Pollinator Garden Resources - Northeast
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SeasonCommon NameScientific NameTypeFlower ColorPollinator ValueWater NeedsNotesValue to InsectsAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptOct
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Mid-LateAllegheny Monkey Flower Mimulus ringensFlowerLight PurpleMediumHLight requirements: full sun to part sun
Habitat- swamps, streamsides
Soil moisture- moist, wet
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Early-MidAmerican BasswoodTilia americanaShrub or TreeCreamMAlso called "bee tree" for its abundance of very fragrant, nectar-rich flowers which are extremely attractive to bees
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American Sennaxx
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LateAshy Sunflower Helianthus mollisFlowerYellow MediumL-MLight requirement - full sun
Habitat- prairies, open dry places, roadsides, pastures, old fields
Soil Moisture- dry, moist
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Basil
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LateBig Leaf AsterEurybia macrophyllaFlowerPurpleMediumL-MLight requirements- full sun to part shade
Habitat-dry woods, thickets, open barrens
Soil moisture-dry to moist
Pearl Crescent, beesxxx
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Black Cohosh, Fairy CandlesCimicifuga racemosa WhiteMoist to dry. Partial sunxx
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Early-LateBlack eyed SusanRudbeckia hirtaFlowerYellowish OrangeMedium-LowL-MLight requirements - full sun to part sun
Habitat-prairies, plains, meadows,roadsides,wood edges
Soil moisture-dry, moist
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Blazing Star
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Early (May, June)Blue False IndigoBaptisia australisFlowerPurpleMediumM-HLight requirements- full sun
Habitat -edges, fields, prairies
Soil Moisture- moist
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Blue Mistflowerxxxx
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MidBlue Vervain Verbena hastataFlowerBlueMediumHA preferred nectar plant for bees, butterflies, hover flies, and bee flies; choose
Light Requirements- full sun to partsun
Habitat-moist prairie, streambanks
Soil moisture-moist, wet
ong- tongued and short -tongued bees, and butterflies
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LateBluestem Goldenrod Solidago caesiaFlowerYellow HighL Light Requirements - full sun to part sun
Habitat- rich, open woods, wood borders, clearings
Soil Moisture - dry
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LateBottle GentiunGentiana clausaFlowerBlueHighMThis unique fall flower is almost exclusively pollinated by bumble bees, which pry the petals apart to climb insidenative bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, and beetlesxxx
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Mid (June, July)Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosaFlowerOrangeVery HighL-MLight requirements - full sun to part sun Habitat- prairies, open woods, roadsides Soil moisture- dry, moistlong- tongued bees, Sphecid wasps, and various butterflies, including Swallowtails and Fritillaries Monarch, Grey Hairstreak, Queen, and hummingbirds.xx
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LateButtonbushCephalanthus occidentalisShrub or TreeWhiteHHost plant for numerous moths and butterflies; pincushion-like flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees
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LateCalico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorumFlowerWhiteHighMThe shallow nectaries attract more insect diversity than some larger-flowered aster species; tolerant of partial shadeshort- tongued bees, wasps, and flies, and long-tongued bees, small butterflies, skippers, beetles, and plant bugs
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Mid-LateCardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalisFlowerRedHighHStriking, scarlet-red tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and swallowtail butterfliesbutterflies, hummingbirdsxxx
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ColumbineAquilegia canadensisRed, yellowM
Moist to dry. Partial shadeto sun. Self Seeds
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Mid-LateCommon Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatumFlowerWhiteHighHFlat-topped clusters of fluffy, nectar-rich flowers attract many kinds of insects; tolerant of partial shade and wet soilsxxx
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Mid - June-AugustCommon Milkweed Asclepias syriacaFlowerPink-purpleVery HighHLight requirements - full sun to part sun
Habitat- old fields, roadside, waster places
Soil Moisture - moist
butterflies (Monarch), native bees,
and honey bees
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Late - Aug-SeptCommon SneezeweedHelenium autumnaleFlowerYellowHighHLight requirements - full sun
Habitat-open areas along streams and ponds, wet meadows
Soil Moisture - moist
long- tongued bees, including honeybees, bumblebees, digger bees, cuckoo bees, leaf-cutting bees, Halictid bees, Sphecid wasps, Vespid wasps, Syrphid flies, butterflies, and beetlesxxxxx
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Cosmos
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CranesbillsGeranium spp.xxx
