List of Honey Bee Forage Species within Region 5 for the State of CA
Ordered by Begin Bloom Month
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|USDA code||Family||Latin Name||Common Name||Plant Type||Begin Bloom Month||End Bloom Month||Sig|
|ERIOG||Polygonaceae||Eriogonum||Wild buckwheat, umbrella plant||F||3||10||Y|
|LATRA||Zygophyllaceae||Larrea tridentata||Creosote bush||S||4||5||N|
|MESA||Fabaceae||Medicago sativa||Alfalfa, lucerne||C||5||9||Y|
|ASCLE||Asclepiadaceae||Asclepias||Milkweed, butterfly flower||F||5||7||N|
|MELIL||Fabaceae||Melilotus||Sweet clover (white/yellow)||F||5||9||N|
|CENTA||Asteraceae||Centaurea||Star thistle, knapweed||F||7||9||N|
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Plant Type codes:
| T - tree
TDB - tree, deciduous broadleaf
TEN - tree, evergreen needleleaf
TEB - tree, evergreen broadleaf
S - shrub
SEB - shrub, evergreen broadleaf
SDB - shrub, deciduous broadleaf
V - vine
VDB - vine, deciduous broadleaf
G - grass
F - forb (herbaceous flowering plants, non-woody)
C - crops/cultivated
| This column indicates whether or not the species is considered a very important nectar source species within the state and region selected. If it is a significant source, it is indicated here with a 'Y' and the row is highlighted.
In this context, important is defined by Ayers and Harman as those species that "reliably produce a large percent of the harvested honey" within the selected region.
For those wishing to see more detailed information about any species in the list, please visit the USDA PLANTS Database web site and search by any of the first three columns from the table.
|This output was derived from content created by Ayers and Harman, and published as Chapter 11 "Bee Forage of North America and the Potential for Planting for Bees" from the book The Hive and the Honey Bee, 1992, Graham, J. ed. Dadant and Sons Inc. Hamilton, Illinois.