Autumn Nectar Plants
Environmentally conscientious gardeners should strive to grow a range of late-flowering nectar plants to provide insects with energy to migrate, or build them up for winter hibernation. Rita Venable, author of Butterflies of Tennessee, joins Marty DeHart to discuss top-performers such as goldenrod and New England aster.
Plants Featured in this Clip
SOLIDAGO rigida (stiff goldenrod)
PYCNANTHEMUM virginianum (Mountain mint)
SOLIDAGO sempervirens (Seaside goldenrod)
SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae (New England aster)
SOLIDAGO canadensis (Canada goldenrod)
ASCLEPIAS spp. (Milkweeds)
- Seaside goldnrod is an herbaceous perennial wildflower often found on beaches, dunes, salt marshes, and pine lands. It is highly salt tolerant and deer-resistant. This variety of goldenrod doesn't spread by rhizomes or become invasive.
- For better yields in the vegetable garden, tuck a planter of mountain mint in the area. It will attract a large variety of pollinating insects.
- Milkweeds are the required host plants for caterpillars of the monarch butterfly, and thus play a critical role in its life cycle.
Rita Venable is author of Butterflies of Tennessee ritavenable.com
Marty's lifelong passion for plants has led her to a long and varied career in horticulture: she's been a professional grower of gloxinias and African violets as well as perennials, a native plant propagator, a landscaper and landscape designer. She deeply enjoys learning constantly and sharing what she learns about plants, particularly information and techniques that can produce thriving plants and green-thumbed gardeners.