City of Lawrence Butterfly & Pollinator Habitat

November 17, 2021

The City of Lawrence Butterfly & Pollinator Habitat was seeded this week. These areas at at Lee Road Park, Explorer Park, Veteran's Memorial Park, and Louis J. Jenn Memorial Park will eventually develop into fields of native flowers and grasses.
More than a third of the food we eat is reliant on pollinators (animals which carry pollen from flower to flower) such as butterflies and bees. But pollinator habitat is disappearing. A lot of habitat has been replaced with grass, which offers almost no ecological value. Hoosiers who plant pollinator- friendly species and native plants can help butterflies and bees essential to our ecosystem.
Once established, this habitat of native plants will provide nourishment for a variety of butterflies and pollinators, with a particular focus on Monarch butterflies and caterpillars. We have planted lots of milkweed, the primary source of food for Monarch caterpillars: Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Some of the 30 other wildflowers and grasses here which attract pollinators are: coneflowers, Sweet Black-eyed Susans, Joe Pye Weeds, and Prairie dropseed.


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