Bees & "Weeds" In
may notice in our full list
of bee-attractive plants, we found several species of weeds that
provided pollen and nectar for urban bees, and were therefore very
attractive to them. The most attractive weed species were Picris
echioides and Taraxacum sp. (Asteraceae), Lotus
corniculatus and Trifolium repens (Fabaceae),
and misc. Brassicaceae. We do not recommend that you plant
or even encourage these weedy species in your garden, but if they
occur there it is worthwhile to leave them through their flowering
cycle, in order to see what types of bee visitors they are attracting.
There is plenty of time to remove them before they set seeds. We
have found some of them, especially P. echioides, L. corniculatus
and misc. Brassicaceae, to be highly attractive to native
bees in some gardens.