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!)
Tuesday June 22 Liatris ligulilsytlus and Liriodendron tulipfera
Liatris ligulistylus is the ultimate butterfly magnet. It blooms in late summer, when Monarchs are preparing for their migration south. The Liatris provides the nectar they need for energy, and the butterflies help pollinate the plant so it can set seed for another generation. It’s a good example of the way plants and insects have co-evolved through the millennia to support each other.
Plant in full sun. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions from average to dry and is reportedly deer resistant. Long tongued bees, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths visit the flowers. The blooms are particularly attractive to Monarch butterflies along with Swallowtail, Sulphur, Hairstreak, Fritillary, Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies.
If you want a fast-growing shade tree that tolerates moist soil, clay, and periods of flooding, Tulip Tree is it. The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract flies, beetles, honeybees, bumblebees, and other long-tongued bees. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird visits the flowers for nectar. The Promethea Silk Moth also feeds on the tulip tree, as does the Tulip Tree Beauty Moth and the Tiger Swallowtail. Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers seek sap from the bark of this tree. Once the Sapsucker drills the holes in the bark, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird will sips sap from the same holes! The dripping, sticky sap can collect insects, holding them there for other birds to eat.