For Immediate Release: Tues., Feb. 22
Contact: Joe Reed | Director of Marketing and Communications
412-622-6915, ext. 3801 | jreed@phipps.conservatory.org

Phipps Conservatory’s Virtual Plant Sale Now Live
Shop from a curated selection of native plants

Pittsburgh, PA – Just in time for gardening season, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is allowing guests to order from a selection of plants through our first-ever Virtual Native Plant Sale. These plants, sold in strips of 4 or 5 plugs, are perfect for planting quantities of the same plant to create drifts that are both visually attractive and ecologically beneficial to bees and butterflies.

Drawn from the official Phipps Sustainable Plants list, these are plants that feed and foster native bees, butterflies and birds, are disease and pest resistant, will not spread aggressively and need little additional care once established. All plants available will make easy work for creating a new garden or expanding an existing flower bed. 

Shoppers can choose from the following ten plants

  • Dense blazing star (Liatris spicata), a lovely purple flower spike that attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds;
  • Spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata), which has a minty aroma and provides both pollen and nectar to butterflies;
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a fragrant plant that blooms showy, bright yellow-orange flowers;
  • Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), which features upright panicles of small white to pink blush flowers above a backdrop of maroon leaves;
  • Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium dubium), with easy-to-grow blooming large clusters of mauve-purple flowers that attract butterflies;
  • Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), a great plant for sunny spots with fragrant, light pink flowers;
  • Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia), with wide, heart-shaped leaves that spread rapidly to act as a cover for wildlife and food for pollinators;
  • Goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus), an excellent plant for individual or group planting with creamy-white flowers;
  • Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pennsylvanica), a drought tolerant, versatile groundcover that performs well in part sun to part shade; and
  • Little bluestem(Schizachyrium scoparium), a tough plant that is a great addition to almost any landscape.

Order from the selection on our website now through Mon., March 28. Pickup will be available at Phipps Garden Center the first week of May.


About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.

Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.