Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pollinator-friendly native plants


Native species help to support our local birds, butterflies and pollinators by providing food, shelter, and places to raise their young. Many of these species  are in decline due to habitat loss and the use of harmful insecticides and herbicides. 
 
You can help by planting these native species in your yard!
WILD BERGAMOT - Monarda fistulosa

Plant in full sun. Low Maintenance. Drought tolerant. Part of the mint family. Flowers provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. 
 
Butterfly Milkweed - ASCLEPIAS TUBEROSA
Plant in full sun. Low Maintenance. Drought tolerant. Striking orange flowers are a magnet for many butterfly species, including Monarchs.

New England Aster - Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Plant in full sun or partial shade. Low maintenance. Drought tolerant. Important food source for pollinators, particularly in the fall.