SEEDS FOR ANN ARBOR

Bee-balm, Black-eyed Susan and Yellow Coneflower
(Monarda fistulosa / Rudbeckia hirta / Ratibida pinnata)

Bee-balm, Black-eyed Susan and Yellow Coneflower

Monarda fistulosa / Rudbeckia hirta / Ratibida pinnata

Why we chose it for Ann Arbor

Bee-balm has fragrant flowers that are a good nectar source for pollinators and will attract a variety of bees and butterflies.

Black-eyed Susans also attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators and are a host plant for the small wavy-lined emerald moth.

Yellow Coneflower are easy to grow and are also attractive to pollinators, both birds and butterflies.

Quick Facts:

Plant type
Herbaceous perennial

Plant height:
30-90cm

Growing conditions
Clay, loam or sand

Location
Outdoor

Season to flower
Summer

Additional information

Bee-balm

Dense flower clusters of pink/lavender in July & August, gray-green foliage. All plant parts aromatic when crushed.

Black-eyed Susan

Bright gold petals and a dark center,  Black-eyed Susan is a recognizable wildflower. This biennial (blooms second year) will self-sow onto open soil. Blooms for a long time.

Yellow Coneflower

Tall and airy, bright yellow petals droop from the narrow cone-like light brown center. Long summer bloom time. May need staking.

How to plant

  1. Plant seeds in soil after last spring frost.

  2. Cover seed with soil.

  3. Will thrive in full sun.

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

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