Planting for Pollinators in Minnetonka — Design Your Own Tray


The City of Minnetonka presents Planting for Pollinators in Minnetonka. We are pleased to join MNL to offer this online sale of native plants to benefit pollinators in our community.

Design your very own, custom tray of 36 native plants.

Each tray comes with six plants of each species selected.  If you’d like more than six of a certain species, simply choose that species more than once!

Not sure which plants to chose?  Learn more about each species in the description below.

**Minnetonka property owners are eligible for a discount through this initiative. See below for details.

Free shipping on all live plant purchases.  



Planting for Pollinators in Minnetonka – Design Your Own Tray

Thanks for purchasing native plants for your Minnetonka property! Many plants on this list are pollinator “Superfoods”.  These species provide especially high-nutrition pollen and/or nectar that appeals to Monarch Butterflies, Rusty Patched Bumble Bees and many other pollinators. Others are host plants, providing food for caterpillars and other insects during their early life stages.

We encourage you to include one or more species of Milkweed in your planting.  Common Milkweed, Swamp MilkweedShowy Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, and Whorled Milkweed are all Milkweed varieties available in this sale.  Milkweed attracts a wonderful variety of pollinators, but is especially important for Monarch Butterflies–this is the only food Monarch caterpillars eat!

Plant trays will be securely boxed and delivered right to your door.  You will be notified before your plants are shipped so you’ll know when to expect delivery.

This sale will run May 1 through September 30.  Early orders will begin shipping middle of May.

Out of stock species are designated as **Temporarily Unavailable**. We update this list frequently as we continue to produce plants throughout the growing season and our inventory is constantly changing.  Check back often for the most current availability.

Species currently available for order but not ready for shipment are designated **Coming Soon**.  Please allow extra time for delivery on any Design Your Own Tray orders including this species.  

**Note: Minnetonka residents are eligible for a $20 discount (one per household, while funding lasts). To request a coupon code before you purchase, email Christine Petersen at Please provide your full name, Minnetonka address, and zip code. Enter code at checkout, discount applied in-cart.  


