Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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  • Silphium laciniatum Compass plant Z 3-8

    Yellow daisies from late summer to early fall  

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    Yellow daisies from late summer to early fall

     

    Size: full sun to part shade in moist, fertile soil
    Care: 6- 10’ x 24”
    Native: East and central U.S., Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees & butterflies
    Awards: Missouri Botanic Garden Plant of Merit

    Grew in Bartram’s colonial nursery. Named “Compass plant” for its leaves which face north and south to catch maximum sunshine. The plant’s sap was used as chewing gum.

  • Silphium perfoliatum Cup plant Z 3-9

    Golden daisies waive at the sun from July to September, its cup shaped leaves hold water where butterflies drink & bathe

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    Golden daisies waive at the sun from July to September, its cup shaped leaves hold water where butterflies drink & bathe

    Size: 7’ x 3’
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist soil
    Native: Central North America, native to Wisconsin.
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit

    Sap used by Native Americans to chew and freshen breath.  Also used to cure colds, neuralgia, fever, and liver disorders.  The Chippewa used to stop lung hemorrhaging, menstrual bleeding and cure chest pain.  The Winnebago drank a potion from the plant to purify themselves before a buffalo hunt.  For the Iroquois it cured paralysis, prevented children from seeing ghosts and illness caused by the dead.  Goldfinches feast on the seeds in fall.

  • Sisyrinchium albidum White blue-eyed grass Z 3-10

    White or pale blue star-shaped flowers with yellow centers blossom over short, grass-like foliage in late spring-early summer.

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    White or pale blue star-shaped flowers with yellow centers blossom over short, grass-like foliage in late spring-early summer.

    Size: 18-24” x 6-12”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: East coast from Maine to Florida and west as far as Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies, Deer resistant.
    Size: Menominee kept this in their house or pocket to ward off snakes.

    First published in 1832.

  • Solidago caesia syn. Solidago axillaris Blue-stemmed goldenrod, Wreath goldenrod Z 4-9

    arching wands of clustered gold, with contrasting blue-green stems

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    Graceful, arching wands of clustered gold, with contrasting blue-green stems, in September-October. Clump forming, noninvasive perennial.

    Size: 18-24” x 16-20”
    Care: part shade to shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Nova Scotia to WI, south to FL and west to TX
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet

    The Latin name is a combination of solidus and ago, meaning “I make whole”, referring to its historic medicinal uses. According to William Cullina it  has antioxidant, diuretic, astringent and antifungal properties and is supposed to be used to treat urinary tract and yeast infections, sore throats and diarrhea. (W. Cullina, NEWFS, p. 197)  Collected before 1753.