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Pollinator Heaven

Habitat Type
Northfield, Minnesota
Date Submitted
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Milkweed Species
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Nectar Source Plants
yellow cone-flower, rattlesnake master, prairie phlox, rough blazing star, black-eyed Susan, showy goldenrod, white turtle-head,pale purple cone-flower,nodding onion, purple cone-flower, New England aster, smooth aster, wild white indigo, prairie smoke, blood-root.
Habitat Programs
Other (xerces society)
Habitat Management Practices
I have flowers that bloom all summer long, starting with prairie smoke and ending with the asters. I leave the plants in the garden all winter and cut them out in April or May depending on the weather so that they have use of the plants for their eggs or larvae. I never use chemicals and am happy to see the insects eating the plants.
Habitat Details
I've always enjoyed gardening, even as a small child. I gradually learned about the value of native plants and have been adding them to my flower gardens throughout the years. I have learned to enjoy the bees, wasps, butterflies, and birds that frequent the gardens as much as the beauty of the flowers.
I have always enjoyed digging in the dirt. I am also a vegetable and fruit gardener. I'm older now, and appreciate the fact that I don't have to keep the gardens real clean, for it is better for wildlife not to.