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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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  • Aster novae angliae 'PURPLE DOME'
    Aster novae angliae PURPLE DOME 1gallon
    ASTER NOVAE ANGLIAE 'PURPLE DOME' vivid purple late summer-fall blooms make a dome shape that is perfect for the border.  1gallon available Zone:...
    $7.00
  • Calamintha asheii Wild Basil 1gallon
    Calamintha asheii Wild Basil 1gallon
    Calamintha asheii (Wild Basil) attractive compact evergreen shrub that thrives on dry sandy soils; pale pink to lavendar blue spring flowers attract bees & butterflies. Very pleasing basil smell.  Needs well-drained...
    $8.00
  • Chrysopsis latisquamea (Pineland Goldenaster) pints
    Chrysopsis latisquamea (Pineland Goldenaster) Species only found in Florida. Fuzzy, silver foliage with many many bright yellow flowers attract bees and butterflies. Grows in sandy locations and full sun.  Zone...
    $6.00
  • Gaillardia puchella Blanket Flower 1gallon Sold out
    Gaillardia puchella Blanket Flower 1gallon Sold out
    Gaillardia pulchella (Blanket Flower) 1-2ft when blooming; yellow on red ray flowers add a pop of color to dry areas; full sun; short-lived but re-seeds. Attracts many species of bees, including honeybees. According to the...
    $7.00
  • Hamelia patens Firebush 1gallon
    Hamelia patens Firebush 1gallon
    Hamelia patens (Firebush) semi woody shrub; red tubular summer flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. In our north Florida garden (zone 8), if we have cold winters, it will die back to the ground, but will...
    $7.00
  • Liatris microcephala Dwarf blazing star (Pints)
    Liatris microcephala Dwarf blazing star (Pints)
      Liatris microcephala (Dwarf blazing star)  compact native with fine-textured, deep green grassy leaves.  Blooms late summer and holds up well as cut flowers. Attracts butterflies and bees. size:...
    $6.00
  • 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

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