Pollinator Tuesday! Pollinator: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Garden: Stormwater Garden in Rolling Hill Park
So often when people think of pollinators they think of insects, but hummingbirds play a big role in pollination as well. The only hummingbird native to Pennsylvania is the Ruby-throated hummingbird, however other species have landed here due to storms altering their course. Some of the Ruby-throated hummingbird’s favorite native plants consist of trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma), lemon beebalm (Monarda citriodora), wild bergamont (Monarda fisulosa), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans). The hummingbird uses its long forked tongue to lap up nectar deep within the flower at rates up to ten times per second. It forages while hovering, inadvertently collecting pollen on its feathers and bill before darting off to its next meal (US Forestry Service).
Come try to spot these fast feathered friends in our Stormwater Garden in Rolling Hill Park. You’ll catch a quick glimpse of them floating amongst the bee balm!