This fall has brought a steady wave of beautiful butterflies to Hardberger Park. Everything from the brilliant zebra heliconian to the ubiquitous common mestra and the ever faithful monarch can be seen at the park.
On the Blanco Road side of Hardberger Park, along Voelcker Lane, is a magnificent show of white flowers. This is the thoroughwort or white mistflower (eupatorium havanense). These flowers, produced in large quantities, are very fragrant and not only attract butterflies but hummingbirds, bees, and other insects. This plant makes an attractive addition to any garden and is readily available in any native plant nursery.
Article written by Wendy Leonard, PHP Park Naturalist
Wendy Leonard, PHP Park Naturalist Wednesday, 31 October 2012