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Pollinators

Pollination is the process of transferring pollen from the male to the female part of the plant. It is a critical part of a plant’s lifecycle and allows the plant to produce seeds and fruit. Seeds and fruit are what allow a plant to create new plants.

Pollinators are insects such as bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, flies, and beetles that transfer pollen from flower to flower as they forage for nectar and pollen. Even mammals and birds can be pollinators!

Pollinator Week 2019

June 17-23, 2019, is Pollinator Week—a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. Keep an eye on Mississauga Parks and Forestry’s social media channels to learn about what the City is doing to support pollinators, and some tips on what you can do at home help enhance pollinator habitat.

Pollinator Week Events

Join Forestry staff for two events to help us (1)steward pollinator habitat at Jack Darling tallgrass prairie, and (2) take a guided pollinator walk at Hancock Woodlands.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Jack Darling Tallgrass Prairie Stewardship Event
1180 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Join Forestry and Credit Valley Conservation staff on a guided walk through the park to learn about tallgrass prairies, the prairie garden and how pollinators are an important part of the ecosystem in the park. You will also learn how to incorporate pollinator friendly habitat into your home garden. After learning about pollinators and their habitat, get your hands dirty and help us control invasive plants in the Jack Darling Tallgrass Prairie!

Visit Eventbrite for more event details and to register.

Friday, June 21
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Hancock Woodlands Guided Walk
2171 Camilla Rd, Mississauga

Join City of Mississauga Forestry staff to learn about pollinators at Hancock Woodlands. This newly opened park is important habitat for local pollinators. You will learn about pollinators and pollinator habitat on this guided walk.

No registration required.

How You Can Help: Pollinator Promo Pack

By planting pollinator friendly plants in your garden, you can help enhance habitat for insects that pollinate wildflowers and crops that we eat.

The flowers in our Pollinator Promo Pack seed mix were selected to benefit a wide variety of pollinators and to provide a variety of bloom colour through the summer and fall.

Brown-Eyed SusanBrown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

  • Bright yellow flowers with a brown or black cone in the center will bloom from June to September.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 1-3 feet tall and can grow between 12 and 18 inches across.
  • Beneficial for: butterflies, bees, beetles, wasps, and flies
  • Flower petals darken towards the centre of the plant, which is caused by an ultraviolet pigment that attracts pollinators!

New England AsterNew England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

  • Flowers with numerous rays, dark purple to pink in colour from August to October.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 1-6 feet tall and can grow between 2-4 feet across.
  • Beneficial for: moths, butterflies (including Monarchs), bees and flies.
  • Blooms later in the season which provides a critical fall nectar source for many pollinators.

Sweet Ox-EyeSweet Ox-Eye/False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

  • Flowers with 8-20 yellow rays, brown center florets from July to October.
  • Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 2-6 feet tall and can grow up to 2 feet across.
  • Beneficial for: bees, beetles and butterflies (in particular the Painted Lady and Skipper).
  • Species name “Heliopsis” is derived from the Greek word Helios, which means Sun.

Virginia Mountain MintVirginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

  • Tiny white flowers with purple spots arranged in clusters will bloom from July to September.
  • Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows up to 3 feet tall but sometimes larger.
  • Beneficial for: butterflies, bees and moths.
  • A member of the mint family, this plant has a square stem with flat edges.

Grey-Headed ConeflowerGrey Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

  • Yellow flowers with 5-10 rays that droop downward and cone-shaped centres that start out ashy grey but will turn brown as flowers open.
  • Flowers will bloom from May to October.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in dry to moist soil.
  • Grows 3-5 feet tall.
  • Beneficial for bees and butterflies as well as a great food source for livestock and wildlife.

Planting instructions: You can plant these seeds in spring or fall. Loosen soil first and then scatter seeds on top. Keep soil moist after planting.

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