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Goldenrod Native Perennial

2021 Pollinator Plant Sale

Monday, June 7 - ONLINE ONLY

Starting at 10 a.m.


Plants remain in the sale inventory and available to other customers until your check out is complete.

As gardeners, we foster plant communities that support habitat for wildlife. Nature is part of every neighborhood. Inspired by the oak savannah & eastern deciduous forests found in southern Wisconsin, Olbrich’s Pollinator Plant Sale offers “nativish” plants on a scale that make sense in your home garden, with enough WOW factor to improve curb appeal. These species and cultivars will be buzzing with bees gathering pollen, butterflies sipping nectar, host plants for caterpillars to chomp, and seed for the birds.

You don’t have to restore a prairie to be part of a wildlife corridor. Ecology is everywhere!

Ecologist Doug Tallamy encourages plantings of keystone native species, defined as plants that sustain a myriad of creatures in local food webs. Three keystone natives are Included in the sale - details below!

Learn more about pollinator plants that serve as specific host plants - plants that an organism lives on and eats exclusively. Imagine only being able to eat one kind of food your whole life. That's what it's like for insects who have a specific host plant! Monarch butterflies and milkweeds in the Asclepias family are just one example!

Join Olbrich Gardens' staff and volunteers - participate in the Home Grown National Park movement by incorporating natives into your garden landscape. Get on the map today!

Grow a new habitat and welcome a variety of pollinator neighbors to your garden!​


curbside plant pick-up

Monday, June 28

noon - 6 p.m.

  • All customers will pick up their pollinator plants on Monday, June 28 from noon - 6 p.m.
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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.
  • Masks are optional while you pick up your 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.
  • Help us maintain the proper social distancing and DO NOT exit your vehicle at any time during the pick up process.


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



Pollinator plants are potted in 4.25" compostable pots.

$8-$10 per plant

Plant pricing and in-depth plant profiles available on the sale site.

  • Monarch's Delight, Asclepias tuberosa - SOLD OUT!
    • KEYSTONE NATIVE - A tough, drought-tolerant Wisconsin native with intense orange flowers in mid to late summer.
    • Specific host plant - Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) & closely related Queens (Danaus gilippus)
    • Featured in Olbrich's Indigenous Garden collaboration with Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
    • Highlighted in the summer I-SPY pollinator activity at Olbrich Gardens - June 21 - July 11
  • Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'
    • Specific host plant - Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) & closely related Queens (Danaus gilippus), also larval host for some hairstreaks & blues species of butterflies.
    • This elegant plant is upright with slender willow like leaves. In summer plants are topped by clear white flower clusters which attract flocks of butterflies.
  • White Wood Aster, Aster divaricatus 'Eastern Star'
    • A low mounding perennial, native to North American, features glossy heart shaped or oval leaves and star shaped blooms.

Milkweeds - Aster


  • Turtlehead, Chelone obliqua Tiny Tortuga™ 'Armitpp02'   - SOLD OUT!
    • This native cultivar features uniquely shaped, hot pink blooms reminiscent of turtles' mouths, a favorite of butterflies but distasteful to deer.
  • Garden phlox, Phlox paniculata 'Jeana' - SOLD OUT!
    • 'Jeana' produces fragrant tubular lavender-pink florets that attract butterflies and hummingbirds!
  • Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale Mariachi™ 'Salsa'   - SOLD OUT!
    • Missouri native perennial features bold, spicy red flowers.
    • Larval host plant for 8 species of butterflies & moths, including the dainty sulphur butterfly (Nathalis iole)

    • No sneezing here! - The common name is based on the former use of its dried leaves in making snuff, inhaled to cause sneezing that would supposedly rid the body of evil spirits.

Turtlehead - Sneezeweed - Phlox


  • Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica - SOLD OUT!
    • KEYSTONE NATIVE - This Wisconsin wetland native makes splash with spikes of brilliant true blue flowers, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and neighbors to your garden!
  • Short-toothed Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum muticum
    • This North American native is a top notch pollinator plant with compact growth, silvery bracts and aromatic flowers.
    • Larval host plant for wavy-lined emerald moth (Synchlora aerata)
    • Varieties of Mountain Mint highlighted in the summer I-SPY pollinator activity at Olbrich Gardens - June 21 - July 11
  • Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - SOLD OUT!
    • This native beauty has a late blooming time, starting in July and flowering right through to October, making it a valuable pollinator plant.
    • Larval host for silvery checkerspot butterfly (Chlosyne nycteis) & wavy-lined emerald moth (Synchlora aerata)

Brown-eyed Susan - Mountain Mint - Lobelia


  • Goldenrod, Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’
    • Delightful, golden-yellow flowers are borne in axillary clusters along reflexing stems from late summer into fall.
    • Cultivar of endangered species bred by Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden to boost plant populations.
  • Swamp Verbena, Verbena hastata
    • KEYSTONE NATIVE - Wisconsin prairie plant - The tall thin spikes of Blue Vervain grace the wet meadows of the US in July and August.
    • Larval host for verbena moth (Crambodes talidiformis) & common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia);
  • Big Bluestem, Andropogon gerardii ‘Blackhawks’
    • Seasonal show runner - Dark green foliage emerges in the spring. By mid- to late summer, leaf tips and nodes turn purple, and burgundy red inflorescences emerge. In the fall the entire plant intensifies to a dark, rich purple.
    • Larval host for Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) & the dusted skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna)

Big Bluestem - Verbena - Goldenrod


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.
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