Honey Bee Friendly Flower: Asters (or Daisies)

Many of the honey bee friendly flowers I’ve photographed this year grow in or around our new beeyard, including this daisy-like flower:

Honey bee on some blue flower in Flatrock, Newfoundland (Aug. 24, 2015.)

Honey bee on some Aster flowers in Flatrock, Newfoundland (Aug. 24, 2015.)
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It’s a member of the Aster genus of plants.

Honey bee on blue flower in Flatrock, NL (Aug. 24, 2015.)

Honey bee on Aster flowers in Flatrock, NL (Aug. 24, 2015.)


I’m not sure exactly what species grows in my beeyard, so we’ll just go with Aster for now.

Blue flowers growing in the  beeyard of The Mud Songs Beekeeping Corporation Headquarters.

Aster flowers growing in the beeyard of The Mud Songs Beekeeping Corporation Headquarters.


The Canadian Wildlife Federation provides some good information on Asters.

Honey bee on blue flower in Flatrock, NL. (Aug. 24, 2015.)

Honey bee on Aster flowers in Flatrock, NL. (Aug. 24, 2015.)

They range in colour from white to pink to blue. I’m pretty sure most people look at them, especially the white ones, and say, “Yup, that’s a daisy.”

Blue flower in Flatrock, NL (Aug. 24, 2015.)

Aster flowers in Flatrock, NL (Aug. 24, 2015.)