The Flat Topped Aster attracts a wide range of types of pollinators: long- and short-tongued bees, wasps, beetles, flies, and butterflies.
Bees are believed to be the primary pollinators of Swamp Rose Mallow, consuming vast quantities of its pollen. Butterflies visit the flowers purely for nectar; they have no interest in consuming pollen. Butterflies head for the nectaries, accessed through slits at their throat that may cause it to spread its own genes throughout nearby plants!
This plant is a native Ontario perennial that attracts various pollinators with its wide, composite flowers. It grows thick and hairy in wet areas like low woods, thickets stream banks meadows and prairies. It likes sandy to clay soils and does well in rain gardens.
Spotted Joe Pye Weed is an incredibly hardy plant which flowers late in the season.