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Other Uses

Perennials That Attract Hummingbirds

  • Bugleweed–Ajuga reptans
  • Columbine–Aquilegia spp.
  • Common Columbine–Aquilegia canadensis*
  • Butterfly Weed–Asclepias tuberosa*
  • Bellflower–Campanula spp.
  • Delphinium–Delphinium elatum
  • Pinks–Dianthus spp.
  • Bleeding Heart–Dicentra spp.
  • Foxglove–Digitalis spp.
  • Coral Bells–Heuchera sanguinea
  • Daylily–Hemerocallis spp.
  • Hibiscus–Hibiscus moscheutos
  • Red Hot Poker–Kniphofia hybrids
  • Lily–Lilium spp.
  • Cardinal Flower–Lobelia cardinalis*
  • Lupine–Lupinus hybrids
  • Bee Balm–Monarda didyma

Perennials That Attract Butterflies

  • Aster–Aster spp.*
  • Common Yarrow–Achillea millefolium*
  • Chives–Allium schoenoprasum
  • Butterfly Weed–Asclepias tuberosa*
  • Smooth Blue Aster–Aster laevis*
  • Blackberry Lily–Bellamcanda chinensis
  • Butterfly Bush–Buddleia davidii
  • Purple Coneflower–Echinacea purpurea*
  • Blanket Flower–Gallardia x grandiflora
  • Autumn Joy Sedum –Hylotelephium x 'Autumn Joy'
  • Lantana–Lantana spp.
  • Blazing Star–Liatris spicata*
  • Wild Bergamot–Monarda fistulosa*
  • CatmintNepeta mussinii
  • Sweet Marjoram–Origanum vulgare
  • PhloxPhlox paniculata
  • Obedient Plant–Physostegia virginianaa*
  • Black-Eyed Susan –Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
  • Goldenrod–Solidago hybrids*

Deer Resistant Perennials

  • Yarrow–Achillea spp.
  • Monkshood–Aconitum
  • Anemone–Anemone
  • Columbine–Aquilegi
  • Rock Cress–Arabis caucasica
  • White Mugwort–Artemisia lactiflora
  • Butterfly Weed–Asclepias
  • Heartleaf Bergenia–Bergenia
  • Bellflower–Campanula spp.
  • Snow-in-Summer–Cerastium tomentosum
  • Daisy–Chrysanthemum
  • Coreopsis–Coreopsis
  • Pinks–Dianthus spp.
  • Coneflower–Echinacea purpurea
  • Fleabane Daisy–Erigeron hybrids
  • Joe-Pye Weed–Eupatorium
  • Cranesbill–Geranium spp.
  • Geum–Geum hybrids
  • Helen’s Flower–Helenium autumnale
  • Hellebore–Helleborus spp.
  • Dame’s Rocket–Hesperis matronalis
  • Hibiscus–Hibiscus spp.
  • Candytuft–Iberis sempervirens
  • Iris–Iris
  • Maltese Cross–Lychnis chalcedonica
  • Bee Balm–Monarda didym
  • Peony–Paeonia hybrids
  • Russian Sage–Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Jacob’s Ladder–Polemonium caeruleum
  • Foam Flower–Tiarella cordifolia
  • Orange Coneflower–Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
  • Salvia–Salvia spp.
  • Soapwort–Saponaria ocymoides
  • Sempervivum–Sempervivum
  • Goldenrod–Solidago hybrids
  • Speedwell–Veronica spp.
  • Spanish Bayonet–Yucca filamentosa

Illinois native plants or cultivars marked with *.