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Old 07-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #1
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This is a rather comprehensive article about landscaping for and maintaining a bee friendly environment on your property. It includes a list of plants, all of which are native except the herbs.

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/upl...uzarticle2.pdf
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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I just can't seem to view any of the items sent in this format Here as well as in the other threads.
I'm missing out on some good info. An Error notice comes in every time I try to view them.
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Do you have Acrobat Reader? You can download it free.
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Just un-click the McAfee Security Scan box, or the Google Chrome box, and then click on Download.
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I'm pretty sure she's got Acrobat Reader.... I think she's got X.
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hava> do you still have Google's Chrome installed? It's either one of your toolbars or your security that's doing this to you again in IE. Try to go in from that Firefox we added a coupla years ago. Maybe that'll work.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:16 PM   #6
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This is a rather comprehensive article about landscaping for and maintaining a bee friendly environment on your property. It includes a list of plants, all of which are native except the herbs.

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/upl...uzarticle2.pdf
Thanks for the link, jack. Lots of great information accessible to the layperson.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:09 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link, jack. Lots of great information accessible to the layperson.
I've been looking at the lists of recommended plants for pollinators from Xerces. They have different lists on every section of the country. Russian Sage is persistently listed on every list except for the far southern states. It's obviously not a native, but it must be a great source of nectar.

Does anyone have Russian Sage in their butterfly or pollinator garden??
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:13 PM   #8
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Default Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) continued

The site of the different lists they provide is here:

The Xerces Society Plant Lists
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"Does anyone have Russian Sage in their butterfly or pollinator garden?? " No, it's a "problem" child just like butterfly bush and a host of others most of us could rattle off without batting an eyelash. Locally native is probably always gonna be our best bet attracting and sustaining locally native species of bees. I like Xerces a lot and thoroughly enjoy and respect their publications about 95% of the time which.... ain't bad!!!
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:49 PM   #10
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Does anyone have Russian Sage in their butterfly or pollinator garden??
Yup.

I bought one a long time ago. I didn't know what it was, or anything about it. It just looked nice.

And, yes, it is the single most attractive plant in the area. It is absolutely swarming with bees of all description, and mantises, and all sorts of things.
I am now aware that it's not native, but a) I have nothing to put in its place, and b) it's so popular I have problems killing it. I think I am just going to move it on to one of the neighbour's gardens as a gift! The middle ground...
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