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Mid-Late - July-AugustCulver's Root Veronicastrum virginicumFlowerWhiteHighHLight requirements - full sun to shade
Habitat- moist prairies, upland woods, stream banks
Soil moisture- moist to wet
short- tongued bees, honeybees, bumblebees, Mason bees, Green Metallic bees, Masked bees, Sphecid wasps, butterflies, moths, and Syrphid flies.xx
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Dwarf Tickseedxx
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Mid-Late - July-SeptemberEarly Goldenrod Solidago junceaFlowerYellowHighL-MLight requirements - full sun to part sun
Habitat- prairies, open areas, abandoned fields
Soil moisture- dry to moist
long- tongued and short -tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and beetlesxxxxx
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Eastern Purple Coneflowerxxxx
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English Lavender
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Mid - June-AugustEvening Primrose Oenothera biennisFlowerYellowMediumL-MLight requirements - full sun
Habitat- disturbed areas, roadsides, abandoned fields, ditches, vacant lots
Soil moisture- dry , moist
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, honeybees,
bumblebee and moths
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Early - May-JuneFalse White or Blue IndigoBaptisia albaFlowerWhiteMediumL-MLight requirements - full sun
Habitat- prairies, open woods
Soil Moisture - dry, moist
bumblebees, Wild Indigo Duskywing , Hoary Edge and Orange Sulfur.xx
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Mid-LateField ThistleCirsium discolorFlowerPurpleMDistinct from invasive, non-native thistles; an important plant for butterflies and bumble bees; grows as a perennial or biennial
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Mid-Late - July-SeptemberFlat Top White Aster
Doellingeria umbellata
FlowerWhiteMedium-LowHLight requirements - full sun to partial sun
Habitat- moist thickets, swamp edges, woods
Soil Moisture - moist
long- tongued bees, short -tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetlesxxxx
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Giant Ironweedxxx
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EarlyGolden AlexandersZizia aureaFlowerYellowMediumHHost plant for black swallowtail butterfly; shallow nectaries attract small beneficial wasps, bees, and flieswasps, flies, beetles, short -tongued bees such as Green Metallic bees, Masked bees, and Andrenid bees, long -tongued bees as bumblebees, cuckoo bees butterflies and true bugs.
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Golden Ragwort
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Late - Aug-SeptGrass-leaved Goldenrod
Euthamia graminifolia
FlowerYellowMedium-lowHLight requirements - full sun
Habitat- moist prairies, edges of marshes, abandoned fields
Soil moisture- moist
long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and
beetles
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LateGray Goldenrod Solidago nemoralisFloweryellowVery HighLExcellent for poor soils where little else will grow; one of the latest blooming goldenrods; visited by many pollinatorslong- tongued bees, short -tongued bees, Sphecid and Vespid wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and beetles, honey bees, little carpenter bees Halictid bees, plasterer bees, and Andrenid bees
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Great Blue Lobelia FlowerPurpleHighHLight requirement s - f ull sun to part sun Habitat- moist prairies, along stream banks, and rivers, wood borders, floodplains, swamps, marshes, fen Soil Moisture - moist, wetbumble bees
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Late - August-OctoberGreyheaded Coneflower
Solidago nemoralis
FloweryellowVery HighLLight requirements - full sun Habitat-meadows, dry open woods, upland prairies, pastures, fallow fields, roadsides, sand dunes Soil moisture- drylong- tongued bees, short -tongued bees, Sphecid and Vespid wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and beetles, honey bees, little carpenter bees Halictid bees, plasterer bees, and Andrenid bees
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Hairy Beardtongue
Penstemon hirsutus
FlowerPale VioletHighLLight requirements - full sun to shade Habitat- dry woods, rocky fields, bluffs Soil moisture- drynative bees, bumble bees, and Baltimore Checkerspotxx
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EarlyHighbush BlueberryVaccinium corymbosumShrub or Treewhite/pinkM-HWell-loved by humans and also provides food for mining bees, mason bees, and long-tongued bumble bees
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Hoary Vervain Verbena strictaFlowerPurpleMediumLLight requirements - full sun
Habitat- upland prairies, gravel prairies, abandoned fields, roadsides
Soil Moisture - dry, moist
green metallic bees, thread-waisted wasps, bee flies, thick -headed flies, butterflies, skippers, long-tongued bees, such as honeybees, bumblebees, little carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, miner bees, and leaf- cutting bees
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Indian Hemp Apocynum cannabinum
FlowerWhiteVery HighLight requirement s - f ull sun Habitat- open woods, pastures, waste ground, disturbed sites, roadsides Soil Moisture - drylong- tongued and short -tongued bees, Sphecid wasps, butterflies, skippers, and various kinds of flies.
