Here's an idea, plant these ready-to-go wildflowers in your backyard or pot them up on your patio for a pop of color! This vibrant mix will also invite VIPollinator friends into your garden, where they can forage for nectar and pollen 🐝🐞🦋 (These will reseed for a spectacular show next year, too!)
Did you know our native flowers and native bees have evolved over time to meet one another's needs 🙂
A perfect example is the bumble bee and Mimulus, or monkey flower. As the native bee crawls inside the monkey flower to collect nectar, it inadvertently gathers pollen on its fuzzy little back. When it moves to a different flower, some of this pollen is left behind on the stigma, fertilizing the egg cells of that plant. These fertilized eggs develop into fruit-containing seeds. Seeds are released and germinate, developing into new plants. Without pollinators like our native bumble bees it would be difficult, if not impossible, for many plants to produce seeds 🌼
Another interesting fact: The monkey flower has a group of colored specks on its lower petal that acts as a landing strip of sorts that bees, with their special "bee vision", see perfectly due to their ability to see ultraviolet colors. These specks lead the bee directly to the food reward ... So cool 🐝
Mimulus in 4" and gallon pots are in stock NOW! Don't wait, these won't last long! Grow the Mimulus pictured in full sun in USDA zones 7-11, for flowers spring through summer. This perennial has an upright habit and grows 24"-36" tall.