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.
Read our Winter 2015 Chapter Newsletter by Clicking here.
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.
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.
Which Native Plants are Blooming this Week?
Information about how insects and other animals utilize these plants comes from www.illinoiswildflowers.info
Penstemon Flowers by
Fritz Flohr Reynolds
05-30-15 Hairy Beardtongue is in bloom. The tubular flowers attract native bees. Caterpillars of the Baltimore Checker- spot butterfly feed on the foliage. Humming- birds may also visit.
Golden Ragwort by
05-27-15 Golden Ragwort and Round-
leaf Ragwort are in bloom. The flowers attract small bees, flies and beetles. The caterpillars of Northern Metalmark butterflies and The Gem moth feed on the foliage.
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.
Foxglove Beardtongue by
06-02-15 Foxglove Beardtongue is in bloom. The tubular flowers attract several types of bees and sometimes Hummingbirds. The caterpillars of the Chalcedony Midget moth feed on the foliage.
Sand Coreopsis by
05-30-15 Sand Coreopsis is in bloom. Many bees, butterflies & beetles visit to collect nectar and pollen. Several moth caterpillars such as the Wavy Lined Emerald feed on the foliage and birds eat the seeds.
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.
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.
Daisy Fleabane Flowers by
06-08-15 Several Fleabanes are in bloom. The flowers attract bees, flies, beetles & butter-flies. The plants host the caterpillars of Wavy Lined Emerald, Speyer's Cucullia, and Lynx Flower moths.
Wild Blue Indigo by
05-30-15 Wild Blue Indigo is in bloom. Bumblebees are the primary pollinators. Several moth, butterfly and skipper caterpillars feed on the foliage including the Frosted Elfin, Marine Blue and Orange Sulfur.
Photo by Peter Gorman
05-27-15 Virginia Waterleaf attracts many kinds of bees including Bumble Bees, Digger Bees, Cuckoo Bees, Mason Bees, Halictid Bees and Adrenid Bees.