When I went to the wild gardens, Rabbit Tobacco was in evidence, about to bloom, one of the everlastings on which female American Painted Ladies lay eggs. I picked a leaf to crush and sniff the resinous fragrance.
On the right you can see the wad of foliage where a pupa is.
You can read more about Rabbit Tobacco here: Tea with Peter Rabbit, a post I wrote in 2009.
Red Porterweed grown from a seedling.
I was thinking about the name of my blog, Secrets of a Seedscatterer. I wonder if I mention growing plants from seeds often enough? The Stachytarpheta jamaicensis above grew from seeds last summer. I transplanted two Porterweed plants into small pots to keep over the winter and plant out in spring for the delight of butterflies. A big self-seeded Tithonia plant grew up between the Porterweeds so they form a butterfly buffet.