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Pollinator Week Is June 18 – 24 2012 Ion Exchange, Inc. Purchase Your Pollinator Plant Kit Now

Pollinator Week is June 18th to 24th!
Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees

will love as much as you!

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Product Description

Take steps to help our pollinator populations thrive. By supporting pollinators’ need for habitat, we support our own needs for food and support diversity in the natural world.

This beautiful native Pollinator Plant Kit will not only provide color throughout the seasons but will also benefit bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.  It consists of 84 plants; 7 each of the following species:

  • Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)
  • Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)
  • Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)
  • Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)
  • Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mt. Mint)
  • Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)
  • Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazingstar)
  • Liatris liguilistylis (Meadow Blazingstar)
  • Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)
  • Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)
  • Eupatorium maculatum (Joe-pye Weed)
  • Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine)

Special Bonuses are Included:

(1) Pollinator App. and

(2) Downloadable Pollinator Guide

“Farming feeds the world, and we must remember that pollinators are a critical link to our food system” –  Paul Growald, Co-Founder, Pollinator Partnership

Did you know that domestic honey bees pollinate approximately $10 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year?

Both native pollinators and domesticated bee populations are declining and are threatened by habitat loss, disease, and excessive and/or inappropriate use of pesticides.

Commercial bees lost to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) highlights how
severe the issues of proper hive management are to reduce stresses caused
by disease, pesticide use, insufficient nutrition, and transportation practices.

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Wildflower of the Week – Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergomot

MONARDA FISTULOSA | Wild Bergomot  - Perennial Wildflower Lavender colored blooms July through September.

MONARDA FISTULOSA | Wild Bergomot

 Wild Bergamot also known as Horsemint & Bee Balm.
Monarda named in honor of Spanish botanist,
Nicolas Monardes, who wrote extensively in the
16th century about medicinal and useful plants.
Fistulosa from the Latin for "like a reed or
a pipe" referring to the individual flowers.
Common to the eastern and northeastern US and
the central Tallgrass region on rich, moist
soils. Found along the edges of woods, roadsides
and old pastures. Pink to light purple
flowers from July to September. Can grow to 5
feet. Typical square stem of the mint family.
Native Americans used a tea made from the
leaves of Wild Bergamot to treat colic,
flatulence, colds, fevers, stomachaches,
nosebleeds, insomnia, heart trouble
and to induce sweating in measles. Apoultice
made from the leaves was used to treat headaches.
Physicians once used the same leaf tea to expel worms and gas.

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Wild bergamot was often employed
medicinally by several native North
American Indian tribes who used it to treat
a variety of complaints, but especially
those connected with the digestive system.
It is still sometimes used in modern herbalism.
The leaves and flowering stems are carminative,
diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant.
An infusion is used internally in the treatment
of colds, catarrh, headaches, gastric disorders,
aching kidneys, to reduce low fevers and soothe
sore throats. Externally,
it is applied as a poultice to skin eruptions,
cuts etc and as a wash for sore eyes. The
leaves can be harvested before the plant flowers,
or they can be harvested with the flowering stems.
They can be used fresh or dried. The plant contains
the essential oil 'bergamot oil' which can be
inhaled to treat bronchial complaints.The leaves
also contain 'thymol', an essential oil that can be used
to expel gas from the digestive tract.

Other Uses: The leaves have been used as an insect repellent.

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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Meadow Blazingstar

Add this native perennial plant to  attract butterflies into your garden with the beautiful native plant “Meadow Blazingstar“.  For more information click here

Perennial Native Plant Meadow Blazingstar

Meadow Blazingstar