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I couldn’t put a plug out there for the Pignut Hickory fall color without also recognizing the Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata.) It’s a little ahead of the Pignut in terms of peak fall color. The main thing I’d like to highlight about this tree besides its color is one of its wildlife benefits. As you...
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This week the fall color has really started to emerge in some of our native Missouri trees. One tree that is tough to pass up is the Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra.) Getting up to 80 feet tall, this tree is an upright stand of golden yellow beauty right now. It can be found in dryer...
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This post has less to do with strictly native plants and more to do with being informed about the impacts of insecticides on beneficial insects, including bees. More Native Plants = More Native Pollinators, especially bees. In my own yard, by the end of this summer, I counted up to 16+ native bee species, including...
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Toxicodendron radicans, also known as poison ivy, is a native plant. While I am not going to recommend anyone go out and find this plant to collect and put in their own landscape, I do want to point out some benefits of it so maybe we can all appreciate it from a distance. While many...
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The aster has already been at the center of a previous post, but it seemed worthy of another since it has attracted so many pollinators. One new addition along with this year’s addition of the aster is the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) butterfly. Aster is a host plant for it’s larva and the adults seem...
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New visitor to our yard as of late: the Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus). Fiery Skipper caterpillars feed on different grasses. This adult skipper is nectaring on a native Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), a flower that spreads a bit, so it needs some room even though it is only about two feet tall. Goldfinches love seed...
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This is footage of a Monarch caterpillar feeding on a Common Milkweed plant. Monarch caterpillars are specialists, meaning they can only feed on one type of plant. They are specialists on milkweed plants making milkweeds the only host plants for this caterpillar. Milkweed plants contain a substance that is toxic to typical predators of most...
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Currently in bloom is the Smooth Aster (Aster laevis.) This is a lovely light purple flower in the daisy family that thrives in full sun to light shade and dry weather. It blooms from September through October, so this is an ideal perennial plant to add some color to your garden later into the fall....
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Though it is not a native Missouri plant, this post is going to feature the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) native to parts of California. Since we are just getting back from visiting Sequoia National Park, it seems appropriate to feature these impressive trees in a post. These are not the same trees as the coastal...
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This black, two-spotted abdomen bee (as the name “bimaculata” indicates) is a long-horned bee. The video includes a female gathering pollen from Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) on the scopa, or hair, of her hind legs.
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Meet our first featured herbaceous perennial: Silphium terebinthinaceum, or Prairie Dock. This plant loves full sun and can handle drought to somewhat moist soil conditions. Soil does not need to be amended as Prairie Dock does just fine in poor soil. The basal foliage gets to about three feet tall (sometimes the leaves themselves get...
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Welcome to St. Louis Native Plants! Since I began using native plants back in 2010, not only have I barely watered and never fertilized, I have also noticed more bugs, birds, and bats in and around my yard. These are not things to be afraid of and I would like this site to be source...
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