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Goldenrod – Solidago

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Goldenrod; Solidago > to make whole or solid; linked to its use as a medicinal plant; New genus: Oligoneuron. For a variety of insects shopping for nectar and pollen, and willing to pay for it in pollination services, goldenrods offer copious amounts of nectar to swallowtails, common sulphurs, American coppers, gray hairstreaks, skippers, and checkerspots [...]


By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Coreopsis spp. Tickseed; Dye Flowers; Lady’s Breast Pin; Old Maid’s Breast Pin; Wild Flax; koris > bedbug; opsis > eye. Sometimes called Calliopsis (new Latin > beautiful eyes) That name really ticks me off. The name Tickseed comes from its flat small fruits (achenes) that are roundish in shape with two short spines that give [...]

Sweet Pepper Bush – Clethra

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Common names in Mexico: Jaboncillo; Jabon; Palo cucharo; Aguacatillo; bote; canelo; cuchara; chicoza; potillo; encino prieto; jicarillo; madrano;mameyito; palo cucharo. Clethra mexicana is the species that grows prolifically in the overwintering monarch reserves in central Mexico. Clethra alnifolia -  Maine to Texas; Clethra acuminata - Appalachian plateau; up to 70 species worldwide. Clethra is a [...]

Vaccinium corymbosum

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Blueberries (and relatives) contain antioxidants which may reduce the risks of certain cancers. Researchers at Tufts University claim that eating a half-cup of blueberries each day lowers chances of Alzheimer’s disease. They have the highest antioxidant capacity of forty fruits and vegetables tested. Research at Rutgers University reports blueberries are effective in preventing urinary tract [...]

Blue Star – Amsonia

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Amsonia tabernaemontana; Willow Amsonia, Blue Star, Blue dogbane. It is named for Dr. John Amson, a physician/traveler and Mayor of Williamsburg, VA in 1750. The species is named after Jacob Theodor von Bergzabern (1590). It was latinized as tabernamontanus and translates as Tavern in the mountains. Dogbane, (Apocynaceae).1500 species; about 400 genera. Click Here to [...]

Aster – Nectar Plants

By | July 23rd, 2015|Nectar Plants|

Aster family, 1314 genera; 21,000+ species. Associated with the Greek world for pearl, this margarita Family provides critical nectar for the survival of migrating monarchs each fall, providing the bulk of the nectar that fuels their long journey to the central highlands of Mexico in the fall. The availability of large meadows of wild asters [...]