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Sunflower – Helianthus

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

What’s in a name: Helianthus annuus Sunflower, Soleil, tourney All in the Family: Aster Common names in México: Maíz de Texas; acahual; flor desol, flor de gigantón, girasol, Mirasol lampote, Flor de Añil, Doradilla, Siempre viva, Náhuatl: Tupinambochimal-acatl, chimalte ; Otomi: yendri. In addition to sunflowers providing a sizable amount of nectar and pollen for [...]

Spicebush – Lindera benzoin

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Lindera, for Swedish botanist John Lindler; benzoin for its fragrant resins used in medicine, per fumes and incense. Other common names: Wild Allspice; Pondberry; Wild Forsythia; Benjamin Bush. The name benjamin likely connects to the name benzoin which was the name of its earlier genus. All in the Family: Laurel Family. Relatives: Sassafras; bay-leaf, cinnamon, [...]

Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

What’s in a name: Rudbeckia hirta (hirta > hairy) Black-eyed daisy; Poor land daisy; Golden Jerusalem; Black Sampson; Snakeroot. All in the family: Aster Family. 22 species. Rudbeckia in US. Daisy-like flowers with yellow rays around a dark brown, conical, central disk make this lovely flower a favorite in the wildflower garden. The ray flowers [...]

Phlox

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Phlox is from the Greek word meaning ‘torch’ or ‘flame’. They are often called Sweet Williams. There are also flocks of phlox: Wedding, Garden, Creeping, Moss, Woodland and Meadow Phlox. All in the family: Polemoniaceae - Phlox Family; 70 species of Phlox in US including: Jacob’s Ladder, Greek Valerian; Thrift; many species of lovely ePHemerals. [...]

Penstemon

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

What’s in a name: Foxglove Penstemon; Beardtongue Penstemon -> “five” “stamens”. Family: Scrophulariaceae ~224 genera; 4450 species. Common names in Mexico: Jarritos, boteya, chupamirto, Frente al sol, hablorias, hierba del chincual; cebadilla falsa; lengua de arista Penstemon species in the monarch overwintering sanctuaries: Penstemon campanulatus, P. gentianoides and P. roseus. Sometimes there are reddish-violet lines [...]

Mints

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Common names in Spanish: Hierbabuena; Yerba buena. In the monarch overwintering reserves in central Mexico, there are six genera of mints. These include Lepechinia, Prunella, Salvia (12 spp.),  Satureja, Scutellaria,  and Stachys (4 spp.). It was mint to be: Worldwide, the Mint Family has 180 genera with over 3500 species. There are 50 genera of [...]

Blazing Star – Liatris

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Other common names: Fairy Wand; Gay feather; Devil’s Bit; Rattlesnake Master; Colic root; Button Snakeroot; Devil’s Bite; Throatwort; Prairie Pine. An unrelated plant in the Lily Family, Chamelirium, is alsocalled Blazing Star. In case you needed another resin to plant it: Liatris leaves are alternate, narrow, and grass-like with resin dots. The inflorescence has entire [...]

Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Lobelia cardinalis. Cardinal Flower; Highbelia; Queen of the Meadow;Slinkweed; Hog Physic. All in the Family: Bellflower (Campanulaceae) 87 genera; 1950 species. Common names in Mexico: Acaxóchitl, Cardana de lagua, Lobelia, Sangre de Cristo. Pastorcillo, Diente de Drudio; pipilosuchilo; zarcilla; Cardenal de la laguna, cardenal de maceta y lobelia; pipilosuchil; zarcillo; diente de chucho; chilpanxochitl. In [...]

Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Now considered Eutrochium, a change from the also recent change to Eupatoriadelphus spp. (“brother of Eupatoriums”, its former  genus) as in Philadelphia, city of brotherly love ... intended as a refuge for the peaceable Quakers—hence its former name, Quaker City. Other common names: Gravelweed; gravelroot; Queen of the Meadow; Indian sage; thoroughwort; ague weed, feverweed; [...]

New York Ironweed – Vernonia

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

What’s in a name: Vernonia noveboracensis. Other common names: Devil’s Bit; Bluetop Stickweed; Flat top. All in the family: Aster Family 2004 NC Wildflower of the Year Ironweed’s common name may have come about by either the dark rusty color of its stout stem or the iron-colored hue on the dark green leaves. It implies [...]