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Pollinator Pockets

Click the button above that corresponds to the soil type you have, 

or scroll through to look at all available pollinator pockets.

The K3SWCD is now offering Pollinator Pockets! A Pollinator Pocket is a group of different native flowers that are bundled together for easy planning/planting. Each Pollinator Pocket has 3-4 flower species, and bloom periods to last from early spring through fall. These bundles are a great addition to your garden whether you are trying natives for the first time or are an experienced native plant gardener! Pollinator Pockets are sure to bring a vast variety of butterflies, and other pollinators, to your garden.

= Pollinator Hotspot

Pollinator Palooza

Mesic Pollinator Pocket: Plant in full to partial sun and average soil. 

Butterfly WeedAsclepias tuberosa:

          Height: 2-3'          Bloom: June-August

Black-Eyed SusanRudbeckia hirta:

          Height: 1-3'           Bloom: June-October

Royal Catchfly, Silene regia:

          Height: 2-4'          Bloom: June-October

Prairie Blazing Star, Liatris pycnostachya:

          Height: 2-4'           Bloom: July-September

 

Grass suggestion: Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium

Landscape design inspiration found here!

 

Red, White & Bloom

Mesic Pollinator Pocket: Plant in full to partial sun and average soil. 

Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum:

          Height: 2-6'          Bloom: June-August

Royal Catchfly, Silene regia:

          Height: 2-4'           Bloom: July-August

Sky Blue Aster, Symphyotrichum oolentangiense:

          Height: 2-4'          Bloom: July-August

 

Grass suggestion: Northern Dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepis

Landscape design inspiration found here!

 

Shady Woodland

Shade Pollinator Pocket: Plant in partial sun to full shade and average soil. 

 

Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis:

          Height: 1-2'          Bloom: April-June

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum:

          Height: 1-2'           Bloom: April-July

Meadow Anemone, Anemone canadensis:

          Height: 2-3'          Bloom: August-October

Short's Aster, Symphyotrichum shortii:

          Height: 2-3'           Bloom: August-October

Landscape design inspiration found here!

Marsh Madness

Wet Pollinator Pocket: Plant in full to partial sun and soil that is soggy or marshy most of the year. 

Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris:

          Height: 1-3'           Bloom: April-June

Blue Flag Iris, Iris virginica shrevei:

          Height: 2-3'          Bloom: May-July

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata:

          Height: 2-4'          Bloom: July-August

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis:

          Height: 2-4'           Bloom: July-September

Landscape design inspiration found here!

 
 

Sandy Snack

Dry Pollinator Pocket: Plant in full to partial sun and excessively drained or sandy soil. 

 

Prairie SmokeGeum triflorum:

          Height: 2-3'          Bloom: June-August

Sand CoreopsisCoreopsis lanceolata:

          Height: 1-3'           Bloom: June-October

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa:

          Height: 2-4'          Bloom: June-October

Sky Blue Aster, Symphyotrichum oolentangiense:

          Height: 2-4'           Bloom: July-September

 

Grass suggestion: Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium

Landscape design inspiration found here!

 

Prepping Your Site

  • Remove all sod and other unwanted plants from the area with herbicide, or by solarizing​​

  • Add compost or nutrient-rich soil on top of the area, if desired​

  • you can cover the area in recycled newspaper as a weed barrier

Planting & Care

  • Plant one plant per square foot

  • Place thin layer of mulch around plants to help prevent weed growth

  • Water plants in the morning every day until they are well established

  • Weed by hand to benefit pollinators