Native Plants for Pollinators & Birds
Birds Need Native Plants
Birds & Native Plants have a mutually beneficial relationship
Native plants have co-evolved with wild birds creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Birds eat and disperse native seeds. The plants in turn, provide protective cover and nesting sites. The seeds last well into winter and are very important for wild bird survival. Foreign invasive plants reduce variety, quality and seasonal availability. Even creating small gardens with native plants can provide important food and habitat for local and migrating bird
Native plants provide nectar and nutrition
Hummingbirds are attracted to native wildflowers for their nectar and nutrition. They acquire protein, vitamins and minerals from small insects that are attracted to native plants. Caution: use of pesticides eliminates the insect food source and may harm hummingbirds.
Butterflies and Native Plants
Native plants are ideal food sources for the entire life cycle
Much of our native butterflies’ habitat has been developed or converted to monoculture crops. We can provide very important wildflower havens for their food and reproduction needs. Native plants are best because they have evolved with butterflies for the ultimate benefit of each other.
Plant big splashes of color with early, mid and late season blooms to help butterflies find your native plant garden.
The monarch migration is the most spectacular of the insect world!
Conservationists and government agencies are concerned about threats to monarch breeding, migration and wintering habitats. These butterflies are dependent upon conservation of habitat in Canada, United States, and Mexico.
Monarchs have been known to fly as far as 3000 miles to reach their wintering grounds. They need an abundance of nectar sources to make their migration south. Providing “islands” of nectar sources from native wildflowers are crucial within large areas of urban and agricultural development. These areas help “recharge” their fuel stores so they can complete their journey and sustain them over winter.
In the spring it takes three or more generations to get back north. Monarchs breed only where members of the milkweed family are found. The milkweeds are a single host plant for the monarch. Without them their larvae will not develop into an adult butterfly. So along with spring, summer, and fall nectar sources, members of the milkweed family (Asclepias spp.) MUST be included for monarch butterfly gardens.
Native Plants for Monarch Butterflies
Asclepias spp, Aster spp,Echinacea spp, Eupatorium spp, Liatris spp, Monarda fistulosa, Rudbeckia spp, Silphium spp, Solidago spp, Vernonia fasciculata
Bird & Butterfly Gardens
Agrecol’s Bird & Butterfly Plant Gardens and Seed Mixes include species that are:
- Nectar sources for hummingbirds and butterflies
- Host and feeder plants for butterfly larvae
- Winter seed sources for birds