Native Shrubs Offer Blossoms, Month by Month

A mourning cloak butterfly flies on March 21.

Who'd have thought the growing season, and pollinator season, of southern New England starts this early? But it does.

First, there's that funky swamp-life called skunk cabbage. The odiferous blossoms smell mighty good to particular flies and beetles. Those flies offer something to the skunk cabbage, too--pollination. 

A mourning cloak butterfly flies on March 21. Early-blooming red maples provide it with nectar. 

Jack-in-the-pulpit appears in late March, attracting its own pollinators--fungus gnats. 

If you’re dreaming of this year’s flowers and want to support birds and pollinators, too, see the month-by-month lists in "Planning Now to Help Pollinators All Year."

If you select these natives carefully, you'll not only have continuous flowers, but continuous pollen, nectar, berries, seeds--a friendly habitat for fellow creatures. What's not to like about that?