Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.
Are you an early bird? "No, I'm more of a butterfly person. Butterflies need the sun to warm them up before they can fly."
Tiger Swallowtail on Button Bush
We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 unless otherwise noted. (No meeting in December.) The Center is located on the south east corner of Mount Hope Ave. and Aurelius Road, see map below.
All meetings and field trips are open to the public. We always welcome interested individuals to join us in learning more about Michigan's rich diversity of native plants, and the wildlife that depend on them. Refreshments are usually served.
In the summer months we visit outdoor locations instead of meeting indoors. See our upcoming events under the Calendar of Events tab!
Natural Control for Creeping Charlie
The European weed, Creeping Charlie, invades shady damp areas and can smother a lawn. If you are tired of hand weeding, Borax can help. Research done by Iowa State University indicates that this laundry booster can control Creeping Charlie when applied properly. Click here for the recipe.
Mobilize Against Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard will be blooming soon. Spring is the time to pull these invasive plants out by their roots to keep them from taking over our natural areas. The Stewardship Network's Garlic Mustard Challenge is a fun way to make a difference. Get more information by clicking here.
Pinch Perennials Now to Control Height
Do you want to plant native flowers for the birds, bees and butterflies but find that some are just too tall? You can shorten the height of Asters, Bee Balm, Joe-Pye Weed, Culver's Root and others by pinching back the new growth in June. You can cut them back by as much as 1/2 to 2/3 which will result in shorter, more compact plants with more flowers. Click here for more information.
Plant a Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds return to Michigan this time of year. Putting out feeders filled with homemade nectar (recipe) can help them survive until there are flowers to provide the real thing. Plant a variety of native plants to supply them with flower nectar all season long. Click here for a list of plants they will love.
Which Native Plants are Blooming this Week?
Information about how insects and other animals utilize these plants comes from www.illinoiswildflowers.info
Golden Alexanders by
Wayne Stratz "stratoz"
05-16-15 Golden Alexanders are in bloom. The small flowers are great for attracting beneficial insects. The caterpillars of Black Swallowtail butterflies feed on the foliage.
Strawberry Bush Flower
by Kerry Wixted
05-16-15 Creeping Strawberry Bush is in bloom. The flowers attract small bees and flies and the foliage feeds Pyralid and American Ermine moth caterpillars. The red fruit is eaten by birds.
5-11-15 Choke-cherry is in bloom. Wild cherries & plums support 448 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars.
These include Red Spotted Purple, Coral Hairstreak and Tiger Swallowtail. Birds relish the fruit.
American Bladdernut by
Patrick Coin "cotinis"
05-09-15 American Bladdernut is in bloom. The bell shaped flowers attract many kinds of bees and small butterflies. Leaf Cutter bees use the foliage for their nests. It is a great deer resistant shrub that can handle partial shade.
Red Berried Elder Flowers
by "Superior National Forest"
05-06-15 Red-Berried Elder is in bloom. Bees visit the flowers for pollen and birds enjoy the bright red fruit. The leaves host moth caterpillars and Carpenter bees hollow out the stems to make nests for their larvae.
Jacob's Ladder by
05-06-15 Jacob's Ladder is in bloom. Many bees, butterflies, and moths are attracted to the flowers to collect nectar or pollen.
04-28-15 Fragrant Sumac is in bloom. The foliage is aromatic when crushed and the brilliant red fall color will brighten the landscape in autumn.
Celendine Poppy by
04-18-15 Celandine Poppies are blooming now. Their bright yellow flowers are a cheerful sight in rich moist woodlands. Bees can get pollen from the flowers. The seeds are distributed by ants.
Yellow Violet Flower
by Eric Friedericks
"Other Fire" Flickr.com
04-14-15 Violets are in bloom. There are several species of native violets in colors ranging from white and yellow to blue-violet. All are larval food plants for Fritillary butterflies and several moths.
5-17-15 Starry False Solomon's Seal is in bloom. The flowers attract bees and flies which gather nectar and pollen. The berries are eaten by woodland songbirds including Thrushes and the Veery.
Blue-eyed Grass by
05-16-15 Blue-eyed Grass is in bloom. The petals have dark violet nectar guides that lead visiting bees to the center of the flower. The seeds are eaten by wild turkeys and other game birds.
05-14-15 Black Chokeberry is in bloom. Bees are attracted to the nectar and pollen. Caterpillars of Coral Hairstreak butterflies and Bluish Spring Moth eat the foliage. Birds and mammals enjoy the fruit.
Flowering Dogwood by
05-09-15 Flowering Dogwood is in bloom. Bees and flies gather nectar and pollen. Many species of butterfly and moth caterpillars eat the leaves including the Spring/Summer Azure and Cecropia moth.
by Richard Skoonberg
05-08-15 Foamflower is in bloom. This plant forms a lovely ground cover in part shade. Pollinators visit the flowers for pollen and nectar. Birds eat the seeds.
Wild Ginger Flower
05-06-15 Wild Ginger is in bloom. These flowers are at ground level hidden under the leaves. They are most likely pollinated by beetles and flies. Ants disperse the seeds.
Woodland Phlox Flowers
by Lisa Brown
"mean and pinchy" Flickr.com
05-06-15 Woodland Phlox is filling the air with its sweet perfume. Bees and butterflies visit to collect nectar. The leaves feed some species of moth caterpillars.
White Trillium Flower
04-22-15 Trillium is in bloom. There are several species of Trillium with flowers varying from white to red, upright to nodding, and large to small. Their seeds are distributed by ants.
Canada Mayflower by
05-18-15 Canada Mayflower is in bloom. These dainty fragrant flowers are pollinated by small bees, flies and beetles. The berries are eaten by Ruffed Grouse and small mammals.
Wild Columbine by
Sage Ross "ragesoss"
05-14-15 Wild Columbine is in bloom. Hummingbirds visit to drink nectar, bees collect pollen as well. The leaves host caterpillars of the Columbine Duskywing butterfly.
Spiderwort Flowers by
05-14-15 Spiderwort is in bloom. These lovely flowers open in the morning and close by evening. They are pollinated by several types of bees. Some animals will eat the foliage such as deer, rabbits and box turtles.
Wild Geranium Flowers
by Teresa Boardman
05-09-15 Wild Geranium is in bloom. These showy flowers attract many bees, flies and butterflies. The caterpillars of several moths feed on the foliage or flowers.
05-09-15 Jack-in-the-Pulpit is in bloom. When plants are small they produce only male flowers. Larger plants with produce female flowers which later develop into bright red fruit. The fruits are eaten by some birds such as the Wood Thrush.
by "k8southern" Flickr.com
05-06-15 Large Flowered Bellwort or Merrybells is blooming in shady woodlands. Bees collect the nectar and pollen, and ants distribute the seeds.
Wild Strawberry Flowers
by John B.
"Dendroica cerulea" Flickr.com
04-22-15 Wild Strawberry is in bloom. The flowers attract bees, flies and butterflies. The caterpillars of several moths feed on the foliage while birds and mammals (including humans!) enjoy the fruit.
Virginia Bluebell Flowers
by 'uncjohn" Flickr.com
04-22-15 Virginia Bluebells are blooming. The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths searching for nectar or pollen.