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Pollinator Habitat

Photo: Monarch butterflies at Mellow Marsh Farm

Mellow Marsh Farm loves pollinators! We use no herbicides and only Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) approved insecticides. Our founding owner is an active member of the NC Invasive Plant Council.

Almost all native plants (including trees) support pollinators. This includes dormant plants for overwintering habitat, host plants for larva, and flowering plants to pollinate. When trying to garden for pollinators it is important to plant diverse species that bloom at different points in the season, and to leave dormant herbaceous material standing until spring. Our staff can provide site-specific plant recommendations.

Box elder
Red maple
Yellow buckeye
Red buckeye
Painted buckeye
Downy service-berry
Eastern bluestar
Bushy beardgrass
Red chokeberry
Swamp milkweed
Butterfly weed
Spiked wild indigo
Flowering dogwood
River birch
American beautyberry
American hornbeam
Pignut hickory
Shagbark hickory
Mockernut hickory
New Jersey tea
Eastern redbud
White turtlehead
Sweet pepper bush
Redtop panicgrass
Lance-leaf coreopsis
Purple coneflower
Marsh rattlesnakemaster
Swamp doghobble
Strawberry bush
Coastal plain joe-pye weed
Trumpetweed/Joe-pye weed
Indian blanket
Scarlet rose mallow
Marsh hibiscus/Rose mallow
Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf hydrangea
Oakleaf hydrangea
Bushy St. Johnswort
Possum haw
American holly
Southern blue flag
Virginia sweetspire
Coastal doghobble
Blazing star
Cardinal flower
Blue lobelia
Sweetbay magnolia
Southern crab apple
MMF seed mixes
MMF seed mixes
MMF seed mixes
Wild bergamot
Red mulberry
American lotus
American white waterlily
Water tupelo
Swamp tupelo
Golden groundsel
Swamp bay, Red bay
Pickerel weed
Chickasaw plum
Black cherry
White oak
Swamp white oak
Southern red oak
Overcup oak
Swamp chestnut oak
Northern red oak
Shumard's oak
Prairie coneflower
Smooth/Sweet azalea
White topped sedge
Swamp rose
Orange coneflower
Black-eyed susan
Plymouth rose-gentian
Black willow
Silky willow
Lizard's tail
Common three square
Solidago rugosa, Wrinkleleaf goldenrod
Wrinkleleaf goldenrod
Seaside goldenrod
American bur reed
Stokes aster
American snowbell
Silky dogwood
Swamp dogwood
Purpletop tridens
Eastern gamagrass
Highbush blueberry
Blue vervain
Possum haw viburnum