We often get questions about pollinator-friendly plants that can thrive in the shade. These plants are perfect for a shady corner and fall is the best time to get them established as fall, winter and early spring conditions support strong root growth in native perennials. All of these plants together will support a large variety of butterflies and other pollinators. The plants in this kit are deer resistant but when small, you can use Plant Skyd when planted for additional protection. When they are established, they are less desirable to the deer.
Each plant comes in a plug size and contains the following collection:
2 - Columbine
2 - Bigleaf Aster
2 - Bottlebrush
2 - Zigzag Goldenrod
Best when planted by September 30. Specific plant information is below.
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) -
Sun Exposure: Full, Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: Red
Attracts: butterflies, bees, hummingbirds
Pollinator Benefit: Larval Host for Columbine Duskywing Butterfly
Bigleaf Aster (Eurybia macrophylla) -
Sun Exposure: Full, Part Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist
Bloom Time: July-Oct
Bloom Color: White, Blue, Purple
Resistant to: Drought
Attracts: Butterflies, pollinators
Pollinator benefit: Larval Host Plant for Pearl Crescent Butterfly; late season nectar producer for all nectaring insects
Big Leaf Aster (Aster macrophyllus) is perfect for shady areas with less than perfect soil. Drought tolerant, it thrives in both dry sand and heavy clay soils that possess a modicum of organic matter.
Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix) -
Sun Exposure – Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture - Moist, Dry
Soil Type - Loam
Height – 1'-3'
Leaf color - Green
Bloom Time - June-August
Bloom color - Green
Attracts – Butterflies and Birds with seeds and nesting material
Larval Host - Northern Pearly Eye butterfly
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis) -
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet, Moist
Soil Type: Various rich, mesic, acid soils. Tolerates lime.
Bloom Time: July-October
Bloom Color: Yellow
Attracts: Butterflies, native bees, birds
Pollinator Benefit: Late season nectar source; value to native bees for pollen and nesting materials; migrating Monarchs; Xerces Society identifies as Special Value for Native Bees and Honey Bees