- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 2-4' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: sparrows, finches, wood warblers, wrens, thrushes, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Native Wild Quinine?
Pollinator powerhouse! Overlooked and undervalued, Wild Quinine is a humble American wildflower that gets little attention, but does important work. For two months, beginning in late spring, its woolly white flowers service all sorts of pollinators. It doesn’t feed only the showy butterflies, but all of the unsung heroes of the pollinator world—sweat bees, mining bees, and carpenter bees, soldier flies, syrphid flies, and tachinid flies, beneficial wasps, moths, and beetles. These little creatures contribute enormously to the health of our ecosystem, and we should help them flourish! Planting Wild Quinine is a terrific way to do that.
We don’t hear much about malaria in the United States anymore, but this deadly disease was once a major killer of Americans. It wasn’t until 1951 that the mosquito-borne parasite was eradicated in the U.S. Before quinine was first synthesized by scientists in the 1940s, the most effective cure was the bark of a South American tree called the Cinchona. When Cinchona supplies ran low during World War I, Americans turned to the Wild Quinine plant, which was believed to have healing powers as well. Today, Wild Quinine is valuable primarily as a healer of the land, supplying nectar and pollen to our hardworking pollinators.
How to use in the landscape?
Grow some extra Wild Quinine to use as cut flowers for the house! The pretty, pearly white blooms make for a nice filler. Use it like Baby’s Breath to round out a bouquet.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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How To Plant
Wild Quinine likes all-day sun and loamy, fertile soil best, though it is a pretty easygoing and adaptable plant. Native from Minnesota to Louisiana and east to the East Coast, it tolerates extremes of heat and cold and thrives in a variety of situations. It is moderately drought tolerant. Wild Quinine develops a taproot, which makes it difficult to move once it’s established. Choose its position carefully. You can plant Wild Quinine in a pollinator-pleasing drift, or scatter it throughout a meadow planting like it grows in the wild.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8