Pollinator Plants (Perennials)



These items are for PICKUP ORDERS ONLY. You will not be able to select a shipping option if these items are in your cart. If you would like to pick your order up in Halifax and Halifax does not appear in the list of pickup options, you may complete checkout with 'Pickup at Seafoam Farm Store' selected, and reply to your confirmation email to let us know you wish to pick up your items in Halifax instead.

Orders of 12 or more plants receive an automatic 10% discount at checkout! You may mix-and-match with any combination of plants to receive the discount.

Join us in helping to save the butterflies, bees, and other pollinators!

Each of these starter plants can help pollinators by acting as a nectar plant (the nectar serves as food for adult pollinators) or a host plant (the leaves serve as food for caterpillars). Many pollinators have seen large population declines due to climate change, loss of habitat, widespread herbicide and pesticide use, as well as changes in agricultural practices and clearing of ditches along roadsides.

We can do our part to help them by planting their food sources in our gardens! These pollinator plants are perennials in Nova Scotia (hardy to at least zone 5a), and will return year after year to help save these precious creatures from extinction.

 Swamp Milkweed
(Asclepias incarnata)

  • Nova Scotia native host plant for the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly - milkweeds are the only plant that Monarch caterpillars can eat
  • Bright two-tone pink flowers are attractive nectar plants to a wide variety of pollinators
  • Note: these become large plants (approx. 2 m in height with 1.5 m spread) - make sure to choose a suitable location for the plant's full size before planting in the ground
Butterfly Weed
(Asclepius tuberosa)
  • Canadian native host plant for the Monarch butterfly
  • Bright mix of yellow, orange, and red flowers are attractive nectar plants to a wide variety of pollinators

Brown-Eyed Susan

  • Canadian native nectar plant
  • Bright yellow flowers with dark brown centre


  • Canadian native nectar plant
  • Large purple or white flowers with brown/gold cone-shaped centre

(Digitalis purpurea)

  • Nectar plant
  • Spikes of purple, bell-shaped flowers

Common Mallow
(Malva sylvestris)

  • Host plant for Painted Lady (Vanessa) butterflies
  • Mauve flower with dark purple veins

Other pollinator plants may be available later in the Spring and Summer as we divide plants in our gardens. Please check back regularly or contact us if there is something in particular you're seeking!

Help!  Why does the checkout say that you don't ship to my location?

If you are located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand, and you receive an error message at checkout that reads, 'This order can’t be shipped to your location. Contact the store for more information.' and/or 'We don’t offer shipping to [your province or state].', you probably have an item(s) in your cart available for local pickup only. The most frequent culprits are hand sanitizer and seedlings. Removing those items from your cart will allow you to complete checkout. Outside of these locations, unfortunately we do not offer shipping at this time. 

How much does shipping cost?

For Canadian and U.S. Customers: Shipping is a flat rate of CAD$15.00 + applicable sales tax to any destination in Canada, regardless of size or weight of the parcel. Shipping to the U.S. is a flat rate of $18.00 Canadian dollars, no tax, regardless of the size/weight of the parcel or its destination. So you, the customer, pay the first $15.00/$18.00, and any cost above that amount, we pay. For International Customers: the cost of shipping will be calculated at checkout based on the weight of the items you order and your shipping destination.

What Shipping Methods Are Available?

Unless other arrangements are made prior to shipping, all orders are sent via Canada Post. 

Do You Ship Internationally?

In addition to our flat-rate shipping to the United States, we are pleased to offer calculated shipping rates to the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand via our website. Shipping rates will be calculated by Canada Post based on the weight of the items you order and your shipping destination. Please contact us for further information about costs and methods of payment at LavenderCanada@gmail.com.

What Payment Methods Are Accepted?

We accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, PayPal, and Interac E-Transfer (Canada only). If you choose to pay by Interac E-Transfer, please send the email payment to lavendercanada@gmail.com.

Do you offer free shipping?

For customers in Canada and the U.S., we offer free shipping on orders of $120 or more. This discount will be applied at checkout (no special code is needed; the discount will be applied automatically). Regrettably, we are unable to offer free shipping to international customers outside of Canada and the U.S. at this time.

How Can I Cancel Or Change My Order?

Orders are typically shipped within 24 hours of receipt, so if you change your mind or need to alter your order, please contact us immediately at LavenderCanada@gmail.com or by replying to your confirmation email. We will do our utmost to accommodate any additions or changes to your order, as long as it has not actually been shipped.

Can I Return a Product?

If you wish to return a product, please contact us immediately after receiving your order to discuss. We're sorry, but culinary products cannot be returned under any circumstances.

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