Common NameScientific NamePlant TypeMoistureLightHeightBloom ColorBloom Season
YarrowAchillea millefoliumForbDryFull Sun Part Shade12-36"WhiteSummer
Sweet FlagAcorus americanusForbMoist, WetFull Sun24-72"GreenSummer
Fragrant Giant HyssopAgastache foeniculumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-48"PurpleSummer, Fall
(Nodding Onion) **Temporarily Unavailable**Allium cernuumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-24"PinkSummer
Prairie OnionAllium stellatumForbDryFull Sun8-18"PinkSummer
(False Indigo) **Coming Soon**Amorpha fruticosaLegume Dry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade36-144"Purple/BrownSummer
(Big Bluestem) **Coming Soon**Andropogon gerardiiGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-84"Purple, YellowFall
Tall ThimbleweedAnemone virginianaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-40"WhiteSummer
Field PussytoesAntennaria neglectaForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade4-16"WhiteSpring
(Plantain-Leaved Pussytoes) **Temporarily Unavailable** Antennaria plantaginifoliaForb DryFull Sun, Part Shade4-9"WhiteSpring
**Temporarily Unavailable**
Anthoxanthum hirtumGrassMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade16-36"BrownSummer
ColumbineAquilegia canadensisForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"RedSpring, Summer
Prairie SageArtemisia ludovicianaForb DryFull Sun12-36"White/YellowSummer, Fall
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnataForbMoist, WetFull Sun12-60"PinkSummer, Fall
(Showy Milkweed) **Temporarily Unavailable**Asclepias speciosaForbDry, MoistFull Sun24-36"PinkSummer
Common MilkweedAsclepias syriacaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-48"Purple, PinkSummer
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosaForbDry, MoistFull Sun12-36"OrangeSummer, Fall
Whorled MilkweedAsclepias verticillataForbDryFull Sun12-36"WhiteSummer, Fall
Canada Milk VetchAstragalus canadensisLegumeDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-48"WhiteSummer
Side-oats GramaBouteloua curtipendulaGrassDry, MoistFull Sun12-36"TanSummer
Blue GramaBouteloua gracilisGrassDryFull Sun, Part Shade8-28"Brown, PurpleSummer, Fall
Prairie BromeBromus kalmiiGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-42"TanSummer, Fall
Blue-joint GrassCalamagrostis canadensisGrassMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"Tan Summer
(Marsh Marigold) **Temporarily Unavailable**Caltha palustrisForbEmergent, WetFull Sun, Part Shade8-24"YellowSpring
(Tall Bellflower) **Temporarily Unavailable**Campanula americanaForbDry, MoistPart Shade, Full Shade24-60"PurpleSummer, Fall
(Bebb's Oval Sedge) **Coming Soon**Carex bebbiiSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"Green, BrownSummer
Bicknell's SedgeCarex bicknelliiSedgeDry, MoistFull Sun 12-48"Green, BrownSummer
(Plains Oval Sedge) **Coming Soon**Carex breviorSedgeDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-40"Green, BrownSummer
Bottlebrush SedgeCarex comosaSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-48"Green, BrownSummer
Porcupine SedgeCarex hystericinaSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade10-40"Green, BrownSummer
(Lake Sedge) **Temporarily Unavailable**Carex lacustrisSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade20-48"Green, BrownSummer
(Woolly Sedge) **Temporarily Unavailable**Carex pellitaSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun36-48"Green, BrownSpring, Summer
(Pointed Broom Sedge) **Coming Soon**Carex scopariaSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun12-40"Brown Summer
Long-beaked SedgeCarex sprengeliiSedgeDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"GreenSummer
Awl-fruited SedgeCarex stipataSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"Brown Summer
Tussock SedgeCarex strictaSedge Moist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"Green, Brown Summer
(Tuckerman's Sedge) **Temporarily Unavailable**Carex tuckermaniiSedgeMoist, WetPart Shade, Full Shade12-48"GreenSummer
Fox SedgeCarex vulpinoideaSedgeMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"Green, BrownSummer
Lance-leaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolataForbDry, MoistFull Sun24-36"YellowSpring, Summer
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmataForbDry, MoistFull Sun12-36"YellowSummer
(White Prairie Clover) **Coming Soon**
Dalea candidaLegumeDryFull Sun12-36"WhiteSummer
Purple Prairie CloverDalea purpureaLegumeDry, MoistFull Sun12-36"PurpleSummer
(Flat-topped Aster) **Coming Soon**Doellingeria umbellataForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-84"WhiteSummer, Fall
Prairie CinquefoilDrymocallis argutaForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"WhiteSummer
Narrow-leaved ConeflowerEchinacea angustifoliaForbDry Full Sun12-24"PurpleSummer, Fall
Pale Purple ConeflowerEchinacea pallidaForbDry, MoistFull Sun24-36"Purple, PinkSpring, Summer
Canada Wild RyeElymus canadensisGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-60"TanSummer
Bottlebrush GrassElymus hystrixGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"TanSummer
Silky Wild RyeElymus villosusGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"TanSummer
Virginia Wild RyeElymus virginicusGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-48"TanSummer, Fall
Rattlesnake MasterEryngium yuccifoliumForbDry, MoistFull Sun24-60"White, GreenSummer
BonesetEupatorium perfoliatumForbMoist, WetFull Sun24-48"WhiteSummer, Fall
Large-leaved AsterEurybia macrophyllaForbDry, MoistPart Shade, Full Shade12-48"White, PurpleSummer, Fall
Grass-leaved GoldenrodEuthamia graminifoliaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"YellowSummer
Joe-pye WeedEutrochium maculatumForbMoist, WetFull Sun24-120"Purple, PinkSummer
Sweet Joe-pye Weed
Eutrochium purpureumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade36-48"Purple, PinkSummer
(Nodding Fescue) **Temporarily Unavailable**Festuca subverticillataGrassDry, MoistPart Shade, Full Shade20-40"TanSummer
(Blanketflower) **Coming Soon**
Gaillardia aristataForbDryFull Sun12-48"Yellow/RedSpring, Summer
(Prairie Smoke) **Coming Soon**Geum triflorumForbDryFull Sun6-16"PinkSpring
SneezeweedHelenium autumnaleForbMoist, WedFull Sun24-60"YellowFall
Maximilian's SunflowerHelianthus maximilianiForbDry, MoistFull Sun36-120"YellowSummer, Fall
(Stiff Sunflower) **Coming Soon**Helianthus pauciflorusForbDryFull Sun24-60YellowSummer, Fall
Common Ox-eyeHeliopsis helianthoidesForbDry, MoistFull Sun24-60"YellowSummer, Fall
Prairie AlumrootHeuchera richardsoniiForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade12-24Green, RedSpring, Summer
