I'm amazed at how many bee keepers assume honey bees find it hard to get at the necter in Crimson Clover plants. I will freely admit that if a better, easier source is there for the bees to work the mass majorty will be working it, even then some will be working the clover.
Honey bees work the Crimson Clove in this area a lot. There is also a article in Bee Culture I beleve or the American Bee Journal about them working it. I have watched them chew a small hole at the base of the (for lack of a better word) petel and suck out the necter. They also do the same with the Lobelia plants we have in our gardens.
Since I rarely see my or any honey bees on the Golden Rod am I to assume they don't care for it? I can smell it 15 feet from the hives but still don't see the bees working it so how does it get there?