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Aug 3, 2015 1:46 PM CST
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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Out at our local park this plant is growing along the creek beds. The blooms are a pretty pinkish-mauve color and it grows about 6-7 feet high. Tiger Swallowtails are all over it as are many other butterflies, bees etc.

Would like to know what it is to see if it would grow in my garden....


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If you enlarge this one you can see the butterfly on it!!

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I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
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Aug 3, 2015 2:29 PM CST
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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I think it might be one of the Joe Pyes, Eupatorium sp. We have both Joe Pye Weed in full sun and Sweet Joe Pye in part shade.
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Aug 3, 2015 2:58 PM CST
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Pennsylvania Orchids Hummingbirder
Frogs and Toads Ferns Dog Lover Container Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Level 2
Yes Kim, that does very much look like it!!! Thank you!! I was wondering if it was a type of milkweed.

Looks like I'm going to have to get some for my butterfly/hummer garden!!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
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Aug 3, 2015 6:02 PM CST
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
If you have space... maybe try some Monarda, (Bee Balm) too. We have Monarda fistulosa, which is a pale purple, but it sure draws in the butterflies and bees. And Hummingbirds are supposed to like it, but I haven't seen any of them in awhile. It gets big which I had no idea when I planted them. I think I have at least four of them here and there. I had to move my Large-flowered Beardtongues and it looks like it is crowding out some Black-eyed Susans in the yard. If this was my prairie area, I would let it be. Even though I do not really succeed, I try to keep the yard somewhat less wild looking.

This spring when they first came up, I called them my Bee Balm Balls. But like many of my plants, a good rain or wind will make a portion of them go flop.
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Here is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on some Bee Balm.
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Aug 3, 2015 6:24 PM CST
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Pennsylvania Orchids Hummingbirder
Frogs and Toads Ferns Dog Lover Container Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Level 2
Bee balm is a definite add also!! I agree
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
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