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Monarch Nectar Plants

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During the shipping season (May thru October), our Facebook fans will receive notification of special promotions being offered on our web site. Sometimes we have more supply than we do demand for Monarch caterpillars or milkweed plants and then we advertise a flash sale on Facebook. During the winter, we post lots of butterfly photos and information that might be of interest to the butterfly gardener.

     Butterfly gardening involves essentially two things: (1) planting the perennials and annuals which attract butterflies (both for nectaring and egg-laying) and then (2) refraining from the use of chemical insecticides (which would likely kill the butterflies you attract). For best results, plant your butterfly garden in full sun and plant the tallest flowers behind the shorter ones--so you'll be able to see all the flowers and butterflies that appear in your garden.
     While some flowering plants, like Butterfly Bush and Purple Coneflower, attract a lot of butterfly species for nectar, others attract none or maybe just a few butterfly species. Monarchs are especially fond of the nectar produced by Butterfly Bush, Purple Coneflower, Meadow Blazing Star, Joe-Pye Weed, Brazilian Verbena, and Mexican Sunflower. These plants are pictured and described below. For 20 years we offered these plants to our customers but as of 2020, now in semi-retirement, we will be offering only milkweed plants (the host plant for Monarchs) and a few plants that serve as hosts for other butterfly species. Whatever plants we offer, you'll find them on the 'Milkweed Plants' page of the web site. None of the plants show below though, will be available through our web site.

We only sporadically offer the plants on this page---and we are shipping them now!  
We ship USPS Priority Mail. Once you place an order, please watch your email closely for updates on order status.
   We ARE able to ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $2.00 service charge to cancel your order and refund your payment.

Purple Coneflower     (Echinacea 'purpurea)

Purple Coneflower grows 30" - 36" high and produces lavender-pink colored daisy-like flowers mid July thru September.  Easy to grow and a generally a long-lived perennial. 

Perennial, zones 4-9.     $8.00 each       Sold Out for 2023.





'Sombrero' Coneflower     (Echinacea 'Sombrero')

'Sombrero' Coneflower grows 18" - 20" high and produces bright colored daisy-like flowers mid July thru September.  Easy to grow and a generally a long-lived perennial. Flower colors include red, orange, peach, lavender, yellow, and white. Sorry, no choice of flower color.

Perennial, zones 4-9.     $9.00 each             Sold Out for 2023.





'Norah Leigh' Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Norah Leigh')

'Norah Leigh' Phlox grows 3" - 36" high and blooms mid July thru August.  It has beautiful variegated foliage and thus, the plant is showy even when it's not blooming. Easy to grow and generally a long-lived perennial. 

Perennial, zones 4-8.     $9.00 each        Sold Out for 2023.      





Phlox 'Jeana'     (Phlox paniculata 'Jeana')

 Founded by and named after Jeana Prewitt of Nashville, TN, this native wildflower possesses outstanding mildew resistance. Maturing at 36"-40" high, 'Jeana' produces lavender flower heads (smaller than those of most Garden Phlox) July thru August. Fragrant. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. While most garden phlox are not highly attractive to butterflies, this particular Phlox is exceptionally attractive to butterflies, and especially to Swallowtails and Monarchs.

Perennial, zones 4-8.        $9.00 each      Sorry, Sold Out for 2023.



Clustered Mountainmint  (Pycnanthemum miticum)

Also known as Short-Tooth Mountain Mint, this plant is a must for beekeepers. Many species of bees flock to this plant when it is in bloom. It blooms late July thru August and grows 24" - 30" high. Easy to grow. Full sun or part shade.

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $9.00 each       Sorry, Sold Out for 2023.





Mexican Sunflower  (Tithonia)

Mexican Sunflower grows 36"-60" high (depending upon the cultivar and growing conditions) and produces large orange diasy-like flowers from around mid July thru frost. Butterflies, especially Monarchs, are lured to this plant for the tasty nectar produced in the flowers. Mexican Sunflower is an annual and thus, must be replanted every year. Save the seeds so you can start your own plants next year.  Deer resistant.

Annual     $7.00 each          Sorry, Sold Out for 2023.




Plants that attract hummingbirds:

'Pocahontas Red Rose' Beebalm (Monarda didyma 'Pocohontas Red Rose')

'Pocahontas Red Rose' Beebalm grows 12" - 18" high and flowers late June thru July.  Easy to grow and generally a long-lived perennial. Spreads fast in moist soil. A hummer favorite.

Perennial, zones 4-9.     $9.00 each         Sorry, Sold Out for 2023.





'Gardenview Scarlet' Beebalm    (Monarda didyma 'Gardenview Scarlet')

'Gardenview Scarlet' Beebalm grows 30" - 36" high and flowers late June thru July.  Easy to grow and a generally a long-lived perennial. A hummer favorite.

Perennial, zones 4-9.     $9.00 each            Sold Out for 2023.





'Starship Rose' Lobelia    

'Starship Rose' Lobelia grows 20" - 24" high and produces deep pink flower spikes mid July thru August.  Easy to grow and a generally a long-lived perennial. A hummer favorite.

Perennial, zones 6-9.     $9.00 each       





Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy Hibiscus matures at about 4' high and 4'wide. It produces lots of huge, showy flowers and blooms late July thru frost. Easy to grow and a generally a long-lived perennial. A hummer favorite.

We expect most of our plants to produce pink flowers as the seed was gathered from an area where there are only pink ones growing. 

Perennial, zones 5-9.     $9.00 each      Sorry, Sold Out for 2023.




Don't know what zone you live in? Check out our  USDA plant  hardiness zone map.

Milkweed (Asclepias) also produces a sweet nectar which lures Monarchs (and other butterflies also) to the garden for feeding. You'll find the milkweed species we offer on our 'milkweed plants' page.

Here's some annuals that attract Monarchs:
These you can start from seed or find them in your local nursery.

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) Zinnia Verbena bonarienssis Cosmos

butterfly gardening, butterfly attracting plants Fast Track BUTTERFLY GARDENING   (August, 2012)           $20.00

                                          by Rose Franklin

Within the pages of this book you will learn how to design and plant a nectar-rich butterfly garden, identify many of the butterflies that visit your garden, lure butterflies to your property for egg-laying, and lots more.

Book format: 8.5" X 11"; 104 pages; over 100 color photos.

FYI: If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can order this book on Amazon and get free shipping.

Rose Franklin's Perennials
Our plant nursery is located in Spring Mills, PA  16875

(814) 422-8968        Email:

During our busy shipping season (May 1 thru September 30), please email, don't call.


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