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40°F Allegan MI

Here we go!

Well, despite there being a lot more days with below average temps than at or above average where we live, signs of spring are everywhere and our plants are starting to come up. I even saw my first butterfly of the year. A mourning cloak, which overwinters as an adult butterfly. We overwinter our plants outside to try to keep them on a natural schedule. Some of our plants keep some green all winter, others are just starting to poke through the ground and still others need a bit warmer temps before they start sending up new growth. We have sold some of our plants through the winter in a dormant state and list them as such on our website and Etsy store. As they start popping up for the year, we list change their listing to reflect this. We have a wide selection of plants for a butterfly pollinator garden and add new ones every year. The ones we have available now are all one year old, but we are currently starting seeds and as those have sufficient enough growth, we will be listing them too. Our plants can be currently be purchased through this website https://www.blazingstarbutterflygarden.com/ or our Etsy store Etsy Blazing Star Butterfly Garden We also have pickups by appointment at our location. Here is a list of what we have available and hope to have soon:

Native Plant ready for 2022 season:

ZIZIA AUREA – GOLDEN ALEXANDERS
Silene regia ROYAL CATCHFLY
Silphium laciniatum COMPASS PLANT
Desmodium canadense SHOWY TICK TREFOIL
Senna hebecarpa WILD SENNA
VERBENA STRICTA – Hoary VERVAIN
VERBENA HASTATA – BLUE VERVAIN
TRADESCANTIA OHIENSIS – OHIO SPIDERWORT
AQUILEGIA CANADENSIS – COLUMBINE
AMORPHA CANESCENS – LEAD PLANT
AMSONIA ILLUSTRIS – OZARK BLUESTAR
BAPTISIA AUSTRALIS – BLUE WILD INDIGO
BOEHMERIA CYLINDRICA – SMALLSPIKE FALSE NETTLE
ECHINACEA PURPUREA – PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Ratibida pinnata YELLOW CONEFLOWER
Eryngium yuccifoum RATTLESNAKE MASTER
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae NEW ENGLAND ASTER
Lobelia cardinalis CARDINAL FLOWER
Lobelia siphilitica GREAT BLUE LOBELIA
Eutrochium maculatum JOE PYE WEED
Physostegia virginiana OBEDIENT PLANT
Agastache foeniculum ANISE HYSSOP
Penstemon digitalis FOXGLOVE BEARDTONGUE
Penstemon cobaea SHOWY BEARDTONGUE
Monarda fistulosa BERGAMOT
GENTIANA FLAVIDA – CREAM GENTIAN
LIAMNA REMOTA – KANKAKEE MALLOW
LUPINUS PERENNIS – WILD LUPINE
MERTENSIA VIRGINICA – VIRGINIA BLUEBELLS
PENSTEMON GRANDIFLORUS – LARGE-FLOWERED BEARDTONGUE
PHLOX PILOSA – PRAIRIE PHLOX
POLEMONIUM REPTANS – JACOB’S LADDER
PORTERANTHUS STIPULATUS – WESTERN INDIAN PHYSIC
RATIBIDA COLUMNIFERA – LONG-HEADED CONEFLOWER
RUDBECKIA SUBTOMENTOSA – SWEET BLACK-EYED SUSAN
RUELLIA HUMILIS – WILD PETUNIA
SALVIA AZUREA – BLUE SAGE
ASCLEPIAS SULLIVANTII – PRAIRIE MILKWEED
ASCLEPIAS SPECIOSA – SHOWY MILKWEED
ASCLEPIAS PURPURASCENS – PURPLE MILKWEED
Asclepias incarnata ROSE/ swamp MILKWEED
Asclepias verticillata WHORLED MILKWEED
Asclepias tuberosa BUTTERFLY milkWEED
ALLIUM CERNUUM – NODDING ONION
ECHINACEA PALLIDA – PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER
HIBISCUS LAEVIS – ROSE MALLOW
LESPEDEZA CAPITATA – ROUND-HEADED BUSH CLOVER
Helenium autumnale SNEEZEWEED
ANDROPOGON GERARDII – BIG BLUESTEM
SCHIZACHYRIUM SCOPARIUM – LITTLE BLUESTEM
BOUTELOUA CURTIPENDULA – SIDE-OATS GRAMA
BOUTELOUA GRACILIS – BLUE GRAMA
ELYMUS CANADENSIS – CANADA WILD RYE
PANICUM VIRGATUM – SWITCH GRASS
SORGHASTRUM NUTANS – INDIAN GRASS
SPOROBOLUS HETEROLEPIS – PRAIRIE DROPSEED
ZIZIA APTERA – HEART-LEAF GOLDEN ALEXANDERS
VIOLA PEDATIFIDA – PRAIRIE VIOLET

