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Nectar Connectors full species list

Species that are part of the Nectar Connectors campaign:

Download phenophase photo guides to help you with identiying flowering of a subset of these species, available on the New York Phenology Project website

Blazing stars:

Liatris aspera, Photo: Larry Allain, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Liatris_elegans, Photo: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org Liatris_spicata, Photo: Paul Drobot @ University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
tall blazing star (Liatris aspera) pinkscale blazing star (Liatris elegans) dense blazing star (Liatris spicata) 


Asters:

Symphyotrichum_ericoides, Photo: Jennifer Anderson. United States, IA, Scott Co., Davenport, Nahant Marsh. 2001, @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Symphyotrichum_novae-angliae, Photo: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry Archive, Bugwood.org
white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

 

Goldenrods:

Solidago missouriensis, Photo: Larry Allain, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Solidago_rugosa, Photo: Abraham Miller-Rushing Solidago_sempervirens, Photo: Siveira via Wikimedia Commons Solidago_stricta, Photo: 2006 Matt Below @ CalPhotos Solidago_uliginosa, Photo: Eric J. Epstein @ University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis) wrinkleleaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) wand goldenrod (Solidago stricta) bog goldenrod (Solidago uliginosa)

 

Lupines:

Lupinus_arcticus, Photo: 2011 Vernon Smith @ CalPhotos Lupinus_latifolius, Photo: Walter Siegmund via Wikimedia Commons Lupinus_obtusilobus, Photo: 2010 Jean Pawek
arctic lupine (Lupinus arcticus) broadleaf lupine (Lupinus latifolius) bluntlobe lupine (Lupinus obtusilobus)
Lupinus_perennis, Photo: William S. Justice, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Dept. of Systematic Biology, Botany. Lupinus_sparsiflorus, Photo: John Riley via Wikimedia Commons Lupinus_polyphyllus, Photo: Gary A. Monroe, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.
sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis) Coulter's lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus) bigleaf lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)

 

Bee balm/bergamot:

Monarda_didyma, Photo: Nells Wiki via Wikimedia Commons Monarda_fistulosa, Photo: Merel R. Black @ University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma) wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

 

Thistles:

Cirsium_arvense, Photo: T.F. Niehaus. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Dept. of Systematic Biology, Botany Cirsium_occidentale, Photo: Wing-Chi Poon via Wikimedia Commons Cirsium_vulgare_Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons
Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) cobwebby thistle (Cirsium occidentale) bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

 

Joe Pye Weeds:

Eutrochium_maculatum, Photo: TIFFANYLAUFER via Wikimedia Commons Eutrochium_fistulosum, Photo: 2014 Richard Spellenberg. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) License
spotted joe pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum) trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum)

 

Milkweeds:

Asclepias_asperula, Photo: Patrick J. Alexander, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Asclepias_cordifolia, Photo: First Light at en.wikipedia (via Wikimedia Commons) Asclepias_curassavica, Photo: Anita Gould via iNaturalist.org
spider milkweed (Asclepias asperula) heartleaf milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) bloodflower (Asclepias curassavica)
Asclepias_eriocarpa, Photo: 2011 Robert A. Hamilton. Asclepias_exaltata, Photo: Dr. John Hilty via EOL. License Asclepias_fascicularis, Photo: randomtruth via iNaturalist.org
woollypod milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa) poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata) Mexican whorled milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)
 Asclepias_humistrata, Photo: Patrick Coin via iNaturalist.org Asclepias_incarnata, Photo: R.A. Howard, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database  Asclepias_lanceolata, Photo: Eleanor via Flickr. 
pinewoods milkweed (Asclepias humistrata)  swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)  fewflower milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata) 
Asclepias_latifolia, Photo: Jerry Oldenettel via iNaturalist.org Asclepias_linaria, Photo: 2013 Wynn Anderson. Creative Commons Asclepias_pedicellata, Photo: Mary Keim via iNaturalist.org
broadleaf milkweed (Asclepias latifolia) pineneedle milkweed (Asclepias linaria) savannah milkweed (Asclepias pedicellata)
Asclepias_perennis, Photo: Dr. John Hilty via EOL. License Asclepias_purpurascens, Photo: Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org Asclepias_speciosa, Photo: Robert Tatina, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database USDA SCS. 1989
aquatic milkweed (Asclepias perennis) purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
Asclepias_subulata, Photo: Steven Perkins @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Asclepias_subverticillata, Photo: Carlos Velazco via iNaturalist.org Asclepias_sullivanti, Photo: Larry Allain, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS USDA Plants 
rush milkweed (Asclepias subulata) horsetail milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata)  prairie milkweed (Asclepias sullivanti)
Asclepias syriaca, Photo: Jason Hollinger via Wikimedia commons Asclepias tuberosa, Photo: William S Justice Asclepias_verticillata, Photo: Frank Mayfield via EOL. License
common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)
Asclepias_viridis, Photo: T.F. Niehaus. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Dept. of Systematic Biology, Botany
green antelopehorn (Asclepias viridis)


Other:

Coreopsis_lanceolata, Photo: stelleri5 via iNaturalist.org Rudbeckia_hirta_Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org - Copy Echinacea_purpurea, Photo: John J. Mosesso, National Biological Information Infrastructure Digital Image Library
Lanceleaf tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Helianthus_annuus, Photo:Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org. Dalea_purpurea, Photo Kitty Kohout @ University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Lobelia_cardinalis: Photo: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea) cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Zizia_aurea, Photo: Fritzflohrreynolds via Wikimedia Commons
golden zizia (Zizia aurea)

 

 

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