Plant Update - September 5

Published September 05, 2014

A white turtlehead, Chelone glabra, is flowering in the Aquarium’s Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Waterfront Park! This native plant often plays host to the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly, Maryland’s state insect.

white turtlehead

A few monarch butterfly larvae have also been spotted feeding on the swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnate, in our Waterfront Park. Did you know? Milkweed is key to this species’ survival. Not only is it where these butterflies lay their eggs—it’s also the only plant the caterpillars will eat!

monarch butterfly larvae

The bottlebrush trees, Callistemon viminalis, above the bridge to our Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit are in bloom.

bottlebrush tree

Image via Wikicommons


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