|Lindera benzoin aka Spicebush the host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly|
- Will they survive the difficult conditions at Clay and Limestone?
- Is this plant a nectar or pollen source for pollinators?
- Is it a host plant for pollinators?
- Is this plant available locally, therefore, more likely to survive the extremes of the Central Basin?
- Will this plant add to the diversity of my pollinator friendly garden?
- Is there a native plant that makes more sense then that seductive exotic?
|A bat faced cuphea with a visitor|
|Tommies drew the eye and honeybees!|
Provide plenty of nectar and pollen rich plants
- Primarily from my garden region.
- A range of shapes and sizes to attract hummers, butterfly, a variety of bees, flies,
- long bloom season
- evening blooming and scented flowers for moths and bats
Provide host plants
- Sedges and grasses for skippers
- Fennels, dills, parsley for the swallowtails
- milkweeds for the monarchs
- asters for pollinating beetles
- Aromatic herbs~coriander, catnip, mint, parsley, lavender, fennel and dill
- annuals~marigold, phlox, bachelor's button, zinnia, cosmos, salvia
- perennials~bee balm, columbine, iris, coneflower, lobelia, delphinium, summer phloxes, salvia
|Yes, that's a pollinator visiting witch hazel 'Diane'|
So what is on my list?
- Asclepias verticillata (adaptable and tough native, it's a food and host plant with good fall color)
- Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'~reports she can take a bit more shade
- Lobelia siphilitica~see photo!
- Native grasses
- Opuntia~for visiting bats
- Herbs~rosemary, dill, fennel and borage
- Annuals when they are available ~sweet alyssum, cleome, Calliopsis, Coreopsis tinctoria, salvias (Scarlet sage, Blue anise sage, Autumn sage and Pineapple sage), lantana, sunflowers and zinnias ( I scatter seeds, but, sometimes planting them is better!
- Native shrubs~Lindera benzoin, ilex, illicium and vaccinium (blueberries)
|Lobelia siphilitica with bee|
PS Of course, you already know what I am going to say. If you want to attract pollinators~Never, never, never, ever, use pesticides in your garden.
This post is part of a series on native pollinators in the garden~ Earlier posts and their links are listed below for your convenience.
Part I~Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
If You Could Plant Only One Plant In Your Garden~Don't (here)
Must Bee The Season of The Witch (here)
Go Bare In Your Garden (here)
We can't All be pretty Pollinators (here)
Eye, Eye Skipper, Big Eyed Pollinators (here)
Other bee posts you might want to read~
Count Yourself Lucky To Have Hoverflies (here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011.This work protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.