Pesticide-free Pollinator Perennials for Sale
Year-old pollinator perennials–all neonic*-free–are now available at the North Side Farmer’s Market, Saturdays fro, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The plants , now a year old, are ready to begin their journey to pollinator-magnet and host-plant status in your yard or reclaimed city lot. This year, we will have several species for shady areas, in addition to the sun-lovers.
The 2.5″ pots will be $3.25 each for non-members and $3.00 for Treez Please members (more than 10 plants qualify for a 10% discount); $2.00 a pot for community groups and community gardens. And we can take credit/debit cards on site through Pay Pal.
Start your pollinator perennial garden with these easy-to-grow, ready-to-go pollinator favorites. These natives have NOT been treated with any chemical pesticides, as most retail plants have. That means that the bees will not be harmed by *neonicotinoids that remain in the plant’s system (see Friends of the Earth’s Bee Action page, http://www.foe.org/beeaction.
Pollinator Perennials Available in Spring 2015
FOR SUNNY LOCATIONS
- Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum)
- New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-anglicae)
- Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
- Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
- Ox-eye Sunflower (Helianthus helianthoides)
- Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosum)
- Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
- Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginiana)
- Large Flowered Beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)
- Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
- Hoary Skullcap (Scutellaria incana)
- Butterfly Weed (Aesclepias tuberosa)
- Rough Blazingstar (Liatris aspera)
- White Woodland Aster (Symphyotrichum divaricatus)
- Alum Root (Heuchera villosa, var. Atropupurea)
- Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata)
- Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
- Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
- Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
- Sweet Joe Pye (Eupatorium pupureum)
Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)
This selection provides a range of bloom times and cultural requirements (sun, part-sun, shade, dry, moist, etc.), and species that are reliably easy to grow.
Each 2.5″ pot will include information on the plant, so you’ll have it when you put the plant in the soil. If you want to know more about any of these species, enter either the common or the botanical name in the Search box at www.prairienursery.com, the source company for most of these plants.