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List of Honey Bee Forage Species within Region 13 for the State of NY

Ordered by Begin Bloom Month

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USDA codeFamilyLatin NameCommon NamePlant TypeBegin Bloom MonthEnd Bloom MonthSig
ACERAceraceaeAcermapleTDB35N
TAOFCAsteraceaeTaraxacumDandelion, blow-ballsF49N
SALIXSalicaceaeSalixWillow, osierTDB46N
PYRUSRosaceaePyrusPearC56N
BAVUBrassicaaceaeBarbarea vulgarisYellow rocket, winter cressF56N
TRHYFabaceaeTrifolium hybridumAlsike cloverF59N
TRRE3FabaceaeTrifolium repensWhite, dutch cloverF59N
RUCO4RosaceaeRubusRaspberryS,C57N
VACCIEricaceaeVacciniumBlueberry, huckleberrySDB56N
MALUSRosaceaeMalusAppleTDB56N
PRAVRosaceaePrunusCherry (cultivated)TDB,C55N
CUCURCucurbitaceaeCucurbita L.Pumpkin, squash, gourdC68N
MESAFabaceaeMedicago sativaAlfalfa, lucerneC68N
ASCLEAsclepiadaceaeAsclepiasMilkweed, butterfly flowerF68N
LOAN2FabaceaeLotus corniculatusBird's foot trefoilF69N
LYSA2LythraceaeLythrum salicariaLoosestrife, purple loosestrifeF69N
MELILFabaceaeMelilotusSweet clover (white/yellow)F69N
VICIAFabaceaeViciaVetch, tareF68N
RHUSAnacardiaceaeRhusSumac, sugar bush, lemonade berryS68N
TILIATiliaceaeTiliaBasswood, lime tree, whitewoodTDB67N
CUMECucurbitaceaeCucumis meloCantaloupe, muskmelon, casaba,C78N
CUSA4CucurbitaceaeCucumis sativuscucumberC78N
CIRSIAsteraceaeCirsiumThistlesF79N
ASTERAsteraceaeAsterAsterF810N

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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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