Celebrate Pollinator Week With Native Plants!

June 18 – 24 is National Pollinator Week

Eleven years ago, the US Senate designated the third week of June as National Pollinator Week to draw attention to the importance of pollinators to our landscapes and importantly, to our food crops. Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla and almonds. Plants that depend on a single pollinator species, and likewise, pollinators that depend on a single type of plant for food are interdependent. If one disappears, so will the other. About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.

Over 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators. Of those, about 1,000 are vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats and small mammals. The rest are insects such as beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies and moths. One way you can help ensure the future of these important members of our ecosystem is is by creating pollinator-friendly habitats using native plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen and homes. The leaves, fruit, pollen and nectar of native plants are the preferred foods of the polinators and wildlife that are vital to the health of our environment. Here are some available perennials and shrubs at Mahoney’s Garden Center this week in celebration of Pollinator Week:

Asclepias incarnata (milkweed)
Athryium felix-femina ‘Lady in Red’ (fern)
Chasmanthium latifolium (ornamental grass)
Dicentra eximia (bleeding heart)
Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’, ‘Happy Star’ and ‘Prairie Splendor’ (coneflower)
Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ (bee balm)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’
Phlox paniculate ‘Eva Cullum’
Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’
Rudbeckia trilobal ‘Medley Mix’ (black eyed susan)
Sporobolus heterolepsis (ornamental grass)
Yucca filamentosa ‘Excalibur’
Kalmia latifolia ‘Keepsake’ (mountain laurel)
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Blue Jay’ (blueberry)
Viburnum dentatum ‘Blue Blaze’

Mahoney’s Garden Center
958 East Falmouth Highway (Rt 28)
East Falmouth, MA 02536
508-548-4842, fax: 508-540-6185
www.mahoneysgarden.com

 

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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