Friday, July 6, 2012
Great St. John's Wort: A Favorite of Pollinators
I was going to feature this St. John's Wort for the Native Plant of the Week, but realized I had already featured it in an earlier post.
Since that post, I have photographed many more pollinators on this native perennial.
Great St. John's Wort's native habitat includes mesic to wet areas, along the edges of wetlands and lakes. It tolerates full sun locations but prefers partially shaded locations.
Leafcutter Bees in the Megachile genus are common visitors. Their abdomens turn bright yellow as the pollen collects on their abdominal hairs.
The Syrphid flies like the one pictured here are probably consuming bits of pollen that have dropped onto the petals.
These are just a few examples of the many types of pollinators that visit Great St. John's Wort flowers. If you have a medium to moist location, this native perennial will brighten any partially shaded location with its extremely showy flowers.