Each day of Pollinator Week, we will feature two native pollinator plants. Stop by the nursery on Saturday June 26 and tell us the plants to get DOUBLE POINTS on your Loyalty Card.
MONDAY JUNE 21 Pycnanthem flexuosum and Oenethera fruticosa
Pycnanthem flexuosum (Appalachian Mountain Mint) is quite showy, for their flowers are somewhat larger than those on other species. Another clumping species, plant this one without fearing an aggressive spread. Like the other species, flowers hold up for a long time, and the plant blooms for at least 6 weeks, and up to 8 weeks continually. If you have a particularly dry spot, this might be a great choice for you! Appalachian mountain mint requires well-drained soils, and tolerates poorer soils than some of the other species of mountain mints. Perfect choice for cottage gardens and water-wise, low-maintenance landscapes.
From Illinois Wildflower: ” Many insects are strongly attracted to the flowers, including various bees, wasps, flies, small butterflies, and beetles. Typical visitors from these groups include honeybees, Cuckoo bees, Halictid bees, Sphecid wasps, Eumenine wasps, bee flies, Tachinid flies, Wedge-shaped beetles, and Pearl Cresecent butterflies. Most of these insects seek nectar.”
Oenethera fruticosa (Sundrops) provides the happiest spot of yellow you could desire in a garden. Like the mountain mints, it is also deer resistant and drought tolerant. It grows 12 to 30 inches tall and spreads 2 to 3 feet. Thrives in full sun to part shade and is adaptable to many soil types. Hummingbirds visit the flowers for nectar and to feed on small insects. Plant with blue eyed grass for a beautiful color combo!
From Illinois Wildflower: The flowers are cross-pollinated by bees, skippers, and butterflies; a Halictid bee, Lasioglossum oenotherae, is an oligolege (specialist pollinator) of Oenothera spp. These insects suck nectar from the flowers, and some bees also collect pollen for their larvae. There are several insects that feed on Oenothera spp. They include the caterpillars of Eudryas unio (Pearly Wood Nymph), Schinia florida (Primrose Moth), and some Mompha spp. (Momphid Moths).