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Guild Park Pollinator Garden Plant List

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In his inspirational book, Bringing Nature Home, noted scientist and insect expert, Douglas Tallamy, tells us that a garden full of imported ornamental plants may as well be planted with stone statues for all the good they do and the sustenance they give for wildlife. 

At Guild Park, we’ve created a pollinator garden as an example of what can be achieved by growing native plants. All the plants in this beautiful and unique habitat co-evolved in this corner of the Carolinian Zone with all kinds of living things: wildlife and birds, plus a universe of insects, including bees, butterflies and moths - all important pollinator species.

Throughout the seasons, native plants provide important sources of high-quality food, including nectar, pollen, seeds and berries. Most of these plants also serve as larval host plants for butterflies and moths. The “eco-benefits” of native plants cannot be underestimated – every garden should have some.

There are many sources of information on gardening with native plants. A good place to visit is the Guildwood Butterflyway Project website. At this link, you’ll find a collection of articles, plus a reading list to get you started! 

List of Native Plants at Guild Park’s Pollinator Garden

Planted by volunteers, fall 2022

Botanical Name

Common Name

Host Plant For

These Butterflies & Moths

Anaphalis magaritacea

Pearly Everlasting

American Lady & Painted Lady Butterflies

Anemone canadensis

Canada Anemone

Veiled Ear Moth

Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Columbine

Columbine Duskywing

Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly, Queen Butterfly*

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly, Queen Butterfly*

Baptisia australis

Wild Blue Indigo

Wild Indigo Duskywing

Chelone glabra

Wild Turtlehead

Baltimore Checkerspot

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

Diervilla lonicera

Bush Honeysuckle

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower

Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

Eutrochium maculatum

Spotted Joe Pye Weed

Three-Lined Flower Moth & Ruby Tiger Moth

Fragaria virginiana

Wild Strawberry

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot

Hermit Sphinx Moth, Snout Moth

Penstemon digitalis

Foxglove Beardtongue

Rudbeckia hirta

Black-Eyed Susan

Gorgone Checkerspot

Solidago caesia

Blue Stemmed Goldenrod

Leaf Beetles and Leaf Hoppers

Solidago flexicaulis

Zig Zag Goldenrod

Spirea alba


Spring Azure Butterfly

Sporobolus heterlepis

Prairie Dropseed

Symphyotrichum laeve

Smooth Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

New England Aster

Northern & Pearl Crescent Butterflies

Zizea aurea

Golden Alexander

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

* Note: the Queen Butterfly listed above isn't native to this area but has been seen as far north as Massachusetts and the American Mid-West.

With the changing climate, we've listed this butterfly species since its northernmost range may soon extend into the Great Lakes Region.

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