Saturday, September 11, 2010Posted by Kueblerelves at 6:31 AM
Everyone can help our declining native species by planting a "little nature preserve" on their property, yard or even a small patio by incorporating native wildflowers and grasses that naturally grown in their region. Places like www.winterhavenfarm.us/ are transforming disturbed areas back to a more natural habitat on a larger scale and that is very important. Still, we all can help by planting native plants around yards, gardens and patios. Asters are a great plant as the native varieties are hardy and fill areas that are disturbed with non-natives. Even little plots offer nectaring breaks for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and moths.
Plant some native wildflowers in your yard and see what comes to get a free meal!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010Posted by Kueblerelves at 8:29 PM
Great Blue Lobelia is actually quite different in growth. It is a tougher, heftier plant with somewhat coarse, larger leaves, and the flowers appear in the leaf axils, unlike its elegant cousin's red flowers that are in leaf-free flower spikes, held high above the plant. But the blue flowers are lovely and plentiful. Best of all, this plant is not as picky as to growing conditions. It is perfectly happy in any perennial garden, with or without shade. And it is simple to propagate. Let some of the flowerheads go to seed in the fall, and you'll have a dozen new plants coming up next spring.
Blue cardinal flower makes a great background for smaller wildflowers, since several together form a wonderful screen-like clump of towering plants with blue flowers for a long period.
Oh, and the name. The botanical species name, syphilitica, comes from the Native American belief that this plant was a cure for syphillis.
It's easy to grow without a fuss, and pretty to boot!
Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Fall Height: 12” to 36” Spacing: 15” to 18” Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.
Bloom Time: Fall
Height: 12” to 36”
Spacing: 15” to 18”
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.
Thursday, September 2, 2010Posted by Kueblerelves at 3:43 PM
LOOK below for an easy search for flowers that would be beautiful, yet native, and therefore suitable for your region!