|Symphyotrichum praealtum with its telltale prominent veining|
|Even after fifteen straight hours of rain the willow aster is the place to bee for nectar|
|Bumble moving very slow stops to nectar on|
|It leans toward the sun in less than full sun settings|
|Willowleaf aster is an important late fall source of nectar and pollen|
|You can tell this is a fly by its stubby antennae|
I can see it now~the best ever, late blooming native ex-aster swaying and dancing with the River Oats
while Bumbles nectar on its blooms.
PS It goes without saying, but you know me, I have to say it. If you want happy pollinators to live and visit your garden, you must, never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides. I'm not kidding...
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.