Parke’s Place – This week NJ Audubon Stewardship Project Director & Fight’n Femelschlager John Parke photographed Wild Columbine (also known as Eastern Red Columbine) growing in his yard! According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, “This beautiful woodland wildflower has showy, drooping, bell-like flowers equipped with distinctly backward-pointing tubes. These tubes, or spurs, contain nectar that attracts long-tongued insects, such as, bees, butterflies, and hawk moths and especially hummingbirds which are adapted for reaching the sweet secretion in the back of the flower’s “tubes”. Once started, Columbine propagates for years and, although perennial, increases rapidly by self seeding.” When gardening for wildlife, get to know how wildlife species are adapted to access the flowering parts of the native plants that you are planting in your yard. This will help identify what wildlife may be attracted to your yard. What’s in your yard? We want to know!
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