Native Fireworks

As we celebrate the American Independence Day holiday, several native flowers appear to be celebrating with us. These summer bloomers are bursting out with tempting floral sprays that beckon insects to them.

Here they are in all the colors of our traditional fireworks: red, white, blue … and yellow/gold. All blooming now!

Monarda didyma, beebalm

Monarda didyma

The happy splay of petals makes beebalm (Monarda) a standout in all colors, but the red is especially striking.

Lonicera sempervirens

Lonicera sempervirens

Thanks to the Virginia Native Plant Society for the idea on Lonicera’s fireworks appearance. It is their wildflower of the year and a well-deserved one. In Georgia, it blooms as early as January and continues through frost, much to hummingbirds’ delight.

Cirsium altissimum

Cirsium altissimum

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Plants like thistle (our native Cirsium shown above) and buttonbush (Cephalanthus) are especially popular with butterflies and pollinators with long tongues.

Stokesia laevis

Stokesia laevis

A tiny green bee was enjoying this Stokes’s aster one afternoon. Being able to spy one of those tiny gems makes my day!

Hypericum densiflorum

Hypericum densiflorum

Our native St. John’s worts (Hypericum) are absolute bee magnets, attracting all sizes from the tiny sweat bees to the giant bumbles.

Hypericum frondosum

Hypericum frondosum

So as you celebrate your freedom this holiday, celebrate also the incredible and beautiful diversity of plants that belong to this land as well.

Long may they reign, supporting our insects and our national heritage!

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