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Providing for Pollinators

Pollinators are the creatures that help produce most of the plant-based food that we eat. The mostly native plants on this page provide a good quantity of nectar and pollen to support the needs of honey bees, native bees and other pollinators, including butterflies, beetles, flies, wasps and moths. These plants will help you create your own backyard habitat and provide food for our diverse and hard-working pollinators.

Item Name Product Image Item Number Price

Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)

Native. Ht.10-12” Pink flowers late spring;  moist, well drained soil. This tough native onion has drooping flowers that look like miniature fireworks! Lovely in the garden or naturalized in a meadow. Very drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Good for rain gardens. 1.5 gallon
Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) P-014 $14.00

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

Native. Ht. 1-2.5'  Orange flowers in summer. Dry - moist soil. A shorter milkweed with dark green foliage, and typical seed pods in fall. Because of its color and nectar, it may attract butterflies (including Monarch larvae), bees, hummingbirds, etc. Tolerates  a variety of soils. Likes moisture but resists drought. Deer resistant. 1 gallon
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) P-104 $11.00

Baptisia australis (False Indigo)

Native. Ht 3-6’ Blue flowers in early summer. Grows in moist, well drained soil. Flowers bloom in spikes. Medium green compound foliage. Attractive seed pods. Native to open woods and river banks. Larval host to several species of butterflies and moths. Great rain garden plant. Endangered species in Ohio. Deer resistant. 1 gallon
Baptisia australis (False Indigo) P-018 $11.00

Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)

Native. Ht. 2-4’ white flowers late summer; moist, well drained soil. Snapdragon-shaped flowers in August and September. Great back of the border plant and a hummingbird favorite. Host for Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. Good for rain gardens. Deer resistant. 1.5 gallon  
Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead) P-020 $13.00


Plant in full sun. Host plant for Black Swallowtail butterflies.
Dill HER-005 $4.00

Echinacea pupurea
(Purple Coneflower)

Native. Ht. 2-3’ Purple flowers mid summer; moist-dry soil. An excellent native flower common in the prairies. Typically dark rose petals and orange centers, occasionally white. Blooms for weeks in mid-summer. Good rain garden plant. Great for butterflies and birds. 1.5 gallon
Echinacea pupurea (Purple Coneflower) P-021 $13.00

Hypericum kalmianum 'Gemo'
(Kalm's St. John's Wort)

Cultivar of native shrub. Full sun - part shade. Ht. 2-3' Yellow flowers in mid-late summer. Dry to moist soil. Tightly branched shrub with narrow leaves.  Exfoliating bark for winter interest.  Attracts pollinators. 3 gallon
Hypericum kalmianum 'Gemo' (Kalm's St. John's Wort) P-102 $37.00

Lavender – Super Blue

Aromatic and attractive to bees and butterflies.
Lavender – Super Blue HER-006 $4.00

Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)

Native. Ht. 3-4’ red flowers late summer; moist-wet soil. Bright red flower spikes in late summer. Hummingbirds love it! Great for shady rain gardens. Full sun okay if kept moist. Deer resistant. 2012 LEAP Native Plant of the Year. 1.5 gallon
Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) P-045 $14.00

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' (Honeysuckle)

Cultivar of native vine. Full sun - part shade. Ht. 3-8' Red-orange flowers in late spring thru summer. Moist, well drained soil. This is a profusely blooming native honeysuckle. It is a twining vine and needs small to medium width support to climb. The crisp green foliage is resistant to mildew. Tolerant of drought and dry soils once established, but either may reduce flower production and...
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' (Honeysuckle) P-103 $37.00