Leave Fields of Fall Wildflowers for Pollinators

Late summer and fall wildflowers such as ironweed, joe-pye-weed, goldenrod, native sunflowers, and asters are important late sources of pollen and nectar for many species of butterflies and bees. If possible, allow these plants to flower in fields and open areas. One simple way of doing this is to delay mowing fields until after the plants have flowered. These are also good wildflowers to plant in areas or gardens where you want a more relaxed, natural look and don’t mind having taller plants.

Late summer and fall wildflowers are important sources of late pollen and nectar for pollinators. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved.

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology.

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