Plant a patch of flowering plants to attract native pollinators like bees, butterflies, and beetles! The value these small creatures provide is extraordinary. While honeybees do pollinate crops, so do our less heralded native creatures.
The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is testing a mix of native seeds in biodegradable paper as a way to help people plant pollinator-friendly plants. These pollinator dots include the following native flowers:
- Achillea millefolium – White Yarrow
- Clarkia amoena semi-dwarf single mix – Godetia
- Gilia capitata – Globe Gilia
- Eriophyllum lanatum – Oregon Sunshine
- Prunella vulgaris – Heal All
These flowers were reviewed by our friends at the Xerces Society who confirm they are appropriate for the Willamette Valley and are not invasive species.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out Attracting Native Pollinators, one of the newest and best books on pollinators authored by experts at the Xerces Society. We have a copy in the office, so drop by if you’d like to invest some time learning about many more ways you can support our native pollinators.
And if you’d like to try a couple of Pollinator Dots in a corner of your yard or garden, please contact us!