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

  • 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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  • Butterfly Weed (<em>Asclepias tuberosa</em>)Quick View
    • Butterfly Weed (<em>Asclepias tuberosa</em>)Quick View
    • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

    • $4.00
    • Butterfly weed has striking bright orange blooms unique from the other Milkweed species. The blooms attract a variety of pollinators and are a favorite in many types of gardens. It is one of many native milkweed species that monarch butterfly larvae use as a source of food. The milkweed contains a toxic compound makes the butterfly unpalatable to predators  throughout…
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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. Oikos recently closed their nursery, and we are fortunate to have acquired several of their naturally enriched native plant strains. Plants will grow to fruit heavy at a young age…
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  • Purple Coneflower (<em>Echinacea purpurea</em>)Quick View
    • Purple Coneflower (<em>Echinacea purpurea</em>)Quick View
    • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

    • $4.00
    • 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 2" recycled plastic pots donated to our nursery by community members.
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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)

    • $10.00
    • 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 quart-sized recycled plastic pots that were donated to…
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  • Silky Dogwood (<em>Cornus amomum</em>)Quick View
    • Silky Dogwood (<em>Cornus amomum</em>)Quick View
    • Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

    • $10.00
    • 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 quart-sized recycled plastic pots that were donated to our nursery by community members.
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