In my Ecosystem Garden there are 3 native plants that do extremely well. So well in fact that I often dig some of them up and replant them in my neighbor’s yards in an attempt to hold the invasive plants growing there at bay. I did this on a very large scale when I ripped out my entire wildlife garden and started again from scratch because my garden had become over run by so many of these invasive plants.
The three VERY happy native plants:
- Wood Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
- Gray’s Sedge, also called Morningstar Sedge (Carex grayi)
- Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)
The Wood Poppy blooms in early spring and has an abundance of cheerful yellow flowers to brighten up the wildlife garden.
The Gray’s Sedge is a clumping grass that reseeds with happy abandon.
And the Cutleaf Coneflower is a native perennial that blooms from late July into September. And this is a major pollinator magnet. The multitudinous flowers are covered with bees, flies, spiders, butterflies, and more all day long.
I’ve been trying to document the many different visitors to the Rucbeckia laciniata flowers so that I’ll be able to identify them, but I also wanted to share these visitors with you so that you can see the amazing number of insects and other wildlife who are drawn to the Cutleaf Coneflowers.
I’m actually amazed at the high number of different visitors to just one species of flower in my wildlife garden!
Please note that I haven’t yet sat down to try to identify all of the different insects, so if you know what any of them are, I’d love to hear from you. Please share your knowledge by leaving a comment below. I’ll number the photos to make it easy for you. And thanks in advance
Pretty amazing number of different visitors to just this one plant, eh? The Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) is an incredible native plant for attracting all sorts of insects, butterflies, and birds to your wildlife garden. I’d add it to any wildlife garden just for the number of native bees who come to nectar at the flowers because our native bees are in so much trouble right now.
If you’d like to attract more native bees to your wildlife garden please see The Ultimate Guide to Native Bees, which has almost 70 resources from our team members to help you.
[Update: I originally thought this plant was Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus), but thanks to the help of two of my team mates, I've updated this post to show that the plant is Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata). Many thanks to Ellen Honeycutt and Susan J. Tweit for setting me straight. And also to Suzanne Dingwell who made me laugh by saying "And you know what the botanists call them, right? DYC. D#*M Yellow Composites!!"]
Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.
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