2020 Pollinator Garden in a Box: Part Sun

$85.00

A pollinator garden kit designed to thrive in part sun/part shade garden. Kit includes:

(1) Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)

(3) Callirhoe involucrata (Winecup)

(3) Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)

(5) Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

(3) Calamintha nepeta (Lesser Calamint)

See below for a detailed description of plants.

Order deadline is April 1st.

Pick up your plants on Wednesday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 23rd from 10am to 4pm in the Horticulture building.

Important: Plants not picked up during this time will be considered donations and will be sold at May Gardeners Market.

Description

This box includes:

Column 1:
Top: Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)

This fast growing and long blooming perennial grows 18”-36” and sports a tight ball of tiny white flowers with yellow centers. Blooming from early July well into September, the plant is a host for two of our “ladies” – the caterpillars of American Lady and the Painted Lady. The caterpillars will enclose themselves in the leaves forming shelters as they feed on the leaves. Don’t worry – the plant will make a full recovery from its native plant-insect relationship. The name comes from its use as a cut flower or dried flower in arrangements. Larval host plant, deer resistant, native.

Bottom: Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta (Lesser Calamint)

Calamint is a bushy, perennial herb of the mint family that forms a dense, spreading mound of fragrant foliage. Tiny, lilac to white flower spikes appear from June through September. A terrific source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Easily grown in all types of well-drained soils, in full sun. Tolerates light shade in the afternoon. Cut back plants after flowering. Rabbit & deer resistant.

Middle: Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)

Obedient Plant gets its name from the ability of the flowers on the stalk to be twisted into any position, and stay put. The flowers are 1″ pale purple to rose, borne on a showy spike, starting in mid-summer and going until early to mid-fall in many locations. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are attracted to the flowers getting nectar from deep in the petals. This is the perfect plant to fill up a large area as it gets 3’ tall and can spread to 4’ wide. Deer resistant, native.

 

Column 3:
Top: Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

In early spring, this diminutive, mat-forming wildflower, carpets the ground with myriads of small blue-violet irises. The lovely blue-violet flowers with yellow crests on the falls are nestled in arching blades of green foliage. A much beloved wildflower that often forms colonies. New plants are formed from plump shallow rhizomes that are connected by slender runners. The 6”-8” plants are attractive to early foraging native bees as well as hummingbirds. Deer resistant, native.

Bottom: Callirhoe involucrata (Winecup)

This is an outstanding and very attractive low growing plant, with deeply dissected dark green foliage that produce an explosion of electric purple, single, upright flowers from July to early September. This spreading drought tolerant perennial is the larval host for the Gray Hairstreak butterfly, and is also visited by Checkered Skipper caterpillars and bees. The flowers close in the evening, open in the morning and remain closed after pollination. Larval host plant, deer resistant, native.

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