Plants In Action : July Part 1 Butterfly Garden· farm· Native Plants· Perennials· Pollinator Garden· pollinators 25 Jul Purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea) is always buzzing with activity Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) knobby blooms are attractive to short-tongued pollinators and often a smaller statured cast of characters stopping in Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) almost looks as if it’s been lit on fire with it’s vibrant tones of orange. A cousin to the purple prairie clover this white prairie clover (Dalea candida) provides a pleasant contrast to the saturated oranges of the butterflyweed Hairy beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus) has just about finished it’s bloom and certain stalks have already developed darkened seed pods. This plant is still a very attractive part of our low-growing prairie as it fades into it’s second season. Bright and bold the blankeflower (Gaillardia aristata) begins it’s bloom period in late June and will run up until frost. Bees often leave the flowers covered in a coating of pollen. Scores of clean white blooms adorn the stalks of white yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Our fragrant and beautiful New Jersey tea (Ceonothus americanus) are quickly coming into form in early July. They are buzzing with a variety of pollinators and insects. Monarch caterpillars are fond of the stand of swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in our seed orchard.