American Honey Plants; Together with Those Which Are of Special Value to the Beekeeper as Sources of Pollen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...conditions it yields not only a good quality of nectar but large quantities of it. Red clover. The second flowering is somewhat accessible to bees. Sweet clover. Two species, neither abundant in Massachusetts. Goldenrod and asters. Rank close to clovers in nectar production. Fruit bloom. Apple, pear, cherry, plum, peach, etc., source of early stores, upon which the colonies build up for the clover harvest. The body is heavy, the color clear and light and the flow comes with a rush, which insures handsome sections; but best of all is the exquisite aroma of the apple blossom, which places fruit bloom honey in a class by itself. Linden or basswood. Doubtless the most valuable tree honey plant in Massachusetts. Buckwheat. Reported from all counties in Massachusetts. Wild raspberry and blackberry. The nectar flow is of long duration, beginning after fruit bloom has ceased. Several species of sumac are important honey sources which are greatly underestimated. Locust. A valuable forage for bees. Reported as sporadic in yield. Maple. Probably of less importance as a honey plant than the mints, strawberry and milkweed. Clethra. Known also as black alder and sweet pepper bush. A valuable honey secreting plant, largely confined to a belt paralleling the eastern coast. Milkweed. Where milkweed occurs in large quantities it is a valuable honey plant. Reported as important from Berkshire County. Wild cherry, knotweed, dandelion, strawberry, chestnut, mints, gillover-the-ground and mustard also reported occasionally as valuable. Willow and skunk cabbage valuable for early pollen as well as some nectar.--Burton N, Gates, Bulletin 129, Mass. Ag. Ex. Sta. MAT GRASS, see Carpet Grass. MATRIMONY VINE (Lycium vulgare). Matrimony vine is a low, spiny shrub, with very long, lithe...

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