Native to the Northeast United States, the Ninebark has been cultivated in many varieties. Valued for its hardiness and drought tolerance, it is used for soil stabilization and erosion control. Its peeling and shaggy bark often form the shape of the number nine, thus giving the plant its name.
From April to June its flowers are a source of nectar for butterflies, and later in the summer its leaves and stems serve as Larval hosts to many species of moths from the dimorphic eulithis to the white spring moth and the blinded sphinx moth among others. The seeds are a common food source for many birds, while its roots have been used in medicine to calm the soreness lesions.
Butterflies not only bring vibrant colors to our gardens and are used as a key indicator of environmental quality, but they also help in the pollination process, thus improving biodiversity. These shelters have been designed to offer butterflies a warm, dry and safe place that protects them from predators at different times of the year.