Plant and They Will Come Again and Again

                 Perennials for Pollinators

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Mexican Bush Sage ( Salvia leucantha)

A very cost effective and efficient way of adding pollinator plants to the landscape is by planting perennials. Perennials are plants that live more than one year. While many die back in the winter, the plants will return, providing another year of nectar for pollinators and  grand displays of color. Mexican bush sage, thrives in full sun and is an easy plant to propagate, just stick  a cutting into potting soil.

 

Fire Spike or Cardinal Spear (Odontonema strictum) is a favorite for hummingbirds as well as butterflies. Preferring moist, well drained soil, this perennial  can be propagated easily and shared with friends. It does well in full sun or partial shade. Cardinal spears and Mexican bush sage are winners for gardeners and pollinators! Learn about these pollinator plants and many others by clicking here.

 

A long-tailed skipper, ready to unfurl its proboscis, rests on the tubular flowers of a Mexican bush sage. Learn more about this little erratic little flyer by clicking here.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds love cardinal spears.  The lack of red feathers on this fall visitor indicates it may be a female or an immature male. Mature males fly south in mid-summer, while mature females and immature hummers wait until late summer and fall. Learn more about ruby-throats by clicking here.