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Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » August 13th, 2013, 12:57 pm

Local indigenous Ixora Shrub if trained can reach a height of 25 feet within 10 years. Currently i have three of these white Ixora shrub which bloom 3-4 times during the year and are very fragrant and acts a magnet drawing butterflies and honey bees. Every year atleast 40-50 plants are formed by self seeding. Interested members interested to get this sampling of this shrub can get in touch with me.
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Local Ixora Shrub
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Local Ixora Shrub
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Butterfly feasting on local Ixora Shrub

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » August 13th, 2013, 1:05 pm

Another shrub to attract butterfly/bees is Sweet Almond Verbena mistakenly called Buddlea Bush by Nurseries. The fragrance of this shrub bears scent of honey. Ixora's imported from Thailand bearing no fragrance can also draw butterflies along with Echinacea which can be grown easily from seeds. There are countless other shrubs like Chaste Tree and another type of Buddlea/Chives/ Perennial Asters etc on whom i shall dwell upon later.
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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » September 3rd, 2013, 12:08 pm

Ixora Coccinea is commonly available in nurseries in Red, Pink and Orange. To attain a height as shown in the pictures they require at least 5-6 years as growth rate is slow. All these blooms are without any application of fertilizer. These varieties are hardy and grow well in full sun. Only Ixora Odorata being less hardier requires protection during the winters.
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Pink Ixora
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Orange Ixora

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » May 23rd, 2014, 9:57 am

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Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

An article on Chaste Tree excerpted from September 2012 edition of NZ-Gardener Magazine.
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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by yawer » May 31st, 2014, 7:42 pm

Would appreciate if can be helped out which nursery in Lahore sells chaste tree or in Islamabad ? and which common name is used to ask Nursery?

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » May 31st, 2014, 8:15 pm

It's available at Lahore Nursery where it's mistakenly referred as blue 'Buddlei Bush'.

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » June 1st, 2014, 2:26 pm

Our indigenous fragrant Ixora which blooms around the year.

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by UMARKHANMARDAN » June 1st, 2014, 2:31 pm

Khurram i have tried so many time but Ixora does not survive our winters(Islamabad/Mardan).I love this shrub its very nice when in full bloom.

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » June 2nd, 2014, 12:40 pm

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Fragrant Buddlei 'Royal Red'. I was expecting a red shade but actual colour is purplish red.

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Echinacea

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Re: Perennials Plants for Butterflies/Bees

Post by mikhurram » June 6th, 2014, 11:20 am

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An unknown Buddlei Bush variety. A task for Hammad Kisana perhaps?

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Chives

And finally images of mint from Saudi Arabia having strong fragrance. Not sure about the exact name of this mint variety and it might be Peppermint or Spearmint.
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