|Lindera benzoin host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly|
In fact, nearly every plant has been chosen with birds, insects and other critters in mind. My native shrubs provide food, nesting and shelter for mammals and birds, as well as being a host plant to butterflies, moths and other insects that keep my wildflower garden thriving.
|Photinia pyrifolia (Aronia arbutifolia)|
Please welcome Diervilla sessilifolia "Butterfly' to the garden!
|Photo credit: Mark A. Garland @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database|
SBH is a low growing mounding native shrub with yellow flowers that blooms in the summer and periodically until late summer. The fall color has been described as good! Since it's a colonizing plant it would be perfect on a embankment to help with erosion. The cultivar 'Butterfly' is said to have copper flushed green leaves, be of smaller stature than the species and have good fall color. It's attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds....and it tolerates almost any soil except one with standing water.
Sounds like an ideal candidate for Clay and Limestone.
Plant Colonizing shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 2 feet to 5 feet
Width: 4 feet to 6 feet
Zones: 4a to 8b
Bloom: Yellow flowers age to a nice coral color, blooms early summer
Pollinators: Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
Soil: Not particular, can take dry shade, but, no standing water
It is listed as a threatened species in Tennessee...Middle Tennesseans, you can find this shrub at GroWild, others can find it available online. Please this shrub is not be be confused with invasive Lonicera mackii (here for a post)
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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.