From the Adam's needle to the purple coneflower, each of these plants provides unique wildlife benefits while supporting the ecosystem of The Green. Plant dedications are $100 and include a digital certificate delivered to you and your honoree. Help support The Green by dedicating a plant and supporting its role within the ecosystem.
Look for this spikey plant in the stormwater bed beneath the tree allée. This familiar species is native to the Capital Region and is a great example of the importance of planting native species in your garden. Adam's needle, also known as common yucca, co-evolved with the yucca moth, with plant and insect species completely dependent on one another. Latin name: Yucca filamentosa.
The cheerful black-eyed Susan can bloom from mid-summer into fall if deadheaded (removing dead flower heads to encourage more blooms). Left alone, the flower will self-seed for another season of blooming. This plant's nectar attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies and is the larval host to the wavy-lined emerald and silvery checkerspot butterflies. American goldfinches eat its ripe seeds in the fall. You'll find this sunny flower in the bed as you exit the parking garage next to the Dome Plaza. Latin name: Rudbeckia hirta
You'll find this native clump-forming grass in the stormwater bed beneath the tree allée. This species is pollinated by the wind, attracts butterflies and produces seeds that are a source of winter food for birds. Look closely and you may observe larvae of the Delaware skipper or dotted skipper or see birds nesting here. This plant is generating a growing interest as a source of biofuels. Latin name: Panicum virgatum.
You'll find this native sedge in the stormwater bed beneath the tree allée. The hardworking plant survives well in the shade and sun, enriches the soil, and can host as many as 36 caterpillar species. Latin name: Carex pensylvanica.
Blooming from early summer into fall, you'll find this pinkish-purple herbaceous perennial in the planting bed near the Dome Plaza as you exit the parking garage. Growing up to 4 feet tall, this showy flower attracts bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. Latin name: Echinacea purpurea.
For information on larger naming opportunities, please contact Kinsey Peeler at 804.864.1542 or email@example.com.
Photo credits: Purple coneflower banner image: ©eqroy | Adobe Stock; Adam’s needle: ©sirylok | Adobe Stock; black-eyed Susan: ©Kimberly Boyles | Adobe Stock; northwind switchgrass: ©Leonora (Ellie) Enking | Flickr; Pennsylvania sedge: ©The Plantography Project | Flickr; purple coneflower: ©Tony Baggett | Adobe Stock.
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