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  1. #1
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    Default Echinacea

    Anybody know if bees will hit Echinacea for plloen or nectar?

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    I've seen bumble bees on mine but never a honey bee. I've got about twenty mature plants and was a little dissapointed. Bumble bees are pollinators as well so it's not a total loss. But still...I did plant them for the honey bees.

    Later, John

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    Default Re: Echinacea

    I have seen them on coneflowers, but you would need acres of them within their flight radius to have any direct impact.

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    They love it for pollen in my area. I have a small patch of it in my perennial garden, and it's blooming now. If you want seeds, pm an address- I still have some left from last year, and will be getting more in a month or so after the flower heads start drying.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

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    Default Re: Echinacea

    I must apologize for my earlier answer. I have been noticing the honeybees working them lately. I am very pleased to see them. This is not a honeybee but I thought you may find it amusing... I know I did.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/showmejohnspics/4731211528

    Later, John

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