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. *
Mountain Mint is well-loved by insects and humans alike. Growing 2-3’ tall and spreading quickly, this broad-leaved MountainMint has lustrous foliage and silvery bracts with flowers ranging in color from white to pink to purple. The foliage is very aromatic with its spearmint scent present even in the dead of winter. Commonly found along a wood’s edge in the wild, it is an excellent choice for a naturalized border or woodland garden where sun transitions to shade. Mountain Mint blooms in late summer through to early fall and as the sun warms its flowers, the abundant nectar supply attracts pollinators from large to small, from sweat bees to flies to skippers to wasps.
A highly competitive workhorse for extreme sites and slopes, Mountain Mint does well in a variety of sites from full sun to shade and dry to moist conditions. A member of the mint family, the aromatic oils in the foliage make Pycnanthemum very deer and rabbit resistant.