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By The Xerces Society

ISBN-10: 1612128866

ISBN-13: 9781612128863

The foreign bee quandary is threatening our worldwide foodstuff offer, yet this ordinary box consultant exhibits what you are able to do to assist defend our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation deals browsable profiles of a hundred universal flora, herbs, shrubs, and bushes that allure bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The strategies are basic: sow seeds for a few vegetation — similar to basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and easily don’t mow down plentiful local species, together with aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 vegetation to Feed the Bees will empower householders, landscapers, residence dwellers — an individual with a scrap of backyard or a window field — to guard our pollinators.

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BLOOM TIME FLOWER COLOR MA XIMUM HEIGHT Summer Purple 7 feet (2 m) Native Wildflowers « 64 20. , Eupatorium perfoliatum) P R I M A R I LY K N O W N  as butterfly plants, the Joe-Pye weeds and their close relative boneset also attract many solitary bees, bumble bees, and other insects. In general, these are plants of damp soils and sunny open areas, or the open edges of forests. Ditches and river bottoms are common natural locations for boneset and Joe-Pye weed. EXPOSURE SOIL MOISTURE Sun to part shade Average to wet 65 available from native plant nurseries and seed companies.

Specialist bees include mining bees (Andrena hirticincta, A. nubecula, A. placata, A. simplex, and A. solidaginis), the polyester bee (Colletes simulans armatus), and the longhorned bee (Melissodes druriella). Other specialist bees include Andrena asteris, A. canadensis, Perdita octomaculata, and Colletes solidaginis. BLOOM TIME FLOWER COLOR MA XIMUM HEIGHT Late summer to fall Yellow, white 6+ feet (2+ m) Goldenrod Some of the easier-to-identify species such as showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Native Wildflowers « 60 18.

Native Wildflowers « 52 14. ) P figworts in a solid stand can leave visitors’ clothes and skin wet with sticky nectar. One species, carpenter’s square (Scrophularia marilandica), is also known as Simpson’s honey plant. In the 1880s it was mass-planted in parts of the Midwest; beekeepers claimed a single acre could produce 400 to 500 pounds of honey. The flower nectar has been described as 18 to 32% sugar, and the resulting honey is clear, light yellow, and aromafree. Because they tolerate partial shade and damp conditions, figworts are excellent for river bottom plantings and wetland edges.

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