AdkAction's Adirondack Pollinator Project is delighted to offer its 4th Annual Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale. Whether you plant a few plants or many, you will help rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and strengthen native bee and moth populations.
This year we have carefully chosen 17 varieties of native flowering plants to benefit pollinators that live in the Adirondacks. We are offering smaller plants at lower prices this year to make pollinator conservation more affordable and to increase the ecological impact of our sale for pollinators. Pollinator conservation experts recommend planting varieties in masses, or groups of 3, to help pollinators easily find the pollen or nectar source you are providing. The plants this year are landscape plugs - either 2" by 2" (2.4" deep) containers or 2.2" by 2.2" (4" deep). These will have healthy roots and will triple in size in their first season if properly cared for. They will be ready to plant directly in your garden and may even bloom during their first season. All of the plants offered have been carefully sourced or grown from seed to ensure that they have never come in contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides that are harmful to pollinators).
Plant Pick-Up will be available at the VIC at Paul Smiths College on June 10, 11, and 12 from 10 am to 2 pm each day. We may also offer additional pick-up sites depending on demand, but to keep the cost of plants down we urge all patrons to pick up plants at the VIC.
*Please note: all plants available through this sale are grown naturally and are not treated with pesticides. As a result, they may have some insect damage, which is expected since these plants are safe for pollinators. Depending on growing conditions, we reserve the right to substitute similar plants or offer a refund at the time of pick-up to account for losses or other unforeseen issues. *
Blue Wood Aster is a woodland edge native with purple daisy-like flower and yellow centers. They have an upright and branched form in cultivation, growing up to 3 feet tall. There is quite a bit of variability in form and leaf shape, especially if other Aster spp. are nearby, but in general, their lower leaves are heart-shaped, or cordate, with upper leaves being ovate. Plant spreads by seed and rhizomotously in a vigorous manner making them an excellent plant en masse. It thrives in part sun to part shade but it can take a wide range of conditions, from dry to moist soils. For best flowering in the fall, ensure the plant receives at least 3 hours of sunlight each day.
Blue Wood Aster provides valuable habitat for butterfly and moth larvae and is a nectar source for bees, wasps, and butterflies. Its leaves are forage for many wild animals including wild turkey and Ruffled Grouse.