Randalls Island Park Alliance

New Wildflower Planting at Hellgate

In Ask a Gardener, Wildflower Medow on October 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

by Kaity C

On October 3, 2012, a crew of volunteers from accounting firm Ernst and Young came to help with our expansion of the Hellgate Wildflower Meadow. As volunteers were carefully planting the wildflower starts into the soil, butterflies were already landing on the first flowers.

Here is a list of the some of the genuses we planted that day, and the # of butterfly/moth species that feed on them. Adapted from: http://bringingnaturehome.net/native-gardening/herbaceous-plants. Hurray ; )

Native Plant Genus # of Butterfly/Moth Species supported
Goldenrod Solidago 115
Milkweed Asclepias 12
Aster Aster 112
Cardinal Flower Lobeilia 4
Bee balm Monarda 7
Beard Tongue Penstemon 8
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia 17
Hyssop Agastache 4
Sneezeweed Helenium 5
Rose Mallow Hibiscus 20

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