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Pink Crepe Myrtle Tree

Honeybees forage a pink Crepe Myrtle tree for nectar and pollen. The pink Crepe Myrtle tree is located on the corner of SW 20th and West Burnside, Portland, Oregon, and blooms during the month of August. Photo credits: Catherine Garvin

Bee Baseline Portland Project welcomes the sacred part of our community self through an open dialogue of the very important topic, Apis Mellifera (Latin for Honeybee). With grace and gratitude the Portland Radio Project invited writer, researcher, author, creator and founder of BBPP Catherine Garvin to share a few illuminating facts about how to take small steps to create honeybee habitats in the urban landscape, hence, Bee Baseline Portland Project, Bee Baseline Anytown, U.S.A. Project and Bee Baseline Global. Thank you PRP.

The four radio interviews about honeybees and how to help are available just by clicking on Portland Radio Project.

As promised, here is a list of some of the best plants on the planet for a year-round honeybee habitat. Please direct message me if you have interest in participating in honeybee tree, shrub and flower identification in your home landscape, neighborhood, park and/or community.  What to plant to help honeybees? Let’s get started:

A beginner’s list of 60 of the best plants on the planet for year-round honeybee habitat:

  1. Sweet White Alyssum: Nectar bearing ground cover almost year-round
  2. Daphne ordora: Winter nectar bearing shrub
  3. Witch hazel
  4. Pulmonaria
  5. Pussy Willow tree
  6. Forsythia
  7. False Heather shrub
  8. Blue Russian sage
  9. Bottle bush shrub
  10. Ivory Silk California Lilac tree
  11. Chinese Flowering Plum tree
  12. Double bloom Camilla “Japonica” called, “Drama Girl”
  13. White Hellebore “Christmas Rose” Note: Plant facing south with direct sunlight
  14. Ribes sanguineum “White Icicle”
  15. White rock rose: Cistaceae (Honeybees love this early spring bloom)
  16. Ceanothus “Skylark” California Lilac (Honeybees love this shrub bush)
  17. Purple geranium
  18. Pink perennial geraniums
  19. Germander (Pink ground cover nectar bearing from June through September)
  20. Winged white rosa
  21. Yellow “Floribunda” rose
  22. Sky Pencil Holly (Super favorite of honeybees)
  23. Oak Leaf Hydrangea
  24. Bass wood Lynden tree
  25. Cottonwood tree
  26. Douglas fir tree
  27. Western Hemlock
  28. Elm tree
  29. Poplar tree
  30. Madrone tree (Nectar bearing in October for honeybees)
  31. Hazelnut tree
  32. Vine Maple tree
  33. Santa rosa plum tree
  34. Apple tree
  35. Cherry tree
  36. Almond trees
  37. Mock Orange tree
  38. Pink and white Crepe Myrtle tree
  39. Black Hawthorne tree
  40. Pink Indian Hawthorne shrub
  41. Potentilla shrub
  42. Lavender
  43. Fennel: Honeybees LOVE this herb shrub
  44. Blooming Artichoke
  45. Rosemary
  46. Sunflower
  47. Cosmos
  48. Zinnia
  49. Hibiscus
  50. Purple Autumn Aster
  51. Yellow Chrysanthemum (Nectar bearing in November)
  52. Salvia (Black and Blue)
  53. Salvia farinacea
  54. Marigolds
  55. Waxing begonia: Pollen bearing
  56. Anemone (Honeybees love this flower)
  57. Abelia bush
  58. Bacopa: Summer/Fall ground cover
  59. Yucca
  60. Oregon grade Mahonia (Only the early January/February variety with sharp pointed tips on the evergreen leaf are nectar bearing for honeybees) For the complete list click this link here. Thank you.

With all my heart thank you to the Portland Radio Project for sharing factual information to their audience about healthy honeybee and what we are can do one-by-one to create habitats for the full life cycle of a honeybee. Thank you.

Honeybee forages on pink anemone summer 2015, SW First and SW Harrison, Portland, Oregon. Photo credits: Catherine Garvin

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