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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have been visiting the Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower) in my garden.  Echinacea is such a great plant, and seems to stay upright no matter what the wind and rain does to it.   The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail can spend its entire life cycle without leaving the confines of my small suburban yard.  The green eggs of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail are laid singly on the plants of the  Magnoliaceae and Rosaceae families.  The Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) in my front yard gives the butterfly a place to lay their eggs while the purple coneflower that is present in every single one of my gardens provides nectar for the adult stage.  A small property can provide homes for some many beautiful and beneficial insects.  
Join TLC at the Heirloom Tomato Festival on August 17 at terrain as we tout "TLC Approved Native Plants." 

Terrain will be donating a portion of the TLC approved plants back to our organization to support our mission. 

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