These plants are for the bees and are beneficial to Honeybees as well as our many native bee species like Bumblebees and Leaf Cutter Bees. Bees generally see flowers that are in the blue and green spectrum better than those in the red spectrum although they can still find red flowers via the scent of the sugary nectar. Plants that have flowers that the bees can rest on are also beneficial, as gathering nectar and pollen is and arduous and all consuming task. Plants in the Bean and Pea Family (Fabaceae), Verbena Family (Verbenaceae), and those in the Mint Family (Lamiaceae) were seemingly designed with these guys in mind. Some plants like Hollies even provide a caffiene kick! So plant these and Bee happy!
A unique bicolor with a vigorous habit! Large, dark purplish to charcoal colored, lupine-like spikes and buds open to contrasting soft lemony yellow, pea-shaped flowers that mature to raspberry pink and are held above a neat mound of blue-green foliage in spring to early summer attracting bees and other pollinators. DECADENCE DELUXE® Pink Lemonade Baptisia, a hybrid cultivar of our native species (a.k.a. nativar), has exceptional vigor developing into a vase-shaped 4'x4' plant as well as foliage that lasts through summer. These are easy and low-maintenance, deer resistant, long-lived, taprooted perennials that produce more and more flowering spikes with each passing year with some plants producing over a 100 spikes on mature plants. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Provide Baptisias with a full to mostly sunny site in a soil with average or better drainage and moderate fertility. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12667