Category Archives: Bees

Honey Clover (Melilotus albus)

Honey Clover is an import from Europe/Asia and has spread throughout the US. It is a member of the pea family and has edible pods, beans, and fresh leaves. I had Honey Clover in Texas and ate fresh  leaves and … Continue reading

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Horsetail Milkweed (Asclepias subvertillata)

Found two Horsetail Milkweed plants this morning when I went out to work on my pathways.  Their flowers are as complex as orchids and beautiful in structure.  Each bloom is tiny, but together make a nice display that isn’t as … Continue reading

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Scarlet Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Ran errands today and bought Scarlet Bee Balm. This is a native plant but comes from the eastern US and it wants some shade and lots of water. Have I gone crazy you may ask? Yeah, pretty much. On top … Continue reading

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Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

I have Mexican Hat around my house. I brought seed in from a few miles away. Very easy perennial from seed, but it has a deep taproot and does not transplant well As you can see, this Mexican Hat has … Continue reading

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Purple Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Beautiful Purple Verbena… it was something I hoped to make a mainstay in my wildflower garden because it is short, compact, blooms March through October, has purple flowers. What could go wrong? Well, it is a short lived perennial that … Continue reading

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Copper Globemallow (Sphaeralcea angustifolia)

I have been eating Copper Globemallow leaves since the Dog Head Forest Fire started. Finally, one started blooming for a photograph. The smoke from the Dog Head fire is irritating my lungs and throat, so I go out a couple … Continue reading

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Baby White Aster (Chaetopappa ericoides)

Baby White Aster hugs the ground at 2-6 inches. It is a good candidate for my alpine garden and any other location it chooses. Baby White Aster is a perennial native to the Southwest, Great Plains, and northern Mexico.  It … Continue reading

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