Invite pollinators into your backyard, patio or windowsill garden with welcoming wildflowers. Proceeds from seed sales support the Butterflyway Project, creating highways of habitat for bees, butterflies and other beneficial species in neighbourhoods throughout Canada.
Species on this page are native to the Prairie provinces. We always recommend contacting your local naturalist groups or agencies to confirm what species of wildflowers, shrubs and trees are native to your region.
Prairie Originals in Selkirk, Manitoba supplied our Prairie Butterflyway seeds.
Blue vervain is a fast-growing, long-blooming and deer-resistant perennial that self seeds easily. Spikes of purple-blue flowers appear in mid-summer. Leaves, roots and dried flowers used medicinally by Indigenous Peoples. Attracts butterflies, native bees and other beneficial insects.
Common sneezeweed, also known as “mountain sneezeweed,” gets its name because people once inhaled snuff made from its dried leaves to make them sneeze. Late-blooming (from early summer to fall) and deer-resistant, its yellow, daisy-like blossoms attract birds, bees and butterflies.
Many-flowered aster is also known as “heath aster” and “tufted white Prairie aster.” This low-maintenance, drought-tolerant perennial blooms from later summer till early fall. It has tiny, densely-packed white flower clusters with yellow centres. Attracts butterflies, native bees and other beneficial insects.
Swamp milkweed is a perennial named for the milky juice that seeps from its broken stems and leaves. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed. It’s the only plant where they lay their eggs and their caterpillars’ first food. Easy to grow and deer resistant. Also attracts hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects like butterflies and native bees.