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Native Shrubs - Plants to Attract Butterflies

Postby sunkeeper » Jul 01, 2008 11:47 pm

Native Shrubs
BLACK CHOKEBERRY [Aronia melanocarpa]
This outstanding shrub offers: white flowers in early summer, attractive black berries, and reddish-purple foliage in the fall. Tolerates most soils, part shade or full sun with heights up to five or six feet. Forms colonies.

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY [Viburnum trilobum]
This Ontario native is a wonderful addition to any landscape. Averaging nine to twelve feet high, the trilobed leaves turn red in the fall. White spring flowers lead the way to the production of bright red berries which persist throughout the Winter (until the birds find them). Average to moist soil, full sun or part shade.

CANADA SERVICEBERRY [Amelanchier canadensis]
One of the seasons first bloomers - this North Eartern native has white spring flowers, edible purple berries and a striking orange-red fall colour. Performs well in average to moist soils, full sun or part shade and averages heights of six to eighteen feet.

WINTERBERRY [Ilex verticillata]
An Ontario wetland native - our native holly. The dark green glossy foliage is just amazing. White blooms in early spring. Wet to medium soil, full sun or part shade and mature size of six by six feet.

FRAGRANT SUMAC [Rhus aromatica]
A Carolinian Canada specie that performs well in average to clay soils. Yellow spring flowers are followed by red berries in the fall on bronze foliage. Tolerates full sun or part shade and reaches four to six feet in height.

SNOWBERRY [Symphoricarpos albus]
An incredible shrub for just about any place! Tolerates medium to dry or clay soils and full sun to deep dry shade. Pinkish flowers in early summer and white berries (poisonous) that persist throughout the winter. Mature shrub averages from two to four feet high and wide. Ontario native.

A RARE Western prairie, slow growing shrub produces dense tufts of fragrant purple flowers in late spring, early summer. Likes medium to well drained soil and full sun. Reaches heights of one to three feet.

Plants to attract Butterflies
This rare, edible Carolinian Canada species produces attractive nodding clusters of lavender/pink blooms in July and August. A wonderful addition to your garden. The Algonquian word Chiggagou is the origin of the city named Chicago, which in aboriginal times, these wild onions were found in abundance in that region of Lake Michigan. Average to rich soil/part to heavy shade/10-20 inches

The state flower of Colorado. Its five white petals are surrounded by pale blue-purple sepals in June and July. Rich, moist to average soil/full sun-part shade/1-3 feet

EASTERN WILD COLUMBINE, Aquilegia canadensis
A native to Ontario in the open woodlands. Its nodding red and yellow flowers will bring hummingbirds to your view. Offers beautiful blooms in June and July. Rich to average soil/full sun-part shade/1-2 feet

TALL COREOPSIS [Coreopsis tripteris]
Approaching heights of nine feet, this stunning clump-forming perennial is great at the back of the border. Natives boiled the seed from the yellow blooms to relieve arthritic pain. Tolerates part shade, prefers full sun.

CUP PLANT [Silphium perfoliatum]
For the large garden - this amazingly sturdy plant reaches six to nine feet tall each season. The one-foot leaves form a cup at the base of the stalk which birds like to frequent after a rain.

PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER [Echinacea pallida]
Early summer bloomer - its long slender, pinkish-purple petals with basil foliage is a real attraction to many gardeners. Requires full sun and averages three feet. Ontario native.

NEW ENGLAND ASTER [Aster novae-angliae]
In addition to attracting many birds and butterflies to the garden, it adds colour to the fall garden. Tolerates part shade and averages two to four feet tall. Ontario native.

WHORLED WHITE MILKWEED [Asclepias verticillata]
The branched leaves, whorl about the stem and provide white flower clusters during the summer months. Attracts butterflies, one to two feet tall. Southern Ontario native.

RED/SWAMP MILKWEED, Asclepias incarnata
This southern Ontario native is a great wetland plant. The Chippewa used this plant medicinally and called it bu'giso'win which translates to swimming. It offers a miniature tree-like form with a sturdy trunk that houses many blooms. Its pinkish-crimson flowers decorate your yard from June to August. A favourite of the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. Moist to medium soil/full sun/3-4 feet

BUTTERFLY WEED, Asclepias tuberosa
A beautiful Southern Ontario native that attracts many butterflies and offers brilliant orange clusters of flowers from June to August. A must for the butterfly garden. Medium to well drained soil/full sun/1-2 feet

UPLAND WHITE ASTER, Aster ptarmicoides
An excellent plant for rock gardens or dry sand plantings. Its compact, dense white to lavender floral display in August through October is just beautiful. Rare. Medium to dry soil/full sun-part shade/1-2 feet

Mid-western United States native. The best source of natural immune enhancers and the shortest of the Echinacea family. Its pinkish-purple flowers with drooping petals appear in June and July. Medium to dry soil/full sun/1-2 feet

WESTERN SUNFLOWER, Helianthus occidentalis
This short sunflower has leafless stalks. Its bright yellow star-like flowers are produced between August and October. The seeds are a favourite of the finch. Dry sandy soil/full sun/2-3 feet

DENSE BLAZING STAR, Liatris spicata
The tallest of the blazing stars produces rose-purple spikes between Jul-Sept. Another rare species of the Ontario prairie. Attracts butterflies. Moist to medium soil/full sun/3-6 feet

PURPLE PRAIRIE CLOVER, Petalostemum purpurea
A western Ontario native that offers food for wildlife and attracts butterflies. The Chippewa name is ba'sibuguk' meaning small leaves. Its attractive purple cylindrical blooms appear in June and July. Medium to dry soil/full sun-part shade/1-3 feet

This western Ontario native will attract many song birds and butterflies. It offers yellow drooping ray blooms from June-Sept. Average soil, tolerates clay/full sun-part shade/3-5 feet

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Postby WildCityWoman » Jul 02, 2008 6:29 am

I can't resist telling this story - seeing the name 'Hagersville', puts me in mind of when I was in my early twenties.

I was working for an insurance firm called Shaw and Begg. It was the typical kind of office where the ladies were all ensconsed on typing chairs - about 50 to a big room - ha ha!

Anyway, one of the branches was in 'Hagersville'.

My last name was 'Hainsworth' and one of the girls sent me a memo, getting it mixed up with the town of Hagersville . . . she named me . . .


That became my name from that day on!
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