Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Golden Alexander Faunal Associations
Golden Alexander has been a great performer in our yard on our sunny, sandy hillside. Flowering right now, it provides excellent early season color.
It's a taller perennial native, reaching heights of around 36" with bright yellow, umbel flowers. Plant in combination with Wild Lupines or Prairie Phlox which flower around the same time.
The number and variety of insect visitors to the Golden Alexanders has been fascinating to observe.
Many native bee species including Mining Bees (Andrena species) visit the flowers regularly.
Golden Alexanders fall in the Carrot or Apiaceae family, which are one of several larval host plants for Swallowtail butterflies. I'll be watching for caterpillars soon.