Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge - Blank Park Zoo

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Prairie City, IA 50228

Registrant: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Certified: 5/27/14
Type: Rural
Garden Size: Giant (more than 5000 square feet)

Garden Detail

Host Plants:
Antennaria "Pussy Toes", Asters, Baptisia "False Indigo", Ceanothus Americanus "New Jersey Tea", Lespendeza "Bush Clover", Milkweed "Butterfly Weed" "Swamp Milkweed", Native Grasses, Penstemon, Rudbeckia "Black-eyed Susan", Helianthus "Sunflowers", Viola "Violets", over 400 species of native plants

Nectar Plants:
Monarda "Bee Balm", Liatris "Blazing Star", Echinacea "Coneflower", Solidagao "Goldenrod", Veronia "Ironweed", Eutrochium "Joe-pye Weed", over 400 species of native plants

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

What inspired you to create your garden?
The refuge is a large-scale ecological restoration with reconstructed and remnant prairies, oak savannas, and sedge meadows.

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