Our Pollinator garden is starting to bloom, and bees and butterflies are visiting! Come see!
Plants were selected for their value to pollinators and appropriateness for the home landscape.
All are native to Southern Illinois of course. Pictured below are a few of early bloomers:
Rose Vervain (or Rose Verbena)-
purple flowers about 1/2 inch across. It likes full to partial sun and mesic to dry soil; and will
bloom over a 2 month period from late spring to mid-
and skippers are attracted to it's nectar.
of yellow flowers about 2 inches across. It likes full to partial sun, but will tolerate light shade. It
blooms for about a month in late Spring and provides nectar for short-
other pollinators. It is a host plant for Black Swallowtail and Ozark Swallowtail Butterflies (feeds
Monarda (Bee Balm)-
reddish purple to pink blooms that attract hummingbirds, bumblebees and butterflies. It prefers
partial sum and mesic to moist conditions. It blooms for about 2 months in the summer.