It’s getting hot here in the Pacific Northwest!
Much of the western United States is dealing with excessive heat right now.
Yesterday, it was 125° Fahrenheit in Palm Springs!!
While most people wilt under these brutal conditions,
butterflies and hardy wildflowers come alive!
Long ago I planted a tiny seedling of this
Knautia macedonica in my wildflower corner.
It comes back with vigor every year and requires little attention from me.
The only thing I do to this plant in early spring is pull out what’s left from the year before.
And then I watch it come right back, grow and flower all summer long.
It doesn’t need much water or any fertilizer either!
In addition to being a bright color spot,
it attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
This swallowtail really feasted on this sunny afternoon.