We were treated to a beautiful fall day in the pollinator habitat yesterday. I took advantage of this, by weeding and a little fall clean up. Not too much clean up, it is good to leave some plant material and leaves. It is important not to disrupt overwintering areas for beneficial insects. I also planted wildflowers seeds. A Master Gardener had secured a donation of seeds for us to use. In the collection was purple coneflower. Thank you Kay! I collected seeds earlier in the fall from the habitat. So I planted shell-leaf penstemon and whorled milkweed too.
Habitat in November.
Purple coneflower seeds.
Bumble bee on Pitcher’s sage.
Pitcher’s sage (Salvia azurea) has been blooming in the habitat for a few weeks. It has an amazing blue color. This native perennial is in the mint family, but is not an aggressive spreader. The stems are tall and erect, with the plant reaching a height of 2-5 feet. Plant it in full sun. Nearly every day this month, I see bumble bees on the flowers of this plant. They love it and so will you.
Pitcher’s sage in the Cherry Creek Habitat.
Prairie ragwort is a native plant that blooms May through June. This wildflower is a biennial or short-lived perennial that is approximately one foot tall. It attracts many pollinators like bees, flies, moths and butterflies.
Prairie ragwort blooming now in the Cherry Creek Habitat.