Lower South

September, 2012
Regional Report

Web Finds

North American Butterfly Association
The North American Butterfly Association is a mecca for butterfly lovers across the country. This one-stop shop for "all things butterfly" includes links to butterfly association chapters across the country, butterfly gardening guides, information on monitoring the migration of butterflies around the country, many links to other butterfly info on the Web, and much more.

Favorite or New Plant

White Butterfly Ginger
Few plants can perfume the air like white butterfly ginger (Hedychium coronarium). This tender perennial will survive the winter in much of the Lower South if provided a deep protective mulch cover. In late summer to fall the plant's 4 to 5 foot tall, upright stalks each bear a bloom head of large white flowers that fill the air with a wonderful gardenia-like fragrance. Butterfly ginger is thrives in moist soil amended with compost and prefers a very bright shade to dappled sun location. It is more tolerant of some direct sun than most other types of ginger.

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