An Underappreciated Plant Is...

misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)June 17, 2012

bottlebrush buckeye. I only have one plant, and I thought I'd lost it after the hurricane, because a big pine tree fell on it. I didn't see it again for several years, then it popped up a few years ago from the root! I usually order some plants in the spring, then pot them up and plant them out in the fall or winter, so I think next spring's plants will be bottlebrush buckeyes. They like shade, and there's plenty of that in my woods. The only negative is that they only bloom once a year, but it's at a time when few native plants are blooming, at least not any that are rich in nectar.

It's blooming now - only one big bloom - and the butterflies are enjoying it. It must have a good bit of nectar, because once a butterfly gets on it, they stay a long time, really working the flowers, and run off any other butterfly that wants to join them. This female pipevine swallowtail spent a LONG time on it.

Sherry

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tepelus z6a SW MI

The Hayes Presidential Center here in Fremont Ohio has a good sized stand of this plant. It is starting to bloom now. I like the way it looks and wouldn't mind a stand of it in my yard.

Karen

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 8:44PM
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nel.nucifera(8a)

Sherry, beautiful photo! Thanks for sharing. I must now update my trade list!

-Nel

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 10:08PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I don't think I've ever seen one. I will have to check what the bloom time would be here.
I still have a gap between spring blooming plants and summer blooming plants when there's not enough in my yard for the butterflies to nectar on but I'm working on it. I planted a lot of seedlings this year.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 11:40AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Yes, Karen, a stand of it would look good most anywhere!

And Nel, maybe somebody will have a buckeye (the seed pod) to swap. The critters get mine before they ripen.

Christie, the main value of this plant, to me, is its odd bloom time. Having these in the woods would be nice for the butterflies and probably moths also.

This male spicebush swallowtail was working it a little while ago. The shadows fell on him in such a way as to make his wings look different.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 12:23PM
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