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!)
Friday June 25 – Oxyendrum arboreum (Sourwood) and Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Coneflower)
Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood) is a highly ornamental small tree in the same family as rhododendron and azaleas. Sourwood tolerates drought once established and prefers sun to part shade. It prefers moist to moderately dry soil. We love this plant so much, we’ve done a whole blog post on it here. It provides lots of nectar for honeybees and other pollinators when in bloom.
Sweet Coneflower Grow this beauty in medium moisture soil, well-drained, full sun. It’s tough and can tolerate hot, humid summers and some drought. It grows about 4 feet tall and blooms July through October. It is lightly anise-scented and makes a good cut flower, too. Clay soil is fine for this plant. It is reportedly deer tolerant as well. It occurs naturally in moist prairies, and along streambanks and in low areas.
Many kinds of insects visit the flowerheads for either nectar or pollen. These species include little carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, digger bees, leaf-cutting bees, Halictid bees, dagger bees, beneficial wasps, small- to medium-sized butterflies, skippers, beetles, and true bugs. The caterpillars of Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly sometimes feed on Rudbeckia species. This is definitely one plant that every pollinator garden needs!