|Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Pink' formerly known as an Aster|
|Spiders are probably laying in wait for unsuspecting visitors.|
|There's that crab spider with its unsuspecting victim|
|Eupatorium coelestinum landing pads of deliciousness for visiting critters|
These beauties are nectar and pollen sources for late visiting bees and butterflies, but also are known host plants for many moths and butterflies. The caterpillars of Pearl Crescent and checkerspot butterflies feed on Symphyotrichum novae-angliae; about ten different moths and butterflies rely on the foliage of Goldenrod; although, Mistflower is primarily a nectar source~it's foliage is eaten by several moth and butterfly cats.
Goldenrod even provides shelter for the curious little Goldenrod Gall Fly that makes this gall its home.
My love affair with native plants has been going on for so long that they seem more beautiful to me then many classic garden flowers. I love these rough and tumble, take care of themselves wildflowers. Part of their charm is their good wildlife value. But, their larger charm is that they are absolutely perfect for Clay and Limestone!
Nothing stops them from blooming and nothing makes me happier then seeing them in my garden each September.
Ps I've been away visiting my son who successfully defended his dissertation then I got sick. Never fly with a head cold, it only makes it worse.