WANTED: Adopt Newbies Butterflies/Pollinators

docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)July 11, 2014

Last year we had fantastic success with threads that brought newbies together with those who were already growing milkweeds. Over on the Butterfly Forum, some of us are hoping to expand on that theme and share all kinds of seeds from plants that could be nectar or host sources for a broad range of insects and birds. I wanted to at least get folks thinking early enough that they would have a chance to collect as much seed as possible this season. By sharing seeds and planting home grown sprouts, we can avoid the systemic pesticides that many growers have begun using with devastating results for pollinators.

If you would like to help, or have suggestions of seeds that would enhance gardens for pollinators, post here and list the types of seeds you will try to collect. That will help others get an idea of how they can help. I'll be saving:

Zinnias (single blooms)
Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower)
Columbine canadensis
Liatris (several varieties)
Joe Pye Weed
Holly Hocks
Purple Coneflower

This list is far from exhaustive. I look forward to many more posters with more ideas. Together we can turn the pollinator problem around, and enjoy the miracles of nature and the warmth of sharing.


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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Great idea!

I would add Monarda sp., Asters, Ironweeds (Vernonia sp.), and Coreopsis to the list. Some are host plants, all are nectar plants. I usually collect those seeds every year.


    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 5:26PM
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cryptid(Southern OR 7)

Double good on ya for starting this thread! :)

How about Centranthus, Mums, Daisies, Dianthus, Wallflower and Sweet William.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:59PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

How could I forget snapdragons? Chives are good early nectar plants, too. Mine are just dropping seeds now.


    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:04AM
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Chelone (Turtlehead) in any color.

Verbena hastata


    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 9:23AM
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gvozdika(8 OR)

Lemon Balm

I saw hummingbirds drinking nectar from tomato flowers! they practically check every flower in my garden, circling Echinacea right now.
I don't see how this might reduce pesticide use. Last year we had a huge insecticide here, a landscaping company sprayed linden trees right when they were blooming, killed tons of bumblebees.
My previous neighbor asked the city to exterminate a bee hive just because her yippee dogs would be chased by them. And the city did and a few weeks later a new bee colony moved in and died again.

Here is a link that might be useful: bumblebee death

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:36PM
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I am a newbie but already have many of the herbs, would like to get some of the flowers and be adopted by a veteran grower if possible. zone 4a

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:10AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)


    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:05AM
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Jane269(6/7 WV)

would love to be adopted lost all my plants moving from MI to southern WV in July. appreciate any help. I have lots of butterflies and honeybees in the area I'd like to help :)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:40AM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

I can collect some Frogfruit for someone who wants the teeniest butterflies. I just moved and don't have much planted, but would love to have any Rue if you have extra seeds.

I want to have a large butterfly bed, but I have to make it a raised bed first. On a compacted gravel parking lot. Just can't always use that pick axe.


    Bookmark   October 7, 2014 at 1:00PM
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