|talk about inhospitable~it's growing up through a crack in the asphalt|
|The nectar guides aren't showing, but the flower is perfect for pollinators|
- it's chock full of nectar,
- has a tubular shape,
- has a landing pad,
- is open during the day,
- is brightly colored, and
- just in case they are needed, it has the coolest nectar guides.
So, you ask, "What does this fantastic wildflower have to do with weeds in a lawn?"
I'm glad you asked! While you and I see a blanket of lavender flowers humming with bee activity, lawn aficionados often see wildflowers like Ruellia, Salvia lyrata and Western Daisy as weeds in their turf. Weeds that need to be stamped out in order to have a uniform green space.
I'm working hard to change this belief! I've been sharing information about the under appreciated beauties growing right under our noses with good friends and neighbors. I tell them that Wild Petunia loves the hot blazing sun and needs no special care all summer long; that the nectar rich flowers provide food for native pollinators from May through October; and, that they will never, ever, ever have to fertilize a lawn that is populated with wildflowers, native grasses and sedges.
The facts: Zone 4 to 8; Dry, sunny areas; sprawling growth, will grow in rock gardens, containers, borders, lawns; Pollinator magnet (Bees and Hummers) and host to Buckeye Butterfly caterpillar; native to most states East of the Rockies
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.