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.
(Hint – the first letter of the botanic name of each plant spells a special word by the end of the week!)
Wednesday June 23 Iris versicolor and Nyssa sylvatica
Iris versicolor (Blue Flag Iris) Can be grown in wet or average garden soil. Use in a sunny area on pond edge, or in your garden. In a drier site, some shade would be good. The “flag” part of the common name comes from the middle English word ‘flagge’ meaning rush or reed. It often occurs alongside rushes or reeds in a wetland setting, reaching 2 to 3 feet tall and blooming in late spring.
Bumblebees, long-horned bees, butterflies and skippers visit the flowers. Hummingbirds also frequent Iris versicolor in search of the many insects it attracts. Here’s a link to a video showing hummingbird nectaring on blue flag iris.
Black gum, growing 30 to 60 feet tall, is a good street tree with fabulous fall color. Grows in full sun to part shade in average to wet soil. It is the larval host for the Azalea Sphinx moth. Honeybees flock to the delicate sweet nectar of Black Gum flowers, producing the sought-after Tupelo Honey known as the “Queen of the Honey World” for its soft, buttery sweetness.