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Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry'

2022 Summer Pollinator Plant Sale

June 1 - Online Only

Sale begins at 10 a.m.



Plants are potted in 4.25" compostable rice hull pots (remove pot before planting).

$9 per plant


Asclepias incarnata ‘Soulmate’ - Swamp Milkweed

  • Wetland perennial /full sun-tolerates shade/36-60"/pink flowers
  • Clusters of upturned deep pink flowers bloom in mid-summer atop an elegant upright,branching stem with smooth willow-like foliage.
  • Larval host to the Monarch and Queen butterflies.

Gray Hairstreak ButterflyCallirhoe involucrata - Purple Poppy-Mallow

  • Low growing perennial / full sun / 6-8" height / 12-36" spread / hot pink flowers
  • Deeply dissected dark green foliage that gives rise to an explosion of electric purple, single, upright flowers from July to early September.
  • Larval host and/or nectar source for the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melons).  

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - Blue Leadwort

  • Ground cover perennial / full to part-sun / 9-12" height / 18' spread / electric blue flowers
  • Emerging in late spring these plants add a leafy green texture to the garden with electric deep blue flowers from mid-summer to first frost, and couldn't be prettier in autumn with its reddish leaves.

Pictured in order as listed above

milkweed-poppy mallow-blue leadwood


Clematis hybrida 'Rooguchi'  - Clematis

  • Semi-woody deciduous perennial/ full sun to part shade / 6-8' height / 3-4' spread / plum-purple flowers
  • ‘Rooguchi’, commonly known as solitary clematis, is a non-vining, multi-stemmed, herbaceous perennial that grows with support.
  • Each flower rises above the foliage over a long late spring to autumn bloom period.
  • Flowers are followed by attractive, plumose, silvery green seed heads. 

Coreopsis verticillata 'Cruizin' Route 66'  - Threadleaf Coreopsis

  • perennial / full sun / 24-28" height / 24" spread / red & yellow flowers / threadleaf foliage with branched stems and an upright habit 
  •  The verticillata species is particularly long-lived, has a longer flowering time, and demonstrates better drought tolerance.
  • Attracts butterflies as a nectar source.

Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower - WI NativeOttoe-skipper butterfly

  • Showy, daisy-like perennial / full sun / 3-5' height / 1' spread / pale pink flowers
  • Blooms in early summer - highly adaptable, tolerating drought, heat, humidity & poor soils

  • Favorite nectar source for pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds.

  • The large seed heads attract Goldfinches and other birds. 

  • Native Americans have recognized the medicinal value of Echinacea for centuries. Today, the plants are widely used, in supplements and herbal teas, for their numerous health benefits.
  • Larval host plant of the Ottoe-skipper butterfly.

Pictured in order as listed above

Clematis - Coreopsis - Coneflower


Echinacea purpurea 'Mellow Yellows' - Eastern Purple Coneflower

  • Long-lasting coneflower / full sun / 24-30" height / 12-24" spread / light yellow to the deepest golden with bright orange centers flowers
  • Blooms in summer, followed by interesting seedheads in fall and winter seasons.
  • Seedheads are a delightful source of food for birds. 

Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’ - Blue Globe Thistle

  • Clumping perennial - member of the Aster family / full sun-part shade / 3-4' height / 2' spread Paradoxical Grass Moth/ shades of blue flowers
  • Showy silvery green foliage with 1.5" spherical blooms appear in early summer.
  • Bumblebees and nocturnal moths delight in their sweet nectar. 

Eragrostis spectabilis - Purple Lovegrass - WI NATIVE

  • perennial, warm season grass / full sun / 2' height / 1-2' spacing / light to bright purple seed heads
  • Can grow under Black Walnut trees
  • Can be mowed a few times a year if it is being used as a lawn alternative that is exposed to light foot traffic. 
  • Larval host plant to Paradoxical Grass Moth

Pictured in order as listed above

Coneflower - Blue Thistle - Purple Lovegrass


Heliopsis helianthoides 'Sunstruck'  - Ox Eye Sunflower

  • Variegated leaf perennial / full sun-part shade / 14-16" height / 12-14" spread / yellow flowers
  • Blooms all through summer until fall. 
  • Attracts butterflies - bee-friendly

Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard' - Spotted Hawkweed

  • Low mound perennial / Full sun - partial shade / 6-10" height / 10-12" spread / yellow flowers
  • Bluish-green leaves with red-brown marbling with taller stems of bright yellow ragged daisies appear in early summer
  • Will self seed gently around and come back true to form.

