Honey Bee Friendly Flower: Honey Clover

I noticed all kinds of bee-like creatures — bumblebees, honey bees, flies that look like honey bees — descending on some weedy looking plant in an overgrown flower box next to my driveway today. I sent this photo of the plant out into the ether and was informed almost immediately that it’s White Sweet Clover, or Melilotus Albus — also known as Honey Clover.

White seed clover blooming in Flatrock, Newfoundland, in overgrown flower box next to my driveway. (August 14, 2015.)

White Sweet Clover blooming in Flatrock, Newfoundland, in an overgrown flower box next to my driveway. (August 14, 2015.)


I had a hard time photographing the bees on the flowers. This is the best I could do:

Honey bee on White Sweet Clover in Flatrock, Newfoundland (August 14, 2015.)

Honey bee on White Sweet Clover in Flatrock, Newfoundland (August 14, 2015.)



Here’s one of the bee-like flies I spotted:

Bee-like fly on Sweet White Clover. (August 14, 2015.)

Bee-like fly on Sweet White Clover. (August 14, 2015.)


And here’s a mind-blowing video of the whole thing:

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015: The Honey Clover (as I call it now) has been dying off over the past week, the seeds drying up and hardening, though much of it is still in blossom. It seems to have been an excellent nectar source for the bees for almost a month now.