Saturday, 6 September 2014

Fly Pollination and the Rudbeckia!

The two-winged insects (flies, gnats, mosquitos) is a very large group.  Many of them specifically visit flowers.  They are not as hairy as bees and as efficient in carrying pollen, but some are good pollnators!  Many gardeners are familiar with golden coneflowers such as Rudbeckia, seen blooming in this photo.  They are reliable, long blooming and unique, just a few key words that come to mind when I think of this perennial. Rudbeckia is a sun-loving plant that grows 4.5 to 5.5' tall & produces a mass of quilled flowers from midsummer to fall.  The plant may stand alone as a specimen in the garden, or can be combined with other summer bloomers and ornamental grasses, and makes a great cut flower for indoor bouquets!

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