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To experience the full life cycle of butterflies right in your own backyard, you must plant both larval and nectar plantsImportant larval plants are Hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata), Pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa), Passionvine (Passiflora incarnata), Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and many more. Check out our complete offering of larval plants. Our free printed catalog includes a chart of butterflies and the larval/nectar plants they prefer. We also carry pawpaws, catalpa trees, buttonbush, and arrowwood viburnum. Our Zamia pumila (Coontie) is the only host plant for the rare Atala butterfly. 

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  • Aristolochia tomentosa Pipevine
    Aristolochia tomentosa Pipevine
    Aristolochia tomentosa (Pipevine) deciduous high climber with heart shaped leaves; host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly; pipe-shaped greenish-yellow flowers. Pesticide free.  SIZE: 1 gallonZone...
    $7.00
  • Asclepias amplexicaulis (Clasping Milkweed) pints
    Asclepias amplexicaulis (Clasping Milkweed) pints
    Ascelpias amplexicaulis (Clasping Milkweed)1-3ft;  leaves clasp the stem; dry sandy sites; pink-rose red summer flowers Host plant for Monarch butterflies. (Zone...
    $7.00
  • Asclepias incarnata  Swamp Milkweed 1gallon
    Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed 1gallon
    Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) host for Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies and attracts honeybees and various other butterflies for nectar; pink-rose colored blooms appear in mid-late summer; deer resistant;...
    $7.00
  • Asclepias perennis (White Swamp Milkweed) 1gallon ready mid May
    Asclepias perennis (White Swamp Milkweed) 1gallon ready mid May
    Asclepias perennis (White Swamp Milkweed)1-2ft tall;   Larval host to the monarch butterfly, queen butterfly and soldier butterfly.  Clusters of white flowers attract bees and butterflies and bloom...
    $7.00
  • Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed pints
    Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed pints
    Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed We are so happy to have this again! Deep orange summer blooms (July-August) are irresistible to butterflies! Needs dry well drained soil, and full sun.Zone 7-9 Size:...
    $6.00
  • Asclepias variegata (Redring Milkweed) 4" pots
    Asclepias variegata (Redring Milkweed) 4" pots
    Asclepias variegata (Redring Milkweed) eye-catching white flowers with purple tinges resemble snowball shape; larval food for Monarch butterfly; appreciates partial shade and well drained soils; blooms May-July...
    $7.00
  • Asclepias verticillata Whorled milkweed 1gallon
    Asclepias verticillata Whorled milkweed 1gallon
    Asclepias verticillata (Whorled milkweed) preferred food source for Monarchs.  Fine textured leaves; flowers greenish white with purple tinge. Low maintenance...
    $8.00
  • Asimina triloba Pawpaw
    Asimina triloba Pawpaw
    Asimina triloba (Pawpaw) 15-20ft; interesting small tree; maroon colored spring flowers; edible fruit;  host plant for Zebra Swallowtail butterfly. Zone 6-8 SIZE 1...
    $8.00
  • Catalpa bignoides Southern Catalpa Tree
    Catalpa bignoides Southern Catalpa Tree
    Catalpa bignoides (Southern Catalpa Tree) apprx 30-40ft tall, bright green large heart shaped leaves; June-July summer blooms literally cover the tree and are a very attractive white with gold and purple accents. The leaves...
    $10.00
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    Celtis laevigata Sugarberry Hackberry
    Celtis laevigata (Sugarberry/Hackberry)60-80ft; found on moist well drained sites; narrow yellow green leaves on arching branches; female trees produce berry like drupes that birds enjoy. Larval host plant for American snout...
    $7.00
  • Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
    Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
    Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush) 6-8ft; deciduous shrub with unique round flowers; prefers wet locations; great butterfly nectar plant & host plant for Sphinx Moth. As you can see in the picture, bees like it, too!...
    $7.00
  • Female Lindera benzoin
    Lindera benzoin Spicebush 1g
    Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) 20ft; large shrub; a must for the butterfly garden; larval food for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. Leaves have a spicy aroma when crushed. Deciduous. Zones 5-9 Pesticide Free Unsexed plants...
    $9.00
  • Liriodendron tulipifera Yellow Poplar 1gallon
    Liriodendron tulipifera Yellow Poplar 1gallon
    Liriodendron tulipifera (Yellow/Tulip Poplar) 70-90ft; fast growing with attractive leaves that turn gold-yellow in fall; tulip-like flowers; state tree of Kentucky & Tennessee.Host plant for Eastern Tiger Swallowtail...
    $8.00
  • Passiflora incarnata Passion Vine
    Passiflora incarnata Passion Vine
    Passiflora incarnata (Passion Vine) deciduous; semi-woody; blue-lavendar flowers bloom late spring-early fall; great butterfly nectar plant as well as larval plant for Gulf Frittilary butterfly. Full sun; Pesticide FreeZone...
    $7.00
  • Passiflora lutea Dwarf Passion Vine 1g
    Passiflora lutea Dwarf Passion Vine 1g
    Passiflora lutea (Dwarf Passion Vine) small intricate yellow flowers; host plant for Gulf Frittilary and Zebra Longwing butterflies. Needs shade. Yellow-green foliage. 1gallonZone...
    $7.00
  • Persea palustris Swamp Redbay
    Persea palustris Swamp Redbay
    Persea palutris (Swamp Redbay) Larval plant for Spicebush Swallowtail and Palamedes butterfly; small tree with dark purple fruit. Evergreen, full sun-partial shade. Zone 8-11. SIZE...
    $8.00

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