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List of Honey Bee Forage Species within Region 8 for the State of KS

Ordered by Begin Bloom Month

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USDA codeFamilyLatin NameCommon NamePlant TypeBegin Bloom MonthEnd Bloom MonthSig
TAOFCAsteraceaeTaraxacumDandelion, blow-ballsF410N
RHUSAnacardiaceaeRhusSumac, sugar bush, lemonade berryS46N
MALUSRosaceaeMalusAppleTDB46N
PRUNURosaceaePrunusPlum (uncultivated)TDB45N
MESAFabaceaeMedicago sativaAlfalfa, lucerneC59Y
MESAFabaceaeMedicago sativaAlfalfa, lucerneC59N
ASCLEAsclepiadaceaeAsclepiasMilkweed, butterfly flowerF58N
MELILFabaceaeMelilotusSweet clover (white/yellow)F510Y
TRRE3FabaceaeTrifolium repensWhite, dutch cloverF59Y
ELANElaeagnaceaeElaeagnus angustifoliaRussian olive, silverberrySDB56N
GOSSYMalvaceaeGossypiumCottonC610N
HELIA3AsteraceaeHelianthusSunflowerF610Y
SOBIAPoaceaeSorghum bicolorSorghum, broom-cornF68N
BRNABrassicaceaeBrassica rapa and napuscanolaC78N
GLYCIFabaceaeGlycineSoybean, soja beanC78Y
ZEMAM2PoaceaeZea maysCorn, maizeC79N
AMBROAsteraceaeAmbrosiaRagweedF710N
SOLIDAsteraceaeSolidagoGoldenrodF710N
POLYG4PolygonaceaePolygonumSmartweed, knotweed, fleece flowerF89Y
SALSOChenopodiaceaeSalsolaRussian thistle, saltwort,S810N

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Plant Type codes:

Sig column

      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 Ayers and Harman, Chapter 11 (Bee Forage of North America and the Potential for Planting for Bees) of The Hive and the Honey Bee, 1992, Graham, J. ed. Dadant and Sons Inc. Hamilton, Illinois.
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