Asteracea (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar for many bees including Honeybees, Butterflies and Wasps.
Flowering time: June-August.
Growing information: NATIVE PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER, growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in). Hardy to minus 45ºC.This attractive plant with its large umbel heads of white, sometimes pink flowers, is highly regarded in herbal medicine, and is amongst one of the best producers of nectar in relation to the small space the plant occupies. It occurs on a wide range of soils and habitats. Considered an excellent ‘companion’ plant; repelling some insect pests whilst attracting beneficial insects such as Ladybirds and Hoverflies; also considered beneficial to other plants it grows near by improving their health. It has been planted to improve soil quality (its leaves a good fertilizer and compost additive). It is also used by birds such as Starlings and Tree Swallows to line their nests and research suggests its use by them inhibits the growth of parasites. The flowers are pollinated by Insects. It is noted for attracting wildlife.