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Offline tjc1

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Now blooming - what is it?
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:20:15 PM »
This plant is attracting lots of bees this week - it is growing on the edge of a wetland area (just in front of cattails). Does anyone know what it is? Also blooming just now and COVERED with bees of all kinds, esp honey bees, is the otherwise detested Japanese knotweed, and the clematis is just starting to bloom - looks like a good fall flow this year!







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Offline MsCarol

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 09:41:02 AM »
I hope you get an answer because I was about to post (or try to) pics of the same plant. Or I think it is the same one. With the same question. It grows all over here including the hillsides and one of the few plants the cattle don't eat. (Along with Ironweed and cockleburs).

Does yours smell very sweet? I could see that the pollen collected was white or offwhite. I was having difficulties taking pics as I had "help" of a half dozen year old half lab pups that were on their morning run. When I stopped to look at anything, they had to see what it was too. They were knocking into the plants and bushes.....and me.

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 05:27:38 PM »
Yes, it has a sweet smell, but it didn't seem that the bees were getting any pollen from it (tho maybe they hadn't been at work long enough)...

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2013, 06:58:45 AM »
Boneset

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 10:50:11 AM »


Thank You!!!  :cheer:

 Some further study after I had a clue what to look for indicates there are several species that grow in this region. But Thank-You i have learned something today!!

Offline JWChesnut

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2013, 11:28:21 AM »
Eupatorium perfoliatum, or Common Boneset.

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2013, 03:19:15 PM »
A relative of Joe Pye Weed. All Eupatorium sp. are good bee plants.

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 09:07:57 PM »
A relative of Joe Pye Weed. All Eupatorium sp. are good bee plants.

Ah, that's interesting! Thanks for the info everyone.

Offline Brandon Dean

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Re: Now blooming - what is it?
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 01:41:44 PM »
Nice pictures.  I see you also have jewel weed behind and to the right inn the bottom picture. Smash and use it to treat poison ivy.