I don't know which makes me smile more; the beautiful lilac blooms of False Dragonhead or the sweet skippers and butterflies that have been visiting the flowers all week.
The silver spotted skipper was spotted recently.
The silver hairstreak is upside down. You'll need to enlarge the photo to see its impressive 'eyes'.
Mother Nature did a fantastic job when she designed the flower~Tall wands of tubular flowers that bloom bottom up in early fall. They're a magnet for pollinators~big and small!
The plump little bodies of the smaller bees just scoot down into the tubular flowers.
No problem if they're too big to fit inside the flower. Carpenter bees will chew a hole into the flower to reach the nectar. Clever creatures!
In many of your gardens it might be a tad
Plant them where they can colonize to their heart's content and then,
The facts, just the facts:
Hardy in zones 3 to 7
Prefers moist, well draining soil
Weed suppressing quality (it's a mint family member)
Divide in the spring
2 to 4 foot tall
Hybridized for height, color and variegation
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