Tag Archives: black-eyed Susan

What’s In Our Butterfly Garden

16 Jun

Over the past two years, CVEarthlab has acquired many butterfly host and nectar plants, in addition to our butterfly bushes.  These include:

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail checks out CVEarthlab.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail checks out CVEarthlab.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch in September #3

Rudbeckia hirta L.

14 Jun
Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

Various types of Rudbeckia are called black-eyed Susans. Rudbeckia is a perennial native plant that is considered to be one of the 20 most valuable plants in terms of supporting biodiversity in our region. It supports 17 Lepidoptera, or insects such as butterflies, moths and skippers.

I suspect the nectar of the flowers is what interests the insects. I’m not positive, but I believe the actual plant that I bought in the Greenmarket in early June, then transplanted outside the edible garden, near the shed, is Rudbeckia hirta L. (Please feel free to comment if you think I am wrong–even half wrong:)  Without a doubt, the Rudbeckia plant genus is a very valuable addition to the wildlife in our backyard. –Denise

Learn more via this source list: University of Delaware Botanic Gardens ( ag.udel.edu/udbg/gardens/native.html); http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=f400 ; http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RUHI2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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