100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to by The Xerces Society

By The Xerces Society

The foreign bee trouble is threatening our worldwide nutrition provide, yet this basic box consultant exhibits what you are able to do to aid guard our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation bargains browsable profiles of a hundred universal vegetation, herbs, shrubs, and bushes that allure bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The strategies are easy: sow seeds for a few vegetation — resembling 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 owners, landscapers, house dwellers — an individual with a scrap of backyard or a window field — to guard our pollinators.

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Native Wildflowers « 54 15. FIREWEED (Chamerion angustifolium) A P L A N T O F C O O L C L I M AT E S and high altitudes, fireweed thrives in moist areas where fires have eliminated woody plants. Its seeds can remain viable in the soil for long periods, then rapidly germinate when forest clearings occur, such as after a fire — hence its common name. In such areas fireweed can suddenly appear in tremendous abundance but then quickly fade in subsequent years as the forest grows back, or as unfavorable weather patterns (such as drought) reduce flowering.

The common name of cup plant refers to the leaves that clasp the stem, forming cups that collect rainwater. It’s common to see birds drinking from these cups. HESE PRAIRIE PLANTS, EXPOSURE SOIL MOISTURE Sun Moist to dry 51 » 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 N O TA B L E F L O W E R V I S I T O R S Attracts many visitors, including honey bees, USE S Wildflower meadow/ prairie restoration Rangeland/pasture Pollinator nesting material or caterpillar host plant Ornamental bumble bees, and big showy butterflies.

EXPOSURE SOIL MOISTURE Sun Average to wet 63 » Ironweed RECOMMENDED SPECIES Some of the more widely distributed and adaptable species include prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata), New York ironweed (V. noveboracensis), giant ironweed (V. 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.

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