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Purple Osier Willow Salix purpurea

Phonetic Spelling
SAY-liks pur-PUR-ee-uh
Description

Purple willow is a deciduous shrub in the Salicaceae (willow) family.  Plant it in moist and it will tolerate wet soils.

This plant is a larval host plant for the Viceroy butterfly.

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Nana'
Tags:
#wildlife plant#pollinator plant#larval host plant#butterfly friendly#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#viceroy butterflies#wet soils intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Nana'
Tags:
#wildlife plant#pollinator plant#larval host plant#butterfly friendly#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#viceroy butterflies#wet soils intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salix
    Species:
    purpurea
    Family:
    Salicaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, NW. Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) larvae which has two to three broods from May-September. Adult butterflies feed on decaying matter, aphid honeydew, and nectar from composite flowers.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    Occasionally Wet
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil