C/R Habitat - Blank Park Zoo

C/R Habitat

C/R Habitat

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Registrant: C.A. Quinn
Certified: 5/6/14
Type: Suburban
Garden Size: Extra Large (1000-4999 square feet)

Garden Detail

Host Plants:
Alcea "Hollyhock", Asters,Herbs - Dill, Fennel or Curly Parsley, Milkweed "Butterfly Weed" "Swamp Milkweed", Native Grasses, Penstemon, Rudbeckia "Black-eyed Susan", Helianthus "Sunflowers", Viola "Violets", plantain & snapdragon (Buckeye hosts), one type (relative) of stinging nettle (host for Red Admiral)

Nectar Plants:
Monarda "Bee Balm", Liatris "Blazing Star", Echinacea "Coneflower", Cosmos, Veronia "Ironweed", Eutrochium "Joe-pye Weed", Lantana,Zinnia, flowering privet hedge, several flowering shrubs, Butterfly bush (not native), day lily, true lily, toadflax, sedum, coreopsis, verbena and other annuals

Other Pollinator Friendly Practices:
I do not use insecticides, I have provided basking areas, I will provide over-wintering cover, I have provided mineral salts, puddling areas

Property is a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat by NWF (1986), also a Monarch Way Station (2012)

What inspired you to create your garden?
Bellevue Butterfly Garden (Iowa) in 1986

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