(Northern Blueflag Iris) **Temporarily Unavailable**Iris versicolorForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"Blue, PurpleSpring, Summer
Common RushJuncus effususRushMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade16-48"BrownSummer
June GrassKoeleria macranthaGrassDryFull Sun, Part Shade10-24"TanSummer
Round-headed Bush CloverLespedeza capitataForbDryFull Sun24-60"White, GreenSummer
Rough Blazing StarLiatris asperaForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade12-48"PurpleSummer, Fall
Meadow Blazing Star
Liatris ligulistylisForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-40"PurpleSummer, Fall
Dotted Blazing StarLiatris punctataForbDryFull Sun12-24"PurpleSummer, Fall
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachyaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"PurpleSummer, Fall
(Cardinal Flower ) **Temporarily Unavailable**Lobelia cardinalisForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-60"RedSummer
Great Blue LobeliaLobelia siphiliticaForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-48"Purple, BlueSummer, Fall
Wild LupineLupinus perennisForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade8-24"PurpleSpring
Winged LoosestrifeLythrum alatumForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-48"Purple, PinkSummer
Monkey Flower
Mimulus ringensForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"PurpleSummer
(Wild Bergamot) **Coming soon**Monarda fistulosaForbDry, MoistFull Sun24-48"PurpleSummer
(Spotted Bee Balm) **Coming Soon**Monarda punctataForbDryFull Sun24-48"White, Green, PinkSummer
SwitchgrassPanicum virgatumGrassDry, MoistFull Sun48-72"TanSummer
Smooth Penstemon Penstemon digitalisForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"WhiteSpring, Summer
Slender PenstemonPenstemon gracilisForbDryFull Sun12-24"PurpleSpring
(Large-flower Penstemon) **Temporarily Unavailable**Penstemon grandiflorusForbDryFull Sun12-40"Purple, PinkSpring, Summer
(Prairie Phlox) **Temporarily Unavailable**Phlox pilosaForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade6-24"PinkSpring
Obedient PlantPhysostegia virginianaForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade36-60"PinkFall
(Jacob's Ladder) **Temporarily Unavailable**Polemonium reptansForbDry, MoistPart Shade, Full Shade12-24"Purple, BlueSpring
(Self Heal) **Coming Soon**Prunella vulgarisForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade6-12"PurpleSummer, Fall
(Mountain Mint) **Coming Soon**Pycnanthemum virginianumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"WhiteSummer
Long-headed ConeflowerRatibida columniferaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade36-48"YellowSummer
Yellow ConeflowerRatibida pinnataForbDry, MoistFull Sun36-60"YellowSummer
Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia hirtaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"YellowSummer, Fall
Sweet Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia subtomentosaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"YellowSummer, Fall
Brown-eyed SusanRudbeckia trilobaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"YellowSummer, Fall
Little BluestemSchizachyrium scopariumGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"Brown, PurpleSummer, Fall
Hard-stem BulrushSchoenoplectus acutusRushEmergent, WetFull Sun48-84"BrownSummer, Fall
(Three-square Bulrush) **Temporarily Unavailable**Schoenoplectus pungensRushEmergent, WetFull Sun24-60"BrownSummer, Fall
Soft-stem BulrushSchoenoplectus tabernaemontaniRushEmergent, WetFull Sun24-60"BrownSummer, Fall
Green BulrushScirpus atrovirensRushMoist, WetFull Sun36-60"BrownSummer
WoolgrassScirpus cyperinusRushMoist, WetFull Sun36-72"TanSummer, Fall
Early FigwortScrophularia lanceolataForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"Green, RedSpring, Summer
Compass PlantSilphium laciniatumForbDry, MoistFull Sun60-120"YellowSummer, Fall
Cup PlantSilphium perfoliatumForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade60-84"YellowSummer
Zig Zag GoldenrodSolidago flexicaulisForbDry, MoistPart Shade, Full Shade24-48YellowFall
Gray GoldenrodSolidago nemoralisForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-36"YellowFall
Upland White GoldenrodSolidago ptarmicoidesForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade12-24"WhiteSummer, Fall
Riddell's GoldenrodSolidago riddelliiForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-40"YellowFall
Stiff GoldenrodSolidago rigidaForbDry, MoistFull Sun36-48"YellowFall
Showy GoldenrodSolidago speciosaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade36-60"YellowFall
Indian GrassSorghastrum nutansGrassDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade60-84"RustFall
(Prairie Cordgrass) **Coming Soon**Spartina pectinataGrassMoist, WetFull Sun60-96"TanFall
MeadowsweetSpiraea albaShrub Moist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade60-96"WhiteSummer
(Steeplebush) **Temporarily Unavailable**Spiraea tomentosaShrubMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-48"PinkSummer
Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepisGrassDry, MoistFull Sun24-48"TanSummer, Fall
(Lindley's Aster) **Temporarily Unavailable**Symphyotrichum ciliolatumForbDry, MoistPart Shade, Full Shade12-48"BlueFall
Heath AsterSymphyotrichum ericoidesForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"WhiteFall
Smooth Blue Aster Symphyotrichum laeveForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade36-48"LavenderFall
(Calico Aster) **Coming Soon**Symphyotrichum lateriflorumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade36-48"WhiteFall
New England AsterSymphyotrichum novae-angliaeForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade60-84"PurpleFall
Sky Blue AsterSymphyotrichum oolentangienseForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"LavenderFall
Silky AsterSymphyotrichum sericeumForbDryFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"Purple, PinkFall
(Purple Meadow Rue) **Coming Soon**Thalictrum dasycarpumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade48-84"WhiteSummer
Blue VervainVerbena hastataForbMoist, WetFull Sun, Part Shade24-60"Purple, BlueSummer
(Hoary Vervain) **Coming Soon**Verbena strictaForbDry, MoistFull Sun12-36"Blue, PurpleSummer
IronweedVernonia fasciculataForbMoist, WetFull Sun36-72"PurpleSummer, Fall
Culver's RootVeronicastrum virginicumForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade48-60"WhiteSummer
Golden Alexanders Zizia aureaForbDry, MoistFull Sun, Part Shade24-36"YellowSpring, Summer