Nectar Plants for Fall Pollinators

Swamp Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed

A recent study has demonstrated that late-season nectar plants are key to migrating butterflies and pollinators. You can enjoy blossoms through October by adding some of these beauties to your yard or natural area. Tough, tolerant, and lovely, try one for a burst of late summer and autumn flowers.

 

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

A terrific rain garden plant, Swamp Milkweed prefers full sun sites that have wet to average soils. Reaching about two to four feet high, it blooms beginning in July and August with rosy pink clusters of upright fragrant flowers. Forming colonies when conditions are right, it is a host plant for Monarch butterflies. Other pollinators find it attractive, including the occasional Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Read More…

Planting for Pollinators

07-17-07 016The monarch butterflies are making their way north and we’ve already spotted Red Admirals, Commas, Mourning Cloaks, and lots of moths, bees, flies, and wasps. The prairie is buzzing! If you’re interested in attracting beautiful butterflies and important beneficial insects, now is the time to make plans and order plants.

Planting for pollinators means that you’ll need plants for caterpillars and larvae as well as for adults. To welcome insects there are a few things to consider. Read More…

Milkweeds for Monarchs

Monarch on butterflyweed
Monarch on butterflyweed

Are you ready to welcome butterflies? Monarch populations are doing a bit better, but they could still use a boost. Try planting milkweed this year and be rewarded with monarchs and more. Their showy flower clusters also attract moths, skippers, bees, and beneficial wasps. Set your landscape to buzzing with milkweed! Read More…