Thanksgiving II

Yesterday I posted a list, as compiled by Doug Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home, 2007), of the best native trees and shrubs in the Mid-Atlantic area for supporting butterflies and moths . Today I would like to post his list of the best native herbaceous perennials and flowers. Both of these lists are comprised of species that provide nectar for the butterfly and moth adult as well as food for the caterpillars. I am thankful that I have specimens from 17 of these 21 genera represented on my little piece of land. There is more work to do . . .

Common Name Genus Number of
Goldenrod Solidago 115
Asters Aster 112
Sunflower Helianthus 73
Joe Pye (Boneset) Eupatorium 42
Morning Glory Ipomoea 39
Sedges Carex 36
Honeysuckle Lonicera 36
Lupine Lupinus 33
Violets Viola 29
Geraniums Geranium 23
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia 17
Iris Iris 17
Evening Primrose Oenothera 16
Milkweed Asclepias 12
Verbena Verbena 11
Beardtongue Penstemon 8
Phlox Phlox 8
Bee Balm Monarda 7
Veronica Veronica 6
Little Blue Stem Schizachyrium 6
Cardinal Flower Lobelia 4

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