October 9, 2018
by Brian Brown
The Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a planned landscape, full of habitat for wildlife, and densely planted with pollinator-friendly plants.
Right now, we are in a late summer low for flower-visiting insects, with the usually productive Baccharis hedge being late in flowering this year. All of the action in the museum’s outdoor space is in the Edible Garden, where an unplanned addition is stealing the show.
Nobody knows where the white-flowered Bidens came from (the gardeners swear that they didn’t plant it on purpose), but its flowers are providing lots of nectar and attracting a wide range of insects.
If I was planting a new garden for attracting interesting insects, Bidens would definitely deserve a place beside the Baccharis, Eriogonum, mallows, and sunflowers that are the star performers throughout the year. Of note, if planting Bidens in your garden, care must be taken to contain them as they are aggressive in the garden.
All photos by Brian Brown