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Catmint

Common Name: Catmint Scientific Name: Nepeta mussinii Family: Lamiaceae Uses Culinary herb: Good for baking, cooking, and tea Nectary for beneficial insects Medicinal Properties Stomach relief Pest repellant Stress relief Arthritis relief Cough suppressant...

Chickweed volunteers as a groundcover on the homestead. 0

Plant Inventory

At the Little House on Pine we try to identify every plant on our 1/4 acre lot. As we introduce new plants for food production and conservation landscaping, we prioritize with plants native to...

A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden. 0

Turtlehead

Like its reptile namesake, turtlehead prefers damp woodland soils and can often be spotted by creeks and marshes. Native east of the Mississippi River (excepting Florida and Louisiana), turtlehead attracts pollinators aplenty. Common Name:...

Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours. 0

Flower-of-an-Hour

A type of hibiscus with distinct lobed leaves, flower-of-an-hour is a welcome volunteer that secures loose soil and attracts pollinators. In the mallow family, it’s an edible cousin of okra. Common Name: Flower-of-an-Hour Scientific...

Horehound is a powerful medicinal plant that attracts many beneficial insects. 0

Horehound

Horehound is a wonderfully aromatic herb that attracts the beneficial tachinid fly (Trichopoda pennipes), which guards my pomegranate trees against the leaf-footed plant bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus). Common Name: Horehound Scientific Name: Marrubium vulgare Family:...

Feverfew flowers bring bring instant happiness to the unsuspecting onlooker. 0

Feverfew

I adore the sunny charisma and herbal value of feverfew, but it can deter beneficial pollinators. Plant it far from flowering fruit trees, or use it to repel bees from outdoor living spaces. Common...

Tulips can draw bees to the garden. 0

Tulips

Flowering as daffodils begin to fade, tulips have minimal value to pollinators but triumph in attracting people to the garden. Common Name: Tulip Scientific Name: Tulipa spp. Family: Liliaceae Uses Spring ephemeral groundcover Bulbs...

Daffodil planted near a cherry tree. 0

Daffodils

Beyond the burst of spring color, daffodils indicate how microclimates vary across a neighborhood or in sections of a yard. When planted as a border they offer a barrier against predation from mammals. A...

A blossom on wild bergamot, or bee balm, on the summer solstice. 0

Wild Bergamot

An essential for the forest garden, wild bergamot is a hardy native perennial that attracts pollinators and offers numerous medicinal uses. The entire aboveground plant is edible. Common Name: Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm, Horsemint...

A shock of blue flowers on Baptisia australis in May.. 0

Wild Blue Indigo

Wild blue indigo functions as a native nitrogen fixer in our Asian pear tree guild. A fast growing perennial that offers early flowers and shelter for pollinators, it’s inedible to humans and deer alike,...