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Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml

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Lamiaceae

Purple Porterweed

Stachytarpheta frantzii

Deep velvety purple blooms are produced continuously from spring to fall on this upright to spreading perennial. The Purple Porterweed is a medium sized variety becoming fairly dense as it matures.

Porterweeds are likely the number one favorite nectar plant for butterfly gardeners and surely for the butterflies themselves. I would be surprised to find a plant that produces a more continuous supply of nectar rich flowers from summer to frost, even most Lantana has to catch its breath from time to time during the heat of summer. This is one of the few plants that you will find consistently at nearly every butterfly conservatory. In zone 8B we find that the larger growing Porterweeds, like Lavender, Coral, and Purple, may return from the roots in late spring if well mulched. In zone 10 it is likely to be a reliable perennial if not evergreen. Porterweed is known to reseed particularly in mild winter climates.

Average Mature Size: 4'H x 3'W

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11

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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Native To / Origin: American Tropics

 
Coral Porterweed
1/2" salmon pink blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost. The flowers are filled with nectar from before dusk until nearly dark making this a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Coral Porterweed is a vigorous grower making it a good choice for the back of the border. Item# 372. Price: US$8.99

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Red Firecracker Fern, Firecracker Plant, Coral Fountain

1" deep red tubular blooms are born in large loose clusters throughout summer.Fine, green lax foliage on long arching stems. A favorite of hummingbirds and a tough long lasting perennial. Firecracker fern is an excellent choice for raised beds or containers where the soft arching foliage and flowers can spill over the edges. Item# 417.

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Giant Red Turks Cap, Mexican Turks Cap, Sleepy Mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus
2-3" pendant, sleepy scarlet blooms are born from late spring to fall. Glossy medium green tropical foliage on a vigorous tropical shrub or woody perennial. An unusually large blooming variety. Item # 431. Price: US$8.99

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Lavender Porterweed
Soft lavender nectar-rich purple blooms are produced continuously from spring to fall on this upright to spreading perennial. Lavender Porterweed is a medium sized species becoming fairly dense as it matures. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming nearly all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 483. Price: US$8.99

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Lavender Cat Whiskers, Java Tea, Kidney Tea
View Light lavender tubular blooms with protruding white to lavender 'cat's whiskers' (actually stamens), are borne in long spikes throughout summer. The light colored flowers contrast nicely with the dark, sometimes purplish green foliage. Naturally an evergreen shrub, Cat Whiskers is considered a root hardy perennial into zone 8 with protection. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Shade loving. Item# 1135. Price: US$7.99

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White Profusion Butterfly Bush
White, fragrant bloom spikes reaching 16", are held against the green, velvety foliage. Attracts scads of butterflies. Considered by many to be the best white butterfly bush. Item # 735. Price: US$9.99

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Silver Spires White Vitex, Chaste Tree

An unusually pure white selection of Vitex. Silver Spires produces medium sized spikes of white flowers that are held against the dark blue-green fragrant foliage. Vitex is a vigorous, disease and deer resistant, drought and salt tolerant large spreading to upright deciduous shrub or small tree. Excellent for Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds. Silver Spires was the top rated white flowered Vitex in trials at Longwood Gardens. Item# 739.

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View Beautifully cut medium green deeply cut lacy foliage that is reminiscent of the delicately cut foliage of some Japanese Maples adorns this vigorous 'Chaste Tree'. 6-8" spikes of lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are borne in summer. The Lace-Leaf Vitex is considered by many to be the most hardy of the Chaste Trees.  Item# 787. Price: US$9.99

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View A vigorous and reliable Oakleaf Hydrangea selection with sturdy stems and good sun tolerance. The 10-14" white bloom panicles, with individual blooms as large as a half-dollar, are borne in spring and fade to pink. Item # 1181 Price: US$12.99

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