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' - Wild Bergamot

  • Showy flower perennial / full sun-partial shade / 3' height / 2' spread / pinkish-purple flowers
  • Found naturally in rocky meadows, thickets and glade margins. Prefer dry to moist, organically rich, well-drained soil.
  • Provides habitat and forage to a wide variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds as well as some specialist insects.

Pictured in order as listed above

Ox eye sunflower - spotted hawkweed - wild bergamont


Nepeta faassenii 'Kitten Around'  - Catmint

  • Compact, mounding perennial / full sun / 12-14" height / 20-22" spread / purple/blue flowers
  • Gray-green leaves and lavender-blue flowers are highly aromatic.
  • A hybrid catmint cross between Nepeta × faassenii 'Purrsian Blue' and the hybrid cultivar Nepeta 'Psfike'.

Phlox paniculata 'Double Hitter' - Fall Phlox

  • Perennial / full sun / 36" height / 18" spread / two-toned purple flowers
  • Long lasting pink flower clusters on upright stems
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry'  - Sweet Coneflower

  • Perennnial - native to the Midwest / Full sun - part shade / 31-35" height / 21-23" spread / bright yellow flowers
  • Strong branching stems and attractive green foliage topped off with charming, brown-eyed daisies that have unusual narrow or quilled yellow petals, appearing midsummer.
  • Grows in a variety of soil conditions from moist to fairly dry.
  • Attract birds and butterflies

Pictured in order as listed above

Catmint - Fall Pholx - Sweet Coneflower


Solidago drummondii  - Cliff Goldenrod

  • Herbaceous perennial / full sun / 1.5-3' height / 1.5-3' spread / yellow flowers
  • Panicles of tiny, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers typically with 3-7 rays per head appear on short branches at the stem ends in late summer to fall. 
  • This species is primarily clump-forming and does not spread aggressively as do some of the other goldenrod species and hybrids.
  • Goldenrods are a magnet for many kinds of pollinating butterflies, bees, day-flying moths, flies, beetles, and wasps.

Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles' - Spiked Speedwell

  • Bushy, upright, clump-forming perennial / full sun / 1-2' height / 1-2' height /  violet-blue flower spikes
  • Blooms early summer for several weeks.
  • Attracts butterflies and humming birds

Metallic Coleophora Moth

Veronicastrum virginicum - Culver's Root - WI NATIVE

  • Unbranched stem perennial / full sun-part shade / 2-6' height / 18" spacing / white flowers
  • Blooms for several weeks in mid-summer
  • Butterflies and numerous solitary bees such as sweat bees, carpenter bees and bumble bees will visit the popular flowers
  • Larval host to Metallic Coleophora Moth

Pictured in order as listed above

goldenrod - spiked speedwell - culvers root

curbside plant pick-up

Tuesday, June 28

Noon - 6 p.m.

  • All customers will pick up their Summer pollinator plants on Tuesday, June 28 from noon - 6 p.m.

Pick-up Procedures

  • Check out the sale area/pick-up route map before arriving at the Gardens to guarantee a smooth experience.
  • Prepare your vehicle - clear out your trunk or back seat and lay down tarps or plastic if necessary.
    • Heavy, consistent rain on the pick up date may prevent us from providing boxes - prepare your vehicle to receive wet unboxed plants.
  • Drive towards Olbrich's back parking lot area, join the plant pick-up car line queue, and wait for the next available volunteer plant loader.
  • Give the volunteer your first and last name, they will gather your order, and load it into your vehicle.


If you have questions regarding online ordering, assigned pick-ups times or problems with an order post pick-up, contact Program Specialist Mike Gibson.


This annual plant sale supports the mission and daily operations of Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719