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Jacob's Ladder, Greek ValerianFlowerPinkMoist. Shadexx
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Lupine, Sundial LupineLupinas Perennisxxxx
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Marjoram
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Marsh Blazing Star Flower
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Mint
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Mullein
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LateNew England AsterSymphyotrichum novae-angliaeFlowerpurpleHighMOne of the latest fall-blooming plants; frequented by honey bees and pre-hibernation bumble bee queenslong- tongued bees (bumblebees, honeybees, Miner bees, large Leaf -Cutting bees), bee flies, butterflies, skippers , Short - tongued bees and Syrphid fliesxxx
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MidNew Jersey teaCeanothus americanusShrub or TreeWhiteMA magnet for many species of flies, wasps, bees, and butterflies; slow growing and prone to deer browsing
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New York Aster Symphyotrichum novi-belgiiFlowerPurpleHighMLight requirements - full sun Habitat- shorelines, damp thickets, meadows Soil Moisture - moistNative Beesxxx
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New York Ironweed Vernonia noveboracensisFlowerPurple/Dark PinkHighMLight requirements - full sun to part shade Habitat- moist meadows, pastures, and roadsides, wet fields Soil moisture- moistbutterflies and native bees
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Early-MidNinebarkPhysocarpus opulifoliusShrub or TreeWhite LDeciduous shrub with attractive foliage, peeling bark, and white flowers; loved by birds, bees, and butterflies
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Ohio Spiderwortxxxxx
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Oxeye Sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides
FlowerYellowLowLLight requirement s - f ull sun to part sun Habitat- moist to dry open woods, prairies, fields Soil Moisture - dry , medium, moistlong- tongued bees, Halictine bees, bee flies, butterflies , and hummingbirdsxx
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Partridge Pea
Chamaecrista fasciculata
FlowerYellowHighLLight requirements - full sun to part sun Habitat- prairies, roadsides, fields, right of ways, sandy roadsides Soil Moisture - dryOrange Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Long -tongued bees such as honeybees, bumblebees, Miner bees, and large Leaf -Cutting beesxxx
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Perennial Blue Flax Linum perenneFlowerbluelowLLight Requirements - full sun to part sun Habitat- dry prairies, roadsides, fields Soil Moisture - dryNative Bees
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Phlox, Wild Sweet WilliamPhloxxxxxxxx
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Plains Coreopsis Coreopsis tinctoriaFlowerYellow with RedMediumL-MLight requirements - full sun Habitat-bottom -lands, prairies, plains, meadows, roadsides Soil moisture- dry to moistlong- tongued bees, short -tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, and beetles.
