Native perennials are an excellent addition to any garden. Once established, perennials return year after year without replanting. When choosing plants to incorporate into a garden, consider plants that are native to South Dakota. These plants are better adapted to the local climate and soils. Not only are native perennials visually appealing, but these plants are also important pollen and nectar sources for pollinators. Pollinators are any organism that moves pollen from flower to flower. Plants that are not capable of self-fertilization need pollinators in order to reproduce.
An identification guide to Native Pollinator Plants of South Dakota for Managed Landscapes
While research has shown that pollinators, specifically honey bees, can’t survive on dandelion pollen alone, this doesn’t mean that the dandelions aren’t still important for pollinators.
By now, you’ve probably read headlines about the Asian giant hornets (aka “murder hornets”) that were spotted in Washington state and across the border in Canada. It is important to note that Asian giant hornets have only been confirmed in a small area of Washington and Canada. These wasps have not been observed in South Dakota or our neighboring states.
With their distinctive black and yellow stripes and tendency to hang out in groups, wasps receive attention no matter the time of year. As the weather warms up and spring progresses, you may notice more wasp activity in your yard or around your house.