|Hypericum frondosum June 1, 2011|
The one H frondosum "Sunburst' I bought way back when I first stumbled upon native plants has grown into dozens. (It's quite a prolific plant!) All of them sporting golden, fuzzy pollen rich flowers like the cultivar, but, not with its compact, mounded shape. That's okay with me~I almost always prefer the straight species and the flower visitors are not complaining either.
cedar glade. On the edge are plants that need more sun, like Juniperus virginiana 'Gray Owl', Panicums and the native ex-asters. The interior of the bed is chock full of Golden St Johnswort, Chasmanthium latifolium, shade tolerant native ex-asters, Phlox pilosa, Penstemon calycosus, Christmas Ferns and more.
|Gray Owl Juniper, H frondosum, River Oats, penstemon, and S oblongifolius|
|Critter heading toward that giant fuzzy pollen only producer!|
It's a great little shrub for this garden:
- The species is a loose limbed beauty with golden flowers, bluish green foliage, stunning fall color and exfoliating bark for year round good looks.
- It attracts Bumbles, Syrphid flies and Halictid bees~all seeking pollen.
- It's endemic to forests/woodland that are adjacent to cedar glades.
- It tolerates the extremes that this garden throws at plants~wet winters and dry summers.
- It never fails to open the first week in June~rain or shine.
- Zones 5 to 8; a Southeastern native.
- Grows quite nicely from seed.
|Any ideas what creature this might be?|
- The flowers open a few at a time.
- Some years the buds fail.
- The leggy good looks can be off putting as a foundation planting.
- It seeds madly and if you have a cultivar expect them to revert to species.
- It's short lived.
PS Trust me when I say "If you want pollinators to visit your garden, you must, never, ever, ever, ever, use pesticides and, if possible, buy pesticide free plants for your garden."
This post is also part of a series on native pollinators in the garden~ Earlier posts and their links are listed below for your convenience.
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)
What's In Your Garden (here)
Carpenter Bees (here)
It's Spring and A Gardener's Thoughts Are On Pollinators (here)
The Wildflower and The Bee (here)
A Few Good Reasons To Plant Milkweek (here)
Got Shade? You Can Have Pollinators (here)
Royalty In The Garden (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)
Bee clip art (here)
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