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Powisset Farm Stewardship

Butterfly Milkweed

Bee-autiful, Greener Pastures
Creating A Pollinator Habitat at Powisset Farm

The Trustees, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), have carved out two acres at Dover’s Powisset Farm to serve as a “Bee Pasture.” But why? To attract and sustain a diversity of pollinators important for fruit, vegetable and native plant pollination. Bee Pastures are areas specifically managed to provide habitat for bees and other pollinators such as butterflies, beetles and flies.

These pastures include a variety of wild flowers that provide an abundant source of nectar, pollen and undisturbed places where bees and other beneficial insects can nest and seek shelter. Selecting and planting a variety of plants that bloom throughout the growing season will ensure a constant source of nectar and pollen for pollinator populations (say that ten times fast!).

Flower fanatics (and bee and butterfly folks): Mark your calendar for next season at the farm, when the wildflowers will be in full bloom!

Wildflower
Wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis)
Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)
Wild lupine (Lupinus perennis)
Tall white beard tongue (Penstemon digitalis
Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
Green headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Virginia mountain mint (Pycanthemum virginianum)
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Marsh blazing star (Liatris spicata)
Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
New England aster (Aster novae-angliae)
Heath aster (Aster ericoides)
Bloom Season
Early
Early
Early
Early to Mid
Mid
Mid
Mid
Mid
Mid
Mid
Mid
Mid to Late
Mid to Late
Late
Late
Late
Color
Blue
Yellow
Blue
White
Orange
White
Purple
Purple
Yellow
Yellow
White
Yellow
Purple
Yellow
Purple/Pink
White

Learn more about what The Trustees is doing to help pollinators and what you can do in your own yard.