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Prairie Blazing Starxx
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Purple Bergamot Monarda mediaFlowerPurpleVery HighM-HLight requirements - full sun to part sun Habitat- swampy thickets, stream banks, and ditches Soil moisture- moistnative bees and bumble bee
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Purple ConeflowerFlowerPurpleHighL-MLight requirements - full sun to part sun Habitat-open areas Soil Moisture - dry to moistbee flies, Halictid bees, butterflies, skippers, long - tongued bees, such as honeybees, bumblebees, digger bees (and leaf - cutting bees. Butterflies include Monarchs, Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails, Sulfurs, Whites, Silvery Checkerspot.xxxx
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Purple gay-feather
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Purple Giant HyssopAgastacheFlowerPurpleVery HIghM-HWetland Indicator - FACW Light requirement s - f ull sun to pa rt shade Habitat- rich woods and thickets Soil Moisture - moistnative bee, honey beesxxx
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EarlyPussy WillowSalix discolorShrub or Treeyellow/greenM-HSilky gray catkins open into flowers that provide spring forage for bees; host plant for mourning cloak butterflies
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EarlyRaspberry/BlackberryRubus spp.Shrub or TreeWhite/pinkMHollow canes/ prunings make excellent nest sites for cavity-nesting bees; flowers are pollinated by many kinds of beesxxx
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Rattlesnake Master
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Rosemary
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Rough leaved Goldenrod Solidago patulaFlowerYellowHighHWetland Indicator - OBL Light requirement s - f ull sun to part sun Habitat- wet meadows, swamps, marshes Soil Moisture - wetlong-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, beetles, and other insects.xx
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Round-headed Lespedeza
Lespedeza capitata
Flower
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SageSalviaxxx
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Showy Goldenrod Flower
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Skullcap
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Smooth Blue Aster Flowerxxxx
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Solomon's SealWhiteL-MMoist to dry. Shadexx
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Early-MidSpiderwort Tradescantia virginianaFlowerblueHighMThe attractive flowers of this unique iris-relative are frequented by bumble bees and other pollinators; shade tolerantlong- tongued bees, especially bumblebees, Halictine bees and Syrphid fliesxxx
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Spotted Bee Balm Flowerxxxxx
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Spotted Joe Pyeweed FlowerPinkish-LavendarHigh
Wet to moist. Sun to partial shade. Attracts butterflies
xxx
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MidSwamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnataFlowerPinkVery HighM-HHost plant for monarchs; lovely fragrance attracts insects of all kinds; at drier sites use common or butterfly milkweedbumblebees, honeybees, digger bees, Halictid bees, wasps, flies, Swallowtail butterflies, Greater Fritillaries, Monarch butterflies, and skippersxx
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Sweet scented Joe Pie Weedxxx
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Tall Blazing Star Flowerxxxx
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Tall CoreopsisFlowerYellow
Moist to dry. Sun to partial sun. Use for back of the border
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Tall Tickseedxx
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Tall White Beardtongue FlowerWhiteMoist to dry. Sun to partial sunxx
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Talus Slope PenstemonHighx
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Thyme
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Verbena
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VioletViolafull sun or filtered shadexxx
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MidVirginia or Narrowleaf Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum tenuifoliumFlowerwhiteVery HighL-MThis and related species have fragrant foliage and nectar-rich flowers; very popular with butterflies, beetles, and morehoneybees, Cuckoo bees, Halictid bees, Sphecid wasps, Eumenine wasps, bee flies, Tachinid flies, Wedge - shaped beetles, and Pearl Cresecent butterflies.xx
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MidVirginia roseRosa virginianaShrub or TreePinkLFoliage is used by leafcutter bees; flowers provide food for many pollinators; exceptional leaf coloration in the fall
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White TurtleheadFlowerWhiteMoist to wet. Partial shade.xxxx
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White VervainFlower
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MidWild Bergamot Monarda fistulosaFlowerpurpleHighMHawk moths, hummingbirds, and long-tongued bumble bees are common visitorsxxxxx
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Wild Bleeding HeartFlowerPinkMoist to dry. Partial shadexxxxxx
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Wild Blue PhloxMMoist, Sun to partial sun.x
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EarlyWild GeraniumGeranium maculatumFlowerpinkMShade-tolerant; provides important spring food for mining, cuckoo, mason, sweat, bumble, and small carpenter bees
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Wild Ginger
Asarum canadense
MaroonH
Moist shade. Ground cover. Inconspicuous flowers
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