Research

So many annual flowers, so little time! In all the talk about pollinators, little was said about annual flowers. Favorites of gardeners, they just didn’t get much notice by entomologists and native plant purists. We thought they needed to be looked at more closely and started pollinator counts on selected varieties of annual flowers popular with gardeners in the retail garden center and online. As we like to say, “Gardeners love them, but do the bees?”Learn about past research by University of Minnesota Extension about annual flowers and just how attractive they are to bees, butterflies, beetles and other pollinators. Here’s a link to get you started: https://flowersforpollinators.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/2015-salvia-and-zinnia-pollinator-counts-2/

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