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The overseas bee problem is threatening our international foodstuff provide, yet this common box advisor exhibits what you are able to do to assist shield our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation deals browsable profiles of a hundred universal plant life, herbs, shrubs, and timber that allure bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The options are easy: sow seeds for a few vegetation — similar to basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and easily don’t mow down considerable local species, together with aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 vegetation to Feed the Bees will empower owners, landscapers, residence dwellers — a person with a scrap of backyard or a window field — to guard our pollinators.

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100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive

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Gigantea), and Missouri ironweed (V. missurica). USE S N O TA B L E F L O W E R V I S I T O R S Several wild bees are specialist pollen collec- Wildflower meadow Wetland restoration Ornamental Pollinator nesting material or caterpillar host plant tors of ironweed including the long-horned bees Melissodes denticulata and M. vernoniae. Host plant for caterpillars of the ironweed borer moth (Papaipema cerussata), the Parthenice tiger moth (Grammia parthenice), and the red groundling moth (Perigea xanthioides).

8 m) Blazing star R E C O M M E N D E D S P E C I E S O R VA R IE T IE S 37 » S O U T H E R N P L A I N S bumble bee (Bombus fraternus) foraging blazing star. Native Wildflowers « 38 7. BLUE CURLS (Trichostema lanceolatum) B were plowed into farm fields, making it scarcer across the landscape, blue curls, also known as vinegar weed, was considered the most important late-season honey plant in California. Accounts from a century ago reported routine honey yields averaging 80 pounds per colony and described the honey as white and quick to granulate.

This bloom time, along with the low cost of seed, fast establishment, and aggressive reseeding, makes them a valuable addition to pollinator meadows along the West Coast. EXPOSURE SOIL MOISTURE Sun Average 45 » Clarkia R E C O M M E N D E D S P E C I E S O R VA R IE T IE S Farewell to spring (C. amoena) is the most common and widely available. Other species are increasingly available, including mountain garland (C. unguiculata) and winecup clarkia (C. purpurea). USE S Wildflower meadow/ prairie restoration N O TA B L E F L O W E R V I S I T O R S Rangeland/pasture Mostly attracts small, drab-colored sweat bees.

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