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Offline Schoon

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Lantana
« on: June 14, 2009, 10:28:14 PM »
I was wondering if Honey Bees are attracted to Lantana?
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Re: Lantana
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2009, 10:51:48 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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Re: Lantana
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009, 01:30:15 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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Re: Lantana
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009, 12:12:50 AM »
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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Re: Lantana
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2009, 12:06:28 PM »
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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Re: Lantana
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2009, 06:47:47 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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Re: Lantana
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2009, 07:44:17 PM »
I will not be eating the berries to this plant because Wikipedia said so.

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Re: Lantana
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2009, 11:10:13 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!! :roll:  I usually wait till I get a tummyache from random berries, then check it out on the internet :evil:.
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Re: Lantana
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009, 11:21:33 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.