking about a half day of sun and any rich garden soil.
Gets about 3-4 feet tall here.
Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for 8 Lepidoptera butterfly species and pollen source for many Native Bees.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset)
There is no other plant in our gardens that attracts more attention from the Butterflies, Pollinators and Hummingbird Moths.
Likes full sun to partial shade and is happy growing in any soil.
Wildlife Benefits: Larval host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly. Important nectar source for native bees and many other butterfly species.
*Shown in this picture is a Great Spangled Fritillary, who is visiting our potted nursery plants.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower)
A yellow, straight native species (Not a cultivar), that comes true from seed, (Not like the hybrids that throw off many pinks that eventually choke out your original yellow hybrid plant)
Requires a very well draining soil and likes full sun.
Wildlife Benefits: High Wildlife Value! (As with all Coneflowers) Nectar source for Monarchs, Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and Whites. Pollen and nectar for many native Bees, and Honey Bees. A larval host plant for many Moths, and seeds provide a favorite food source for a wide variety of Song Birds.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Dalea purpurea (Prairie Bush Clover)
Showy, erect blooms that go on for months. 
(Will also naturally improve soil by fixing Nitrogen) Fragrant.
Must have sun and good drainage.
Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for the Dogface Butterfly. Nectar source for many Butterfly species and Native Bees.
Hardy perennial to zone 4.
Gallon pot $12.00
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Cacalia/Arnoglosson atriplicifolia (Pale Indian Plantain)
This very tall native has large, thick, blue-green leaves and a presence that can not be missed in the sunny native garden. Very sturdy-Never flops, and draws pollinators like crazy.
Easy to grow in full sun and seems to like a moist, well drained, sandy soil best.
Wildlife benefits: Important nectar plants for native wasps and bees.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Campanulastrum americanum
Biennial, liking sun to partial shade and a moist, but well draining soil.
A tall beauty reaching 4 feet here in the gardens, and never a truer blue will you find anywhere!
Wildlife Benefits: Hummingbirds for it's nectar and of special value to native Bees.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Coreopsis rosea
This is the straight native species, not a cultivar. And, the only truly hardy PINK Coreopsis we have ever experienced here in our Zone 4 gardens. A reliable little thread-leaf type of Coreopsis that gets loaded with bright pink blooms on sturdy little 8-10 inch stems.
Likes sun and sandy, fast draining, but evenly moist soil.
Wildlife Benefits: Nectar source for many Bees, Butterflies and Skippers.
Hardy to zone 4.
4" Pot $8.00

Baptisia australis
(Shown here behind the Lupines)
LOVE this plant, for so many reasons.......Never flops,...Well behaved,....unbeatable cut flower,...such lovely foliage AND thick with the deepest shade of blue blossoms!
Full sun and a sandy or well draining soil.

Wildlife Benefits: Nectar source for long-tounged bees and a larval host plant for Skippers.
Hardy perennial to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

Eupatorium m. "Gateway"
Our native Joe Pye Weed. Very showy native with extremely long lasting blooms, perfect for the back or your sunny perennial border, sure to attract lots of butterflies and very easy to grow in any soil.
Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for over 40 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!
Gallon Pot $12.00

Chelone glabra (Native white Turtlehead)
A late summer bloomer, with fat heads of gorgeous white blooms that last nearly until frost.
Can take full sun, but does appreciate a bit of shade in warmer climates.
A moist but well draining soil is best.
Wildlife benefits: Nectar source for Butterflies, Bumble Bees and Hummingbirds. Larval host plant for Baltimore Checkerspot.
Hardy to zone 4.

​Gallon Pot $12.00

Coreopsis verticillata "Moonbeam"
Lovely, glowing pale yellow blooms on dense thread-leaf stems, making this great short Coreopsis float around the front of the sunny border like graceful clouds of light.
Easy in full sun and well draining soil.
Wildlife Benefits: Nectar source for many Bees, Butterflies and Skippers.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00

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Eupatorium dubium "Little Joe"
If you are looking for a shorter, beefier version of Joe Pye Weed....Little Joe fits the bill nicely! (Same wildlife benefits, but about 3 feet shorter.)
Wildlife benefits: Eupatoriums are larval host plants for over 40 Lepidoptera Butterfly species! HIGH Wildlife value!
Gallon Pot $12.00

Dictamnus a. purpureus (Pink blooming Gas Plant)
*This is NOT native, but we are growing it for the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly host plant, since the only native they will use is the Ptelea trifoliata/Hops Tree, which although is in production, is not ready for sale yet.) Poses no threat to the environment.
Very showy blooms early summer, getting about 2 1/2 feet tall in our gardens.
Sun and a moist, but well draining soil.
5 Pint Pot $10.00

Echinacea purpurea Magnus (Coneflower)
Butterfly MAGNET!
One of the most important staples in any sunny Butterfly or Wildlife garden. 
SO easy to grow in almost any soil, and such a huge draw for so many beautiful butterflies!
Wildlife Benefits: High Wildlife Value! (As with all Coneflowers) Nectar source for Monarchs, Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and Whites. Pollen and nectar for many native Bees, and Honey Bees. A larval host plant for many Moths, and seeds provide a favorite food source for a wide variety of Song Birds.
Gallon Pot 12.00

Echinacea tennesseensis
Native Coneflower just recently taken off the Endangered Plant list,.... a prolific bloomer, and forms dense clumps over the years.
Easy with sun and sandy/well draining soil.
Wildlife benefits: HIGH VALUE! Produces large amount of nectar. Adored by Native Bees, Many Butterflies, such as American Lady,  Giant Swallowtail,  Great Spangled Fritillary,  Painted Lady,  Pearl Crescent,  Red Admiral,  Silvery Checkerspot,  Spicebush Swallowtail,  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,  Variegated Fritillary,  Viceroy,  Fiery Skipper,  Gulf Fritillary,  Sachem,  Tawny-edge Skipper, as well as Native Pollinators.
Hardy to zone 4.
Gallon Pot $12.00