Spotlight: Georgia Pollinator Plants of the Year
James is pleased to offer the 2021 Winners for Georgia Pollinator Plants of the Year. These high performing selections were chosen for ecological significance and ability to attract pollinators.
Asclepias tuberosa is a native perennial that is quite attractive to butterflies, bees and some hummingbirds. Drought-tolerant once established and prefers well drained soils.
Asclepias tuberosa has bright orange flowers in mid-summer and is a larval host plant for the Monarch Butterfly and the Milkweed Tussock Moth. Zones 3–9. Height 2’ tall.
Clethra alnifolia is a deciduous shrub that has extremely fragrant bottlebrush flowers in the summer. This tough shrub will tolerate poor soils and excess moisture and can be planted in sun or shade.
Clethra is an excellent attractor for pollinators like bees and butterflies and birds often feed on the seed heads in fall. Zones 3–9. Height 3’–6’ tall.
Conradina canescens is a native woody shrub that thrives in full sun, is drought-tolerant and prefers well drained soils. Evergreen in milder climates and produces large amounts of small lavender and white flowers with spotted throats in the spring.
A great attractor for pollinator bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Zones 8–10. Height 1’–2’ tall.
Solidago petiolaris is a native perennial with very showy spikes of flowers in the late summer into fall. Bright yellow flowers attract pollinators like bees, wasps and 112 species of butterflies and moths to the garden.
Goldenrod is drought-tolerant once established and prefers full sun. Deer-resistant too. Zones 6–11. Height 2’–4’ tall.