Native up and down the West Coast, with pale pink to white flowers this little onion is a cinch to grow. Native pollinators love the showy long lived flowers. Freely reseeding, large bunches of these flowers are colorful over 6 weeks. 8 in. tall. Key nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
Narrow-leaf milkweed attracts butterflies and bees and is smaller in stature than showy milkweed. It tolerates very dry conditions and is, typically, found in thin rocky soil areas in the Willamette Valley. It is a host plant for Monarch butterflies.
The Monarch butterfly host plant with great retail appeal, so it's easy to sell. It is unusual and showy with 3-in., globes of pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. This increasingly rare plant is the only genus on which Monarch butterflies will deposit eggs. The nectar-filled flowers, opening late summer, exude a pleasing sweet fragrance and produce magnificent seed pods. 2-3 ft. tall.
This native annual is found in wet prairies and ditches. It has tall spikes of magenta flowers that provide late summer color.. The small seeds are attractive to goldfinches during their breeding season. 2-4 ft tall
This small annual has a variety of forms from tufted to slender and erect. It has pink, tubular flowers that are self-pollinated. It grows in moist or dry soils at all elevations typically in areas without much competing vegetation.
Rosy plectritis is an outstanding annual for restorations. Its bright pink flowers are attractive to numerous pollinators including spring butterflies. It grows best on thin soils of upland sites or in wet prairies with low competition from perennials. Key nectar species for Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly.
This checkermallow grows many upright stems to 4 ft. or more covered in showy white to pale pink flowers, May-June. When using in the garden, cut back after flowering to get more flowers. Forms large robust clumps and is an easy perennial. It has proven a winner on restoration sites establishing quickly and persisting over the long-haul. It is found in both wet and dry prairies. There are both early (May) and later (June-July) blooming forms of which we carry both. Host plant for Gray Hairstreak and nectar for: Fenders Blue, Taylor's Checkerspot, and Checkered Skipper.
Like a miniature hollyhock with vibrant pink flowers, in a garden, this checkermallow works best near the front of a border as its only 2 ft. tall. Blooming May-June, cut it back and irrigate to get more flowers. As with tall checkermallow, it shines on upland restoration sites. Establishing quickly and persisting over the long-haul. Hose plant for Checkered Skippers and Gray Hairstreak and key nectar species for Fenders Blue and Taylor's Checkerspot butterflies.