Host plants are required by caterpillars for growth and development into butterflies. These are the secret to butterflies in your garden.

Our online store is temporarily closed. We hope to be able to update the online inventory as soon as possible, but there have been a lot of unanticipated life events this season that have complicated our time for computer crunching.

Our plant stand will open 05/28/22 this year and we'll be working a few markets as well.
  • American Redbud(<em>Cercis canadensis</em>) Quick View
    • American Redbud(<em>Cercis canadensis</em>) Quick View
    • American Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

    • $6.00
    • Redbud trees produce beautiful edible flowers early in spring that can be added to salads or used as a garnish. They have a flavor similar to snow peas and are thought to have health benefits similar to those in red wine (think bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants). The trees also serve as a host plant to the larvae to several butterflies and…
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  • Fruitful American Cranberry(<em>Viburnum trilobum</em>) Quick View
    • Fruitful American Cranberry(<em>Viburnum trilobum</em>) Quick View
    • Fruitful American Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)

    • $10.00
    • An open-pollinated strain originating from a wild cranberry bush found in a Michigan wetland that was selected and grown for years by the famous local nursery, Oikos Tree Corps. Ken grew 1500 seedlings and selected for a couple that fruited within 3 years from seed. Oikos recently closed their nursery, and we are fortunate to have acquired several of their…
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  • Purple Coneflower (<em>Echinacea purpurea</em>) Quick View
    • Purple Coneflower (<em>Echinacea purpurea</em>) Quick View
    • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

    • This classic coneflower is a pollinator favorite and a host plant for the lovely Ottoe Skipper. This amazing giving plant has a rich history in herbal medicine and is still widely used in pharmaceutical preparations today. Plants are currently provided in recycled plastic pots donated to our nursery by community members (size varies, especially at the farmstand!) or in soil…
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  • Red-osier Dogwood (<em>Cornus sericea</em>) Quick View
    • Red-osier Dogwood (<em>Cornus sericea</em>) Quick View
    • Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

    • $20.00
    • This fast-growing species serves as a host plant to Spring Azure caterpillars. Red Osier Dogwood also yields fruits that are favorites of wild birds and other wildlife. This species of Dogwood has dark red stems that can be quite striking against white snow throughout the winter. Plants are currently being sold in gallon-sized recycled plastic pots that were donated to…
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  • Rose Milkweed (<em>Asclepias incarnata</em>) Quick View
    • Rose Milkweed (<em>Asclepias incarnata</em>) Quick View
    • Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

    • $4.00
    • Also called Swamp, Red, or Marsh Milkweed (we like "rose" better!), this species has a lovely vanilla scent and is deer-resistant. It thrives in wet soils but grows in average soils as well. The flowers are a favorite of various butterfly species, including monarchs and swallowtails. It is one of many native milkweed species that monarch butterfly larvae use as…
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  • Silky Dogwood (<em>Cornus amomum</em>) Quick View
    • Silky Dogwood (<em>Cornus amomum</em>) Quick View
    • Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

    • $15.00
    • Also called Pale Dogwood and Swamp Dogwood, this plant has early blooms followed by fruits loved by many bird species. The species also serves as a host plant to the Spring Azure caterpillars. Plants are currently being sold in gallon-sized recycled plastic pots that were donated to our nursery by community members.
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