Physostegia virginiana, aka, False dragonhead, its colonizing ways will make you crazy.**
|the big late summer show from several seasons past|
|With colonizers you get free offspring and a dramatic show|
The purplish pink tubular flowers are perfect for plump little bumblebee bodies to slip inside and sup on the nectar and collect a little pollen.
When you watch bees work these plants~ they move in and out, up and down and all around the flower head a mass planting makes sense. When they're finished with one, they quickly move onto the next False dragonhead plant not a plant in a different genus. I've read that a planting of the same flower should be at least 4 foot wide...the key for me is "at least". This planting is much larger~maybe 10 feet by 4 feet. This fall they'll have a whole lot of the same plant in one spot! That's what makes colonizing plants so attractive to me, they reproduce to create a nice sized planting for pollinators....and it's free plants. (I will have plants to share with others this fall.)
|Bumbles are the primary pollinator~not the chubby carpenter bee~It's too large.|
|A perfect flower for bumbles...ahhhh, the Pollination Syndrome at work!|
|there's plenty of room for smaller bees|
PS. In case you need a reminder, please make the pledge to never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides in your garden.
** Please don't call native plants invasive. They may be thugs, they may be aggressive, but, what they are is highly competitive plants that you must edit or decide not to plant in your gardens!