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With care, beebalm usually flowers in abundance in such restoration plantings. ) EXPOSURE SOIL MOISTURE Sun to part shade Average to dry 31 » R E C O M M E N D E D S P E C I E S O R VA R IE T IE S USE S N O TA B L E F L O W E R V I S I T O R S Wild bergamot attracts bumble bees, hum- Wildflower meadow/ prairie restoration Farm buffer/filter strip Pollinator nesting material or caterpillar host plant Ornamental Edible/herbal/medicinal mingbirds, and hawk moths; spotted beebalm attracts a wide variety of bee species.
Several less common species are found in other regions. Because their flowers are not showy (although interesting up close), figworts are available only from specialist nurseries, but worth seeking out. Native Wildflowers « 54 15. FIREWEED (Chamerion angustifolium) A P L A N T O F C O O L C L I M AT E S and high altitudes, fireweed thrives in moist areas where fires have eliminated woody plants. Its seeds can remain viable in the soil for long periods, then rapidly germinate when forest clearings occur, such as after a fire — hence its common name.
Tough, droughttolerant gumweed fills this void. ). 5 m) Goldenrod I n the dry inland West and across California, curlycup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa) is the most common and adaptable species. In the wet areas of the Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound gumweed (G. integrifolia) is better adapted, and one of the best summer plants for attracting native bees in the region. Unfortunately, the seed of these and other gumweeds is available from very few commercial suppliers. Native Wildflowers « 62 19. ) T H E V E R Y S H O W Y B L O S S O M S of these tall plants may be short-lived, but they attract numerous types of bees and butterflies.