Take Verbesina virginica, it's a rather rough and tumble looking white flower with a petal here and a petal there, but, that matters not to a bee.
I do, too.
|an under-appreciated native wildflower or a ditch weed?|
That's their pedigree~purebred by nature.
I really like plants that haven't had their best characteristics bred out of them.
Silphium perfoliatum, Vernonia altissima and Verbesina virginica are three plants that have no cultivars. Which means they have not been crossed or genetically altered by human hand to be shorter, more floriferous, double flowered, disease resistant, sterile or what ever else is the going fad.
Maybe someone, somewhere, is working in their greenhouse to improve them, but, I sure hope not...
After all, how do you improve on perfect?
They're beautiful, they're doing the job nature intended them to do~Make a lot of nectar and pollen and bloom for a long time, exactly when the critters need both.
Perhaps, this would be a good time to remind you that if you want to attract pollinators you must never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides in your garden.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.