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


Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!
Previous Post

Featured Stories

Snapping turtle and red-eared sliders Floating Wetland Update: Turtles, Fish and Birds!

Several new species have been spotted on the National Aquarium’s floating wetland prototype in the Inner Harbor!

Read the full story

Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver Animal Rescue Update: Double Seal Release!

For the first time in its history, National Aquarium Animal Rescue simultaneously released two rehabilitated seals. The two male greys, nicknamed Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver, were released in Ocean City, Maryland, on May 23.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Plant Update: Banana Plant

Published July 22, 2016

Plant Update - June 20

Published June 20, 2014