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Purdy Butterfly House features pentas, torenia, hydrangeas and hibiscus blooms to accommodate nectar feeding butterflies.  Make sure to check the leaves of host plants passion vine, milkweed, and citrus in containers along the sidewalk for eggs and caterpillars.

Crapemyrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, L. fauriei, L.  limiiL. indica x L. fauriei - exfoliating bark, great fall color and a long bloom season with wide range of colors; size ranges from dwarfs at 18” to trees at 30’; located throughout the Garden

Sudan Grass, Sorghum x sudangrass ’Super Sugar’ - a cross between sorghum and sudangrass; warm season annual grass forming the Sorghum Maze; look for the haybale sheep

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa - herbaceous perennial 1-2.5’ tall and 1-1.5’ wide; blooms yellow/orange, June- September; host plant for Gray Hairstreak, Queen and Monarch butterflies; located at Nichols Terrace, Four Seasons Garden, Purdy Butterfly House

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca - herbaceous perennial 4’-6’ tall; pink fragrant blooms; important host of the Monarch; located at Garden Of Hope, Four Seasons Garden and outside the Purdy Butterfly House

Carnivorous Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia sp. - marginal aquatic perennial with a modified leaf that creates a pitfall trap to collect insects which have been lured in; located in the Mathews Nature Trail; carnivorous plant display in the south end of the Bush Azalea Trail coming soon

Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Northwind’ , ’Cloud Nine’ - 3-6’ tall ornamental grass with stiff columnar form; located at the Main Entrance

Japanese Silver Grass, Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ - stunning variety with large coppery-pink flowers over wide green leaves, boldly edged in creamy-white; foliage dries, turning a light tan shade for the winter; located at the Main Entrance

Autumn Carnival™ Encore® Azalea, Rhododendron ‘Conlea’ PP#12111 - evergreen shrub 4’ tall x 4.5’wide, 2” pink blossoms in spring and fall; located on the path to the Purdy Butterfly House; other Encore® Azaleas located throughout the Garden

Peanut Butter Shrub (also Harlequin glorybower), Clerodendrum trichotomum - deciduous shrub 10-30 ft. tall and wide with a suckering habit; white fragrant flowers July- September; grows in full sun to part shade; crushed leaves crushed smell like peanut butter; found by looking northeast while lying in a hammock


Autumn Carnival™ Encore® Azalea

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