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« on: June 14, 2009, 09:28:14 PM »

I was wondering if Honey Bees are attracted to Lantana?
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2009, 09:51:48 PM »

I've seen a honey bee or two on some but usually they don't bother with it. (Also the berry it produces is deadly to eat) It's otherwise a pretty plant.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009, 12:30:15 PM »

I have the old multi-colored variety that is pink lavender, and pale yellow. The butterflies love it, but I don't see bees in it. I have read that bees will work the golden-yellow variety though.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009, 11:12:50 PM »

I have just realized you're from the south. Lantana up here in New Jersey is an annual at best, but down where you are it grows into a fair sized bush. So perhaps if you have enough fair sized plants they might get more attention.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2009, 11:06:28 AM »

Glad this topic came up....I just bought ten lantana plants yesterday and was thinking of putting them around the bird-baths where the bees get water. Guess I'll change plans and put the lemon balm there, instead.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2009, 05:47:47 PM »

"The spread of lantana is aided by the characteristic of their leaves, which are somewhat poisonous to most animals, while their fruit is a delicacy for many birds"

"As a positive aspect, lantanas are useful as honey plants, and Spanish Flag (L. camara), L. lilacina and L. trifolia are sometimes planted for this purpose"

Found this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lantana
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2009, 06:44:17 PM »

I will not be eating the berries to this plant because Wikipedia said so.
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2009, 10:10:13 PM »

I will not be eating the berries to this plant because Wikipedia said so.

Pshaw!  You can't believe everything you read on the internet!! rolleyes  I usually wait till I get a tummyache from random berries, then check it out on the internet evil.
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009, 10:52:26 PM »

http://books.google.com/books?id=99Dr7v8JOKAC&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=Lantana+berries&source=bl&ots=e-fOR0GGHi&sig=NtBZYMl1XJwWGOxVEAxt0JRiizM&hl=en&ei=F1o4SsnJI4XKtgeF4ejlDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009, 10:21:33 AM »

Hope you didnt misunderstand me. I just found that topic but I would not try eating them. If they say you can only eat a certain thing during a certain time that usually is a sign that you dont want to eat it at all. I stick with the berries I know best.
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