Local Nurseries

Please note that listings are not endorsements, critiques, or official recommendations by the Carolina Butterfly Society.

North Carolina

Big Bloomers Flower Farm, Sanford
An amazing collection of native plants and cultivars ranging from popular favorites to unique species finds. Plants are not treated with pesticides as evidenced by finding bonus eggs and caterpillars on host plants. Expect a shopping visit to take at least two hours, more for your first visit. People come from all over to experience this one-of-a-kind nursery.

Cure Nursery, Pittsboro
A small native plant nursery located in the Piedmont that specializes in native trees, shrubs, grasses, ferns and bog plants. Nursery is by appointment only.

Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh
Located in downtown Raleigh inside of an old train station, you’ll find an assortment of popular cultivars, some native and butterfly host plants. While shopping have lunch at the Seaboard Cafe located on site.

Niche Gardens, Chapel Hill
Online and retail nursery specializing in wildflowers and natives, perennials, ornamental grasses and some unusual trees and shrubs.

Sandy Mush Herb Nursery, Leicester
Specializing in culinary and medicinal herbs, native plants and wildflowers, perennials, trees and shrubs, bonsai plants, scented geraniums, and more.

Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh
An extensive online nursery and physical location with botanical garden that has selected Open House dates throughout the year. Unique species of plants regularly offered, as well as natives and cultivar favorites. If you plan to visit during one of the Open House dates be sure to spend many hours looking through the greenhouses and surrounding landscapes.

Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sales

Duke Gardens, Durham: Spring and Fall
JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh: TBA
North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill: Spring and Fall

South Carolina

Carolina Wild, Anderson
An assortment of native plants for butterfly, hummingbird, general pollinator, and wild bird gardening.

Woodley’s Garden Center, Columbia
Consistently voted as the best garden and landscape business in Columbia, they offer an assortment of plants and landscaping items for gardeners.


Edible Landscaping, Afton
Located outside of Charlottesville near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and in the heart of wine country and the mountains, the nursery specializes in edible plants. Offerings include trees, shrubs, vines, vegetables, nut trees, herbs, and more.

Online Nurseries

Georgia Vines
An excellent resource for Aristolochia plants for raising Pipevine Swallowtails. They offer and assortment of live plants and seeds.

Prairie Moon Nursery
An extensive offering of native plants available as seed, with a limited amount available as live plants. Additional gardening supplies are available through their catalog and website.

Swallowtail Seeds
Catalog contains over 1,700 varieties of annual and perennial seeds. Wildflowers, herbs, cultivars, vines, and vegetables.