Wild flower in a garden
Virginia Bluebells/mertensia virginiana
Very important in my garden as early pollen and nectar source.
The flowers are pollinated by long-tongued bees primarily, including honeybees, bumblebees, Anthophorid bees, Mason bees, large Leaf-Cutting bees, and Miner bees; these insects seek nectar and collect pollen.
Other visitors of the flowers include hummingbirds, bee flies, butterflies, skippers, and Sphinx moths, including hummingbird moths seeking nectar from the flowers.
Rurality blog hummingbird-clearwing-moth picture feeding at bluebell
Flicker picture bee at bluebell
Eastern Redbud/Cercis canadensis next to garage.
The periodical cicada, Magicicada septendecim, lays its eggs in more than 70 species of trees and other plants, including redbud.
It is a host plant for Henry's Elfin butterfly
Leaf cutter bees use redbud leaves for nest lining.
Seeds have been consumed by game birds such as ring-necked pheasants,
rose-breasted grosbeaks,cardinals and bobwhites.
Flowers are another important early pollen and nectar source.
Virginia Creeper/Parthenocissus quinquefolia growing on a trellis
Berries eaten by mice, chipmunks and skunks.
Foliage and twigs browsed by white-tailed deer.
Nectar and pollen of the flowers occasionally attract various bees, including Leaf-Cutting bees (Megachile spp.),andLeaf-Cutting bees may use the leaflets of Virginia Creeper as construction material for their nests.
Several species of Sphinx moths rely on Virginia Creeper as a host plant.
Virginia creeper after the berries turn blue and the foliage begins to show touches of its fall color.
The photo contest this month at Gardening Gone Wild ask for A photo of any native plant(in a garden setting), either a close up or in the landscape, that you think merits attention to qualify.
Hard decision that.
Can you help me decide?