Butterfly Garden

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Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden was established in 1991 by the Story County Master Gardeners, and had since been cared for by the Boone Master Gardeners. Native shrubs and herbaceous perennials were selected in this collection based on their value to butterfly and pollinator populations. Much of the plant species chosen provide a suitable habitat and food source to butterfly larvae, including several species of milkweed (Asclepias sp.). Other herbaceous and shrub species from coneflower (Echnicaea purpurea) to bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) provide nectar for adult butterflies and various bee species. A small pond adjacent to the garden serves as a habitat for various waterfowl species and other aquatic animals. A butterfly prairie was also incorporated to the garden in 2016.

*This page was last updated on May 30, 2018.

Designation Genus species Cultivar Common Name
Deciduous Tree Acer griseum Paperbark Maple
Deciduous Tree Alnus glutinosa Black Alder
Deciduous Tree Amelanchier  alnifolia Regent Alder-leaved Serviceberry
Deciduous Tree Betula nigra River Birch
Deciduous Tree Betula nigra River Birch
Deciduous Tree Chionanthus virginicus White Fringetree
Deciduous Tree Fraxinus  americana Autumn Applause Autumn Applause White Ash
Deciduous Tree Quercus  robur English Oak
Deciduous Tree Salix alba var. sericea Silver Willow
Deciduous Tree Salix abla Tristis Trisitis White Willow
Deciduous Shrub Aesculus  parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye
Deciduous Shrub Cephalanthus occidentalis Sugar Shack Button Bush
Deciduous Shrub Hydrangea paniculata Panicle Hydrangea
Deciduous Shrub Viburnum  dentatum  Arrowwood Viburnum
Deciduous Shrub Fothergilla  major Mount Airy Large Fothergilla
Deciduous Shrub Salix integra Hakura Nishiki Nishiki Willow
Deciduous Shrub Spiraea japonica Gold Mound Gold Mound Japanese Spirea
Perennial Achillea  millefolium Common Yarrow
Perennial Agastache  cana Kudos Coral Dwarf Hummingbird Mint
Perennial Alcea rosea Halo Blush Hollyhock
Perennial Alcea  rosea Chaters Double Red Hollyhock
Perennial Allium  hybrid Millenium Millenium Ornamental Onion
Perennial Amsonia tabernaemontana Blue Ice Blue Star
Perennial Anethum graveolens Dill
Perennial Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed
Perennial Asclepias incarnata Cinderella Cinderella Swamp Milkweed
Perennial Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed
Perennial Baptisia australis False Indigo
Annual Begonia  x hiemalis Blitz Hiemalis Begonia
Perennial Buddleia  davidii Blue Chip Jr. Blue Chip Jr. Butterfly Bush
Perennial Chelone glabra Hot Lips Turtleflower
Perennial Echinacea  purpurea PowWow Wildberry Coneflower, PowWow™ Series
Perennial Echinacea  hybrid Hot Lava Coneflower, Prairie Pillars™ Collection
Perennial Echinacea  hybrid Firebird Coneflower, Bird™ Series
Perennial Echinacea  purpurea Hope Coneflower
Perennial Echinacea  hybrid Big Kahuna Coneflower
Perennial Echinacea  hybrid Leilani Coneflower
Perennial Echinacea  hybrid Elegance Coneflower, Supreme ™ Series
Perennial Eupatorium  rugosum Chocolate Joe Pye Weed
Perennial Hyssopus officinalis Golden Jubilee Anise (Hyssop)
Perennial Leucanthemum x superbum Whoops-a-daisy Shasta Daisy
Perennial Liatris  spicata Floristan White Gayfeather
Perennial Monarda didyma Raspberry Wine Raspberry Wine Bee Balm
Perennial Nepeta  x faassenii Walker’s Low Walker’s Low Catmint
Perennial Penstemon digitalis Husker Red Beardtongue
Perennial Phlox  paniculata Blue Boy Garden phlox
Perennial Phlox  paniculata Bright Eyes Tall Garden Phlox
Perennial Phlox  paniculata Laura Upright Phlox
Perennial Phlox  paniculata Sherbet Cocktail Garden Phlox
Perennial Salvia nemorosa Caradonna Perennial Salvia
Perennial Salvia nemorosa Violet riot Perennial Salvia
Perennial Sedum Stonecrop
Perennial Dicentra spectabilis Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart
Perennial Polygonatum species Solomon’s Seal
Annual Impatiens walleriana Orange Blaze Impatiens
Annual Tagetes erecta Marigold
Annual Zinnia  elegans Tithonia Zinnia
Annual Zinnia  elegans Scarlet Flame Zinnia
Annual Zinnia  elegans Canary Bird Zinnia
Annual Zinnia  elegans Exquisite Pink Zinnia
Annual Zinnia  elegans Oriole Orange Zinnia

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