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Celebrate National Pollinator Week with native plants

By Staff | Jul 1, 2020

SCCF Spotted water hemlock in bloom.

June 22-28 marked National Pollinator Week. According to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, almost any native plant supports some sort of pollinator in some way, whether the blooms on the plant are a nectar/pollen source or attractor, or if it is is a larval host plant for butterflies. Many pollinators can even be seen on one plant. The spotted water hemlock, which gets a bad rap for being toxic, is a great nectar source for several pollinators like bees. It is also a larval host plant for black swallowtail butterflies, meaning that they lay their eggs on it and once they hatch, the caterpillars feed on the leaves and flowers. Some native plants and how they support pollinators include:

– Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri): Larval host plant for white peacock butterflies

– Corky-stemmed passionvine (Passiflora suberosa): Larval host plant for zebra longwing and Gulf fritillary butterflies

– Pineland heliotrope (Euploca polyphylla): Nectar plant for many pollinators

– Dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis): Nectar plant for many pollinators

SCCF Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar.

– Gaillardia/blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella): Nectar plant for many pollinators