Trees:

pawpaw
Choke Cherry,
Gray dogwood
Black cherry
sweetgum
Spicebush

Nonnative perennials:

Ruta Graveolens Garden Rue
Levisticum officinale Loveage

Non native annuals ready after MI frost free/ mid may:

Gomphocarpus physocarpus hairy balls milkweed
Asclepias curassavica Tropical Milkweed
Tithonia rotundifolia Mexican sunflower
Verbena bonariensis tall verbena

Natives New for 2022 but not yet available

EUTROCHIUM PURPUREUM – SWEET JOE PYE WEED
EUPHORBIA COROLLATA – FLOWERING SPURGE
FILIPENDULA RUBRA – QUEEN OF THE PRAIRIE
GALIUM BOREALE – NORTHERN BEDSTRAW
GENTIANA ANDREWSII – BOTTLE GENTIAN
GENTIANOPSIS CRINITA – FRINGED GENTIAN
GEUM TRIFLORUM – PRAIRIE SMOKE
HELIANTHUS GROSSESERRATUS – SAW-TOOTH SUNFLOWER
Campanula Americana TALL BELLFLOWER
LIATRIS LIGULISTYLIS – MEADOW BLAZING STAR
LIATRIS PYCNOSTACHYA – PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR
MIMULUS RINGENS – MONKEY FLOWER
MIRABILIS NYCTAGINEA – WILD FOUR O’CLOCK
PENSTEMON CALYCOSUS – CALICO BEARDTONGUE
PENSTEMON HIRSUTUS – HAIRY BEARDTONGUE
PHLOX MACULATA – WILD SWEET WILLIAM
PYCNANTHEMUM VIRGINIANUM – MOUNTAIN MINT
SISYRINCHIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM – STOUT BLUE-EYED GRASS
THERMOPSIS CAROLINIANA – BLUE-RIDGE BUCKBEAN
ASCLEPIAS EXALTATA – POKE MILKWEED
VERONICASTRUM VIRGINICUM – CULVER’S ROOT
BAPTISIA AUSTRALIS VAR. MINOR – DWARF BLUE INDIGO
BAPTISIA SPHAEROCARPA – LARGE YELLOW WILD INDIGO
BAPTISIA TINCTORIA – SMALL YELLOW WILD INDIGO
CHASMANTHIUM LATIFOLIUM – RIVER OATS
TRIDENS FLAVUS – PURPLETOP
KOELERIA MACRANTHA – JUNE GRASS
VERBESINA ALTERNIFOLIA – WINGSTEM
VERNONIA MISSURICA – MISSOURI IRONWEED
ANAPHALIS MARGARITACEA – PEARLY EVERLASTING
SYMPHYOTRICHUM OBLONGIFOLIUM – AROMATIC ASTER
BAPTISIA ALBA – WHITE WILD INDIGO
BLEPHILIA CILIATA – DOWNY WOOD MINT
CALLIRHOE INVOLUCRATA – PURPLE POPPY MALLOW
CEANOTHUS AMERICANUS – NEW JERSEY TEA
ECHINACEA PARADOXA – BUSH’S CONEFLOWER
Chelone glabra TURTLEHEAD
Penstemon calycosus CALICO BEARDTONGUE
Liatris aspera rough BLAZING STAR
LiaLiatris spicata marsh BLAZING STAR
tris cylindracea DWARF BLAZING STAR
Cirsium muticum SWAMP THISTLe
DODECATHEON PULCHELLUM – SOUTHERN SHOOTING STAR
Geranium maculatum WILD GERANIUM
Silphium perfoliatum CUP PLANT