Celebrating the 2017 Perennial Plant

    The other day I was teaching about Ornamental Grasses to a new group of Master Gardeners and some of the grasses I spoke about had been previously selected as the Perennial Plant of the Year.  This of course got me to thinking that somehow I had failed to look into the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year.  How in the world did that happen?
    I was thrilled to discover that the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year is Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed. This native Illinois plant is a larval food source for Monarchs, Queen Butterfly, and the Milkweed Tussock Moth and it’s also known as a butterfly magnet for the nectar it produces.  It’s also visited by various other pollinators including honeybees.


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