Sunny Save-A-Bee Kit
This is a kit of 10 plants that can give you an easy way to add beautiful sun-loving native plants that will attract a variety of gentle, fascinating native bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your existing or new garden. You can supplement a kit with other plants for sun as well.
If you bought the Monarch Kit last year, this one is a great complement to it! Plants are 2 feet tall or less and love lots of sun and dry or medium soil. Great for the south side of your house or a sunny parkway (check with your municipality if needed).
If you want us to donate $8 to an Oak Park or River Forest school (like a Shop & Share fundraiser), please put the school name in the 'Instructions to seller' box once you view your cart before checkout.
--2 Prairie Smoke, a delightful little plant whose pink spring flowers give its common name. Leaves stay green nearly all year.
--2 Butterfly Weed plants, a unique orange flowered Milkweed which provides a food/host plant for Monarch caterpillars and nectar for adults (though they don't favor it as much as Common or Rose (Swamp) Milkweeds).
--2 Silky Asters provide the extremely important fall nectar/pollen source migrating Monarchs (& others) need.
--2 Cylindrical Blazing Star provide mid to late season nectar
--2 Prairie Dropseed provide a defining structure to this prairie garden. Their seed heads smell a bit like buttered popcorn.
Kit costs $40. You save up to $10 over the cost of purchasing plants individually
Light: Full sun
Soil: Dry to medium/well-drained
Height: up to 2 feet
PLEASE NOTE: Pickup is June 2nd at Euclid Methodist Church parking lot, 405 S Euclid in Oak Park, 10am-2pm!
Plant ASAP in a spot that gets full sun (6+ hours) or at least 4 hours direct sun. Water them every other day, or as needed depending on precipitation and other weather conditions for the first month. They might need temporary shade.
Transplants need care for the first growing season. Mulch and regular weeding are also required until plants fill in. Visit westcook.wildones.org for more information on our Wildlife Corridor project.
See the individual plant pages for more information and photos.
Photo credit: 1. UW-Madison, 2. Stephanie Walquist, West Cook Wild Ones. Others, Midwest Groundcovers