Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities’ Hollyhock
Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities’ Hollyhock

Host Plant – Painted Lady / Common Checkered Skipper

Hollyhocks have been grown in gardens for centuries, their tall spikes of satiny, crepe-textured flowers making a fine display in mid-summer. Best at the back of a sunny border, with something in front to hide their bare lower stems. This strain features fluffy double flowers, in a wide range of pastel shades. Plants usually act as short-lived perennials, but will re-seed themselves for many years. The single forms are often said to be more resistant to Hollyhock rust. Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Artemisia stelleriana – Silver Brocade
Artemisia stelleriana – Silver Brocade

Host Plant – American Lady

Wide 1″ felty silver foliage with a hint of green coloring. Artemisia Silver Brocade has uniquely shaped leaves of deeply divided, rounded lobes that provide interesting texture and design to your border. Softens and blends color transitions in the border. Outstanding next to white or blue flowers.

Features to Note:

  • Deer Resistant
  • OK in containers – see FAQ for overwintering
  • Scented Foliage
  • Hot Dry site tolerant
  • For a sunny spot

General Information:

Artemisia are prized for their aromatic silver leaves, excellent texture and vigorous growth. This perennial does not flower conspicuously but are used for their contrasting foliage. Also excellent in flower arrangements.

Plant Care:Fast growing. Can be cut back in spring to control size. Can be sheared during the summer if needed – new foliage will flush out quickly.
Available May – Mid May
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Asclepias curassavica – ‘Monarch Promise’ Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica – ‘Monarch Promise’ Tropical Milkweed

Monarch Promise is a special Asclepias curassavica with beautiful green and white variegated foliage that is tinged with red, orange and pink leaf tips. The bright orange-red flower attracts Monarch butterflies and many other species of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Monarch Promise is great to use in the landscape or in container gardens to bring life to your patio, not only for its amazing color but to attract butterflies. It is a tropical milkweed, so it grows best in warmer temperatures.

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Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed

Tropical Milkweed, also known as Blood flower, is a tender evergreen perennial in the dogbane and milkweed family. It is native to South America, but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas. It has a much longer flowering period than the perennial milkweeds that are winter hardy in Michigan. Showy red-orange flowers bloom late spring through late autumn except in USDA Zones 9-11 where it is winter hardy. Grows best in light, rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Will tolerate light shade and some soil dryness.  Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on this plant and the resulting larvae (caterpillars) use the plant leaves as a food source. Flowers are followed by long, narrow seed pods (3-4” long) which split open when ripe releasing silky tailed seeds for dispersal by wind. Stems and leaves exude a milky sap when cut or bruised. Plants can be poisonous to livestock. Consider wearing gloves when working with these plants because the milky sap is poisonous if ingested and can be toxic to human skin.

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Asclepias incarnata – ‘Cinderella’ Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata – ‘Cinderella’ Milkweed

‘Cinderella’ is a cultivar of native Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) featuring pale pink, vanilla scented flower clusters. This milkweed occurs throughout most of the United States. It is a tall plant found in moist habitats such as wet meadows, floodplains, riverbanks, pond shores, stream banks, wet woods, swamps, and marshes, although it will also grow in drier areas such as prairies, fields, and roadsides. Swamp milkweed needs full sun or partial shade to flourish. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees as a nectar source. Swamp milkweed is also an important food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies.The plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant.

Available –  May 2017
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Asclepias incarnata – ‘Ice Ballet’ Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata – ‘Ice Ballet’ Milkweed

‘Ice Ballet’ is an elegant, long-blooming, bright white cultivar of native Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) and features a compact habit and dark green foliage. Swamp milkweed occurs throughout most of the United States. It is a tall plant found in moist habitats such as wet meadows, floodplains, riverbanks, pond shores, stream banks, wet woods, swamps, and marshes, although it will also grow in drier areas such as prairies, fields, and roadsides. Asclepias incarnata needs full sun or partial shade to flourish. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees as a nectar source. Swamp milkweed is also an important food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies. The plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant.

Available – May 2017

 

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Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed occurs throughout most of the United States. It is a tall plant found in moist habitats such as wet meadows, floodplains, riverbanks, pond shores, stream banks, wet woods, swamps, and marshes, although it will also grow in drier areas such as prairies, fields, and roadsides. Swamp milkweed needs full sun or partial shade to flourish. Flowers are fragrant and very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees as a nectar source. Swamp milkweed is also an important food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies. The plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant. Also known as Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed, and Marsh Milkweed.

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Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed – 1 gallon pot
Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed – 1 gallon pot

Host Plant – Monarch

Red Milkweed attracts butterflies of all kinds and the leaves are a preferred food source for the Monarch Caterpillar.Asclepias incarnata thrives along ponds, streams and detention basins. It preferes moist soil but also does wel in average, well-drained garden sites. Full sun is best and some light shade is tolerated. No butterfly garden is complete without Red Milkweed, also known as Swamp Milkweed or Marsh Milkweed.

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Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed – 4″ pot
Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed – 4″ pot

Host Plant – Monarch

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed occurs throughout most of the United States. It is a tall plant found in moist habitats such as wet meadows, floodplains, riverbanks, pond shores, stream banks, wet woods, swamps, and marshes, although it will also grow in drier areas such as prairies, fields, and roadsides. Swamp milkweed needs full sun or partial shade to flourish. Flowers are fragrant and very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees as a nectar source. Swamp milkweed is also an important food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies. The plants are deer resistant and heat tolerant. Also known as Rose Milkweed, Red Milkweed, and Marsh Milkweed.

Available – May 2017

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Asclepias physocarpa Hairy Balls Milkweed
Asclepias physocarpa Hairy Balls Milkweed

Asclepias physocarpa (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is a unique milkweed and favorite with Monarch Butterflies as a milkweed host. It is grown as an annual throughout the United States except in USDA Zones 8-10. This milkweed is commonly known as Hairy Balls,

Swan plant, Balloon plant, Oscar milkweed, and Family Jewels. Native to South Africa, Asclepias physocarpa has become a favorite with American gardeners in butterfly gardens.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.

Grown in 4.5” square pot.

Available Mid-May 2017

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Asclepias sullivantii – Sullivant’s Milkweed / Prairie Milkweed
Asclepias sullivantii – Sullivant’s Milkweed / Prairie Milkweed

Winner of the 2015 Green Thumb Award for Best New Product!

Also known as Prairie Milkweed, Sullivant’s Milkweed is a long-lived perennial and a well-behaved relative of Common Milkweed. Very similar in appearance, it is less aggressive and an excellent choice for butterfly gardens. Prairie Milkweed grows best in a sunny, medium to medium-moist garden. The pinkish, mauve flowers are very fragrant and attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Sullivant’s Milkweed is listed as ‘threatened’ in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan.

Available – May 2017

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Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed is the plant most people think of when they hear the word ‘milkweed’.  This Michigan native occurs throughout most of the United States and thrives in almost any well drained soil and produces a profusion of fragrant mauve colored flowers in midsummer.  The sweet scented flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators and beneficial insects. Of all the milkweeds this is the easiest and fastest to establish, yet it is known to be invasive and must be used with care. This milkweed grows best in full sun and average to well-drained soil with no irrigation and will tolerate extreme conditions.

Available May 2017

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