School Plants

Here is a list of butterfly plants I am adding to some of my school gardens.

Milkweed

  • Swamp milkweed – Ascelpias incarnata – note – it’s probably best to plant seeds in the fall. Mark their location.
  • Butterfly Weed – Asclepias tuberosa – plant seeds in place in the fall. Mark their location.
  • Tropical milkweed – this will bloom all summer long.

Host Plants

  • Bronze Fennel – perennial for Black Swallowtail (BST)
  • Golden Alexander – perennial for Black Swallowtail (BST) – looks great in May.
  • Dill/Parsley – perennial for Black Swallowtail (BST)
  • Kale – host for Cabbage White
  • Pussytoes – host for Painted Ladies

Annuals

  • Purple Globe amaranth – covers a large area.
  • Lantana – large type to cover a big area – needs lots of sun.
  • Zinnia angustifolia – you can also just plant the seeds as they germinate in four days.

Perennials

  • Allium – large – blooms in May
  • Allium small – blooms June
  • Aster – smaller versions
  • Bee Balm
  • Calamint – this is not invasive and blooms most of the summer.
  • Coreopsis
  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Liatris
  • Maltese Cross
  • Nepeta – Walkers Low
  • Phlox
  • Veronica
  • Purple Salvia
  • Red Salvia – reseeds inself
  • Rudbeckia
  • Sedum – blooms in the fall, but may get large and floppy
  • Slender Mountain Mint

Also Bring:

  • Soil to fill-in.
  • Fertilizer – organic – spread on after planting.
  • Spades for kids.
  • Gloves
  • Stand tools in cart

Notes

  1. Make sure the water is on.
  2. Since most schools are closed in the summer, most of the plantings are mainly for spring and fall blooms.
  3. Encourage the sponsor to find a summer helper to weed and water during the summer.
  4. Use small containers so kids only have to dig small holes.

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