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Purple flowers of New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae).

A Comprehensive Guide to New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Introduction New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is a herbaceous perennial that grows in open areas such as fields, meadows, disturbed areas, and roadsides. In the fall, this plant flowers with goldenrod to form a mosaic of purple and yellow. This plant is a host for the Pearl Crescent… Read More »A Comprehensive Guide to New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Specimen of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Fascinating Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is an understory tree that has the largest fruit of the native plants in North America. Pawpaw has purple-brown flowers that bloom in the spring with a green fruit in the late summer to fall. It is the host plant for the Zebra Swallowtail.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) with a Tiger Swallowtail.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), a Comprehensive Guide in 8 Sections

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is one of the most common host plants for the Monarch Butterfly in the United States. Generally when you think of the name “milkweed” it is this plant. This plant is one of the more common plants in the butterfly garden. Taxonomy and Naming… Read More »Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), a Comprehensive Guide in 8 Sections

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on fence.

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), a Comprehensive Guide in 7 Sections

The black swallowtail is found in the tri-county area around Titusville, Pennsylvania and throughout Pennsylvania. In North America it is found east of the Rocky Mountains. Associated Plants These butterflies select their host plants based on the odor they put out. Host Plants Nectar Plants Range and Habitat… Read More »Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), a Comprehensive Guide in 7 Sections

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