Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view of immature and adult male cardinals feeding on Ambrosia trifida in September 2010.
September and October are feasting months for locally fledged birds as well as the hoards of migrating birds that find Ambrosia trifida a special native treat in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The importance of allowing native plants to go to seed and remain standing as "feeders with legs" cannot be overemphasized.
Common name: Yellow Honeysuckle A twining, deciduous woody vine with tubular yellow flowers in whorls at the ends of stems April-May. Round, fleshy, orange to red berries appear in late summer. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the nectar produced by the flowers while birds and small mammals eat the fruit. Deer browse the stems and leaves.
Culture: Grow in full sun or partial shade in soil with average moisture.
Use: Grow on a trellis, arbor or fence or along the ground in a natural area. Good vine for a bird garden.
Height: 10 to 20 feet
Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Color: Medium Yellow
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Good Companion Plants
- Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)
- Pasture Rose (Rosa carolina)
- Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
- Wild Plum (Prunus americana)
Characteristics and Attributes
Full Sun Medium Sun/Average Shade
Season of Interest:
Mid (May - June)
Food/Small Animals Butterfly Nectar
Butterfly Hummingbird Songbird