Birds, butterflies, bats, bees, beetles & other bugs

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Pollinator Week for 2016 is June 20 through June 26. Of course, planting for pollinators should always be a gardening consideration.

Pollinators bring us more than 30% of the food that we eat. Some pollinators – like hummingbirds and butterflies – attract more esteem than other more significant  pollinators like beetles. Different pollinators are associated with different floral characteristics.

Hummingbirds prefer scarlet, orange, red, or white funnel-shaped flowers with ample, deeply hidden nectar. These flowers most often are not fragrant, contain only a modest amount of pollen, and lack nectar guides.

Coral honeysuckle (Lonciera sempervirens) pictured above at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) in March of 2015 has all of the characteristics that attract hummingbirds and is used to shade the western side of their Platinum LEED certified education complex …

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With its showy coral-colored flowers, this native vine has long been used in Florida landscapes including at the historic Pinewood Estate near Bok Tower …

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Susan Warmer (Class of 2006) has planted coral honeysuckle (shown on the left side of the picture below) and passionflower vine on the trellis near her potting “shed” …

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Coral honeysuckle flowers in the winter, can be trained on a trellis (or cabbage palm) or used as a mounding ground cover, attracts hummingbirds, long-tongued butterflies & other pollinators, and produces red fruits (drupes) that are consumed and spread by fructivorous birds. It deserves a place in your landscape!

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