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Feed the bees, and they will feed you! Bees are a welcome asset to any landscape or garden. Not only are they beautiful, but they do important work.  While they feast on nectar from flowers, they "accidentally" spread pollen that sticks to their bodies, By flying from flower to flower, they spread pollen and keep the natural cycle going. There is great interest in honeybees, specifically.  Many folks are becoming very successful beekeepers, and harvest gallons of honey from hives right in their own backyards. It is our goal to offer as many plants as we can to help with that endeavor.

I purchased a great book compiled by the Xerces Society: 100 Plants to Feed the Bees. It has been a great reference book for me! I have included some of the tidbits I've learned from the book in our plant descriptions. The book is readily available online, so check it out.  I purchased my copy from Amazon.

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  • Monarda fistulosa Bee Balm 1gallon
    Monarda fistulosa Bee Balm 1gallon
    Monarda fistulosa (Bee Balm) vibrant pink-purple flowers in the summer and is a great attraction for butterflies and bees. Important nectar plant for honeybees. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Zone...
    $7.00
  • Monarda punctata Dotted Horsemint/Spotted Beebalm 1gallon
    Monarda punctata Dotted Horsemint/Spotted Beebalm 1gallon
    Monarda punctata (Dotted Horsemint/Spotted Beebalm) does well on sandy soils; complex mid-summer blooms are white /lavendar/maroon attract butterflies, bees and honeybees! One of the top honey plants, Monarda punctata has...
    $7.00
  • Female in fruit
    Nyssa ogeche Ogechee Tupelo 1gallon
    Nyssa ogeche (Ogechee Tupelo/White Tupelo)Female trees bear oblong fruit that are edible.  Found in swamps but does well on drier sites.  Very important tree in the Florida honey industry. Tupelo honey is very mild...
    $8.00
  • Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed Susan
    Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed Susan
    Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) apprx 30" tall when blooming. Bright yellow flowers with brown centers; full sun; very attractive perennial. Attracts the Andrenid bee, long-horned bee, and is the larval plant for bordered...
    $7.00
  • Silphium astericus Starry Rosinweed
    Silphium astericus Starry Rosinweed
    Silphium astericus (Starry Rosinweed) 3 ft. tall, great butterfly nectar plant. Specifically attracts swallowtail butterflies honeybees and many other pollinators.  Nice yellow flowers July through September. Basal...
    $7.00
  • Solidago caesia Wreath Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago caesia (Wreath Goldenrod) forms attractive clumps with arching stems and blooms; late summer-fall bloomer; goldenrods are among the most important late-season pollinator plants. Honey bees feast on goldenrod nectar...
    $7.00
  • Solidago erecta (Showy Goldenrod) 1gallon
    Solidago erecta (Showy Goldenrod) 1gallon
    Solidago erecta (Showy/Slender Goldenrod) delightful fall bloomer that usually has several bloom stalks on a single plant. Used by bees, butterflies and many other insects. Goldenrods are among the most important late-season...
    $7.00
  • Solidago fistulosa Pine Barren Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago fistulosa (Pine Barren Goldenrod)6-8t; allow room for spreading; attractive large yellow flower heads in late summer-fall; goldenrods are among the most important late-season pollinator plants. Honey bees feast on...
    $7.00
  • Solidago odora Sweet Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago odora Sweet Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago odora (Sweet Goldenrod) 4ft; anise scented leaves; late summer early fall bloomer; full sun/partial shade.  Blooms attract bees, butterflies and many other insects. Goldenrods are among the most important...
    $7.00
  • Solidago petiolaris Downy Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago petiolaris Downy Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago petiolaris (Downy Goldenrod) 3ft; nice upright species that will make a nice patch, but will not take over the place. Good choice for the border or wildflower garden.Goldenrods are among the most important...
    $7.00
  • Solidago rugosa Fireworks Goldenrod
    Solidago rugosa Fireworks Goldenrod
    Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' semi-evergreen foliage; mounding habit when in bloom; named appropriately because the golden yellow blooms have a "weeping" look, just like fireworks in the sky. Goldenrods are among the most...
    $7.00
  • Solidago sempervirens Seaside goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago sempervirens Seaside goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago sempervirens (Seaside goldenrod) drought and salt tolerant, Apprx 3-4ft when blooming. Showy golden blooms in late summer-fall. Goldenrods are among the most important late-season pollinator plants. Honey bees feast...
    $7.00
  • Solidago stricta Photo taken Nov 4
    Solidago stricta Slender Goldenrod 1gallon
    Solidago stricta (Slender Goldenrod) 6ft when blooming; wand like flowers; goldenrods are among the most important late-season pollinator plants. Honey bees feast on goldenrod nectar before winter. Butterflies and many other...
    $7.00
  • Vaccinium asheii 'Alapaha'
    Vaccinium asheii 'Alapaha'
    Produces a medium-sized, dark firm berry which ripens in late May to early June.  'Alapaha' blueberries require 450-550 chill hours. Plant in full sun. 'Premier' is a good companion blueberry for pollination. Zone...
    $10.00
  • Vaccinium asheii 'Brightwell'  1 gallon
    Vaccinium asheii 'Brightwell' 1 gallon
    'Brightwell' produces medium sized fruit in May-June. They thrive in full sun or partial shade. 350-400 chill hours needed Plant 'Powder Blue' as a pollinator. Introduced by University of Florida. Zone 7-9  1 gallon...
    $10.00
  • Vaccinium asheii 'Ochlocknee'
    Vaccinium asheii 'Ochlocknee'
    Selected by the University of Georgia and named for the Ochlocknee River, this selection produces heavy quantities of late ripening, large fruit. Late bloomer escapes late freezes. Fruit ripens in July, prolonging the berry...
    $10.00

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