Southeastern Native Plants to Attract Pollinators

Native plants vary depending on where the garden is located. For those in the southeastern United States, some great plants to include in your native plant garden include the Carolina jasmine and the eastern sweetshrub.

Carolina Jasmine

The first southeastern native plant we are going to look at is the Carolina Jasmine. Also known as the yellow jasmine or evening trumpetflower, these yellow flowers will bloom early and stick around for a while. Because of this, these flowers will provide nectar for hummingbirds and the spicebush swallowtail butterfly.

To ensure the plants thrive, be sure to plant them in an area with plenty of sun and moist, rich soil.

It is important to note that these flowers are toxic; always make sure to wear gloves while pruning and keep children away from them away.

Southeastern Native Flower Carolina Jasmine
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Eastern Sweetshrub

Another southeastern native is the eastern sweetshrub. Also known as the Carolina allspice or strawberry shrub, this plant is native to the region south of the New York border to northern Florida and west to Illinois and Arkansas.

Since the plant is native to the bottomlands of woodlands, it will thrive in areas with partial shade and moist soil.

The flowers of the plant blossom in late spring, providing onlookers with bold colors and sweet scents. Luckily, the flowers do not attract deer. Rather, the naturally deer-resistant nature of the plant allows gardeners to create hedges or screens, keeping deer away from other plants they may enjoy.

These plants can be difficult to transplant. Make sure to keep the plant watered and remove all weeds to help the transplant properly grow and establish. However, once the plant is grown in the right location, it requires little maintenance.

Find Out More

There are a variety of native plants for every region. For gardeners located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, a few native plants can be found in last week’s post here.

Make sure to check out our blog for more gardening information and tips.